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Old 09-01-2005, 09:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default System build list being finalized. Any final suggestions?

Well, I think I've figured out pretty much everything I want for my new system, and I'm just asking for any last minute advice or changes. If I win a place in the Newegg casemod competition, I'll be buying and building in a few days. If not, I'm going to be waiting until around mid october to buy and build it. Anyway, here're the parts:


AMD Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego 1GHz FSB 1MB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor

OCZ 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Platinum System Memory

ZALMAN CNPS7700-CU 120mm 2 Ball Cooling Fan

Antec TRUEPOWERII TPII-550 ATX12V 550W Power Supply

AeroCool AEROENGINE C-class AEROENGINE-C BS Black Steel ATX Mid Tower

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

CREATIVE Sound Blaster Live! 24-bit 30SB041000000 8 (7.1) Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card

Logitech X-530 70 Watts 5.1 Speaker

Finally, for the video card it looks like I have a few options. I'm going to be getting a 7800 GT, and I'd prefer to buy from one of the better manufacturers like BFG Tech, eVGA, or Leadtek.

eVGA card:

Leadtek card:

BFG Tech card:

Total cost for this system: Around $1500
This system will serve a few purposes:
1. Playing ElderScrolls: Oblivion without any lag and with lots of graphical and sound quality
2. Rendering advanced 3DS MAX scenes and animations
3. Lasting for a few years (and perhaps lasting me even through college)
4. Being as quiet as possible

I'll probably do a little overclocking as well, but not very much until I'm more experienced.

I don't need Disk Drives or a Harddrive, as I've already got those. I could probably get a new 80 mm fan though.

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Old 09-01-2005, 09:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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To save money, get the non- SLI version of that motherboard. Also you might not need the sound card because the DFI board has very good onboard sound.

I assume you don't need a monitor then?

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Old 09-01-2005, 09:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Nope, I've already got a very very nice LCD monitor.

I'm probably going to go for the SLI board anyway, because I'll most likely drop another 7800 GT card in it a couple years down the line when they're cheaper and when I'll probably need a performance boost as well.

I'm not to big a fan of Onboard sound either, as it's not as good as using a soundcard (even if the soundcard is a bargain one). The DFI board only supports 16 bits, whereas the SB Live supports 24 bit sound. I don't know if the DFI onboard sound supports EAX either...
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