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Old 03-26-2006, 01:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default First post, first build... comments?

Hey guys, I am going to graduate in May and I decided that I wanted a computer for qradutation. Money isn't really an object. I do a lot of gaming and surfing, I am pretty much on the computer every chance I get.

Here's all that I had in mine for the build:

ASPIRE X-CRUISE -BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce SPP 100 ATX AMD

eVGA 512-P2-N575-AX Geforce 7900GTX Superclocked 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card

SeaSonic S12-600 ATX12V 600W Power Supply 100

AMD Athlon 64 FX60 Toledo 1GHz HT 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket 939 Dual Core Processor

2x OCZ 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory (4 gigs total)

Hard Drive:
Western Digital Raptor X WD1500AHFD 150GB 10,000 RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive

Internal Drives:
ASUS Black- DVD/CD burner
ASUS Black- Combo drive

Sound Card:
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic 7.1

PRINCETON LCD2008W Black 20.1" 8ms Widescreen LCD Monitor

Saitek PZ30AU Black 104 Normal Keys 4 Function Keys USB Wired Standard Eclipse Keyboard

Razer Copperhead Tempest RZ01-050100-R1M1

I was also thinking about water cooling. Should I go with ahead and get it? I don't think I will be overclocking anytime soon. But when the time comes you never know. Plus I think it looks pretty sick. If I did water cool it here's what I was planning on getting.

Water Cooling:
Swiftech H20-220 APEX ULTRA CPU Liquid Cooling Kit

So is everything compatible? Any comments and suggestions are welcome.


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Old 03-26-2006, 01:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That is a sweet setup and im sure everything will work together.
I would just suggest instead of getting the asus sli deluxe going for the asus sli premium, thats all.
good luck!

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Old 03-26-2006, 03:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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get a DFI Lanparty UT SLi-DR Motherboard instead of Asus.

I suggest this monitor instead of the one you have, it has 8ms response time, thats terrible for gaming.
if you really dont care about 1.1" smaller screen go with the 19" viewsonic

I dont think you need 4GB ram on Windows XP, because from what i hear it will only use 3 Gigs, it is better to stick with 2 gigs Dual channel, and get G.Skill instead of the OCZ

I suggest this PSU

Everything else looks good, I love ur Keyboard, its so slick.
Take these recommendations into consideration, you no wat, dont consider, DO IT!
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Old 03-26-2006, 04:08 PM   #4 (permalink)
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the asus mobo is currently out of stock , might wanna get msi k8n diamond plus/abit an8 32x instead
(both supports SLI X16,like the asus) , and unfortunatly all 7900gtx are out of stock

this psu is a much better choice (higher amps then the seasonic & enermax suggested by john3)

4gb ram is way too much , 2gb is more then enough i recommend these, 146.10$ after rebate

you might wanna get an aluminum case for a bit more (not only lighter it also cools better) , i recommend the thermaltake tsunami but if you want a more roomy case go for full tower i recommend these (aluminum front/steel chasis) (aluminum)

dont buy a dvd burner blindly , read reviews on these sites

do you really need a combo drive? dvd burners can burn cds too not only dvds and youll be able to save a bit if youll take a dvd-rom instead

the raptor is defently the fastest hd but keep in mind its not so quiet +the price/capacity ratio is very high , you can get much more capacity for more then half of the price think about it. 7200rpm but capacity.. alot more
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Old 03-26-2006, 04:42 PM   #5 (permalink)
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if you want a good FULL tower case, go with the Thermaltake Silver Kandalf, i think everyone is behind me when i say that is an amazing case.
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Old 03-26-2006, 05:03 PM   #6 (permalink)
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and the Thermaltake Tsunami is the best midi tower.
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Old 03-26-2006, 06:48 PM   #7 (permalink)
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only thing i didn't like was the monitor. maybe the viewsonic one that john suggested is good. if money is no issue then maybe throw in another 7900gtx, hehe.. not nec tho..

also, jeremy made some very good suggestions
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Old 03-26-2006, 08:29 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Dude that would be a sweet system. I suggest getting a DFI board. And for the case, a Thermaltake Armour. Do not get 4 GB of ram, it will just slow down your computer. Antec PSU's are the best. have fun
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Old 03-26-2006, 09:22 PM   #9 (permalink)
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antec psu's are not the best but htey are good. don't get the dfi board since that psu won't work with it. stay with the asus excellent board. i agree with the 4gb of ram, 2gb is fine and it will save you some money. and personally i prefer seasonics just because i like to have a quiet pc.
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Originally posted by Running
and personally i prefer seasonics just because i like to have a quiet pc.
not only seasonic psu's are silent you know alot of non seasonic psus are silent too

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