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Old 03-12-2006, 04:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have $1500 budget. This must include a monitor, speakers, keyboard, etc... Now onto the components:
CPU - AMD 64 3700+

Motherboard - Msi k8N Neo4 Plat (I was also thinking about getting the Abit KN8 model, also i don't want to get dfi)

RAM - Gskill Extreme Series (2x1gb)

HD - Seagate Barracuda 250gb 7200 ata150

Case + PSU - Antect Sonata II Piano (450w smart power)

DVD Burner - LG E-IDE / ATAPI 16x DVD+R

Monitor - Viewsonic 17in LCD (Here is where I think I need the most help. I am pretty clueless at what makes a good lcd monitor, so any advice is welcome)

Speakers - Logitech x-230 32 watt 2.1 speaker

GPU - Evga 7900gt (since evga isnt in stock at newegg... I will probably go with msi if they are they only brand in stock when I order.)

Floppy - Doesnt really matter

Input Devices - Logitech Mouse and Keyboard

Misc - Artic Silver 5 cooling Compound
A couple of fans - dont know which yet (input appreciated)

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Old 03-12-2006, 04:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Ok the only things i have to say is that i would go with an opty 146 and a DFI Lanparty UT Ultra-D and overclock with a zalman CNPS9500 but the 3700+ will be just fine if you dont want to overclock. and if you decide to overclock the RAM you have will work just fine, i recall PZERO getting 270 FSB with that RAM so it has good overclocking capabilities.

Oh and the PSU should be good it has a total of 32A on the 12v rails and antec is a great company for both cases and PSUs.

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Old 03-12-2006, 04:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yes yes yes, get the opty even if you arent oc'ing as it is better then the san diego .

Any case fans are fine, unless yuo want some quiet ones.
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Old 03-13-2006, 06:08 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I've added all the stuff up on newegg... with windows and fans the total shipped comes out to just over 1600. Where would be the best place to cut back?
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Looks good. But, newegg is the cheapest place on the web. Any cheaper and you would be buying from 3rd rate unreliable companies. lol.

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Old 03-13-2006, 06:42 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I wasn't asking for another place to order from , I was asking what components should I get that are cheaper... Ex: 6800gs instead of 7900gt.
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Go with the Opty definitely, and the eVGA or XFX 7900GT. If they don't have the brand you want, wait a week or so. Patience is a virtue and will pay off.
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Old 03-13-2006, 10:26 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Ya, i decided to wait for the evga 7900gt, but i was reading on evga's site that the min. powersupply should be 450watts. The one that I'm getting is cutting it real close . As for opty, I'm thinking about it, but still leaning towards the 3700+. I am thinking of maybe cutting back to valueselect ram to try and get within my budget also.

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