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Old 01-28-2006, 09:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, I first looked at Dell XPS, but after looking at this site, that doesn't seem like such a good idea.

I haven't built a computer before though, so not exactly sure what I'm getting into.

Seems like sites like www.digitalstormonline.com will do a build for you, but it costs $300-$400 more though.

Anyways, here is what I've come up with so far. Will be used for gaming, and poker on 2 monitors(One dell 20" 2001fp, one dell 24" 2004fpw).

Processor:

AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ Toledo 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Dual Core Processor
$466
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103546

Motherboard:

(This is edited from my original pick)

DFI LANPARTY UT nF4 SLI-DR Expert Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
$189
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136166

Still not sure if this is best option for my setup.

Video Card:

eVGA 256-P2-N515-AX Geforce 7800GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Desktop PC - Retail
$275.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130247

RAM:

OCZ Performance 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model
$194
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820146970

Hard Drives:

Western Digital Raptor WD740GD 74GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM
$135.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822144160

Probably could go with the 37gb and save $35 though.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822144200

Also

Western Digital Caviar SE WD2500JB 250GB 7200 RPM IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive - OEM
$100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822144309

Sound Card:

Either

Creative Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS SB0350 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card - OEM
$75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102178

Or

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail
$121
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102188

Power Supply:

Antec TruePower 2.0 TP2-550 EPS12V ATX12V 550W Power Supply - Retail
$90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817103932

Or

OCZ PowerStream OCZ520ADJSLI ATX, BTX, SATA, P4 and EPS12V 520W Power Supply - Retail
$140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817711002

Fan:

ZALMAN CNPS9500 LED 92mm 2 Ball Blue LED Light Cooling Fan with Heatsink
$61
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835118223

Case:

Thermaltake XASER, Armor Series VA8000BWS Black Aluminum/Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
$120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811133154


CD/DVD drive:

NEC Black IDE/ATAPI DVD Burner Model ND-3550A - OEM
$40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827152058

Speakers:

Klipsch 2.1 (I own already)

Don't need new mouse or keyboard.

Total is roughly $1800 plus $800 for the dell 24" monitor. I may hold off on the monitor till it goes cheaper though. I already own the 20" dell 2001fp.

Any comments/help much appreciated.
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Old 01-28-2006, 09:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Get the DFI SLI DR

Get the OCZ PSU instead

Get the 74GB Raptor

Get the X-Fi

Get a thermalright XP-90 with a 92mm Panaflo
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Old 01-29-2006, 12:03 AM   #3 (permalink)
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lol crossfire mobo? r u sure... nd yet u choose a nvidia gfx card? research a bit more on ur setup, get the x2 3800 if dual core, the cache barely does anything as u can see here
http://www23.tomshardware.com/cpu.ht...2=237&chart=60
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Old 01-29-2006, 12:13 AM   #4 (permalink)
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wow dual cores smoke every thing in 3d rendering times...WOOT..
yeah go for the 3800x2, but if you wanna spend some extra ching for the 4400x2, im sure it cant hurt..lol (if you wanna over clock get the opteron 165 x2, cheap and has the l2 2x1mb cache)
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Old 01-29-2006, 12:45 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Hmm. Not sure why I initially picked that motherboard.

Assuming this one is better?

DFI LANPARTY UT nF4 SLI-DR Expert Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136166
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