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Old 01-30-2006, 04:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default First Gaming Build $1750 w/o monitor

Please let me know how this looks. Still undecided on a couple of things. Most of my knowledge is from browsing this site.

I will be running two monitors, both dell, one 20", one 24". Used for gaming and poker(why i use the two monitors).

Processor:

AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Manchester 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Dual Core Processor Model ADA3800BVBOX - Retail
$301
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103562

Seems like there isn't much need to upgrade to the 4200 or 4400.

Motherboard:

DFI LANPARTY UT nF4 SLI-DR Expert Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
$189.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136166

The DFI SLI-DR seems to be the most popular, any comments on this one though?


MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
$120.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130484

This will be my first build, and first time OCing, seems like this one is a bit friendlier for first timer.

Video Card:

eVGA 256-P2-N515-AX Geforce 7800GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Desktop PC - Retail
$275.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130247

RAM:

OCZ Gold Edition 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 500 (PC 4000) Unbuffered Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model
$223
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227219

Hard Drives:

Western Digital Raptor WD740GD 74GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM
$135.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822144160


Also

Western Digital Caviar SE WD2500JB 250GB 7200 RPM IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive - OEM
$100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822144309

Sound Card:

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail
$121
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102188

To be used with Klipsch 2.1 and Shure Ec3s that I already own.

Power Supply:

Antec TruePower 2.0 TP2-550 EPS12V ATX12V 550W Power Supply - Retail
$90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817103932

Or

OCZ PowerStream OCZ520ADJSLI ATX, BTX, SATA, P4 and EPS12V 520W Power Supply - Retail
$140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817711002

Fan:

ZALMAN CNPS9500 LED 92mm 2 Ball Blue LED Light Cooling Fan with Heatsink
$61
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835118223

Case:

Thermaltake XASER, Armor Series VA8000BWS Black Aluminum/Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
$120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811133154


CD/DVD drive:

NEC Black IDE/ATAPI DVD Burner Model ND-3550A - OEM
$40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827152058
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Old 01-30-2006, 04:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Ok well Ill basicaly give you my build.

CPU- AMD Opteron 165 Denmark 1GHz FSB 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket 939 Dual Core Processor $320

Mobo- DFI LANPARTY UT nF4 Ultra-D Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ATX AMD Motherboard $130

GPU- SAPPHIRE 100149 Radeon X1900XT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 VIVO PCI Express x16 Video Card $520

RAM- G.SKILL Extreme Series 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 500 (PC 4000) Dual Channel Kit System Memory $200

Hard drive- Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive $110

PSU- OCZ PowerStream OCZ520ADJSLI ATX, BTX, SATA, P4 and EPS12V 520W Power Supply 100~120Vac / 200~240Vac 10/6a $140


CPU Fan- ZALMAN CNPS9500 LED 92mm 2 Ball Blue LED Light Cooling Fan with Heatsink - $70

CPU Thermal Paste- Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound $5

Case- COOLER MASTER Stacker 810 RC-810-SSN1 Silver/ Black Aluminum Bezel, SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $150

All of this stuff is from newegg. Sorry didn't have enough time to post links.

Total: something around $1700
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You've got a SLI motherboard, but only one video card selected. Do you plan on useing SLI in the future? If you do, then I would suggest getting 2x 7800GTs instead of 2x GTXs. If you don't, then you might want to look at the DFI Lanparty Ultra-D, which is pretty much the same price as the MSI K8N, so if you're going to OC then get the DFI. Also, I wouldn't get that sound card. It's pretty expensive, and I personally wouldn't pay over $100 for a sound card.

I also have this fan/heatsink and I love it.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835106061
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Also that hard drive is pretty small, Id say screw the raptor and get a 250 gb one with 16 meg cache. It's up to you though.
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Old 01-31-2006, 04:36 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I don't plan on using SLI in the future, but it seems like this is a good board to get t be somewhat futureproof.

Would appreciate any recommendations if there is a better mobo for me.

Any other comments on the build, I would like to go ahead and purchase the parts, everything look good?

I will probably get the Antec PSU.
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