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Old 12-05-2004, 10:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am having trouble finalizing my design and have some questions. Need a good all-around PC with focus on gaming that's as quiet as possible.
Absolute cap on price is $1500 USD.

Newegg Order:
Lian-Li Aluminum Case with Side Panel Window & 1 Ball-Bearing Fan on the Top (Black), Model "PC-65B" -RETAIL
Specifications:
Case Type: ATX Mid-Tower
Color: Black
Material: Aluminum
Drive Bays: 4x5.25", 3x3.5", 5x3.5"(Internal)
Expansion Slots: 7
Front Ports: 2x USB2.0
Power Supply: No Power Supply Included
Cooling System: 4x Ball Bearing Fans
Motherboard Compatibility: ATX, Max: 12" x 9.6"
Dimensions: 8.3"x17.7"x19.3"(WxHxD)
Special Features: Slidable M/B tray, Fan Speed controller more info-> N82E16811112040 $118.00


ABIT "AV8" K8T800 Pro Chipset Motherboard for AMD Socket 939 CPU -RETAIL
Specifications:
Supported CPU: AMD Athlon64/Athlon64 FX Processors
Chipset: VIA K8T800 Pro + VT8237
RAM: 4x DIMM for DDR400/333/266 Max 4GB
IDE: 2x ATA 133 up to 4 Devices
Slots: 1x AGP 8X/4X , 5x PCI
Ports: 2xPS/2,1xCOM,1xLPT,SPDIF In/Out,8xUSB2.0(Rear 4),3xIEEE1394(Rear 1),1xLAN,Audio Ports
Onboard Audio: 6-Channel AC97 Codec
Onboard LAN: VIA VT6122 Gigabit Ethernet
Onboard SATA/RAID: 2x Serial ATA, RAID 0/1
Onboard 1394: 3 Ports
Form Factor: ATX more info-> N82E16813127181 $111.00

XFX nVIDIA GeForce 6600GT Video Card, 128MB GDDR3, 128-Bit, Dual DVI, AGP 8X, Model "PVT43AND" -RETAIL
Specifications:
Chipset/Core Speed: nVIDIA GeForce 6600GT/500MHz
Memory/Effective Speed: 128MB GDDR3/1000MHz
BUS: AGP 8X
Ports: TV-Out (S-Video) + 2x DVI
Support 3D API: DirectX 9(Shader Model 3.0), OpenGL 1.5
Max Resolution@32bit Color: 2048X1536@85Hz
Cable/Accessories: S-Video Cable, 2x DVI to VGA adaptor, Manual, Driver CD, Games and Softwares
Retail Box (See pics for details) more info-> N82E16814150080 $240.50
If the Sapphire 9800 Pro is back in stock in the next few weeks I may buy that instead and save the money for speakers. My Vid Card decision is not final and is driving me nuts


COOLMAX 500W Taurus CX Series Silent Power Supply, 1 x 120mm fan, 3 Speed Fan Control Switch (Auto, Low, Medium), BLACK, Model "CX-500B"
Specifications:
Type: ATX
Maximum Power: 500W
PFC: Yes
Power Good Signal: 100-500ms
Hold-up Time: Not Specified
Efficiency: >65% at full load
Over Voltage Protection: on all output
Overload Protection: on all output
Input Voltage: 115~ 230 V
Input Frequency Range: 50-60 Hz
Input Current: 10/5.5 A
Output: +3.3V@30A, +5V@45A, -5V@0.5A, +12V@28A, -12V@1A, +5VSB@2.5A
MTBF: Not Specified
Approvals: Not Specified more info-> N82E16817159025 $57.50
I am unsure of the compatibility and performance of this PSU, other recommendations acceptable.

AMD Athlon 64 3200+, 512KB L2 Cache, Socket 939 64-bit Processor - Retail
Specifications:
Model: Athlon 64 3200+
Core: Winchester
Operating Frequency: 2.0GHz
FSB: Integrated into Chip
Cache: L1/64K+64K; L2/ 512KB
Voltage: 1.5V
Process: 90nm
Socket: Socket 939
N82E16819103502 $204.00

Corsair XMS Extreme Memory Speed Series 184 Pin 512MB DDR PC-3200 - OEM
Specifications:
Manufacturer: Corsair
Speed: DDR400(PC3200)
Type: 184 Pin DDR SDRAM
Error Checking: Non-ECC
Registered/Unbuffered: Unbuffered
Cas Latency: 2-3-3-6 1T
Support Voltage: 2.6V
Bandwidth: 3.2GB/s
Organization: 64M x 64 -Bit
Warranty: Lifetime more info-> N82E16820145416 $99.50 $199.00 (x2)
What comes with retail RAM?

Seagate 80GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive, Model ST380013AS-RK, Retail
Specifications:
Capacity: 80GB
Average Seek Time: 8.5 ms
Buffer: 8MB
Rotational Speed: 7200 RPM
Interface: Serial ATA150
Features: not specified
Packaging: Retail box (see pics for details) more info-> N82E16822148037 $96.00


SAMSUNG 710N-2-Black 17" LCD Monitor -RETAIL
Specifications:
Panel Type: a-si TFT/TN LCD
Native Resolution: 1280 x 1024
Pixel Pitch: 0.264 mm
Brightness: 300 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio: 600:1
Response Time: 12 ms
View Angle: 160 / 160 (Horizontal / Vertical)
Input Connectors: 15-pin D-Sub
Features: Built-in Power, Narrow Bezel, MagicTune, Safe Mode(Down Scaling up to UXGA), MagicBright
Dimensions & Weight: 14.6" x 15.0" x 6.9" (WxHxD), 9.6 lbs
Manufacturer's Warranty / Phone No.: 3 years part and labor/20,000h backlight / 800-726-7864
Dead Pixels Policy: Replacement or Refund for 8 or more DEAD PIXELS ONLY! more info-> N82E16824001171 $349.99
I have not rested on this individual monitor, but I'd like a flat panel LCD with high brightness for no more than this.

ASUS 52x32x52 IDE Internal CD-RW Drive, Model CRW-5232AS, OEM Black Bulk
Specifications:
Write Speed: 52X CD-R,32X CD-RW
Read Speed: 52X CD-ROM
Interface: ATAPI / E-IDE
Buffer: 2MB
OS Support: Windows XP/2000/Me/98SE
Features: FlextraLink and FlextraSpeed technologies
Packaging: OEM Bulk Bundle more info-> N82E16827135023 $27.99
Should I get a Retail drive? Seems like I would need burning software.

Arctic Silver Premium Silver Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound, Model "Arctic Silver 5", 3.5-gram( 1 cc. ) tube
$12.48

Subtotal » $1,448.45

Xoxide Order:
Serial ATA Power Adapter (UV Green)
3.99

UV Sensitive Red Round 18" Floppy Cable
4.99

80mm Aluminum Mesh Fan Filter (Black) (4)
1.29 5.16

Dual UV Cold Cathode Kit

7.99

Subtotal 22.13

Roughly $1470 spent and I still need a keyboard, speakers, and mouse.

-If the Sapphire 9800 Pro is back in stock in the next few weeks I may buy that instead and save the money for speakers. My Vid Card decision is not final and is driving me nuts.
-I am unsure of the compatibility and performance of this PSU, other recommendations acceptable.
-What comes with retail RAM? Is OEM acceptable for Corsair XMS?
-I'd like a flat panel 17" LCD with high brightness for no more than $350
-Should I get a Retail drive? Seems like I would need burning software.


Thanks very much in advance! All opinions welcome, I want to make as informed a decision as possible when dealing with my new comp. I am having trouble finalizing my design and have some questions. Need a good all-around PC with focus on gaming that's as quiet as possible.
Absolute cap on price is $1500 USD.
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Old 12-05-2004, 10:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I found this on newegg as well for $39, seems a better PSU.

COOLMAX Black 450W 14cm Silent Cooling Fan Switching Power Supply, Model "CR-450B" -RETAIL

Model# CR-450B
Item # N82E16817159031

Specifications:
Type: ATX
Maximum Power: 450W
PFC: N/A
Input Voltage: 115/230V AC
Input Frequency Range: 50 - 60Hz
Input Current: 10/5.5A
Output: +3.3V@30A, +5V@45A, +12V@22A, -5V@0.5A, -12V@1A, +5VSB@2.5A
Approvals: UL, CSA, FCC, TUV
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Old 12-06-2004, 12:11 AM   #3 (permalink)
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everything seems alright...you made a good choice with the ram, cpu and motherboard. this will make a killer gaming system. i currently own the sapphire 9800 pro. I dont think you'll notice a drastic difference from the two. as for the monitor, this is the one im using: its a bit brighter than the samsung, but with a slight decrease in speed. its also cheaper, so if you want to give it a go, i also got it on newegg.

ORION 17RTLB 17" TFT LCD Monitor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduc...162-111&depa=0 $259.00

Model# 17RTLB
Item # N82E16824162111

Specifications:
Panel Type: TFT Active Matrix LCD
Native Resolution: SXGA 1280x1024
Pixel Pitch: 0.264 mm
Brightness: 350 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio: 350:1
Response Time: 25 ms
View Angle: 160° / 160° (Horizontal / Vertical)
Input Connectors: 15-Pin D-sub
Dimensions & Weight: 17.7"x18.5"x9.3"(W x H x D), 7.9 lbs.
Manufacturer Warranty: 1 Year parts and labor
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Old 12-06-2004, 12:13 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks, I will consider it.
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Old 12-06-2004, 12:16 AM   #5 (permalink)
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thats gotta be one of the longests posts i've seen so far
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Old 12-06-2004, 12:39 AM   #6 (permalink)
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thats a long long long post there lol

Case: $21.00
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...156-002&depa=1

Psu: $86.50
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduc...103-914&DEPA=1

Cpu: $190.50
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...103-483&depa=1

Mboard: $111.00 (Not in Stock)
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...127-181&depa=1

Vcard: $240.50
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...150-080&depa=1

Floppy Drive: $7.00
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...152-005&depa=1

Harddrive: $83.00
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...144-314&depa=1

Keyboard: $4.25
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...131-115&depa=1

Speakers: $71.00
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...113-142&depa=1

Sound Card: $88.99 with a $25.00 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...102-171&depa=1

Ram: 2x $72.50
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...141-424&depa=1

CD+DVD drive: Price:$90.50 with $30.00 MIR

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...131-326&depa=1

Monitor: $104.50
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduc...014-067&depa=1

sub: 1243.74
all you should need is atleast 2 fans (one for exaust and intake) and maybe some additional cables
that should be it now
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I would get an eVGA 6800GT and an Antec psu.
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Richard- That post includes no ram, monitor, cd drives, etc.
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hope your reading my edited post up there..
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yea dang man that is the longest post ever, its too late right now cause thats a lot of stuff but maybe ill give it a shot later. btw it maybe a little imposing for people without tha much time, so you may wanna leave out specifics like floppy drive etc.
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