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Old 12-17-2006, 09:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi there I was wondering if I can get your expert opinions on these computer specs/components. This is what Im planning to put together for college/university. I would just like some opinions on it. The url's are there so you can check it out.

Xion Solaris Black/Green Mid ATX Case
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...&sku=A406-1054

Intel 975XBX2KR Intel Socket 775 ATX Motherboard
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...3&sku=I69-2145

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Asus M2N32 WS Pro NVIDIA Socket AM2 ATX Motherboard
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...456794&CatId=0


Intel Pentium D 960 3.60GHz 4MB Cache 800MHz FSB Dual-Core
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...CP1-PD-960%20C

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AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ 2.60GHz FSB Socket AM2 Processor
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...2-5200%20PROMO


Kingston Dual Channel HyperX 2048MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz LL Memory (2 x 1024MB)
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...5&sku=K24-5418

Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200PRM 16MB SATA-300 Hard Drive
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...sku=TSD-500AS2

BFG GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB PCI Express Dual DVI/HDTV/HDCP Enabled Video Card
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...570716&CatId=0

Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty PCI Sound Card
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...618858&CatId=0

Sony DVD Burner
Sony 1.44 MB Floppy Drive
Green Neon Glow
24" Samsung LCD TV/Monitor

Price with the Intel Motherboard + Intel Processor $2,391.91 (excluding monitor)

Price with the Asus Motherboard + AMD Processor $2,490.91 (excluding monitor)
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Seagate Barracuda 500GB SATA Hard Drive
BFG GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB PCI-E Dual DVI/HDTV/HDCP Enabled Video Card
Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty PCI Sound Card
Sony DVD Burner and Sony 1.44 MB Floppy Drive
24" Samsung LCD TV/Monitor
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Old 12-17-2006, 09:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Out of the two processors you listed, the AMD setup should be better. But a Core 2 Duo could beat both. Everything else should be fine and I see no reason to change those things.
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Old 12-17-2006, 09:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Instead of the processor/motherboard combination you picked, pick up a Core 2 Duo and a compliant motherboard, it'll blow the socks off of both of the configurations you chose.
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Old 12-17-2006, 09:56 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Agreed...
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I second that too dude
and I would change the case, cause no offense dude it really Blows. I would recommend the NZXT APOLLO Case.
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Also the NZXT Zero looks cool. It comes with 8 fans! A bit more pricey though, than the apollo.
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I like the Xion Solaris case. I basically fell in love with it the first time I saw it almost a year ago. Its beautiful. The Intel mobo supports the Core 2 so its good. All that would be changed is the processor. Let me ask you two things. Do you recommend a different motherboard? Would you recommend the Core 2 Extreme Edition at 2.93 Ghz (tagged at 1300.00) or a Core 2 at 1.8 Ghz (tagged at 2500.00), like do you know what the difference is?
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Seagate Barracuda 500GB SATA Hard Drive
BFG GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB PCI-E Dual DVI/HDTV/HDCP Enabled Video Card
Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty PCI Sound Card
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Old 12-18-2006, 12:56 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I would get either the e6600 or the e6700, I would also look into the Gigabyte DS3 or the ASUS P5B models.
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Old 12-18-2006, 12:52 PM   #9 (permalink)
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For motherboards I would prefer to stick with either Intel (for Intel Processors) or Asus (for AMD processors) since they are well known companies and they are the best.
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Intel 975XBX2KR Intel Socket 775 ATX -Motherboard
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Kingston Dual Channel HyperX 2048MB DDR2 800MHz
Seagate Barracuda 500GB SATA Hard Drive
BFG GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB PCI-E Dual DVI/HDTV/HDCP Enabled Video Card
Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty PCI Sound Card
Sony DVD Burner and Sony 1.44 MB Floppy Drive
24" Samsung LCD TV/Monitor
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