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Old 03-11-2005, 10:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm going to be building my first gaming computer in a few weeks. I don't have much experience on building besides a few upgrades on previous computers and what I've been reading up til now.

Thermaltake Black Highest Xaser III Super Tower without Power Supply, Model "V1000A" -RETAIL

ASUS "A8V Deluxe" VIA K8T800 Pro Chipset Motherboard For AMD Socket 939 CPU -RETAIL

AMD Athlon 64 3500+, 512K, L2 Cache, Socket 939 Windows Compatible 64-bit Processor - Retail

OCZ Value Series Dual Channel Kit 184-Pin 2GB(1GBx2) DDR PC-3200 - Retail

Western Digital Raptor 74GB 10,000RPM SATA Hard Drive, Model WD740GD, OEM Drive Only

Antec 550W Power Supply, Model "TRUE550" - Retail

I've got a $1,700 budget, but I'd like to try and keep it at $1,500 if possible. Currently to go with it I've got an ATI Radeon 9800 vid card, Sony DVD drive, and RW drive. Any advice, help and opinions anyone can give me would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 03-11-2005, 12:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Maybe invest in cheaper RAM, and a better video card.

Good luck
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Old 03-11-2005, 12:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Everybody around here has been telling me that 1 gig of RAM is plenty for today. id save the money and invest in a 6800 GT 256MB.
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1 gb is more then enough but do not get thay motherboard becuz its a via and via deosent like ati vid card i had via once and it gave me 20-40 fps so i got a nforce chip and tha was on a msi mobo so dont get via chipestets!!
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1 gb is more then enough but do not get thay motherboard becuz its a via and via deosent like ati vid card i had via once and it gave me 20-40 fps so i got a nforce chip and tha was on a msi mobo so dont get via chipestets!!
What motherboard would you recommend?
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1 gb is more then enough but do not get thay motherboard becuz its a via and via deosent like ati vid card i had via once and it gave me 20-40 fps so i got a nforce chip and tha was on a msi mobo so dont get via chipestets!!
Is there anyone else that has had this problem? Do you have any links showing evidence of their incompatibility?

Ultdust, I think you have a pretty decent budget gaming comp going there. As previously posted, I would only get 1 GB of RAM, though.
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Old 03-21-2005, 10:05 PM   #7 (permalink)
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A few changes on my list, could I get some more critques before I start my purchases?

Thermaltake Black Highest Xaser III Super Tower without Power Supply, Model "V1000A" -RETAIL
Item# N82E16811133105


Thermaltake POLO 735 Extreme 3 in 1 CPU Cooler for AMD K7 & K8 and Intel P4 processors, Model "POLO 735" -RETAIL
Item# N82E16835106042


Western Digital Raptor 74GB 10,000RPM SATA Hard Drive, Model WD740GD, OEM Drive Only
Item# N82E16822144160


Corsair XMS Extreme Memory Speed Series, (Twin Pack) 184 Pin 1GB(512MBx2) DDR PC-3200 - Retail

Item# N82E16820145450


ASUS "A8N-SLI" nForce4 SLI Chipset Motherboard For AMD Socket 939 CPU -RETAIL
Item# N82E16813131524


THERMALTAKE W0019+PFC Silent Purepower 480W with Black housing - Purepower Butterfly ATX 2-Fan Power Supply, Model "W0019" -RETAIL
Item# N82E16817153011


AMD Athlon 64 3500+, 512K, L2 Cache, Socket 939 Windows Compatible 64-bit Processor - Retail
Item# N82E16819103514


eVGA nVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT Video Card, 256MB GDDR3, 256-Bit, Dual DVI/TV-Out, PCI-Express, Model "256-P2-N376-AX" -RETAIL
Item# N82E16814130215

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Old 03-21-2005, 10:22 PM   #8 (permalink)
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tt case
fortron blue storm 500w psu
amd 64 3500+ 90nm (winnie)
dfi lanprty ut nf4 ultra-d SLI
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80 gig WD sata is enough for gaming, you really won't need the raptor
eVGA nvidia 6800gt
nec 3520A dvd-rw drive

if you got xtra money left, invest in cooling, or another 6800gt (heh)
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I'd recommend a 3400+ retail over that because of the price jump.
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Me too mousepad, from the 3.4 to the 3.5 it is a mega price jump.
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