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Old 01-01-2006, 07:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi there, just registered, name's newton.

Everything I know about computers comes from fixing and upgrading my own. I'm not a computer whiz and I don't know too much, but enough, I think, to assemble my first computer.

I want a computer that's pretty fast (So I can play some new games in decent detail with good FPS) and also cheap (Trying to keep it under around $600). Most importantly, I want it to be very reliable, as I store a lot of files on my computer (my previous one crashed a lot ).

Here's what I've got going so far: https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion...shListTitle=pc

What do you guys think of the setup? Alright? If some of you would, recommend to me a setup under $600 that would suit my needs. It would also be a big bonus to get them all at newegg (good experience with those guys). Thanks a lot!
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Old 01-01-2006, 07:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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We cant view your list with that link. But im sure it was great setup
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Old 01-01-2006, 07:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Ahh, that list wasn't made public yet, sorry. Here:

APEX Super Case TU150 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ATX 12V 400W with 20+4 pin Intel/AMD listed Power Supply - Retail
Model #: TU150
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16811154013

DFI nF4X Infinity Socket 754 NVIDIA nForce4-4X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Model #: nF4X Infinity
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16813136162

XFX PVT43GNDF3 Geforce 6600GT 128MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
Model #: PVT43GNDF3
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16814150098

AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Venice 800MHz FSB Socket 754 E6 Processor Model ADA3000BXBOX - Retail
Model #: ADA3000BXBOX
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16819103606

CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model VS1GBKIT400 - Retail
Model #: VS1GBKIT400
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16820145440

Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 ST380817AS 80GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM
Model #: ST380817AS
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16822148040

NEC Black IDE/ATAPI DVD Burner Model ND-3550A - OEM
Model #: ND-3550A BK OEM
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16827152058

That's $580 right there w/o shipping. Not too bad as far as price goes. If you would look at it a bit and tell if the setup is fine, I'd appreciate it a lot. Thanks!
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XFX is bad. Their failure rate is rather high, so it would probably be a good idea to switch to a manufacturer with a better rep, like eVGA.

Also, is there any particular reason you are going with Socket 754? It's dying, and quickly.

The PSU isn't so great. Fortron (I hope I spelled that right) and Antec have some good PSUs, so that would be something to look into.
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XFX is bad. Their failure rate is rather high, so it would probably be a good idea to switch to a manufacturer with a better rep, like eVGA.

Also, is there any particular reason you are going with Socket 754? It's dying, and quickly.

The PSU isn't so great. Fortron (I hope I spelled that right) and Antec have some good PSUs, so that would be something to look into.
My friend just built one and he's running the socket 754. Would 939 be better or something?

I've heard of Antec PSUs and they're great rep. I'll look into one. Thanks.
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I would definitely switch over to a socket 939 due to the fact that socket 754s will die out in usage and the 939 will have be better in years to come. Especially since i read somewhere that amd will be launching yet another socket sometime in 06 which will also decrease the usage of 754s.
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My friend just built one and he's running the socket 754. Would 939 be better or something?
939 is newer, supports dual core, dual channel RAM, and PCI-E, to a larger extent, than 754 does.
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Alright, but I don't know much about mobos. The 754 was the one my friend picked out. What would I want to look for in a mobo? Any particular 939 mobo you would recommend? And I also have to change over the a 939 CPU right?
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DFI Lanparty Ultra-D, because you won't be going SLi anyways, would you?

As for the case, isn't it a little boring? Check your local stores, you can actually SEE the cases before purchasing them, the price difference isn't a lot.

The board I suggested is PCI-E compatiable, I would suggest an eVGA 6600GT or 6800GT, I'm pretty sure both of them are under 180 dollars. As for the processor, I would go with any dual-core proccesor that you have enough money for, probably an Opteron proccesor.
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Yeah, I'll probably go around looking at more cases, but I often prefer the clean look. Not a big fan of neons and LEDs.

Anyways, The Ultra-D mobo you suggested Rocky, would put me a bit outta my budget there and with a new processor.

I'm not looking for a high-po machine that will last a long time. It would be nice to play games in the new 2006, but I'm happy with a PC that can play current games smoothly and well.

Any other downsides to the 754 besides the fact its a bit outdated?
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