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Old 05-17-2006, 10:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Building my first Computer

I am going to build my first computer and these are the parts I pick out so far. I am in college and I want a good computer that is good for multitasking as well as decent for gaming and most importantly is around $1000. I hope to have this computer for 2-3yrs as cash is a little tight because of school so I also want to have a good upgrade path.

Already Purchased

Case:Antec LifeStyle SONATA II Piano Black Computer Case w/ 450WPSU
Motherboard:ASUS A8N5X ATX AMD Motherboard
RAM: Patriot 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Dual Channel Kit

Still to Buy
Processor:AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ 2000MHz HT 2.0Socket 939 Dual Core
Videocard: eVGA Geforce 7900GT KO 256-P2-N564 Video Card
Hard drive:Western Digital Caviar SE16 250GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s
DVDRW #1:NEC 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE/ATAPI Model ND-3550A

Total: $1,019.74

Mostly I just want to make sure all these parts are compatable. Since I have no intention of ever using SLI I decided to go with a cheaper motherboard (had intended to use the ASUS A8N-SLI ATX AMD) and use the included PSU and instead plan to buy a better video card (the 7900 GT KO instead of a 7600GT).

I know two drives are not necessary but he main reason I want two is that I plan on using #1 for daily use (games, etc.) and the other for burning. And since they only cost ~$35, I feel that it will be fine.

I also wanted to make sure it is ok to have a SATA 3.0Gb/s hard drive since my Motherboard only supports SATA 1.5Gb/s.

I also am using an LCD monitor with a VGA plug and I want to make sure that is compatable with the graphics card.

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Old 05-17-2006, 11:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Looks good to me. I would've bought a better mobo though, incase you want to OC in the future, but otherwise it looks fine.

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Old 05-18-2006, 06:25 AM   #3 (permalink)
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All looks great to me
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Old 05-18-2006, 08:42 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 05-19-2006, 06:45 AM   #5 (permalink)
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That's a good build, solid choices you have there. Good luck.
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Old 05-19-2006, 03:56 PM   #6 (permalink)
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all looks real good to me.

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