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Old 09-25-2005, 07:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all. I want to start my first system build in the next week or so. Since I'm such a n00b I wanted to run the components list past people who know what they're doing before I start buying because I might have this all messed up. If anyone has the time to review, troubleshoot and/or offer suggestions, I'd appreciate it.

I don't do any major gaming or graphics work so I don't need a high end processor or video card. I will mostly use the system for lower end games, internet (still on dialup for another year ugh), TV/stereo/DVDs, amateur digital photography, and MS Office stuff. This setup is about $1500 and I don't want to spend any more than that. Thanks!


AMD Athlon 64 3200+
Venice 1GHz FSB 512KB L2 Cache
Socket 939 Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103535

ASUS A8V Socket 939
VIA K8T800 Pro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131541

ARCTIC COOLING Silencer64UltraTC 87 x 87 x 33 mm Cooling Fan/Heatsink
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835186126

Seagate 250GB 7200RPM
8MB cache S-ATA-150 Hard Drive with NCQ
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...Tab=0&NoMapp=0

CORSAIR XMS 1GB (2 x 512MB)
184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200)
Dual Channel Kit System Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145449

eVGA 256-A8-N340-TX Geforce 6600
256MB 128-bit DDR AGP 4X/8X Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130232

Antec Performance Plus PlusView II
Black Steel/Plastic ATX MidTower Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129164

Antec TRUE430 ATX 430W Power Supply
115/230 V UL, TUV, CB, VDE, FCC CLASS B
DEMKO, NEMKO, SEMKO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817103908

LITE-ON Black 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 4X DVD+R DL
16X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R
24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2M Cache IDE DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827106988

SONY Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive
Model MPF920 Black
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16821103116

AeroCool 841269042154 8-in-1 USB2.0 CardReader/Writer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820401501

Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Value
SB0400 8 (7.1) Channels 24-bit 96KHz
PCI Interface Sound Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102175

U.S. Robotics USR5660A 56Kbps PCI Bus (Plug and Play) Modem
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16825104143

Microsoft Windows XP HOME Edition With Service Pack 2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16837102151

Creative Inspire GD580 47 Watts 5.1 Speaker
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16836116141

KWORLD VS-LTV883RF PCI Interface TV/FM Tuner, DVD Maker Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16815100113

ViewSonic VA702b Black 17" 12ms LCD Monitor
300 cd/m2 500:1 0.264mm Pixel Pitch
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824116362
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Old 09-25-2005, 08:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Looks good, except the mobo. ASUS is notorious for making good Intel boards, yet bad AMD boards. Look into MSI or DFI.
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Thanks macdude, you rule.
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Now I'm looking at this mobo instead of the ASUS, any thoughts?

MSI K8N Neo2-F Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce3
Ultra ATX AMD Motherboard

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Hmm...it's OK, but it doesn't have any PCI-E slots, so it isn't exactly futureproof video card (and some other cards later on down the road) wise.
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How about this one?


MSI K8N Neo4-F NVIDIA Socket 939 ATX Motherboard
/ Audio / PCI Express / Gigabit LAN / USB 2.0 / Serial ATA

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On macdude's rec to change my mobo, I did some more looking around last night. I'm now thinking of this mobo and one of these video cards instead of what I listed above. Anyone have any feedback, advice?


MSI K8N Neo4-F Socket 939
NVIDIA nForce4-4X ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130491

Leadtek PX6600LE 256MB Geforce 6600LE 256MB
128-bit DDR PCI Express x16 Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814122231

GIGABYTE GV-NX66256DP Geforce 6600 256MB
128-bit DDR PCI Express x16 Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814125184
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Mobo looks good, and Leadtek (and eVGA) owns Gigabyte in the making of nVidia cards, so go with that one.
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only one PCI-E slot though.
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