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Old 10-18-2005, 01:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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For your review, let me know what you think about it, and tell me if I am missing anything:

Thermaltake XASER, Armor Series VA8000BWS Black Aluminum/Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - $148

DFI LANPARTY nF4 SLI-DR Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard - $189

eVGA 256-P2-N538-AX With Battlefield 2 Bundle Geforce 7800GTX 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail - $509

Antec TRUEPOWERII TPII-550 ATX12V 550W Power Supply - Retail - $100

AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ Toledo 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Dual Core Processor Model ADA4400CDBOX - Retail - $526

OCZ 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered Dual Channel Platinum System Memory Model OCZ4002048ELDCPE-K - Retail - $257

Maxtor MaXLine III 7L250S0 250GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM - $106.50, data drive

HITACHI Deskstar 7K80 HDS728080PLA380 -0A30358 80GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM - $115 for two, RAID-0 for OS

SCEPTRE X9g-Naga IV Black 19" 8ms LCD Monitor - Retail - $309.99

Logitech G7 931375-0403 2-Tone 6 Buttons 1x Wheel USB RF Laser Mouse - Retail - $78.98

LITE-ON Black IDE DVD Burner Model SOHW-1693S Black OEM - OEM - $38.99

Creative SOUND BLASTER X-Fi Platinum 8 (7.1) Channels PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail - $199

Logitech THX Z-5300e 280 Watts RMS 5.1 Speaker - Retail - $138

Without any fans or UV lights, the total is $2715.46, and shipping is $88.76 for 5-day, for a GRAND TOTAL $2804.22.

So what say ye? Did I leave anything out? Is there anything in there that may be a glaring mistake, such as mobo/RAM/PSU incompatibility? I think I have done my homework, and learned a lot from this site as well as DFI Street. Thanks to all who have helped thus far in getting my new rig off the ground!
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Old 10-18-2005, 02:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Looks fine, but why 2 different hard drives? also some i will suggest get Seagate or WD HDs, they are alot more reliable. im sure other people will also suggest Seagate or Western Digital.

Also LITE-ON is kinda the budget brand of stuff for computers.. and if that mouse is wireless.. wireless mouses arent that good for games but it will do.
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Old 10-18-2005, 04:00 AM   #3 (permalink)
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very very nice. The good thing about that maxtor is the 16mb buffer though.

Still might be worth considering seagate and setting them up in RAID 0, and if your getting the fancy sound card you should go all out on the speakers and get the Z-5500's, and trim down on costs on things like the case and RAM if budget is a concern.
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ok what i would say is get this ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227219

you can do like DDR533 i read on a review and its 2GB too!
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Bad choices on hard drives.
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I also suggest replacing the HD's with Western Digital. I've been solely using them for years and never had a problem.
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Change the maxtor harddrive. I have a 250GB 16MB cache 7200rpm from western digital and it works great. Same specs as maxtor.
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Bad choices on hard drives.
I appreciate any input you may have, but that is a bit cryptic, can you explain yourself?

If you are referring to RAID 80's, I went with them because of the speed & cost advantage over Raptors.

If you are referring to the brand (and this goes for the guys under your post), I have been using Maxtors for years with no problems. In fact, the only HDDs I have had to replace have been Seagates & WDs (out of more than 200 comps, I have had to replace about 8 HDDs).
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Does the 16MB cache make a big difference in performance?
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... and if that mouse is wireless.. wireless mouses arent that good for games but it will do.
That is a gaming mouse. It has high speed 2.4GHz wireless with 500 reports per second. You will not notice a difference between that and a wired mouse. I'm probably going to get that mouse pretty soon too. Good choice.

Last thing, for the optical drive, get a plextor. They are high quality.
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