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Old 04-25-2005, 02:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hiya Folks

I found this forum in a random search, read around for a bit and am looking for a bit of advice on building a new gaming pc for mmorpg's.
I don't have too much experience with this, have built 1 before out of pretty random components.

my budget is around $2500 (not including monitor)
My main concern is processor and motherboard, but any suggestions on components would be greatly appreciated.

thanks in advance for any help

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holy ****.
well, for that you can get pretty much the best. hold on a sec while i pull up some good stuff
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yeah, in the hell known as texas
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shhh... no dissing texas, they'll execute you!
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$815 | AMD Athlon 64 FX55 ClawHammer/Hammer 1GHz FSB 1MB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor

$228 | DFI LANPARTY nF4 SLI-DR Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard

$250 | ENERMAX EG851AX-VH(W) FM ATX 660W Power Supply 90 - 264V UL cUL VDE DEMKO NEMKO SEMKO FIMKO

$280 | G.SKILL 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 550 (PC 4400) System Memory

$52 | ZALMAN CNPS7700-CU 120mm 2 Ball Cooling Fan
(pretty sure this fits, but someone might wanna dbl check.)

$519*2 | eVGA Geforce 6800Ultra 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI-Express x16 Video Card

that leaves you $163 overbudget w/o speakers, sound card, HD and case... so unless you want the best, and are prepped to go over budget you could tune it down to a FX53 and 6800GTs or just have one Ultra if you don't want to deal with SLI, also the PSU could be tuned down. Sorry i couldn't be of more help listen to others and take what sounds good from this list
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Thats a kick *** PC. If i were you, i would tune it down to an FX-53, two 6800 GTs, and get two gigabytes of Patriot RAM. Then you could also get a kick *** set of speakers (Logitech Z-5500s).
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$815 | AMD Athlon 64 FX55 ClawHammer/Hammer 1GHz FSB 1MB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor

$228 | DFI LANPARTY nF4 SLI-DR Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard

$250 | ENERMAX EG851AX-VH(W) FM ATX 660W Power Supply 90 - 264V UL cUL VDE DEMKO NEMKO SEMKO FIMKO

$280 | G.SKILL 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 550 (PC 4400) System Memory

$52 | ZALMAN CNPS7700-CU 120mm 2 Ball Cooling Fan
(pretty sure this fits, but someone might wanna dbl check.)

$519*2 | eVGA Geforce 6800Ultra 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI-Express x16 Video Card

that leaves you $163 overbudget w/o speakers, sound card, HD and case... so unless you want the best, and are prepped to go over budget you could tune it down to a FX53 and 6800GTs or just have one Ultra if you don't want to deal with SLI, also the PSU could be tuned down. Sorry i couldn't be of more help listen to others and take what sounds good from this list
thats a ton of help man

as far as going over budget i alway look at the fact that if i have to i can always use the speakers and sound card from my current PC until i can upgrade. also have an extra 200 GB hard drive sittin around i was plannin on using as a storage drive.
i also have an extra 500 watt power supply (dont ask. it's an i'm retarded story)

any thoughts on heat issues? a friend of mine suggested liquid cooling but would rather not if its not necessary
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shhh... no dissing texas, they'll execute you!
k specs:




$815 | AMD Athlon 64 FX55 ClawHammer/Hammer 1GHz FSB 1MB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor

$228 | DFI LANPARTY nF4 SLI-DR Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard

$250 | ENERMAX EG851AX-VH(W) FM ATX 660W Power Supply 90 - 264V UL cUL VDE DEMKO NEMKO SEMKO FIMKO

$280 | G.SKILL 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 550 (PC 4400) System Memory

$52 | ZALMAN CNPS7700-CU 120mm 2 Ball Cooling Fan
(pretty sure this fits, but someone might wanna dbl check.)

$519*2 | eVGA Geforce 6800Ultra 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI-Express x16 Video Card

that leaves you $163 overbudget w/o speakers, sound card, HD and case... so unless you want the best, and are prepped to go over budget you could tune it down to a FX53 and 6800GTs or just have one Ultra if you don't want to deal with SLI, also the PSU could be tuned down. Sorry i couldn't be of more help listen to others and take what sounds good from this list
This is good but you have 2 options to decrease the price.

Drop down to eVGA 6800GT's, they will run at ultra speeds with a little overclocking and beyond

Drop down to a whinchester \ venice 3500+, saves alot of money and can run at FX-55 speeds. Also available are san diego 3800+ and 4000+ which are more expensive, and the 4000+ is a FX-53 with a locked multiplier
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ok well, i realized mine seemed a little impracticle because youd prolly have to shell out about $100 for a case to hold that. check around newegg for a thermaltake,aspire, lian-li,antec, or cooler master. It would need a front back and side fan. top fans are nice but not necessary, like i said, you could prolly save yourself a bunch by downgrading to GTs and a FX53. also wait a while for some more suggestions, btw, do you plan on overclocking?
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