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Old 10-21-2006, 02:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My current computer is about 4 years old now and is starting to show its age, so I am trying to do research and find the best parts to use for a new computer and figure out how everything works and whats top of the line now adays and if the pieces will even work together.

This is my first time trying to do this sort of thing so am trying to ask for advice from people who know about this and to help me out by telling me if the parts I'v chosen are any good or what there preferred parts might be that would be better then what I have picked out, Also to point out if I'v made any huge mistakes for somebody new at this.

I am going to use the speakers and DELL monitor from my last computer, I don't believe there is much decay with age with these parts or am I wrong?

I still haven't picked out a motherboard for the computer, I need to figure if it is compatible with all these other parts and it would help if you guys could recommend any that would work or which are top of the line these days.

All the prices are from www.newegg.com

The Case to put it all in
Lian Li PC-V1000 computer case $180
Review of the Case that got me interested


Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz 4M sharing L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor $315


CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory $240 with rebate

Heatsink and Fan

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro CPU Cooler $30

And trying to decide between these two graphic cards.

eVGA 01G-P2-N592-AX Geforce 7950GX2 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Dual GPU Video Card $495

XFX PVT71UZDF9 Geforce 7950GX2 1GB 512-bit (256-bit x2) GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Xtreme Video Card $575

Now I got to figure out what kind of power supply I will need for all this will 500W do or will I have to go higher? thinking between these

RAIDMAX RX-630A ATX12V/ EPS12V 630W Power Supply 115/230 V CB, IEC, TUV, UL, CSA $109

APEVIA (ASPIRE) ATX-CW500WP4 ATX 500W Power Supply 115/230 V UL, CSA, TUV, CE $40

Hard Drives

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000KS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $180


Western Digital Extreme Lighted WDXC2500JBRNN 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache USB 2.0 / IEEE 1394a External Hard Drive $120

Total: $1425-$1560 without shipping or any extra fees

Thanks in advance for any help.

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Old 10-21-2006, 07:22 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If you're going to spend that much on graphic cards, then I suggest you wait a little because the next gen graphics are coming in a few months, that support DX10. Those power supply companies aren't reliable. Go for brands like Antec, OCZ, FSP Group, or HIPER. I would suggest this one:
For the motherboard, are you planning on overclocking? This one looks good:
Other than that, the other components look fine.



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Old 10-21-2006, 05:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I would get this if you can afford it:

Both of the PSUs you posted can't handle a 7950GX2.

Go with eVGA on the card.
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Old 10-24-2006, 05:48 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Ok after taking in alot of info and advice from many diffient forums and reviews, here is what I got so far

Processor - Duo Core E6600 $315

Graphic Cards - two 7900 GS in SLI $200 each
seems like a good deal $400 for two cards with lower noise/power and abit lower then the highend $500-600 cards http://techreport.com/reviews/2006q3...s/index.x?pg=8 10 page review and charts of it.

Hard Drive - I believe two Seagate Barracuda hard drives would be good $80 each
Capacity 250GB
RPM 7200 RPM
Cache 16MB
Average Latency 4.16ms

Heatsink - Will go with the Scythe for heatsink since its recommended so highly, $40

Memory Same thing still corsair 2 GB $240 after $40 rebate.

Motherboard - I am thinking of Asus P5B since I'v recommended it, but reading reviews of it if I want it to work with a duo core E6600 I need to change the bios for it to reconize the duo core... so if I want that motherboard I need to learn how to change the bios, $200

Computer Case - Still going to go with the Lian Li I think ($180), but been reading reviews saying how good wood computer cases are, and you could build a entire desk to fit the computer inside or just a case, costs $300-400 to buy one but if you make it yourself can do it for $100-150 and extra for tools... I think in a couple of years I might try building a wooden case but for now a normal case will do.

http://www.voidedwarranty.com/PC_Cas...2_articleid/46 some screenshots of a wooden case

Heat Pipe - Thermaltake CL-P0200 Silent 939 K8 - AMD K8 solution w/ Heatpipe Cooling Tech $30 seems useful and cheap to help keep temps down.

Power Supply - The top two am trying to decide between this OCZ PSU 700W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341002

This Seasonic M12 700W

And this PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817703006

All recommended as good power supplys and good for gaming got good reviews and seen a review for one in a magazine, mainly aiming for something strong, silent and that will last me for a long time. $150-200

DvD/DvD Burner/CD/Zip Drives
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Custra...82E16827134013 Asus Brand CD drive, just $11

item=N82E16827131016 $50 Sony DVD/DVD Burner

Zip Drive, haven't done any research about it

I haven't done much research on the CD/DVD drives, tell me if you think they will work or if you got a model you would recommend.

Total of ALL that $2115 without shipping or extras.

I -think- thats everything I should need, am going to use the monitor/speakers from my old computer.
Tell me if I missed anything or if there is anything you would recommend as a improvement over anything there.

Appreciate the help.
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