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Old 04-08-2005, 11:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am ready to purchase my components to build my gaming computer. Could guys please look at my choices? Is there something that is not going to be compatible with everything else? I would also like to hear your opinions on my choices and if you would have went a different route. Thanks for the help!!

CPU:
Athlon 64 3800+
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduc...factory=BROWSE

Motherboard:
DFI "LANPARTY nF4 SLI-DR" NVIDIA nForce4 SLI
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduc...factory=BROWSE

HD:
2 X Western Digital Raptor 74GB 10,000RPM SATA
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduc...factory=BROWSE

Memory:
CORSAIR XMS Dual Channel Kit 184-Pin 1GB(512MB x 2) DDR PC-4400
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduc...factory=BROWSE

PSU:
OCZ PowerStream 520W Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduc...factory=BROWSE

Video Card:
MSI ATI RADEON X800 XT
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduc...factory=BROWSE

Sound Card:
Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS PCI
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduc...factory=BROWSE

CPU Fan:
ZALMAN Copper CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduc...factory=BROWSE

Case:
Lian-Li Black Aluminum Case
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduc...factory=BROWSE

CD/DVD:
Lacie Dual Layer 16x DVD±RW
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduc...factory=BROWSE
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Old 04-08-2005, 12:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Get a 6800gt and save the money left over until you get enough money to buy a second 6800gt. this one is well thought of:http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...130-215&depa=0

Might want to get a cd-rw and dvd read combo as well as the dvd burner.


Everything looks good though.
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Old 04-08-2005, 12:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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That looks like a pretty sweet computer! Here is my suggestions:

Get some PC3200 RAM unless you plan on overclocking.

Lose the Sound Card, because the onboard sound is actually really good.

I think you should either get the motherboard that does not have SLi and keep the vid card, or get 2x6600GTs and end up saving a bit of money, while getting some better performance.

If you want to use aftermarket CPU cooling, get the OEM CPU, the retail CPU comes with heatsink and fan.

I have not heard about Lacie optical drives, so I do not know how good they are. I do know that the LG 4163B is a pretty sweet one.
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2 6600gt's are not worth it, get a 6800gt now (which will out perform 2 6600gt's) and get the secound later for a nice upgrade.

agreed on the sound card though, my onboard is great.
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is the 6800 ultra worth the money or would you suggest just going with the 6800gt?
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I wouldn't put it as just going for the 6800gt.

I personally don't see the point, as the 6800gt can be overclocked to 6800 ultra speeds and beyond. I remember reading on these forums, that the gt can be overclocked higher than the ultra can be overclocked.
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If you want to use aftermarket CPU cooling, get the OEM CPU, the retail CPU comes with heatsink and fan.

Any reason why the OEM is a few bucks more than the Retail?
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different core probably. dont let them sway you. i would go for the x800 xl because it offers the same performance as a 6800 gt for 100 bucks cheaper. also i would wait to get 2 graphics cards.they havent worked out all the problems with sli yet.
there isnt a point to raiding those hds as it is proven that 2 raptors raided arent that much faster than 1 by itself.
other than that, that is my DREAM pc. i really wanted that x 800 xl but couldent afford it so i got 6600 gt.
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there isnt a point to raiding those hds as it is proven that 2 raptors raided arent that much faster than 1 by itself.
really? I planned on raiding them. Would two 7200rpm drives raided be faster than getting the raptors non-raided?
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Any reason why the OEM is a few bucks more than the Retail?
I did not even notice that. Well, in that case, you might as well get the retail.

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there isnt a point to raiding those hds as it is proven that 2 raptors raided arent that much faster than 1 by itself.
Can we maybe see a link to some benchmarks?
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