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Old 01-21-2008, 12:12 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Oh, for some reason I thought you said something about space requirements, but I probably just imagined it. :P
im prolly gonna get one of these cases
Newegg.com - XION Onyx XON-303 Black/Blue Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Newegg.com - XION Onyx XON-301 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Stylish LED Power switch and unique 140mm Green LED Fan - Retail

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Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-WW Black/Silver Aluminum Bezel, SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
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Old 01-21-2008, 12:26 AM   #12 (permalink)
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If you're gf's cool with the bright green lights and what not, go for the XION cuz they look too sick for words. Otherwise, I own the centurion 5 and it has incredible airflow and looks really good with a blue fan, not over dramatically bright, and it has a very simplistic cool look.
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well she wants a colorful pc so thats why im lookin more towards the xion.
and if i get the centurion i will have to my case fans.
i also might get the tracers so it will make things more colorful.
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The centurion, imo, looks really sweet when internally lit. I personally am not so crazy about the whole "light up the whole desk thing" but I know I am the minority.
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The centurion, imo, looks really sweet when internally lit. I personally am not so crazy about the whole "light up the whole desk thing" but I know I am the minority.
im with you..im not an led person, my case has only one blue led fan that actually looks nice and thats it.

this is for my gf so shes different.
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well this is what i have so far:

well this is the build i have configured so far for a $500 budget:

Cpu: Newegg.com - Intel Pentium E2180 Allendale 2.0GHz 1MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
mobo- Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-P31-S3G LGA 775 Intel P31 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
ram- Newegg.com - A-DATA Extreme Edition 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
psu- Newegg.com - FSP Group SAGA+ 450R ATX12V 450W Power Supply 100 - 240 V NEMKO, TUV, CSA, IEC, UL, CE - Retail
gpu- Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100164L-64 Radeon X1650PRO 256MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 CrossFire Supported Low Profile Video Card - Retail
case- Newegg.com - XION Onyx XON-301 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Stylish LED Power switch and unique 140mm Green LED Fan - Retail

i think all i need is a dvd burner and then im set, i dont think ill need an aftermarket cooler cos i wont be oc and temps shouldnt be a problem at all.

i wont get my money for another 2 weeks, so ill post back if any changes come into mind.
pls also add anything if you think is needed or if ive forgotten anything.

thanks guys.
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E2200 cost only $6 more than E2180
Newegg.com - Intel Pentium E2200 Allendale 2.2GHz 1MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail


And if your GF is going to watch movies then this video card would be better
Newegg.com - EVGA 256-P2-N733-LR GeForce 8400GS 256MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail

It supports purevideo 2 and HDCP
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E2200 cost only $6 more than E2180
Newegg.com - Intel Pentium E2200 Allendale 2.2GHz 1MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail


And if your GF is going to watch movies then this video card would be better
Newegg.com - EVGA 256-P2-N733-LR GeForce 8400GS 256MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail

It supports purevideo 2 and HDCP
thanks maroon...
ill prolly get the 8400 then since she wont really be gaming although i might get the 1650 pro just in case she does.
does the 8400gs make a really big diff in watching movies than the ati card?
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I think the hot pink interior would look cool... if I get some extra time, maybe I will mod one of my old cases.... paint exterior flat black, and interior neon pink.... ebay it..
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If you are going to oc get some arctic 5 silver grease. That stuff is da bomb.
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