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Old 03-31-2005, 11:47 PM   #21 (permalink)
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He was talking about the first one you mentioned. When I made my parts list for you, I made sure that the CPU was socket 939 to match the mobo.
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Nice change on the Sig though I like your old one better because of the chip but there are quite a few cases with removable mobo trays. I'm getting one in the mail soon. HIP-HIP-huray!
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Old 04-01-2005, 12:06 AM   #23 (permalink)
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oh the abit, weird, i thought it was a 939 socket.
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Antec 550 Watt Power Supply With 2 Fans 5.25 Control Panel, Model "TRUE CONTROL 550W" - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...103-922&depa=0
$108

ASUS "A8N-SLI" nForce4 SLI Chipset Motherboard For AMD Socket 939 CPU -RETAIL
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...131-524&depa=0
$169

AMD Athlon 64 3000+, 512KB L2 Cache, Socket 939 64-bit Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...103-501&depa=0
$146

HP DVD640I Internal DVD±R/DVD±RW w/ LightScribe RETAIL, Retail
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduc...140-007&DEPA=1
$99

Seagate 160GB 7200RPM IDE Hard Drive, Model ST3160023A-RK, Retail
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...148-031&depa=1
$115

EVGA nVIDIA GeForce 6600GT Video Card, 128MB DDR3, 128-Bit, DVI/TV-Out, AGP 8X, Model "128-A8-N350" -RETAIL
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...130-220&depa=1
$179

Lian Li Black ATX Mid Tower Case, Model "PC-6077B"
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...112-044&depa=1
$125

Kingmax SuperRAM Series Dual Channel Kit 184-Pin 1GB(512MBx2) DDR PC-3700, Model MPYD42D-2K - Retail http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...156-024&depa=1
$131

= $1072

figure this'll drop to below 1000 by summer...sound good?
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really tho, how much of this stuff is "gamer stuff" that most people don't use...

i.e SATA drive? that much better?
SLI that important?
550W PSU really crucial?

I want a good machine, but don't want to get stuff that as a less-than-avid gamer is not really necessary.

I understand a solid mobo is essential, and same with RAM and I want a good case (which i think this is)

Also I have no idea what a good sound card is.
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i.e SATA drive? that much better?
They are at their best when you need more than one hard drive, because, unlike IDE HDs, they have their own dedicated channel.

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RIght now? No. Later on when one 6600GT can't play the latest game, yes. By the time that 1 6600GT cant play a game at a decent frame rate, the cost of getting a second 6600GT will be pretty low. That is why I recommend the SLI boards. If you dont mind just upgrading the vid card and not just adding in a second one, maybe go for a mobo like this:

ASUSnForce4 Chipset Motherboard For AMD Socket 939 CPU, Model "A8N-E" -RETAIL $138
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduc...131-530&depa=1

This board is only $30 cheaper.

As for that RAM you picked, that is a little excessive. Just go with one of the budget types from Crucial, Corsair, or Kingston, etc. I still stand by my recommendation of the Kingston Valueram for $90. Without overclocking, your ram will be running at PC3200 speed anyways, so there is really no point in getting PC3700 RAM if you are not going to overclock.

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If you someday went to add a 2nd vid card onto your SLI mobo, then yes. If you go with a non-SLI board, then about 450W will do. This might be a little more than is absolutely necessary, but the PSU is one thing you cannot be skimpy with.

As for a sound card, both this^^^^ mobo here or the SLI one come with very good onboard sound, and you shouldnt have to worry about getting anything else for a sound card.
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