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Old 04-30-2006, 09:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Building a completely new comp (help, suggestions)

Ok, so I mapped out what im getting.

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I recently got a job at subway, first time me having a job in a while, and im putting all the money I earn torwards this machine until I get it. I should get atleast 100-120bucks a week, so it will take roughly~3 months
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Total ~1,450

Case ~$50
ASPIRE X-Dreamer II ATXB4KLW-BK Black Computer Case With Side Panel Window
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811144026
Reasoning: Computer is only as good as the flashy case. I like lights.

Video Card ~$300

reasoning: haven't found one that I think is perfect yet, but im going to spend 250-350 on a card


Monitor (lcd) (widescreen) ~$250
BenQ FP202W Black 20.1" 8ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail $299 (maybe)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824014105
Reasoning: Widescreen LCD monitors are ****ing sweet.

Hard Drive ~$150
Western Digital Raptor 74GB 3.5" Serial ATA150 Hard Drive
70GB space 10,000rpm
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822144160
Reasoning: Nice rpm and recommended by len


Motherboard ~$150
(maybe?)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131517
reasoning: Guice's - says it works.. definately getting an 4 and sli compatible

Processor ~$300
AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ 2000MHz HT Socket 939 Dual Core Processor - Retail
reasoning: 519 reviews 5/5 eggs (Dual core, 64 bit)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103562


Power supply?
(with case?)



RAM ~$150
( 2 x 1GB ) 500 reviews 5/5 (sale)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227210
reasoning: 2gigs of ram no doubt

CD/DVD Burner Drive ~$40


SPEAKERS!
Logitech X-530 5.1 Speaker - Retail $54.99 (600 reviews 5/5 eggs)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16836121118
reasoning: love music

SOOO looking over this any computer buffs got any comments? Good choices? Good recommendations? Bad experience with a computer part? Etc, any help would be appreciated..
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Old 04-30-2006, 09:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Look good but I'd suggest if you will upgrade in the future to buy a 500w+ power supply. Such as this one....

Antec TruePower 2.0 Truecontrol II-550 550W power supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817103933

I know that is a exta $100, but it is a really nice PSU.
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Old 04-30-2006, 11:16 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I would get a 7900GT for the graphics card.

If you want a cheaper PSU, get the Fortron 450w.

I would also pay extra to get the SLI premium board.
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I like the case choice, but you don't want to use PSU's that come with cases, except for a few excpetions. I would however suggest getting an Opteron 165 and OCing it, because you chose some pretty good overclocking ram.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103588
OCing it would make it faster than an OCed 3800 X2, so it will be good for the money.
I dont think you need the Raptor, its way too **** expensive and not too much faster than an SATA drive.
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hdd!

no no no no

if you want a raptor, get a 32 gig raptor then get a big (250-300 gig) storage drive... 72 gigs is not much at all
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Old 04-30-2006, 04:09 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Static_11 - That's smart. I might do that

@better PSU - Yeah, I was told that other places as well, at this point its pretty obvious to me to get a better power supply.

@turtile - Why not 7800? Big difference? I think the 7900 is a lot more expensive not sure, can you shed some light in this area for me?

@turtile - Can you give me a good link to an SLI prem board?

thanks guys for your input thus far
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no problem...

whats your budget for a mobo?
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~$100-$175
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131540



get that, the video card you originally picked out, and an opteron 165, and a good hsf, (zalman makes great ones), and overclock the opty as far as it can go because that board will handle it great
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Why Opteron 165 over the one I picked out? Just overall better for 30 more bucks?

The difference I noticed is the one i picked out was 2x 512kb cache but also 64 bit versus Opteron 165 not being 64 bit. I plan on this comp being my computer for a long time, do you still recommend the Opty?
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