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Old 11-07-2005, 03:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey, I would like to know that everything here is Compatible. I'm ordering most of my things through Newegg, but I am getting the video card I want through best buy because I work there and get a decent discount. They don't have much that I want except for the video card. I was considering just upgrading but everything in my current PC needs to be upgraded so I decided to get a new case because mine is old and ugly.

I've heard some motherboards are picky when it comes to RAM, just want to make sure everything will work when I get it, so if you know anything about it please let me know.

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Case: Thermaltake Tsunami VA3000BWA Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

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Power Supply: Antec TruePower 2.0 TP2-550 EPS12V ATX12V 550W Power Supply - Retail

Motherboard: DFI LANPARTY nF4 SLI-DR Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 4000+ ClawHammer 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Processor Model ADA4000ASBOX - Retail

RAM: CORSAIR XMS 1GB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered System Memory Model CMX1024-3200C2PT - Retail (Will be putting in one stick for now, and when I feel the need for the upgrade, I'll get another 1gb stick. Sound good?)

Video Card: BFG Tech BFGR78256GTOC Geforce 7800GT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 VIVO PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
(The link is newegg but this card is available at best buy which I am getting from, the bb site seems to be down at the moment.. As time passes I may even buy 2 for SLI if I feel the need and have the cash)
Total: $930
without video card, unsure of the exact price on it, my discount is cost +5%, retail on newegg is $370


Would you suggest I buy a sound card? The motherboard has on-board but I heard something about it eating up alot of the memory when in use. I'm not a sound freak and I dont even have very good speakers (I usually use my headset when playing first person shooters).

I'm open to any suggestions, I'm not sure on the motherboard, I've heard mixed reviews. Same with the PSU.

Thanks to all who read this and respond!
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The motherboard and power supply are both good.

As for the sound card.....I guess if your headset is just a cheapy Logitech one or something then a sound card might be a waste of money. Still even cheap headphones will sound better with one.....it's up to you but if you do get a sound card get the Audigy2 ZS Gamer. I don't think the regular Audigy2 ZS has EAX 4.0 so go with the Gamer version.

You could also get an X-Fi but be warned the Xtreme Music version can't use EAX 5.0 without bringing you down to 0-15 fps. Only the ~$250 X-Fi FPS Fatal1ty can enable it with ease due to the onboard 'X-RAM'.
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Yeah I was going to go with the audigy 2 zs gamer if I was going to get one. I have a 30$ Logitech headset.

I'll wait until I get really nice speakers to get a sound card. Thanks for your input!

What I'm really concerned about is the ram. I also heard that the motherboard doesnt work with some Maxtor drive, and I have a Maxtor 160 gig IDE drive. I'll research more into that.

One more thing: 2x512 or 1x1024 (then eventually 2x1024)?

I think I'm going to get this instead of Corsair.. I heard it works extremely well with DFI boards.

OCZ EL Platinum Revision 2 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model OCZ4001024ELDCPER2-K - Retail

Let me know what you think.
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go with a 4000+ san diego, the clawhammer is older and just sucks more , and go with some nice OCZ ram XMS series is thumbs down. i wouldnt go with BFG because one of the mod's 6800GT just fried on him :OOO
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yeah the ocz and dfi are great and good for ocing. as far as 1x1gb now or 2x 512...it depends on when youll be getting that second stick....upcoming games will require 2 gbs but right now you can play most games ok with 1gb...(bf2 and fear are demanding.)

another option is going with a dual core processor...thats what i would do...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103562

-that psu rocks.

-dont buy a sound card...yet...

7800gt for sure.
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You can get yourself the new 6800GS. It's only 215 after shipping on newegg. That's what I'd get.

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DO NOT BUY A CLAWHAMMER!!! i can't believe you're willing to buy a 7800gt but will go with a clawhammer core. get a venice or san diego.
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go with a 4000+ san diego, the clawhammer is older and just sucks more , and go with some nice OCZ ram XMS series is thumbs down. i wouldnt go with BFG because one of the mod's 6800GT just fried on him :OOO
yes, but

1. Was he OC'ing?
2. BFG has life-time warranties :-P


And yes I did decide to go with OCZ, sorry I didn't update here.

OCZ EL Platinum Revision 2 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model OCZ4001024ELDCPER2-K - Retail Sound good?

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You can get yourself the new 6800GS. It's only 215 after shipping on newegg. That's what I'd get.

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Thanks but I get an employee discount at best buy, and I can probably get the 7800gt for about 300...



The Clawhammer is more expensive than the San Diego. The only difference I can find is the Process type, but I'm sure theres more to it than just numbers. I can't find a Venice that is 4000+. If you say the San Diego is better then I'll take your word for it because I'm so behind, I'll get AMD Athlon 64 4000+ San Diego 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Processor Model ADA4000BNBOX - Retail.

I haven't done a 64 bit system before, so I dont know much about these processors. Again, this is why I posted on the forum. Thank you all for your input. Im not ordering everything until next week or so, so please continue if you have any suggestions.
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back on the ram thing, 1x1gb for sure. Consider a 4000+ X2 toledo
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yes, but

1. Was he OC'ing?
2. BFG has life-time warranties :-P

1) he was on stock
2) he decided to get eVGA cause they have quality life longing video cards
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