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Old 02-22-2007, 10:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Since I dont have the real experience and time to build my own rig, i am selling my Alienware 51m 7700 to get a new Desktop Rig. This is what I came up with from Cyber Power, Im trying to stay in the 1500 USD Range

$1622.00
(before all applicable rebates)


CASE: CoolerMaster Praetorian 730 RC-730 Aluminum Tower 420W Case (Black Color)
CPU: (Socket AM2) AMD Athlon™64 X2 4200+ Dual-Core CPU w/ HyperTransport Technology
MOTHERBOARD: (Socket AM2)MSI K9N4 SLI-F nForce 500 SLI Chipset DDR2/800 SATA-II RAID MBoard w/ Dual 16x PCI-Express
MEMORY: (Req.DDR2 MainBoard)2GB (2x1GB) PC6400 DDR2/800 Dual Channel Memory (Corsair Value Select or Major Brand)
VIDEO CARD: NEW!!! NVIDIA GeForce 7950 GT 512MB 16X PCI Express (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)
VIDEO CARD 2: NEW!!! NVIDIA GeForce 7950 GT 512MB 16X PCI Express (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)
LCD Monitor: NONE
HARD DRIVE: Single Hard Drive (320GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD)
Data Hard Drive: NONE
Optical Drive: (Special Price) 18X DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW DRIVE DUAL LAYER (BLACK COLOR)
Optical Drive 2: 16X DVD ROM (BLACK COLOR)
SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO

Now should i go witht he dual 7950's? or one nice 8800 GPU.
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Old 02-22-2007, 10:57 AM   #2 (permalink)
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instead of 2 7950gt get a 8800gtx or gts 640
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Old 02-22-2007, 12:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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whats the reason?
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Old 02-22-2007, 01:06 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You'll probably get similar performance from the 8800gtx then those 2 in SLI since SLI only gives a ~40% boost. You also get DX10 on it and it won't use up as much power or require as much cooling.

You should also switch the AMD with a Core 2 duo
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core 2 duo e6600 would be alot faster. 8800gtx is the current best card on the market in terms of performance and will definately beat 7950 even in sli. building your own only takes time to research to actually build its about an hour if your a beginner and going slow its easy to do to as all you have to do is stick the right wire in the right port and its all colour coded lol its a streak of **** and with people on here willing to help you every step of the way you it will take no time at all.

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Yeah I agree, get the 8800GTX instead of the 2 7950.

Building your own will probably save you money and is not hard. I built my first PC when I was 12 (Currently 18), its not a hard thing to do, would probably take an hour of reading and your good to go. Software may be another ballpark though, more tricky in my opinion.
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Know any sites where i can order all the parts on this setup for cheap?

All i can think of is New Egg
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go to pricewatch.com lot of help
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SLI is not worth it, Core 2 Duo Kills the X2 line.

Back to the drawing board >.>
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Alright heres what i got if i built the PC, so this is my first time guys if this works out i hope you can help. Anyways does all this look good? Wanna make sure all my parts will work together, building saves me about 100 bucks.

CoolerMaster Praetorian 730 RC-730 Aluminum Tower 420W Case – 135
http://castle.pricewatch.com/s/searc...ower+420W+Case

Core 2 Duo e6600 2.4 Ghz – 299
http://castle.pricewatch.com/s/searc...&mi=0&m=&view=

MSI K9N4SLIF nVidia nForce 500 SLI ATX AM2 – 93
http://castle.pricewatch.com/s/searc...&mi=0&m=&view=

2GB (2x1GB) PC6400 DDR2/800 Dual Channel Memory – 158
http://castle.pricewatch.com/s/searc...&mi=0&m=&view=

eVGA 8800 GTX 768MB – 555
http://castle.pricewatch.com/s/searc...&mi=0&m=&view=

320GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD – 94
http://castle.pricewatch.com/s/searc...&mi=0&m=&view=

Samsung 18X IDE DVD±RW/RAM Black – 37
http://castle.pricewatch.com/s/searc...&mi=0&m=&view=

BTC 16x DVD-ROM – 19
http://castle.pricewatch.com/s/searc...&mi=0&m=&view=

DynapowerUSA EP-50063 – 22
http://castle.pricewatch.com/s/searc...er+Supply+500w

Windows Vista Home Premium – 116
http://castle.pricewatch.com/s/searc...r+System&sci=0

Total Price: 1528 USD

So is it worth it, or should i go with the cyberpower but a different processor and gpu
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