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Old 09-01-2005, 04:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Talking Building next weekend!!! Pics and benchmarks to follow!

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Some of you may remember the post I put up a few weeks ago regarding a friend torn between an IBuyPower computer and a homebuilt one... Well I finally got him to go home built and he gave me a $2500 budget (I'm not charging him for labor) and here's what I came up with. I'll complete the build sometime next week (@10 Sep) and will post benchmark results shortly thereafter. Also, the single HD (vs RAID) was his idea as well as the single DVD-ROM drive (he does all his CD/DVD burning on a laptop). No plans to OC as of now. He's gonna use the onboard sound as he only has 5:1 speakers anyway. I can't wait to post the results and pics!!!

Shared Newegg wish list - ADAM'S RIG

ASPIRE X-CRUISE-AL/420 Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 420W Power Supply - Retail
Model #: X-CRUISE-AL/420 - $85.00

Link Depot 10-inch 2 Connector Floppy Cable (Blue) Model ELFLP-10-BLUE - OEM
Model #: ELFLP-10-BLUE - $7.49

Link Depot 18-inch 2 Connector Floppy Cable (Blue) Model ELFLP-18-BLUE - OEM
Model #: ELFLP-18-BLUE - $8.49

ASUS A8N-SLI Premium Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Model #: A8N-SLI Premium - $170.00

BFG Tech BFGR78256GTXOC Geforce 7800GTX 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
Model #: BFGR78256GTXOC - $519.00

AeroCool AeroPower II+SE Aero-550W ATX 550W Power Supply - OEM
Model #: Aero-550W - $99.00

AMD Athlon 64 4000+ San Diego 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Processor Model ADA4000BNBOX - Retail
Model #: ADA4000BNBOX - $368.00

OCZ Peroformance 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model OCZ4002048PFDC-K - Retail
Model #: OCZ4002048PFDC-K - $235.95

NEC Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive - OEM
Model #: FD1231H-302 - $8.49

Maxtor DiamondMax 10 6L200S0 200GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM
Model #: 6L200S0 - $91.00

ViewSonic VP171B-2 Black 17" 8ms LCD Monitor - Retail
Model #: VP171B-2 - $329.99

Sunbeam FireLine Optical Mouse MS-2011-BK-BL Black 3 Buttons 1x Wheel USB Optical Mouse w/Blue Light - Retail
Model #: MS-2011-BK-BL - $7.99

SONY Black IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1615/B2s - OEM
Model #: DDU1615/B2s - $22.99

Microsoft Windows XP HOME Edition With Service Pack 2 - OEM
Model #: N09-01152 - $87.95

Subtotal: $2,041.34
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Aspire X-Dreamer case
Thermaltake Silent Pure-power 480W
P4 3.2Ghz (OC to 3.7Ghz)
ASUS P4P800E
1GB Crucial PC3200 DDR SDRAM
XFX 6800GT AGP (OC to 390Gpu / 1100Memory)
160GB Seagate 7200Rpm HD
Audigy 2 5.1 Sound Card
Plextor DVD Burner
56X CD/DVD-ROM drive
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Old 09-01-2005, 04:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Wow, I got 1 million recomendations

#1: DVD-RW drive is an extra 10$, go for it.

#2: At least get a cheap sound card, takes a load off ypur CPU.

#3: Get a seagate or western digital drive, never maxtor, they are unreliable and fail.

#4: Check out a different power supply, OCZ, Enermax, PCP&C, Forton or Antec. They may not be as flashy, but their better quality.

#5: BFG are good, but eVGA are usually cheaper and better. However BFG's warranty can easily be taken advantage of which gives it a +.

#6: Asus boards for AMD builds are popular, but crap just like dell. I recomend checking out the DFI Lanparty SLI-DR

#7: Floppy drives are uncool and uneeded for most people. It's good to have a few laying around, but it's not nesscary to have one.
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LOL, I think he already bought it. But no worries, I think your recomendations are valid, but he will be fine. That system will rip pretty damn well.
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LOL, I think he already bought it. But no worries, I think your recomendations are valid, but he will be fine. That system will rip pretty damn well.
Poor motherboard will get thrown
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Link Depot 10-inch 2 Connector Floppy Cable (Blue) Model ELFLP-10-BLUE - OEM
Model #: ELFLP-10-BLUE - $7.49

Link Depot 18-inch 2 Connector Floppy Cable (Blue) Model ELFLP-18-BLUE - OEM
Model #: ELFLP-18-BLUE - $8.49

Why two FDD cables?
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Old 09-01-2005, 04:59 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Idiotic is right... I have the parts at the house already. I know, I know, everybody hates ASUS mobos areound here but I'm kina partial to them. If it does fail/suck/whatever I will give out free "Toldja so's" to everyone that ever said steer clear of ASUS. As for your other suggestions, I agree with the burner and the sound card (easy fixes later), but I really let this guy choose his own parts. As for the floppy well, for $8.50 and since it sites behind the case face, it's always nice to have. Lastly I thought Maxtor made good quality stuff? Am I wrong here? Thanks again all!!
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Thermaltake Silent Pure-power 480W
P4 3.2Ghz (OC to 3.7Ghz)
ASUS P4P800E
1GB Crucial PC3200 DDR SDRAM
XFX 6800GT AGP (OC to 390Gpu / 1100Memory)
160GB Seagate 7200Rpm HD
Audigy 2 5.1 Sound Card
Plextor DVD Burner
56X CD/DVD-ROM drive
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Old 09-01-2005, 05:03 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Tajahem - One cable is for the single DVD-ROM drive and the other is for the floppy drive.

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DJ-CHRIS - What do you mean by poor motherboard will get thrown?

Thanks again!
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Thermaltake Silent Pure-power 480W
P4 3.2Ghz (OC to 3.7Ghz)
ASUS P4P800E
1GB Crucial PC3200 DDR SDRAM
XFX 6800GT AGP (OC to 390Gpu / 1100Memory)
160GB Seagate 7200Rpm HD
Audigy 2 5.1 Sound Card
Plextor DVD Burner
56X CD/DVD-ROM drive
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It wont do something right, and you shall feel like throwing it out of window.

I was partial to Asus before, didnt do much research, got an A8V.
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I agree completely with DJ-CHRIS. He actually saved me from a bunch of typing...

If you're going to get a floppy drive get a "Mitsumi - Floppy/Media Card reader" Nice to have!!!

Also why do you need a 18" & 10" floppy cable? In most cases 10" is plenty long enough....
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I was under the impression that you needed an IDE cable to run an IDE DVD-ROM Drive. It's what mine uses.


I suppose it doesn't really matter though since your mobo will come with several IDE cables if I'm right.
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