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Old 05-15-2007, 10:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Alright, I've been out of the loop for a while hardware-wise, so I'm going to need some good ideas....

I plan to be able to play WoW, Doom 3....etc...Vista Ultimate with Full Aero, Ubuntu with beryl, and probably OSx86.

So I'm looking for 2GB of Ram, 100GB+ SATA HDD, nVidia Video Card, probably Geforce 7600 GT or something, an AMD 64 X2 Chip...and I guess the PS and Tower just need to be functional.

I have the rest.

I also would prefer to get it all from one website, most-likely newegg, budget is $400-500
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Old 05-15-2007, 11:20 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Get this hard drive
Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording) ST3250620AS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
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Old 05-15-2007, 11:25 AM   #4 (permalink)
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k, I don't need any optical media drive, but I would need a cpu cooler.
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Ok, how's this look...

Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price

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COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel, SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Model #: CAC-T05-UW
Item #: N82E16811119068

Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

In Stock
$49.99 $49.99

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BIOSTAR TFORCE 550 Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 550 MCP ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Model #: TFORCE 550
Item #: N82E16813138026

Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

In Stock
Mail-in Rebate
$79.99 $79.99

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XFX PVT73GUGF3 GeForce 7600GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
Model #: PVT73GUGF3
Item #: N82E16814150185

Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

In Stock
$119.99 $119.99

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FSP Group (Fortron Source) AX400-PN, RoHS, 12cm FAN, version 2.2, 2 SATA, 20+ 4 pin, PCI Express, 400W Power Supply - Retail
Model #: AX400-PN
Item #: N82E16817104953

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In Stock
$43.99 $43.99

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AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ Brisbane 1.9GHz Socket AM2 Processor Model ADO3600DDBOX - Retail
Model #: ADO3600DDBOX
Item #: N82E16819103046

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$69.00 $69.00

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SUPER TALENT 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model T6UX2GC5 - Retail
Model #: T6UX2GC5
Item #: N82E16820609219

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In Stock
$79.99 $79.99

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Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST380215A 80GB 7200 RPM IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive - OEM
Model #: ST380215A
Item #: N82E16822148236

Return Policy: Limited 30-Day Return Policy

In Stock
$41.99 $41.99

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ARCTIC COOLING ALPINE 7 92mm CPU Cooler - Retail
Model #: ALPINE 7
Item #: N82E16835186009

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$14.99 $14.99
Subtotal: $499.93
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Looks fine, but get this hard drive instead:
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE WD800JD 80GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

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Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST380815AS 80GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
if you prefer Seagate.
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Yeah, I've always had problems with Western Digital...actually just about every brand I've had problems with.
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b1gapl,

Why you want him to get a hard drive with low capacity and only 8MB cache ?? !!!
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I was just trying to keep, within his budget. It's up to him, if he wants to.
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I'm fine with 80GB for now, I'm looking for a cheaper, but stable HDD, I'm trying to stay under $500 total (including shipping) I'm very close right now. What are the Advantages of the XFX Brand's model over the eVGa's model, I looked at the specs and obviously there are some enhancements, but what difference will I see?
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