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Old 01-22-2007, 10:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Background: I am building a PC for home use. I plan to use the PC for gaming, music, video-editing and digital storage, ie pictures. From a gaming perspective, I play games like WoW and Call of Duty. I don't have to have the absolute maximum settings but I like a speedy pc to keep up with the competition.


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Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe 1.86GHz 2M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor $188
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115005

Motherboard
ASUS P5W DH DELUXE/WIFI-AP LGA 775 Intel 975X ATX Intel Motherboard $225
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16813131025

Hard Disk
Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600JS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s $63 with Cable
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16822144415

Memory (1GB Total)
Kingston 512MB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) x 2 $142 for both
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820134115

Case
Cooler Master Centurion 532 ATX Tower Case $82.99
http://www.compusa.com/products/prod...ATX_Tower_Case

Video Card
SAPPHIRE 100145ADVL Radeon X1600PRO 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 CrossFire Video Card $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102041

Power Supply (I bought for $120 with rebates)
Thermaltake ToughPower W0117 750 Watt ATX Power Supply
http://www.compusa.com/products/prod...X_Power_Supply

I never planned on having a 750w power supply but I got such a good deal on the Thermaltake, I had to grab it. The total price was only $120 and I will never have to upgrade it. I do plan on using the Crossfire capabilities of the mobo so I chose a CrossFire capable card. I am only purchasing a single card for now and I will buy the second card later on.

More thoughts on the mobo. The Asus ASUS P5W DH DELUXE comes with the 975x chipset which seems like the dominant chipset today. The mobo also supports the Intel Quad core CPUs which is a big plus. I have read a zillion reviews and they are all pretty positive towards the board. The wireless and remote functinality on the mobo are really just nice to have's. I am planning on buying a wireless music system aka Logitechs Wireless Music System.

I am going with the Intel E6400 CPU which I know is kind of like buying a 4 cylinder engine for full sized sedan. I still may switch out and grab the E6600. Right now my rig is a Dell Dimension 8100 which is over 5 years old so the new system will seem like greased lightening compared with the Dell.

Let me know what you think. Thanks
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Old 01-22-2007, 10:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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what's your budget? may I suggest some things?

go for at leat a 7600 / X1600 type video card

try to get 2x1GB ram DDR667 or 800

drop down to an E6300 or up to an E6600
the 6400 is a slightly over clocked 6300 anyway...

but it's a decent start...
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Drop down to an E6300, save the money and OC it yourself. You need to change your video card, that motherboard doesn't have an AGP slot. Also you might want to look into a different case, Those acrylic ones are usually no fun to deal with at all.
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Many thanks for the feedback. I have updated the list to match your suggestions. I missed the AGP spec on the video card. DOH!
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Why not get one good video card instead of 2 mediocre ones?
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Old 01-23-2007, 02:03 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Makes sense. Which one do you recommend? I want to keep the price to less than $200
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Old 01-23-2007, 02:15 PM   #7 (permalink)
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161058

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150183

Personally I would go for the first one...
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you asked me to rate it.....on a scale of 10-
i give it a 7

needs a better video card.... and the manufacturer of it starts with the letter "N".....hehe
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Old 01-23-2007, 05:02 PM   #9 (permalink)
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or you could go with this 7900gs
seems like same one like nukem suggested
except with faster core and memory clock
best of all its 30 bucks cheaper

http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16814150202

scratch that!!

get this one!!
7900GT WITH VF900 (non led)
and ram sinks AND AS5

for only
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210, WITH VF900 AND AS5 SHIPPED TO YOUR DOOR I NEED THIS SOLD NOW.
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