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Old 11-25-2004, 02:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Building Computer- Would like some case guidance

Hey guys, I've been looking for a forum such as this one for awhile and looks like I finally found it. Anyway, I'm building my self a new PC for christmas. I have built two systems before and done upgrades and work on them so I am semi-experienced with such work. I have picked out all of my parts except for a hard-drive (because those are always on sale at stores) and my case.

Here is what I have so far for my PC:

http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduc...MP=OTC-B1zrat3

ASUS "A8V Deluxe" VIA K8T800 Pro Chipset Motherboard For AMD Socket 939 CPU -RETAIL
$130

http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduc...103-498&DEPA=1
AMD Athlon 64 3500+, 512K, L2 Cache, Socket 939 Windows Compatible 64-bit Processor - Retail
$290 (This is the Winchester core, slightly cooler, 90 NM instead of 130)

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...141-424&depa=1
Kingston 184 Pin 512MB DDR PC-3200 - Retail
2x $78= $156

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...122-195&depa=1
Leadtek nVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT Video Card, 256MB GDDR3, 256-Bit, TV-Out/DVI, 8X AGP, Model "A400 GT TDH" -RETAIL
$395.00

Hard-Drive
$100-150

Case
$50-120

Random stuff- Rounded cables, new heat-sink (if I need), etc.
$20-50

Total: Around $1250

The graphics card I am getting is pretty large (HUGE Heatsing), so I think I want a full tower case. I don't care much about windows or lights, I just want a good power supply and good ventillation, but I don't really want a SUPER expensive case or an ugly one. Maybe that's too much to ask, I don't know.

Do you think I should get a better CPU fan/heatsink and which one should I get?

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Old 11-25-2004, 04:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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how much do you wanna spend on a case?

this looks ok:
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduc...129-119&DEPA=1

it costs: $85

but its a antec so it comes with a antec PSU which is reliable.
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Old 11-25-2004, 08:34 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Heres a good site to use when choosing a power supply.
http://www.jscustompcs.com/power_supply/
just add about 100 watts to the estimate they give and you should be straight.
For a hd i reccommend:
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...148-032&depa=0
And if you want a good looking, top notch case:
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...133-105&depa=0
(your also going to need a power supply)
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Thanks guys, please keep the suggestions coming

And I want to spend 150 max on power supply and case... But I will make exceptions, seeing that I am finding good deals on things, there fore freeing up more money.

Also, what is a good power supply to put in... I want at least 420.
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i got a dual fan thermal take 420watt dual fan PSU. Really good, you can buy them up to 520watt i believe. With a crappy thermaltake heatsink/fan, my bios shows my case and cpu temps pretty good:

Motherboard temp: 26 (3 degrees above ambient)
Cpu Temp : 35

thats with a crappy thermaltake dual fan, with NO case fans and a stupid hsf and a generic case. Heh
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Get a Thermaltake Silent tower, An EVGA 6800 GT because it comes standard w/ the best heatsink, and get either an MSI or Abit board. Plus you might want to invest in an Antec Truepwer 430 watt psu.
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Every computer I have built has been an Asus board plus I have seen several reviews and they all like the A8V... so I am getting that.


Could you point me to a site that says the EVGA has the best heat sink?

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