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Old 07-29-2008, 04:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've researched for about a week now, and I've come down to a point that I may need some help with my rig. And I figured this seems like a hospitable site (I hope). Here's what I have so far:

Newegg.com - Pioneer Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 10X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-R 32X CD-RW 40X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVD±R DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners $31.99

Newegg.com - RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WBP Black 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case With 500W Power Supply - Computer Cases $94.99 (I'm uneasy about the PSU that it comes with, not sure if it will hold up with my build.)

Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives $59.99

Newegg.com - Acer X193W+BD Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 2000:1 (ACM) - LCD Monitors $159.99

Newegg.com - BIOSTAR TForce TF8200 A2+ AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 8200 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards $89.99

Newegg.com - EVGA 512-P3-N861-AR GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards $124.99

Newegg.com - A-DATA 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory 45.99

Newegg.com - AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Windsor 3.0GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM2 125W Dual-Core Processor - Processors $112.99

Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows XP Home With SP2B for System Builders 1 Pack - Operating Systems $84.99

Newegg.com - Saitek PZ30AU Black 104 Normal Keys 4 Function Keys USB Wired Standard Eclipse Keyboard - Keyboards $34.99

Newegg.com - Microsoft N71-00007S Black 3 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical Wheel Mouse - Mouse $9.99

Brings to a total of about $850. Any ways I can improve upon this? I'm hoping I can bring it down to an even $800, but I don't mind paying a little bit more ($50) to be on the safe side. Thanks in advance for the help.

P.S. Build is meant for Overclocked gaming.
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Old 07-29-2008, 04:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I suggest this ram because it cost $19.49 after MIR, and it have better timing
Newegg.com - OCZ Platinum Revision 2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

And I suggest these parts

Newegg.com - BIOSTAR TForce TP43D2A7 LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 Wolfdale 2.53GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors

E7200 is faster at stock speeds and it consume less power than 6000+
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yeah intel is better than amd atm, add marron1s stuff and the rest of your build is great, good job. but i would suggest to get 4gb of ram and maybe vista if you have the cash, its not as bad as you think it is, when you have a system like that, it runs fine.

but if u insist on xp, 2gb will be fine.
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Thanks for the suggestions guys. I guess I will be going with Intel then. About Vista, I've had some qualms with it. I'm not totally sold on using Vista. I'm still with the ol' XP generation I guess.

Although I can be convinced if it won't be too expensive, but I am willing to go a little over for double the memory.

Oh, and I'm now at $870. But with all the rebates, my averaged guess is it will drop to about 830-840.
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trust me, vista is everything xp is and better( if u have 4gb ram), if your gonna be gaming in dx10 then vista is a must anyway. but its you dont like vista or dun care for dx10 then its not worth spending the cash for extra 2gb ram.
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Lol, yeah, If I had the money, I would, but I'm on a very tight budget.

Some side questions. Will I be needing a sound card? I'm only going to be using the audio with headphones, and not speakers. I'm guessing the Motherboard already comes with an audio chipset. And will I be needing some additional cooling products?
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cooling for the CPU, thats about it and yeh the onboard sound works fine, i use it with my headphones.
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Yes, if this is going to be an overclocked system, CPU cooling is a must. Look into the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro for good cooling on a budget.
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Well, it looks like my set is $900 now. (Minus 150 for monitor and 150 for peripheral/inputs/software, so it's about $600 for the actual rig.)

I'd hate to say it, but is there anything else that I can cut down on the cost for? What I'm aiming for is actually a starters gaming rig that is futureproof. I just need a decent gaming pc for the time being until I can start upgrading. (My old PC broke and I'm borrowing one for the time being.)
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Why not buy a used monitor?

Monitor do not have like some type of high failure.

You can prob get a 22 if you buy used.
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