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Old 06-04-2005, 06:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I intend to build a AMD gaming rig, =<$3000 with these parts, can anyone tell me if these are good choices (compatible, good value for price, etc.)?

Case- ThermalTake VA7000BWA SHARK Black Series ATX Full Tower
PSU- ThermalTake Silent PurePower 680W Power Supply
Mobo- ABIT Fatal1ity AN8
Processor- AMD Athlon 64 3500+
RAM- Corsair 2GB DDR400 XMS3200 DIMM Memory w/ Black Heat Spreader
Video Card- Sapphire Radeon X800 XL
CD Drive- Lite-On 52x/32x/52x CDRW
DVD Drive- Pioneer DVR-109 Dual Layer DVD±RW Writer
HDD- Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 250GB (x2)
Sound Card- Creative AUDIGY 2 ZS PLATINUM
Monitor- ViewSonic G220fb
Keyboard- Saitek PC Gamers' Keyboard
Mouse- Logitech MX518
Speakers- Logitech Z-5500 5.1 Speaker System

With a few other peripherals, it comes to about $2958.

I also have two questions:
Is it worth getting the 21" CRT or should I get a LCD?

I'm trying to decide whether to change the mobo to one of these three:

EPoX EP-9NPA+ SLI nForce 4 SLI

Any opinions on these versus the Fatal1ty?


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Old 06-04-2005, 07:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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that's a bad build

go with

TT case, OCZ powerstream 600W, DFI lanparty SLI-DR, AMD 3700+ San Diego, 2x NEC3510A dvd-rw, eVGA 6800GT

or if you can wait, then get a 7800GTX from nvidia or the new r520 gpu core gfx card from ATi


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Old 06-04-2005, 08:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Originally posted by diabloII
go with

TT case, OCZ powerstream 600W, DFI lanparty SLI-DR, AMD 3700+ San Diego, 2x NEC3510A dvd-rw, eVGA 6800GT
If you've got $3000 to spend, I'd have to agree with diabloII in just about everything, except for the 6800GT.

Originally posted by diabloII
or if you can wait, then get a 7800GTX from nvidia or the new r520 gpu core gfx card from ATi
I'd wait if I were you and get a 7800GTX from nvidia. Also, if you're really patient and have money left over, instead of getting the 3700+ processor, you can get one of the new AMD Athlon 64 x2 dual core processors. Check them out at least. You can preorder them already if it is something that you want to do.
AMD Athlon 64 3000+ socket 939 @ 2.3 GHz
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum motherboard
EVGA GeForce 6800 GT
2 GB DDR 400 (PC 3200) (2 x 1 GB sticks) (Dual Channel)
DVD player and seperate DVD RW drive
Floppy Drive
80 GB Western Digital Hard Drive
500 watt power supply
Sound Blaster Audigy
Logitech 5.1 surround sound speakers
SAMSUNG SyncMaster 710T LCD monitor
Aspire X Navigator Case
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Old 06-04-2005, 09:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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amd socket 939 3700+ venice
DFI lanparty sli-d mobo
1 gig of this stuff
and you get a free hat....
get either 2x 6800gt's or one ultra or you can wait for the 7800gtx
get a 74gig raptor and a 400gig seagate sata hdd
also get a nice soundcard (i dont know anything about these ask sumone else)
a nice lian li case
Water Cooling? Would fit in budget
all i can say is WOW!!!
bunch o fans and cables
zalman 7700cu
and a one of these
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Old 06-04-2005, 10:55 PM   #5 (permalink)
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get a DFI ultra-d board and 6600gt and save up for x900/crossfire board also unless you plan on recording just get regular zs and the ocz modstream 600 or 520 and get a razer diamondback instead for mouse.
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