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Old 01-23-2006, 10:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Building 1st Gaming System! help!

Hi all Im building my first gaming system and I want to hear some opinions and advise on it. Please tell me if everything is compatible.

CPU : AMD A64 4000+ San Diego.
HD: 2 Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 SATA 160GB 3.0 in RAID 0
GFX: eVGA GeForce 7800GT
CASE: ASPIRE X-Plorer Black
FLOPPY: SAMSUNG internal Black 1.44MB 3.5"
OS : Windows XP PRO

Ok thats it...or am I missing away...

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Old 01-23-2006, 10:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You should go for the Opteron 165 processor. It's like 1 dollar less on Zipzoomfly than that 4000 and is dual core with extremely good overclocking results. You might also want to step up to 2GBs of RAM. The 600W PSU is a bit overkill, I think 500 would be enough.

Since you aren't running SLI, why did you choose that motherboard? I would get a DFI Lanparty or an MSI K8N Neo4-F. Great motherboards, both good at overclocking, and much much cheaper.

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Old 01-23-2006, 10:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If you plan on Overclocking then you should get a better cooler, If you dont want to overclock then you can get cheaper ram and probably not notice any difference.
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Maybe cut one of the HardDrives and try to get 2*1gb Sticks of ram to boost performance
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Old 01-23-2006, 10:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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ok...ill just buy more ram than...other than that is everything good and compatible?
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Old 01-23-2006, 11:37 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I would advise against Aspire power supplies. They have been known to crap out on some people. Take a look at Antec, Enermax, Fortron, and PC Power & Cooling. All quality psu manufacturers.
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Case...Antec Super LanBoy $30
PSU...Antec SP2.0 500W $50
Mobo...MSI K8N Neo4-F $85
CPU...Athlon 64 3200+ Venice $162
Video...EVGA GeForce 6800 GS $196
Memory...OCZ 1GB (512MB x 2) $60
Hard Drive...Hitachi 80GB $20
Gaming without lag...priceless.
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Old 01-23-2006, 11:38 PM   #7 (permalink)
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If it were me i would save a 100 dollars and just get a 3700 instead of the 4000, IMHO the perfromance/Cost ratio isnt that good. Then take the 100 and get 2x1 gb of ram and your set.
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Old 01-24-2006, 02:47 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I's get a x2 4200 or an opteron 170 for $400 instead of the single core 4000.
Mobo wise... I don't like ASUS, but if you like them that's cool. As for buying that board... it's more of a rip. I've also heard people hate the cooling... I'd get a DFi or Abit or MSI SLi board that's cheaper and most likely better. (If you want it 'caue it's x16 SLi, I think the best MSi model is x16 too and it's only 190 w/ onboard creative sound.

Ram, $200 for 1gig? Naw you don't need that get some Corsair or OCZ 2 gig (2x1gig sticks) for the same price. I dunno about the Corisar, but OCZ get platnium at the least and you'll be good.

Aspire case= good
Aspire psu= bad
Get a nice psu from and afore mentioned brand.

For $40 you can nab a NEC DVD Burner... much better deal all around.
The NEC floppy is only $7.50 also... not promoting them or anything, I just don't like Sony and the NEC floppy is cheaper. (last time I looked)

GFX is good, I'd hold off on buying another for SLI (assuming you are with the sli board and high watt psu) till Vista and DX10 cards are out, then you can see if it's worth upgrading to DX10 compatible cards or just getting another 7800GT.

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