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Old 02-10-2005, 05:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default First Home Built, Whadda Think?

Hey, planin on making this list into my first computer.

To be used for: Music, Gaming, Music, CD Burning, CAD (Drafting), and more Music.

Cooler Master Wave Master Black MID-TOWER CASE, Model "TAC-T01-EK" -RETAIL
Case Type: MID-TOWER
Color: Black
Material: All Aluminum Alloy
Drive Bays: 5.25" x 4/0, 3.5" x 1/4 (external/internal)
Expansion Slots: 7
Front Ports: Dual USB2.0 & IEEE1934 firewire, Audio
Cooling System: 3 x 80mm
Motherboard Compatibility: ATX; 12" x 9.6" (30.5cm x 24.5 cm)
Dimensions: 21"x 7.8"x 18" (LxWxH)

AMD Athlon 64 3500+, Socket 939, 512KB L2 Cache 64-bit Processor - OEM
Model: AMD Athlon 64
Core: Newcastle
Operating Frequency: 2.2GHz
FSB: Integrated into Chip
Cache: L1/64K+64K; L2/ 512KB
Voltage: 1.5V
Process: 0.13Micron
Socket: Socket 939
Multimedia Instruction: MMX, SSE, SSE2, 3DNOW!, 3DNOW!+
Packaging: OEM(Processor Only)

ASUS "A8V-E Deluxe" VIA K8T890 Chipset Motherboard for AMD Socket 939 CPU -RETAIL
Supported CPU: Socket 939 AMD Athlon 64/Athlon 64 FX
Chipset: K8T890 + VT8237R
FSB: HyperTransport 1000/800/600MHz
RAM: 4x DIMM for DDR400/333/266 Max 4GB
Slots: 1x PCI-E X16, 2x PCI-E X1, 3x PCI
Ports: 2x PS/2, 1x LPT, 8x USB2.0(Rear 4), 1x IEEE1394, 1x RJ45, 2x S/PDIF out, Audio Ports
IDE: 2x ATA 133 up to 4 Devices
SATA: 2x Serial ATA with RAID 0/1 JBOD
Onboard Audio: Realtek ALC850 8-CH
Onboard LAN: Marvell 88E8053 GbE Gigabit Lan PCI Controller
Onboard IEEE1394: TI TSB43AB22A 1394 Controller supports 2 x 1394 ports
Form Factor: ATX

Video Card:

SAPPHIRE ATI Radeon X700 PRO Video Card, 256MB GDDR3, 128-Bit, DVI/TV-Out, PCI-Express, Model "X700 PRO" -RETAIL
Chipset/Core Speed: ATI Radeon X700 PRO/420MHz
Memory/Effective Speed: 256MB GDDR3/860MHz
BUS: PCI-Express x16
Ports: VGA Out(15 Pin D-Sub) + TV-Out (S-Video/Composite Out) + DVI
Support 3D API: DirectX 9, OpenGL 2.0
Max Resolution@32bit Color: 2048X1536@85Hz
Cable/Accessories: S-Video Cable, S-Video to RCA Adapter, DVI-I to VGA adapter, Manual, Driver CD
Retail Box

Sound Card:
M-AUDIO PCI Sound Card w/ MIDI and Digital I/O, Model "Audiophile 2496" -RETAIL
Frequency Response: 22-22KHz, -0.4, -0.4dB
Signal-Noise Ratio: D->A 104dB; A->D 100.4dB
Max Sampling Rate: 24-bit/96KHz
Input/Output: Break-out cable to gold-plated RCA jacks, 4 Out, 4 In, S/PDIF Digital I/O
PC/Macintosh Interface: PCI
Drivers: Windows 95/98, ASIO/ASIO2, Mac, GSIF, DirectX and Windows NT/2000 drivers

Corsair Value Select Dual Channel Kit 184 Pin 1G(512MBx2) DDR PC-3200 - Retail
Manufacturer: Corsair
Speed: DDR400(PC3200)
Type: 184 Pin DDR SDRAM
Error Checking: Non-ECC
Registered/Unbuffered: Unbuffered
Cas Latency: 3
Support Voltage: 2.5V
Bandwidth: 3.2GB/s
Organization: two 64M x 64 -Bit
Warranty: Lifetime

Power Source:
Thermaltake W0014 Silent Purepower 480W with Black housing - Xaser Edition ATX 2-Fan Power Supply
Type: ATX
Maximum Power: 480W
Power Good Signal: 100-500ms
Hold-up Time: >16ms at Full Load
Efficiency: >65%
Over Voltage Protection: +5V trip point<+6.8V;+3.3V trip point<+4.5V;+12V trip point<+15.6V
Input Voltage: 100-240 Vrms
Input Frequency Range: 47Hz-63Hz
Input Current: 8A

Hard Drives:
Western Digital 120GB 7200RPM IDE Hard Drive, Model WD1200JBRTL, Retail
Capacity: 120 GB
Average Seek Time: 8.9 ms
Buffer: 8 MB
Rotational Speed: 7,200 RPM
Interface: IDE ULTRA ATA100
Features: High-performance with 8MB Buffer
Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year
Packaging: Retail


Seagate 80GB 7200RPM IDE Hard Drive, Model ST380013A-RK, Retail
Capacity: 80GB
Average Seek Time: 8.5 ms
Buffer: 8MB
Rotational Speed: 7200 RPM
Interface: IDE ULTRA ATA100
Manufacturer Warranty: 5 years
Packaging: Retail box

CD Drives:
SONY Black 52x32x52 Internal IDE CD-RW Drive W/ CD Maker Software, Model CRX230ED-B2, OEM
Write Speed: 52X CD-R, 32X CD-RW
Read Speed: 52X CD-ROM
Interface: E-IDE / ATAPI
Buffer: 2MB
OS Support: Windows XP/ 2000/ ME/ 98SE
Features: PowerBurn Conformed, VAS Vibration Reduction
Packaging: OEM


Sony Internal 16X DVD+/-RW / Double Layer Drive Black, Model DW-D22A-B2, OEM
Write Speed:16X DVD+R, 4X DVD+RW, 8X DVD-R, 4X DVD-RW, 48X CD-R, 24X CD-RW and Double Layer 2.4X DVD+R
Read Speed: 48X CD-ROM/CD-R, 16X DVD-ROM
Interface: ATAPI / E-IDE
Buffer: 2 MB
Random access time: 110 ms (CD-ROM), 105 ms (DVD-ROM)
Features: Buffer Underrun Proof technology
Packaging: OEM Bundle

I think that about wraps it up.


Also, Im almost positive but all of this IS compatable right?

In addition, any advice on things to change?

Whats your advice on heatsink/fan?

Ive got monitor/keyboard/speakers already.

Trying to keep this under $1,500, what you see is about $1,400 from NewEgg.

Thanks, and LOTS of input would be GREAT!

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Old 02-10-2005, 05:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You should get a 6600GT video card.

Core 2 Duo E6850, Foxconn P35A-S, 8GB DDR2-800, 160+160=320GB SATAII RAID 0, BFG 9800GTX, Windows 7 Pro, HP 24" LCD, AG Neovo 19" LCD
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Old 02-10-2005, 06:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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for the CPU, i suggest spending about 10 bucks more and getting the 3500+ with the Winchester core. It will be much cooler and overall should just run a bit better.
The MB, RAM, CD drives are all fine. That Power supply is awesome, great choice (i got one just like it and it pumps out good power and keeps the case cool).
For the Hard drive, definitely get the SATA instead of ATA, it will perform MUCH better (even though its a pain to set up) and only costs like 5 bucks more in most cases.
I definitely agree with the 6600GT PCI-E for your video card. You should be able to grab one for about 200 and it will play any game out.
I dont know how good that sound card you have there is, but i suggest getting a sound blaster audigy if you goin for cheaper cards (the first one, not the SBA 2). I cant even tell the difference between the cards on my 4.1 speakers and the SBA is all i could ever want in a sound card.
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Old 02-10-2005, 06:17 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I built a 2nd system that has the same processor, motherboard, and ram you have. I would think about getting a MSI motherboard, Ive heard a lot of good things about their new MSI K8N Board. I had a lot of problems setting up Bios in the Asus A8V. As for the card I would get a Radeon 9800 Pro 256 Bit which should run about $210. Otherwise it looks like a good setup.
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Old 02-10-2005, 08:08 PM   #5 (permalink)
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That system looks pretty good, but next time please dont post all that worthless info.
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Old 02-10-2005, 08:14 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for the input, especially on the vid card and processor.

Its a pretty nice sound card, also has inputs for a lil bit of home recording which is suposed to be VERY good for the price. I hear its a hell of a lot better than the sound blasters... but who knows.

Dont I need two SATA hard drives for them to be effective? I ask because I already bought the 120 gig WD (It was on sale for dirt cheap with rebates)
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Old 02-10-2005, 08:37 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I would get the same thing exceptwith the same hard drives but larger. No you dont need 2 SATA drives unless your running RAID.

I may have got better ram for OC'ing

Would have gotten a DFI mobo too

6600GT as well
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Old 02-11-2005, 12:16 AM   #8 (permalink)
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looks like you have a good idea of what you want, I'd agree with a 6600gt, and getting the winchester/.09m part. Only things I didn't really see covered was Heat sink,case fans, keyboard, mouse, monitor.
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Old 02-11-2005, 12:23 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Well he did say...

Originally posted by Smitty2k1
Ive got monitor/keyboard/speakers already.

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Old 02-11-2005, 12:32 AM   #10 (permalink)
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lol woops my bad

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