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Old 05-20-2006, 12:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey, I'm 17 years old and a new user to this forum. This will be my first time build for a pc. I got some advice from a friend and I think I'm going to order the hardware. below from newegg. My question is, is everything compatible? Does that monitor (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824009062) look legit for 180 bucks? What should I change?

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AMD-compatible Motherboards

Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 ASUS A8N-E Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Model #:A8N-E
** This item is warranted through the product manufacturer only. what's this?
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$92.99 $92.99

ATX Computer Cases

Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 GIGABYTE 3D AURORA GZ-FSCA1-ATB Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
Model #:GZ-FSCA1-ATB

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$149.99 $149.99

CD/DVD Burners (RW Drives)

Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 ASUS 16X DVD±R DVD Burner With 5X DVD-RAM Write Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model DRW1608P3SBLK - Retail
Model #RW1608P3SBLK
** This item may only be returned for a replacement of the same make/model within 30 days only. what's this?
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$45.99 $45.99

Internal Hard Drives

Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Model #:WD2500KS
** This item may only be returned for a replacement of the same make/model within 30 days only. what's this?
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate
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$89.99 $89.99

Memory - System

Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model F1-3200PHU2-2GBNS - Retail
Model #:F1-3200PHU2-2GBNS

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$169.99 -$15.00 Instant
$154.99

Monitors - LCD

Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 Acer AL1711FB Black 17" 12ms LCD Monitor - Retail
Model #:ET.1711B.000
** This item is warranted through the product manufacturer only. what's this?
** Dead Pixels Policy: Replacement or Refund for 8 or more dead pixels only.
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$162.99 $162.99

Operating Systems

Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 Microsoft Windows XP Professional With SP2 - OEM
Model #:E85-04026
** Software delivered damaged and/or defective may be returned for an identical replacement. what's this?
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$141.99 $141.99

Power Supplies

Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 FSP Group (Fortron Source) FX600-GLN ATX12V/ EPS12V 600W All-In-One Power Supply - Retail
Model #:FX600-GLN
** This item is warranted through the product manufacturer only. what's this?
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$139.99 $139.99

Processors

Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ Manchester 2000MHz HT Socket 939 Dual Core Processor Model ADA4200BVBOX - Retail
Model #:ADA4200BVBOX
** This item is warranted through the product manufacturer only. what's this?
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$357.00 $357.00

Video Cards

Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 eVGA 256-P2-N563-AX Geforce 7900GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
Model #:256-P2-N563-AX

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$289.00 $289.00
SubTotal: $1,624.9





Sorry if you guys can't read it, I copied it from Newegg . Does everything look compatible? I'm really not going to switch any of the parts unless something is cheaper and identical. I've never built a rig before so i'm kinda nervous.
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all looks good except for i would reccomend getting either an x2 3800+, x2 4400+ or an opteron 165/170 instead of the 4200+. you can overclock any of these processors well and it would be far better value than the 4200+
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I have no idea how to overclock
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look into it and see what you think. a visit to the overclocking subforum couldn't hurt. i'm not saying the 4200+ is a bad processor it just isn't the greatest value
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all looks good except for i would reccomend getting either an x2 3800+, x2 4400+ or an opteron 165/170 instead of the 4200+. you can overclock any of these processors well and it would be far better value than the 4200+
I agree that the 4400 is probably the best bang for the buck.

You might want to get some experience on the basics of building computers before you start to overclock....not that it's too hard or anything, but you can really mess up if you do it wrong:amazed:
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nah i wouldn't suggest you overclock on new hardware, just because its easy doesn't mean he won't mess up. keep the 4200+ its a good cpu. and nice case btw
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Well if you're not going to overclock definetly get either the x2 3800+ or 4400+. the only difference between the 3800 and 4200 is 200mhz which you could easily get out of the 3800. Wouldnt need to know much about overclocking to do that. And you would save yourself a lot of money.
If you have enough money get the 4400+ as it has 1mb cache instead of 512kb.
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I just realized I didn't get a soundcard. WHats a good , cheap soundcard??
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cmon, whats a good soundcard?
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your motherboard has your LAN adapter and sound card built onto them. if you want something fancier, then search newegg but for the most part the built on one would suffice.

here is your motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131530

here is what comes on your motherboard:

Onboard Audio:
Audio Chipset Realtek ALC850
Audio Channels 8 Channels

Onboard LAN:
Max LAN Speed 10/100/1000Mbps


the sound card isn't too fancy, but it will make sound. you'll be able to play music and everything. i don't know how much of a diffrence in sound quality a better sound card would be but i cant image it being that much better. people and their HD surround sound..... pfft, who needs it?

also, if you plan on doing a little bit of gaming (i assumed it since you got a 7800gt gpu) you might want atleast 8ms moniter. 12ms is a bit slow. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824021019 - could you go with that? 2" bigger and 4ms faster. think of it this way... you're playing halo... a dude pops out of no where. .04 seconds could mean the diffrence between him throwin' a nade or you shooting a fuel-rod gun.... i know it is a lot extra money, but imo its worth it. especially since its 2" bigger and sleeker looking.
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