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Old 01-24-2006, 08:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey, My aim is to build my first computer after graduation in June. I'm scoping the market now to see what will be a decent price in 5 months, yet hold its own in compatability and performance for future value. Here is the ever changing, ever growing list of parts...

CPU - $233.00 - AMD Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego 1GHz FSB S939
GPU - $275.00 - Geforce 7800GT 256MB
HD - $174.00 - (2x)Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 SATA 3Gb/s
RAM - $159.00 - Patriot Signature 2GB Pack DDR SDRAM
MOBO - $122.00 - Asus A8N-SLI S939 NVIDIA nForce4
PSU - $89.00 - Antec TRUEPOWER 550W Power Supply
TOWER - $59.00 - Aspire x-Plorer Black w/Side Window
DVD - $39.99 - DVD Burner
FANS - $16.00 - 2x 80MM RED LED FANS For Front Intake 35CFM
1x 120MM GREEN LED FAN For Rear Exhaust 75CFM
1X 80MM BLUE LED FAN For Top Exhaust 30CFM
MOUSE - $9.95 - Logitech Premium Optical Wheel Mouse

TOTAL : $1176.94 (1-24-06)

TARGET PRICE >>>>>>> Less than $950.00 by 6-15-06???

This systems highlights are:

Solid AMD chip w/1MB L2 Cache (Better than 3800 2.4GHz 512L2?)
Geforce GPU w/256MB and SLI "upgrade installment plan"
ASUS MOBO base model w/SLI
Huge 320GB harddrive w/RAID setup
2GB of fast RAM for demanding games like BF2
Tried and True Antec 550W SLI Cert PSU
Sweet Aspire windowed case w/Fan Controller!
DVD Burner for $40.00?
3x80MM fans and 1x120MM fan for a cool/Colorful Neon Machine
Optical Mouse

Hopefully these parts or ones similar will drop enough in price and I'll be able to resist simply picking newer ones But any help or comments GREATLY WELCOMED!
Forewarning AMD NVIDIA ASUS...Ya that's right. Represent.

Thanks!
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Get this... My handed down system from my brother

AMD XP 2000+
Geforce Ti 4200
80GB HD
Asus MOBO
512 RAM
400W PSU

And I still beat HL2...Thank you very much. haha. I can't wait for a new system! 30FPS is intolerable!
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Old 01-24-2006, 08:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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you get 30 fps out of that thing? wow! It's probably not very high settings tho...
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Old 01-24-2006, 08:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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actually my computer now...that horid one above does pull 40-45 FPS in HL2 w/10x12 Res High textures Med Models 2x AA 4xANS etc. I don't think its supposed to! haha. Even NFSU 2 runs smooth 55fps w/mid settings. COD as well. LMAO GO NVIDIA DRIVERS! Oh well its age is beginning to show. But anywho... back to my new/first build!

Apiphany....DirectX8...I bet my card only runs DX8. DOH!
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Get this... My handed down system from my brother

AMD XP 2000+
Geforce Ti 4200
80GB HD
Asus MOBO
512 RAM
400W PSU

And I still beat HL2...Thank you very much. haha. I can't wait for a new system! 30FPS is intolerable!
My PC is similar. It's a Dell *cries*. Pentium 4 2.0 ghz, Geforce 4 64mb Ti 4200, 40 & 80GB HDs, 768mb of PC2100 RAM (I added 512 a while back).

I've also beaten HL2 on lower settings with no real lag (maybe low fps but I'm used to it so I can't really notice it unless it's terrible) and can play 1v1 DMs on UT2004 on ALL max settings. However, I'm building a nice new PC soon and selling this thing.
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I'm not to crazy about the ASUS board though. They tend to be kind of buugy with AMD CPU's.
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Old 01-24-2006, 09:19 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Ya mine will move down the line in my house i assume..My moms computer (being at the bottom of the CPU food chain) will get the royal "OFFICE SPACE" funeral if ya know what I mean...My personal first computer way back in the day. Die mother #$% DiE haha.

But seriously...Anyone have anything to help me with my new build? I need feedback and stuff. Thanks in advance! (oops someone did already)

Buggy with the Asus'? hmmm...I've have fine performance with my ASUS and AMD XP, but I'll run that by my brother. Hes the computer tech for my entire high school. lol.
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