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Old 09-29-2005, 01:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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well the dell has been running good for over 4 years now......so i was thinkin its about time to get a new pc.....im trying to build something that will last me another 4-5 years....heres what i think i want so far.......

Antec Performance I P180 Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129154


Antec NeoPower 480W Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817103924


ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131517


AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ Toledo 1GHz FSB 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket 939 Dual Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103546



now for the newbie questions.......

-will that power supply be enough?

-will that motherboard fit in the case? i know its the right form factor (atx) but, from looking at the pictures it doesnt look like it would line up w/ all of the holes in the back of the case?

-is that 4400+ processor worth it over the 3800+?


and i know i really do not need SLI for what i use my computer for, but i thought it wouldnt hurt to have it for the future, and just run 1 card lol

any other suggestions or recommendations would be great!

anyways thanks for any help...
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oh here is some other stuff i was thinking about adding also

CORSAIR XMS 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145486

Western Digital Caviar SE 250GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822144417


XFX PVT70GUDF7 Geforce 7800GT Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150108


btw if this helps, i use my computer for music producing.....internet, email etc, school (im am IT major), but yeah i do alot of multi tasking......ill have 2 music programs up, w/ firefox, aim, and word typing a paper, and photoshoping something.....

i would love advice if you know about a cheaper alternative but is just as good as something i listed...thanks!
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480 watts is perfect depends on 12v amps (your link doesn't work - it should have high ampage though). Exactly what you need.

I think it says you need exactly 480w (25 amps at 12v) for the 7800GTX SLI. So you should be fine. Just check teh 12v rating.
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oh here is some other stuff i was thinking about adding also

CORSAIR XMS 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145486

Western Digital Caviar SE 250GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822144417


XFX PVT70GUDF7 Geforce 7800GT Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150108


btw if this helps, i use my computer for music producing.....internet, email etc, school (im am IT major), but yeah i do alot of multi tasking......ill have 2 music programs up, w/ firefox, aim, and word typing a paper, and photoshoping something.....

i would love advice if you know about a cheaper alternative but is just as good as something i listed...thanks!
first of all are you going to be OCing if not valueselect ram will be ok, and that will save you some money.

second do not get a XFX card, bad company.

if you are going to be SLiing the 7800GTXs you need an SLI ready psu, and im pretty sure the antec neopower is not a nvidia sli ready psu

oh yeah, change over to a DFI nF4 SLi-DR better board, asus just isnt good with amd but good with intel
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480 watts is perfect depends on 12v amps (your link doesn't work - it should have high ampage though). Exactly what you need.

I think it says you need exactly 480w (25 amps at 12v) for the 7800GTX SLI. So you should be fine. Just check teh 12v rating.
+3.3V@30A, +5V@38A, +12V1@18A, +12V2@15A, -12V@1A, +5VSB@2A

the link is working for me.
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thanks i fixed the links

no i will not be OCing.....

so should i get the SLI board? i dont relly game at all........is SLI going to be a standard in the future?

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i would think maybe but SLI is really just for gamers now


what you need is

DFI nF4 ultra-D
2GBs of valueselect ram(corsair in my opinon)
whatever hdd, sata, and stay with seagate or WD but i perfer seagate
X2 4400+ toledo
7800GTX or 7800GT< but there is no need for a high end graphics card if your not into gaming a 6800GT would be sufficent enough too
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is this the DFI motherboard you are talking about?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136163


and yeah i guess i could get the 6800 for now, and just upgrade in the future if i need to........but is there much of a price difference between the 7800 and the 6800?
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136152

the 6800GT is 300 dollars

the 7800GT is around 400 dollars

and the 7800GTX is around 450-500
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also if XFX is bad....what brands should i look at?
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