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Old 12-08-2006, 01:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, I've been searching around to find some parts that I would like to get for a new computer that I would like to at least have the parts ordered for by the new year. I am trying to build a decent computer that will last me a while without having to upgrade it (or if any, not that much). I'm looking to stay in the vicinity of $1500-2000, but I'd like to stay on the lower end of that spectrum. I'm going to be using the computer for some gaming, movie watching, school work, movie editing, and some music writing. Here's what I have picked out now:

CASE: Thermaltake Tsunami VA3000BNA Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ~ $110 ($14.36 s/h)

PSU: OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI ATX12V 700W Power Supply 100 - 240V ~ $150 (free s/h) ($125 w/ rebate)

MOTHERBOARD: ASUS P5W DH DELUXE/WIFI-AP Socket T (LGA 775) Intel 975X ATX Intel Motherboard ~ $228 ($7.32 s/h)

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 ~ $310 (free s/h)

GPU: eVGA 512-P2-N637-AR GeForce 7950GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP KO Superclocked Video Card ~ $280 ($5.64 s/h) ($270 w/ rebate)

HARD DRIVE: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive ~ $95 (free s/h)

OPTICAL DRIVE: 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 2M Cache IDE DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write, LightScribe Technology ~ $33 ($5.64 s/h)

RAM: CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory ~ $290 (free s/h) ($250 w/ rebate)

COOLING: ZALMAN CNPS9500 LED 92mm 2 Ball Blue LED Light Cooling Fan with Heatsink ~ $64 ($5 s/h)

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound ~ $6 ($5 s/h)

(Possible) KEYBOARD: Logitech G15 2-Tone 104 Normal Keys USB Wired Standard Keyboard ~ $70 (free s/h)

If I calculated right, that should come out to about $1596.32 with shipping and handeling and after all rebates. I'm just wondering if everything is compatible with each other. I might overclock a little bit, but I'm not really computer savy or anything, so I wont be pushing anything to the limits. Is that case alright for what I've picked out? If not, what is a better case that I could look at that's not super expensive? Also, is that motherboard alright? I've been trying to find a good motherboard that would support that RAM but without the Wi/Fi, because I don't think I'll need the Wi/Fi (at least not just yet). So I don't want to pay for something I'm not going to use. Anyway, if anyone has any feedback on this set-up I'd greatly appreciate it, I feel a little out of my league here, so I'm hoping that some people here can help me out. Thanks again.

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Old 12-08-2006, 02:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Go for a nVidia 680i chipset motherboard. They're a little bit more expensive, but leave the Intel chipsets in the dust.

Everything else looks good.

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Old 12-08-2006, 09:32 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Trotter makes a good point. That PSU is a little overkill though, unless you can get a good deal on it. Overall I would take her home if I met her at the bar tonight. hehe
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Old 12-08-2006, 11:39 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for the idea, so do you think a 600W PSU would be sufficient? I was thinking of the 700W just to be a little more future proof, but if it's not really necessary then I'll go for the OCZ 600W PSU instead then. So what is this other motherboard that you suggested? I'm pretty clueless about this stuff (I'm learning as I go), so I don't know much difference between things. This is what you're talking about right?
This one seems pretty good, but like I said, I don't know much. Thank you for your help so far.
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Old 12-10-2006, 01:25 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Is this case a decent one? I like it more than the Tsunami that I picked out before, but I'm wondering if anyone has it or has had any experiences with it that might help shed some light on whether I should chose this one instead.

Antec Performance One P180B Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel for durability through the majority of chassis 1.0mm cold rolled steel around the 4 x HDD area ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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Old 12-10-2006, 05:40 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Just did a build with alot of the same parts you are going with, and are very happy with the results.

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Old 12-11-2006, 12:32 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks, I'm very excited to get everything and get it built so I can use it. No matter what I get, it's going to be a HUGE upgrade from what I'm using right now (my graphics card is a geforce FX 5500 256mb, just to give an idea of my computer). Anyway, I'm just a little skeptical about the case mostly, I don't want to get one that isn't going to fit everything. I hear that the newer graphics cards are longer than the old ones, so I'm getting a little scared of not having the room in a case. I really like the Antec Performance One P180B Black case, but I'm not sure if it will have enough room. I'm also really going to need some good ventilation/cooling because I keep my room pretty warm (between 80-90 degrees Farenheit).

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