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Old 08-12-2007, 11:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So I'm building a gaming pc. I know a lot about software but I'm kind of a noob when it comes to hardware so I need some help picking out parts. This is my very tentative list so far of the major parts (not including burner, monitor, case etc). Please tell me what you think of it or if I should change anything. My max budget for the entire computer is about $1100.

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ 2.80GHz / 2MB Cache / 1000MHz (2000 MT/s) FSB / Windsor / Dual Core / Socket AM2 / Processor with Fan - $163

Motherboard: Gigabyte M61SME-S2 NVIDIA Socket AM2 MicroATX Motherboard / Audio / Video / PCI Express / 10/100 Ethernet LAN / USB 2.0 / Serial ATA / RAID - $60

Memory: Corsair Dual Channel TWINX 2048MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz E.P.P. Memory (2 x 1024) - $120

Hard Drive: Seagate / 320GB / 7200 / 16MB / SATA-300 / OEM / Hard Drive - $90

Video Card: XFX GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB SLI PCIe Video Card - $300

And one thing thats really confusing me is why some 2GB RAM is a really lot more than other 2GM RAM (DDR2). I know the answer is probably really simple. thanks.
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I think anything with a 8800gts and a 5600+ processor would be just fine for gaming. as far as the ram it's probably because there are different gauges of ram and things like speeds that play into the ram itself
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why are you getting a micro-atx board?
just curious. i would suggest an atx, evga or foxconn w 590 chipset.
also, what latency is that ram?
are you going to overclock?
i like evga cards over XFX, but they are both great companies.
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If you're staying with AMD, I would suggest you get the EVGA or Foxconn 590 chipset motherboard, along with the X2 3600+. That way, you can easily upgrade to the newer Phenom processors.

Here are the motherboards, that nagasama was talking about:
Newegg.com - Foxconn C51XEM2AA- 8EKRS2H Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
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Newegg.com - EVGA 122-M2-NF59-TR Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

Oh...and CorporalClegg...get this set of RAM instead:
Newegg.com - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
...they're better for the money.

I see you haven't picked a power supply yet. Heres what I suggest:
Newegg.com - XCLIO GREATPOWER X14S4P3 550W ATX12V 550W Power Supply 100-240V / 200-240V UL, CUL, TUV, CB, VDE, FIMKO, DEMKO, NEMKO, SEMKO - Retail
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Buy.com - Corsair 520W SLI Certified Modular ATX Power Supply - CMPSU-520HX
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If hes going with AMD, I would suggest he get either the EVGA or Foxconn 590 chipset motherboard, along with the X2 3600+. That way he can easily upgrade to the newer Phenom processors.

Here are the motherboards, that nagasama was talking about:
Newegg.com - Foxconn C51XEM2AA- 8EKRS2H Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
or
Newegg.com - EVGA 122-M2-NF59-TR Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

Oh...and CorporalClegg...get this set of RAM instead:
Newegg.com - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
...they're better for the money.

I see you haven't picked a power supply yet. Heres what I suggest:
Newegg.com - XCLIO GREATPOWER X14S4P3 550W ATX12V 550W Power Supply 100-240V / 200-240V UL, CUL, TUV, CB, VDE, FIMKO, DEMKO, NEMKO, SEMKO - Retail
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Buy.com - Corsair 520W SLI Certified Modular ATX Power Supply - CMPSU-520HX
good plan, take the money from the difference in price of cpu's, and use it to buy a MUCH better motherboard.
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good plan, take the money from the difference in price of cpu's, and use it to buy a MUCH better motherboard.
right on da' money...
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You could always get the X2 3600+ and OC it. Then use the money to spend on motherboard's, ram's, and uh, some other stuff?
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There is no reason to get 5600+ when you can get E6550 for around the same price..... Not only E6550 performs better at stock speeds, but it can also overclock way much better.........


Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-P35-S3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 Conroe 2.33GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail


Edit: And the Gigabyte motherboard supports the upcoming intel 45nm processors, so you can upgrade to those when they come out....
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Ok. I revised my list. Here's the new one:

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ Windsor 2.0GHz Socket AM2 Processor Model ADO3600CUBOX - Retail
Newegg.com - AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ Windsor 2.0GHz 2 x 256KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 Processor - Retail

Motherboard: EVGA 122-M2-NF59-TR Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Newegg.com - EVGA 122-M2-NF59-TR Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

Memory: Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 - Retail
Newegg.com - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

Video Card: EVGA 320-P2-N811-AR GeForce 8800GTS 320MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Newegg.com - EVGA 320-P2-N811-AR GeForce 8800GTS 320MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

Optical Drive: SAMSUNG 18X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write, LightScribe Technology Black SATA Model SH-S183L - OEM
Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Black 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner With LightScribe Technology - OEM

Monitor: SAMSUNG 216BW Black-Silver 21.6" 5ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
Newegg.com - SAMSUNG 216BW Black-Silver 21.6" 5ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DC 3000:1(1000:1) - Retail

Power: XCLIO GREATPOWER X14S4P3 550W ATX12V 550W Power Supply - Retail
Newegg.com - XCLIO GREATPOWER X14S4P3 550W ATX12V 550W Power Supply 100-240V / 200-240V UL, CUL, TUV, CB, VDE, FIMKO, DEMKO, NEMKO, SEMKO - Retail

Case: NZXT LEXA BlackLine Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Newegg.com - NZXT LEXA BlackLine Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Also, do I need a sound card or anything else? If so, which should I get? I already have a mouse and keyboard and speakersn
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That revised list, looks great!...You do not need a sound card. Most average users don't. The onboard sound of the motherboard is enough for most people, unless you're an audiophile.
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