Join Date: Jan 2004
Need Criticism on my new System (shortened!)
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.
Lian-Li Aluminum Case with Side Panel Window & 1 Ball-Bearing Fan on the Top (Black), Model "PC-65B" -RETAIL
Case Type: ATX Mid-Tower
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"
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
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
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"
Maximum Power: 500W
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
Model: Athlon 64 3200+
Operating Frequency: 2.0GHz
FSB: Integrated into Chip
Cache: L1/64K+64K; L2/ 512KB
Socket: Socket 939
Corsair XMS Extreme Memory Speed Series 184 Pin 512MB DDR PC-3200 - OEM
Type: 184 Pin DDR SDRAM
Error Checking: Non-ECC
Cas Latency: 2-3-3-6 1T
Support Voltage: 2.6V
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
Average Seek Time: 8.5 ms
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
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
Write Speed: 52X CD-R,32X CD-RW
Read Speed: 52X CD-ROM
Interface: ATAPI / E-IDE
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
Subtotal » $1,448.45
Serial ATA Power Adapter (UV Green)
UV Sensitive Red Round 18" Floppy Cable
80mm Aluminum Mesh Fan Filter (Black) (4)
Dual UV Cold Cathode Kit
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.
I argue with people on internet message boards.
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