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Old 05-13-2005, 01:55 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Here is the final list. I read up on all of the components and believe this makes the best solution for me and my budget of under $1600 with OS. I will also buy another video card and 1 GB of ram later. I have everything else.

Update DFI LANPARTY nF4 SLI-DR Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

Update THERMALTAKE Tsunami VA3000BWA Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Model #: VA3000BWA

1 AMC 8" 4-Pin Power Cable Splitter Model Y Power Cable - OEM

Update LITE-ON SOHW-1673S Black IDE DVD Burner - Retail
Model #: SOHW-1673S BK

Update THERMALTAKE Silent Boost K8 80mm Ball Cooling Fan - Retail
Model #: Silent Boost K8

Update Western Digital Raptor WD360GD 36.7GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM
Model #: WD360GD

Update Western Digital Caviar SE WD2000JD 200GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM
Model #: WD2000JD

Update Logitech Internet Pro 967450-0403 Black PS/2 Standard Keyboard - OEM
Model #: 967450-0403

Update CORSAIR XMS 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model TWINX1024-3200C2PRO - Retail
Model #: TWINX1024-3200C2PRO

Update Logitech Premium Optical Wheel Mouse 930995-1403 Black 3 Buttons 1x Wheel USB + PS/2 Optical Mouse - OEM
Model #: 930995-1403

Update Microsoft Windows XP Professional With Service Pack 2 - OEM
Model #: E85-03013

Update FarCry PC Game UBISOFT - OEM
Model #: FarCry
Free with AMD 64 and motherboard purchase

Update COOLMAX CX-550B ATX 550W Power Supply - Retail
Model #: CX-550B

Update AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Venice 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Processor Model ADA3200DAA4BP - OEM
Model #: ADA3200DAA4BP

Update eVGA 256-P2-N376-AX Geforce 6800GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI-Express x16 Video Card - Retail
Model #: 256-P2-N376-AX

Subtotal: $1,547.92

How does this look for a first PC build. Learned everything I know in under a week. So, if someone could check to make sure I am ordering the right parts I would appreciate it, also that I didn't leave any crucial component out.


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Old 05-13-2005, 07:05 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Dont want to start a flame war. But I've seen people have some seriously bad experiences with CAD and AMD. They had a 3gig northwood and because some1 reccomended to them AMD, in their next comp they put in a 3000+ .. He opened up cad and pretty much bashed the guy that reccomended an AMD for his computer, which had no games at all. The performance was about half with the amd compared to the 3.0p4.. Just in CAD, though

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Old 05-13-2005, 07:14 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Old 05-13-2005, 07:45 PM   #24 (permalink)
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any psu that comes with the case is crap (except some TT and antec)

you're gonna need a new PSU with that comp, even if it means cutting back on some stuff

i suggest OCZ modstream 500W, or powerstream 500W if you plan on upgrading

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Old 05-13-2005, 08:30 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Nah, he was seriously angry when he came into the shop.. He thought he'd been sold a dodgy cpu or something. For cad, I'd say stick with p4.. But eh its your computer, take advice from whoever you want
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Old 05-14-2005, 03:01 PM   #26 (permalink)
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from my experience, 5 years, you need a good gaming computer for rendering and sketching. True you need a pentium workstation for the data creation. I do mostly rendering. This machine will also see games.

So the last minute recomendations are

Change the ram,
Get a better psu

alright, I am about to buy. I will probably hit send in a few hours, 8-9 pm sat. If there are any other sugg. I would appreciate it still.


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