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Old 01-31-2006, 10:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Smile Think I'm ready to order.

Good to go? Appreciate any comments, reading the archives here has really been helpful.

Gaming comp, used with 2 monitors, going to OC.

ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail $160
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131517

I don't plan using SLI, but never know. Picking this over the DFI SLIDR since it seems a little more user friendly.

AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Dual Core Processor - Retail $301
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103562

OCZ Gold Edition 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Dual Channel Kit System Memory - Retail
$200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227219

eVGA Geforce 7800GT 256-P2-N517-AX Video Card - Retail
$314
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130249

Western Digital Raptor 74GB 3.5" Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM
$155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822144160

Western Digital Caviar SE 250GB 3.5" IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive - OEM $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822144309

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic Sound Card - Retail
$121
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102188

OCZ PowerStream OCZ520ADJSLI 520W Power Supply - Retail
$140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817711002

ZALMAN CNPS9500 LED 92mm 2 Ball Blue LED Light Cooling Fan with Heatsink - Retail
$60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835118223

Thermaltake XASER, Armor Series VA8000BWS Black Computer Case With Side Panel Window - Retail
$120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811133154

NEC Black IDE/ATAPI DVD Burner Model ND-3550A - OEM
$40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827152058

XP Home $90

Total $1850 Pre tax and shipping.
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Old 01-31-2006, 10:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Nice setup. eVGA..way to go. Asus is a good board BUT get the premium because the fans SUCK on the Deluxe. They fail/fall off/etc. What PSU you using? Whats the big deal with sound cards anyway? I don't think I've ever owned one...I have a 5.1 system the x-530 but mp3 are only 2 channel so i just split them.
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if ur gona OC go with opteron 165?? instead of the x2 3800+
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I don't like ASUS, but that's personal so I won't say anything (oh wait, I did)

Other wise looks good... Why get a 250 gig ATA100 when a SATA one is $3 more? then you ditch ribbion cable all together.

That psu is awsome. I have it.. it's sweet and looks awsome.

The cooler is pretty sweet, but the Artic Cooling Freezer 64 pro performs better and for almost half the price. Same w/ the Tt typhoon but it's only $10 cheaper.

Same w/ the Opteron suggestion. Get a 165 if you can spare $25.
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I was debating using opteron instead.

165 will be fine? No reason to pay the extra $ for the 170?

Use this for 2nd hard drive instead?

Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 ST3250824AS 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

10 bucks more.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148111

Thanks for info on coolers, going to look into those.

I'm trusting some posts here about the sound card, will report back later about whether or not its worth it.
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Wow. Not much i can add.

I totally agree with Mk97 about the Hard drive. Get a SATA one. You will be much happier.

You only need that CPU heatsink if you are going to overclock. And if you are going to overclock, go with the opteron 165. Better for overclocking. If you do get that Heatsink, dont forget the Arcit Silver 5

That is a great sound card.
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ata100 to sata..oops...didnt even see that piece of info. haha
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yeah man that set up looks good but also agree that u should go with SATA.
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great looking setup. Hope you have a bunch of room for that case. I have it and love it but it is giant. runs cool and has plenty of space for all of your goodies. may want to consider a second raptor to run in raid0 for fun ;-)
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Also if you go with the Seagate 250G SATA, you'll get a 5 Year warranty instead of 3 years with Western Digital.

The 74G WD Raptor you should definetly get. Just install you're OS, games and appz. Everything else (non-performance) put on the Seagate. (Put your windows paging file on the Seagate also).

note: I recommend WIN XP PRO for any and all gaming PC's.
XP Home is more for simple Web/Email/Word Processing PC's.

Very nice build... 8.5 out of 10
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