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Old 12-30-2006, 12:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, it has been several years since I last built a PC and the technology has changed so much that I am lost. Reading through this board has helped me get somewhat up to speed and I have specced out a build at Newegg. I was hoping for some feedback on the below build to help me identify possible problems or where improvements can be made.

CPU: $184
Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe 1.86GHz 2M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail

Motherboard: $104.99
ASUS P5NSLI Socket T (LGA 775) NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI Intel Edition ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Memory: $239
CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 675 (PC2 5400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-5400c4 - Retail

Video: $249.99
SAPPHIRE 100186L Radeon X1950XT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card - Retail

Hard Drive $94.99
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording) ST3320620A 320GB 7200 RPM IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive - OEM

Case $49.99
COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel, SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

PSU: $50.99
FSP Group (Fortron Source) AX450-PN, 12cm FAN, version 2.0, 2 SATA, PCI Express, 450W Power Supply - Retail

Total $974

Thank you very much for any input..


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Old 12-30-2006, 01:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Id go with the 7900Gs instead of the Radeon x1950xt and a better brand of Psu such as Ocz or Antec but everything else looks good.


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Old 12-30-2006, 01:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Sweet this brings the system cost to $902.

I will plan to make the following changes to the PSU and video card.

PSU: 69.99
Antec SmartPower 2.0 SP-500 ATX12V 500W Power Supply 115/230 V TUV, UL, CUL, CE, CB, FCC - Retail

Video: $159.99
Open Box: BFG Tech BFGR79256GSOCE GeForce 7900GS 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - OEM

Any other recommended updates?

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Old 12-30-2006, 05:33 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Why the 7900GS look even the X1950PRO (slower than the XT) is much quicker than the GS ... if you were to get the 7900GS it'd be the downfall of your system.


Why not compromise on the pro instead of XT then its well known for best bang for your buck.

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