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Old 04-11-2006, 10:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How's this gaming build look? Still need a case . . .

If there are any parts you would switch out for something better in the same price range let me know.

I don't plan to OC the ram, or have cards running in SLi.
I don't use tons of HDD space on my computers so 80gb should be sufficient.

Any recommendations for a case under $100 (normal price or after rebates) with really good air flow? I may buy a few fans to add/replace stock fans. Doesn't need a psu.

Mobo $93:Asus A8N-E Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ATX
ASUS A8N-E Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

CPU $295: 64 X2 3800+
AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Manchester 1GHz HT Socket 939 Dual Core

Video Card $270: Sapphire x1800xt
SAPPHIRE 100154SR Radeon X1800XT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16

PSU $64:
Coolmax 550w
COOLMAX CR-550B 550W "140mm Fan"

Ram $69:
Corsair value ram 1gb (2 x 512) pc 3200 ddr 400
CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200)

HDD $50:
Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 80GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 80GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

Cheap DVD Burner $38


TOTAL: Around $936.00 after rebates


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Old 04-11-2006, 10:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'd change the mobo to a DFI Lanparty UT-D, and the video card to a 7900GT. It doesn't cost that much more, and it's better than the X1800XT.

I've heard that Thermaltake has some nice cases with good fans and airflow. Soprano and Tsunami would be good choices IMO.

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Old 04-12-2006, 12:51 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 04-28-2006, 07:08 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I've got the Tsunami Dream (aluminum) and love it. Looks cool, easy access, no heat issues.

AMD Phenom II X6 1090t 3.2 GHz
Gigabyte 890GPA-UD3H SATA3 USB3.0 Mobo
Mushkin RAM 2x4G 9-9-9-24
OCZ Vertex 2 80G SSD
WD Caviar Black HDD 1TB
Corsair HX650 Modular PSU
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Some random optical drive
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Old 04-28-2006, 08:46 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm looking at getting a XLIO. It'll be my first build. These cases have huge 250mm fans in the side and 6 open spots for 80 mm fans which are cheap. I think they look fairly cool but they'd definately keep ur hardware nice and cool and i haven't heard anything bad about the quality.
Antec NeoPower 650W
Gigabyte EP45-DS3R
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 (w/ Arctic Freezer 7)
4GB DDR2-1000 G.Skill
Sapphire x1950 Pro 512mb (w/ V700)
250GB, 500GB and 1.5TB Seagate Barracudas (2.25TB total)
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Old 04-28-2006, 08:59 PM   #6 (permalink)
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change the motherboard to MSI K8N Neo4-F, not the Ultra-D, you only need that if ur doing OCing, the MSI is still great for OCing but its cheaper and is a great mobo, change GPU to 7900GT. Get 2GB G.Skill Value ram.

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