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Old 02-06-2006, 08:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Well, it's finally time to take the plunge. I'm putting together a primarily gaming build for $2000. I want this thing to be future-proof. After lots of research and deliberation, I've put together this build. 'Cool & quiet' is key for this build. However, if I have to sacrifice a little silence for performance, it's a sacrifice I'm willing to make.

Mobo: DFI LANPARTY UT nF4 Ultra-D ATX AMD Motherboard

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Manchester 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Dual Core Processor Model ADA3800BVBOX

GPU: ATI Radeon X1900 XT 512MB Dual DVI/VIVO PCI-Express Video Card, Retail

RAM: G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered System Memory Model F1-3200PHU2-2GBNS

HDD: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card

Case: Antec Performance I P180 Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$124.99 (-$10.00 instant savings) = $114.99

Monitor: SAMSUNG 740B Black 17" 8ms LCD Monitor

PSU: Antec TRUEPOWERII TPII-550 ATX12V 550W Power Supply
$89.99 (-$5.00 instant savings) = 84.99

Floppy Drive: SAMSUNG Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive

Keyboard: Saitek Black Wired Eclipse Keyboard

Mouse: Logitech G5 Laser 931376-0403 2-Tone 6 Buttons 1x Wheel USB Laser Mouse
$53.65 (-$5.00 instant savings) = $48.65

Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

Heatsink: Scythe SCNJ-1000 CPU Cooling Heatsink

Fans: 120mm Sleeve Bearing Case Fan - 5 Pack (These are re-branded Yate-Loons so they should be very quiet)

SilenX Ixtrema Pro 80x15mm 14dBA Fan

Total: $1,974.93

I don't need an OS, speakers, or CD drive. I plan on ordering this within the week, so any and all input is very appreciated. This is a first-time build, so if anything seems out of place, please tell me.

Thanks in advance!

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Old 02-06-2006, 08:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Things I would do...

Change the GPU to Nvidia
Cheaper sound card
Get a 3700+ or X2 4400+

<font size=1><b>Current Build:</b>
DFI Lanparty Ultra-D
<a href=\"http://valid.x86-secret.com/show_oc?id=77714\">AMD 64 X2 4400+ @ 2.20GHz</a>
Big Typhoon Heatsink/Fan
2 GB G.Skill DDR500 PC4000
eVGA 256MB 7800GTX
37GB Raptor
2x 120GB Hard Drives</font>
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Old 02-06-2006, 09:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Originally posted by sickness
Things I would do...

Change the GPU to Nvidia
Cheaper sound card
Get a 3700+ or X2 4400+
The X1900XT is more powerful than any nVidia card in that price range.
Sound is VERY important to me. Not going to sacrifice it.
I really want dual-core. I can do some mild OCing if the 3800+ isn't powerful enough.
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Old 02-06-2006, 09:02 PM   #4 (permalink)
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pff looks fantastic to me. Great buy for $2000.00

Actually... I've seen some benchmarks that show the X1900XT performs extremely well paired with the NF4 Chipset.

Buy it. Everything is prefect.
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Old 02-06-2006, 09:14 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Looks great.

Originally posted by sickness
Things I would do...

Change the GPU to Nvidia
why do people just say stupid things like that. The X1900 is the best video card out there. Think before you type next time.
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Old 02-06-2006, 09:16 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Yea, and $150 cheaper than the 7800GTX 512.
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Old 02-06-2006, 09:21 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Why the heck would he want to change the GPU to Nvidia? Thats one of the most ridiculous comments I've heard in a while...

Looks great, go for it. Nice pick on the X-Fi but you need good speakers, or a nice headset to get the most out of it.
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Old 02-06-2006, 09:32 PM   #8 (permalink)
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ya i'd agree if you spent more cash (wich you definitely don't need to lol) i'd go for higher than 3800+
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Old 02-06-2006, 09:41 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I just finishing building a similar setup with my son this weekend, so I had to add my 2 cents about the case. The case you chose was in my top 5 picks too, but I went with the CM Stacker 830 and I am so glad I did. Granted it is ridiculously expensive ($290 + $25 shipping) but it is top of the line in every way. When you spend so much on great components you want the case to indicate that. Not that the Antec case isn't good too, as it made my top 5 list, but it is no where near as awesome as the Stacker.

Pictures of it http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119103 don't do it justice. This is the BMW? Lexus? of cases.

And you did say you wanted to future proof-if such a thing is possible?!? The Stacker supports BTX boards as well as ATX. It is so big that I think I could fit my friends micro tower inside it and still have room to spare. But if we move to water cooling in the future-no problem-not that you probably need to consider that with all the metal mesh openings in this case for great air flow. Nine drive bays that have a fantastic tool-less design with easy to move sturdy drive plates. The mobo tray that glides in and out like a dream. THe swinging side door with built in compartments for more fans also makes accessing and working in this case very easy. Cool and quiet were my requirements and this case met and exceeded them! I highly recommend this case!
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Old 02-06-2006, 09:56 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Thats a pretty nice looking case, but $300. Kinda expensive, and it doesnt even have a PSU. The least they could do is put in a decent PSU for that much $$$.

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