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Old 03-17-2006, 02:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey Guys,

I have decided on a gaming build. My budget is around $2500 CAN (excluding the monitor). I will not be overclocking for at least a year, because I have have no experience. However, I decided to choose overclocking ram because I plan on overclocking in the future. I have not bought these parts yet, so I am looking for suggestions from you guys:

AMD AMD Opteron 165 Dual Core Processor S939 Denmark 1.8GHZ 2MB
$363.24

DFI LANParty UT NF4 ULTRA-D Motherboard ATX S939 NFORCE4 Ultra DDR 2PCI-E16 SATA RAID Sound LAN 1394
$151.43

OCZ PC-3200 DDR400 Platinum Edition 2GB(2X1024MB) Dual Channel
$316.19

2 X Western Digital Caviar SE16 250GB SATA2 7200RPM 16MB 8.9MS Hard Drive
$238.06

LG GSA-4167B 16X DVD+-RW 16X Dual Layer Writer IDE 2MB Black OEM
$45.89

NZXT LEXA ATX Aluminum Case Black 4X5.25 2X3.5 5X3.5INT No PS Temp Display Window & Carrying Strap
$163.04

Antec True Power 2.0 550W ATX12V V2.0 SLI 120MM Fan Power Supply
$106.83

EVGA E-GEFORCE 7900 GT CO 500MHZ PCI-E 256MB 256BIT 1.5GHZ GDDR3 Dual DVI HDTV Out Video Card
$399.98

Logitech (970115-0403) Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speaker System
$305.99

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic 24-bit
$140

The items that are from CanadaComputers, I will buy from their store. The items that are from NCIX.com, I will order.
The total with shipping and tax comes out to:

$2637 CAN
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Old 03-17-2006, 02:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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So far everything looks great, but the Truepower PSU you picked out is designed for server motherboards. It will work with ATX mobos because Antec made it compatible with both 4-pin (ATX) and 8-pin (ESP), but I would get the regular ATX version that is slightly cheaper since your motherboard is ATX. I accidently got the ESP12V TruepowerII version (the same one you picked) but it doesn't matter since it can work with ATX motherboards.

All you have to do is get the Antec TruepowerII ATX version and you'll be fine.
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Old 03-17-2006, 02:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Okay, thanks a lot. I fixed it. Also, right now I'm looking at LCD Monitors. What do you think about this one?

Samsung SyncMaster 940B-HAS 19IN Black LCD Monitor 1280X1024 700:1 8MS VGA DVI Adjustable Stand
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...acture=Samsung
for $403.52
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if your going to overclock i suggest the Opteron 165, it OCs like a beast on java.
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As I said, I don't plan to overclock for a while
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Old 03-17-2006, 03:13 PM   #6 (permalink)
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but it'll still run games fine until u do, so u cant go wrong. but go with watever u want.
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yeah? you think there's no difference between opty 165 and x2 4400?
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Old 03-17-2006, 05:08 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Not really, it really depends on what games you're running. For example on a GPU intensive game like F.E.A.R, you won't notice a slight difference. But with HL2 which is more CPU intensive, there will be very very slight difference. I say get the Opteron 165. You may say you won't be overclocking for a while, but i bet itll be sooner than you anticipated.
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stay with the 4400+ x2
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Old 03-17-2006, 06:33 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Okay, I've decided to get the Opteron 165. What about the monitor? Should I get that one or another cheaper one with 8ms
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