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Old 08-25-2005, 06:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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HEy guys, this is my first post to this forum, and I was wondering if you could give me some tips about the setup I'm getting ready to purchase.

You guys know alot more about these kinda things than I do, so if you see any little problem, please please please, let me know.

Here goes!

http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16811129145
LANBOY case - 85.00

http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16811999122
120mm LED fan (for heatsink) - 15.00

http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16813136151
DFI lanparty SLIT mobo - 198.00

http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16814130234
eVGA 7800GTX vid card - 549.00 (ouch!)

http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16817103924
ANTEC 480w psu - 115.00

http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16819103539
San Diego 3700+ athlon CPU - 279

http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16820145524
Corsair XMS 1gb (2x512) - 216

http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16822144200
2x Raptor 10k rpm 36gb HD (raid ?0? (I want the striped raid for performance)) - 222

http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16823161013
Zboard keyboard - 43

http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16824116277
Viewsonic 19" LCD 8ms - 440

http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16827152047
NEC dvd burner - 41

http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16835109118
thermalright xp-120 - 69

2272 before tax and shipping.

My first question is will the LANBOY fit an SLI system? Will it be able to keep it cool? My room often gets as hot at 90-95 (I live in the desert), does that change things?

I plan on, as soon as I get the money (which won't be for a while), putting in another gig of ram, another vid. card (SLI), a nice sound card, and possibly another HD for media. These upgrades seem sort of unneeded right away, but I do plan on getting them.

Is raid going to be very difficult to set up? What preperations do I need to make before attempting to put together my first system on raid?

Is that PSU good enough? Even if I put another video card in? If not, what is a cost effective replacement?

Are any of those components flimsy or known for breaking down?

How can I ensure a good cable management system? Do I need to go to a local hardware store and buy heat shrink tubing or whatever? The last system I built looked pretty bad inside, and internal aesthetic will be a moderate factor in this build.

Performance is top priority here, but i definately don't want to spend much more than the amount in that config. Unless it is a huge performance gain.

Is that monitor good? I want as little ghosting as possible.

I own the speakers and mouse I plan to use, so thats why I don't have anything listed there.

I Don't know what else to ask, and I'm sorry if I asked any dumb questions. I promise I tried to do as much research as I could before bringing this to you, as this is like my 4th revision after reading through some of your responses to other posts.

Let me know as soon as possible!

Thanks in advance.

EDIT: What are the big differences between Win XP home, and pro??
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System overall looks great.

For cable management i would suggest a rounded IDE cable for the DVD drive and a couple of zip ties for the power cables.

And i dont think a heatsink without a fan will cut it in the desert, i would suggest the Gigabyte G-Power or Thermaltake equiv (forgotten the name).

Also looking at the monitor
iewSonic VP191B Black 19" 8ms (gray-to-gray); 20ms (black-white-black, typ) LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 800:1 0.294mm Pixel Pitch - Retail

it says 8ms and 20ms?


I dont know all the differances between Home and Pro but i know Pro has more admin options, like admin password that home dose not support. I dont really know if the extra $$$ is worth it but wait for some more input.
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if you buy the eVGA 7800GTX w/ bf2 it would be cheaper, 20 dollasr cheaper
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http://www.monarchcomputer.com/Merch...ory_Code=pscat
<---this psu
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Old 08-25-2005, 03:02 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Awesome reply's woohoo!!

Anyways, this is the fan I was planning on using for my heatsink..
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16811999122
Do you think that will do? If not what would you reccomend?

Thanks for the tip on the BF2!! Thats hilarious.

I'm not too sure about the monitor eaither, but I saw somone link it earlier, and they said it was 'the best 19" gaming LCD,' but I may have made a mistake. What would you reccomend?

That PSU looks great, however I need to order through newegg.

Hmmmm.... I can't think of anything else..

Thank you guys so much for your help!
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817703001

that monitor is nice, but i wouldnt get it. but i mean its good

eDIT: whats wrong with the fan, it will do. 90cfm :shocked:
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Um, thats a case fan and it will not do for the heatsink.

This
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835106061
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835128009

I have the second one and it performs a couple of degress C better than the 1st.
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bo bo head, yuo put the fan ontop of the heatsink, duh dont post if you dont know what your talking about

EDIT: he needs a fan to put on this
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16835109118
that massive piece of aluminum and copper
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i know that but a case fan runs nowhere near the speed of a CPU fan.

Case Fans average 2000-2500 RPM and CPU fans average 3000-6000, big differance. And the one i suggested is also alot cheper.
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actually most people use that fan to put on their heatsink if you read the reviews
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