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Old 10-20-2005, 11:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default conclusion on my $1k rig tell me whacha guys think.

The rig I want to setup is going to be my gaming PC/home theatre. Tell me whacha guys think. This setup is going to be $1000 plus or minus. Any ideas let me know:

CASE:

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

MSI K8N Neo4-F Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4-4X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Model #: K8N Neo4-F
Item #: N82E16813130491
CPU:

AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Venice 1GHz FSB 512KB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor - Retail
Model #: ADA3000BPBOX
Item #: N82E16819103537


VID CARD:


XFX PVT43GNDF3 Geforce 6600GT 128MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
Model #: PVT43GNDF3
Item #: N82E16814150098
RAM:

OCZ Performance Series 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory - Retail
Model #: OCZ4001024PFDC-K
Item #: N82E16820227031
HDD:

Maxtor DiamondMax 10 6L200S0 200GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM
Model #: 6L200S0
Item #: N82E16822140168
DVD-Burner:

NEC Black 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2M Cache IDE DVD Burner - OEM

Model #: ND-3540A Black
Item #: N82E16827152047
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Power Supply:

Thermaltake Silent Purepower W0014RU ATX 480W Power Supply 100 - 240V - Retail
Model #: W0014RU
Item #: N82E16817153007
Speakers:

Creative Inspire P7800 90 Watts 7.1 Speaker - Retail

Model #: 51MF7025AA000
Item #: N82E16836116153
Creative Inspire P7800 90 Watts 7.1 Speaker - Retail


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Old 10-20-2005, 03:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Get the Nforce 4 Ultra (uses 1ghtz FSB yours has 800mhtz FSB)

480w is overkill, all you need is a 350w antec.
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XFX suck as video card company

get eVGA leadtek gigabyte BFG etc.
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Poor choice on the Hard drive and video card brand, but nice setup!
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For 1k surely you could get a 6800GT and at least a 3200+ processor? And yea, the hard drive sucks ***..
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I have an XFX card because it was really cheap. But now the fan is randomly making wierd noises after 2 1/2 years. It may be going dead but its not that bad. Its just the fan.
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I just bought an XFX...... And everyone says that "XFX cards come DOA"

Well i could give 2 sh!ts if it was DOA with a 2 year MANUF. Warranty backing me up.......
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I got a couple hints.

1) Use valueRAM with a lifetime warranty, unless you are overclocking. It doesnt make sense to get "performance" series ram unless you intend on overclocking.

2) I would get a SATA Seagate or Western Digital HD. They have built a better reputation for quality and longevity.

3) I would stay with a 400W or bigger PSU, especially if you go with a no-name PSU. That way, you can leave a little room for upgrades later.
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For 1k surely you could get a 6800GT and at least a 3200+ processor? And yea, the hard drive sucks ***..
can you show me a setup that's going to pull that off.
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Old 10-21-2005, 12:36 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Just a couple of things:

1) I agree about the HD, I would go with Western Digital, I have used them alot and never had a problem.

2) I also agree that you should stay with atleast a 400W PSU, preferably bigger, it is not overkill at all, even though it says 400W you are not getting all 400W's and if you are some of it is dirty power. Also since your building your own computer if you ever need to upgrade to newer hardware you will have enough power. I suggest Antec Neo power, but thats just my opinion.

3) I would go with atleast the 6800GT, I bought a 6600GT about 7 months ago and wish I would have gotten a 6800. My 6600GT is already being outpaced and overworked. As far as the Brand, I say as long as they have a good warranty and customer service, it doesn't make a huge difference.

The comment on the XFX cards come DOA is probably somewhat true, but then it is true for all companies, I have had eVGA, PNY, Chaintech, BFG, and XFX cards before and I have gotten atleast 1 DOA or Bad card from each of them.

4) I would also consider getting the new Sound Blaster X-Fi, especially if you are getting 7.1 speakers
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