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Old 08-19-2006, 12:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok just to get this out there the budget for this comp is roughly $4,000 maybe $4,500 if need be. Iv been savin up for past 4 years and its time to get my game on again. I plan on getting back into some MMO's (Main games i play) this build is leaning towards gaming not work.

So what iv looked at and read this is what iv found to start things off.

Case:Thermaltake Armor
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16811133154

Motherboard:ASUS CROSSHAIR Socket AM2
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16813131593

Processer:AMD Athlon 64 FX-62 Windsor
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16819103861

Mem sticks:CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB)
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16820145033

Power supply:OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI ATX12V 700W
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16817341002

HD:Western Digital Raptor X WD1500AHFDRTL 150GB
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16822136035

Graphics:eVGA 01G-P2-N592-AX Geforce 7950GX2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130023

DVD:SAMSUNG 16X DVD±R DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16827151118

Now I know i wanna go with the 7900GTs (or whatever the new nvidia cards are being called today lol) but as i looked i wasnt sure which brand one to get. Id also like to know if i should go SLI or single card. Iv been gone from the computer world for about a year or so. So im pretty much a noob again but as long as u dont get to confusing ill catch on quick.
Also if you want to bash me on the products i picked go right ahead. I need to know if they are good picks or waste of money.
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Old 08-19-2006, 12:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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nope you did pretty well on your picks. but i have a few suggestions.

if youre going for the best performance i would get the intel core2 duo. wichever one is best. it will be better performing then the amd cpu you picked out. also have you checked out the lian-li cases? they are very nice, nicer then the thermaltake you have. and if you want the best video card get 1 7900GTX or one x1900xt. sli is a waste of money. and as far as a hard drive, get a raptor. they are 10000rpm.

heres some links, pick what you like its all fine choices.

(best core 2 duo CPU)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115001

(cheaper, but still great cpu)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115002

Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813121016

Lian-li cases
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...&SubCategory=7

7900GTX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150143

x1900xt
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102025

raptor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136035

If you really wanna go all out with your video card lol
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130023
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Ok I added the graphics and the Hard drive. I hate to say it but im really not a fan of intel. I really want to upgrade this comp to an extreme when it starts to get outdated and from what i hear intel doesnt like it when u try and do that. Are the Lian-li cases really worth shelling out an extra $150 over the tsunami armor?

Any recomendations on CD-R and dvd drives? And im a little confused on the benifits on having more then one HD. I know more than one is always better but its the raid configurations that get me.
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Old 08-19-2006, 01:02 PM   #4 (permalink)
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the conroes from intel kill though
i hate intel but i still am saving to get one
lay your hate aside and get a intel core 2 duo e6700
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Old 08-19-2006, 01:42 PM   #5 (permalink)
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i would recommend pioneer for dvd burners. i have had a wonderful experience with pioneer dvd burners because they recognize almost every brand of dvd's.

there are several types of raid. i think it goes from raid 1 to raid 5. with raid you can use two hdd's and turn them into one drive, RAID 1. the pros of RAID 1 is that transferring informaiton will be faster. but the con is that if one hdd fails then you lose all your information. and another type of raid, i'm not sure which number, is just mirror format. you have one hdd and everything you put on that one hdd is mirrored onto the other hdd. so of 1 hdd fails you have a backup of all you information on another hdd. i guess the con of that is u need 2 hdd's.

but if you dont plan on having raid it just depnds on your needs. you should get SATA 150 or 300 because it will be faster. or you can get the 10,000 rpm raptors. but i tend to avoid those hdd's because of their high price for not many gigs.
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yeah but hes got 4500 bucks to spare :]
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Well i still want the best bang for my buck. If there is a product thats 500 but one thats barly better for 800 id still prefure the 500 one.
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Ok iv been browsing all day and found a decent dvd. I'm finding it a little hard to find a CD drive thats really top quality on newegg tho. Also now that i think iv got almost everything im gonna need. I think iv decided to keep the mobo iv picked out for the am3 thing thats gonna come out later. Am i missing anything of super importance? I do plan on looking up cooling devices and what not but havnt had a chance yet.
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if you went conroe it would make your current amd selesction look like a sampron
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Heh. Ok i broke down and put in the conroe. Just to double check. Is that conroe compatible (sp?) with the mobo?
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