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Old 05-25-2007, 11:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello All ,

Below is what I am looking at throwing together for my gaming system. I am on a very limited budget so not everything will come from NewEgg. The motherboard was already purchased elsewhere at a very good price. This is why I went with that model. I know it doesn't have the best reviews but it fits what I was looking for being AM2 with dual x16 pci slots for sli and being nForce 500 based. I saw it, was leary but figured if I have problems I will sell on ebay and put money towards something else.

I am not looking at OC out of the gate. This is why I am just using the standard heat sinks and fans.

I have an existing ATX case from a long time ago that is in good shape, I will repaint black and replace the old PSU with the one below.

All I will be using it for at first is Counter Strike Source and Day of Defeat Source. I am big into first person shooters so I'm sure I will move into other games after I have this built.

The last machine I built was an AMD K6 350 based machine... Long time ago and wow have things changed... Took me a week of research to get this far...

Please let me know what you think and any suggestions would be greatly appreciated...

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MotherBoard - ABIT KN9 SLI Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI MCP
Newegg.com - ABIT KN9 SLI Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

Processor - AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ Brisbane 1.9GHz Socket AM2
Newegg.com - AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ Brisbane 1.9GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 Processor - Retail

Memory - G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel
Newegg.com - G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

Video Card - EVGA 256-P2-N624-AR GeForce 7900GS 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 KO
(will have 2 of these in SLI mode)
Newegg.com - EVGA 256-P2-N624-AR GeForce 7900GS 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 KO Video Card - Retail

PSU - XCLIO GOODPOWER 500W ATX 500W Power Supply
Newegg.com - XCLIO GOODPOWER 500W ATX 500W Power Supply 115/230 V UL, CUL, TUV, CB, VDE, FIMKO, DEMKO, NEMKO, SEMKO - Retail

Hard Drive - Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 ST3200822A-RK 200GB 7200 RPM IDE Ultra ATA100
(already have this from a friend which is why I have it listed here. Would I benefit for gaming from a SATA drive instead?)
Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 ST3200822A-RK 200GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive - Retail

Multimedia Card Reader - (used to fill in spot for floppy drive that I removed)
Newegg.com - AZiO CAR102-131 USB 2.0 Card Reader - Retail

DVD Burner - LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write Black SATA Model
(most likely will be added later, until then I will use my existing toshiba cdrw drive from existing system)
Newegg.com - LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner - Retail
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Old 05-25-2007, 11:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If you are getting one stick of ram, even though 2x1gb isn't that much more, then I'd suggest this:
Newegg.com - G.SKILL 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) System Memory - Retail

For hard drive, I'd suggest this instead:
Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
It's much cheaper and SATA.

Get this 7900GS instead:
Newegg.com - EVGA 256-P2-N624-AR GeForce 7900GS 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 KO Video Card - Retail
Cheaper and overclocked on core.

Stay away from Logisys power supplies. Get a more reliable company PSU, like this:
Newegg.com - XCLIO GOODPOWER 500W ATX 500W Power Supply 115/230 V UL, CUL, TUV, CB, VDE, FIMKO, DEMKO, NEMKO, SEMKO - Retail

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So you are saying get two sticks of the RAM you posted which will bring me up to 2Gig. That sounds good...

The hard drive I have listed is already in my possesion. It was from a friend and was free. Still worth getting the SATA drive you listed?
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Well since you already got the hard drive, for free, you can't go wrong.

If you want 2x1gb, I'd suggest these instead:
Newegg.com - G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
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oh ok, thats a decent build, i recommend u get a diff PSU, like an Xclio Goodpower (EDIT b1gapl told u this) i also say this: 2 gigs = really cheap!!! for 89$ u get 2 gigs of really good RAM!!!
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I would go for a 7950GT or a x1950 pro in that order
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If he overclocks the 7900GS, it beats the x1950pro. It could also, I believe, overclock pass 7950GT speeds?
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i agree with b1gapl, go with what ever he has suggested, and u should get the 2 gigs as much as possible. one more thing i saw that ur dvd burner was a bit expensive. how about this one

Newegg.com - SONY NEC Optiarc Black 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2M Cache E-IDE/ATAPI DVD Burner - OEM

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If he overclocks the 7900GS, it beats the x1950pro. It could also, I believe, overclock pass 7950GT speeds?
...errm yeah but he could overclock those other cards and beat the overclocked 7900gs.
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Made the changes to my list above. Thanks... This is exactly what I am looking for.

Anyone Else? How do you guys think it will run Counter Strike Source?
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