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Old 02-20-2007, 12:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Another "I'm building a PC and need advice from experts!" thread D:

So I'm looking to build my first PC and my eyes are sore from researching for that last few hours. I'd like to get a review of my choices so far from the experts out there...

I play FFXI and want to get into PC gaming more heavily but I can't affor more than $1200 at this time...

Including shipping, I've put together this PC for about $1075 and I'm thinking of ordering it all in the next few days.

I already have a keyboard, speakers, monitor and mouse.

Does anything from this setup look overkill or insufficient? Am I missing any important components? Thanks in advance for your advice!

All on

LG 18X DVD±R Super-Multi DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write Black IDE Model GSA-H42N-BK - OEM

NZXT Apollo BLACK NP Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

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

ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

-Video Card
XFX PVT71PUDP3 GeForce 7900GS 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 EXTREME Video Card - Retail

Thermaltake W0093RU ATX 12V 2.0 Version 500W Power Supply -

-Media Card Reader
Atech Flash Xm-4U 11-in-1 USB 2.0 Black Internal card reader -

CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 675 (PC2 5400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-5400c4

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ Windsor 2.6GHz Socket AM2 Processor Model ADA5200CSBOX - Retail

-Extra Cooling Fan
Thermaltake CL-P0114 120mm CPU Cooler with Heatsink - Retail

-LINKSYS EG1032 10/100/1000Mbps PCI Network Adapter - Retail

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Old 02-20-2007, 01:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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just wondering, but do you really need the network adapter? your motherboard already has dual 10/100/1000Mbps ports.


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Old 02-20-2007, 02:42 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Get a p5b series motherboard. Get a 8800gts 320mb video card if you can afford it if not get that 7 series card and save up for a new one or use onboard video and just save up until you can afford a 8 series. get the g-skill 2gb of ram best price/performance by a good brand also corsair xms are known to be annoying i just ordered sum but wont be here until Saturday so i cant confirm this. get an intel core 2 duo e6400 or e6600 as they are great value for money and shot amd out of the water which is fair as the last couple of years amd was better and cheaper.

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