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Old 06-11-2005, 09:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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$142 MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

$333 AMD Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego Integrated into Chip FSB Socket 939 Processor Model ADA3700BNBOX - Retail

$324 SAPPHIRE 100105U Radeon X800XL 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI-Express x16 Video Card - Retail

$115 CORSAIR XMS 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory - Retail

$106 THERMALTAKE Tsunami VA3000SWA Silver Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

$106 Thermaltake PurePower W0023R ATX 560W Power Supply - Retail

$77 Samsung 120gb 8mb cache SATA150 hard drive
$32 Rosewill black CDRW w/ DVD-ROM drive
$7 Thermaltake PSU Adapter Cables

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I have very limited knowledge of hardware but this is the setup I somehow decided on. I'm building it to beable to play current games for the next few years smoothly (full detail/medium resolution now - medium/low detail and resolution down the line)

Any of the hardware listed underkill/overkill? Does it all look compatible? 560W PSU a little much?

Thanks for any information provided =)
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Ill say it before the regs rant about your 800xl (or w/e it's called)

get the 6800 gt instead PERIOD.
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$142 MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

Replace with DFI Equvalent :
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136152

$333 AMD Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego Integrated into Chip FSB Socket 939 Processor Model ADA3700BNBOX - Retail

$324 SAPPHIRE 100105U Radeon X800XL 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI-Express x16 Video Card - Retail



$115 CORSAIR XMS 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory - Retail

$106 THERMALTAKE Tsunami VA3000SWA Silver Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

$106 Thermaltake PurePower W0023R ATX 560W Power Supply - Retail

$77 Samsung 120gb 8mb cache SATA150 hard drive

Though this is great, I prefer seagate. YOu can look them up if you want... this is fine, so I'm not going to take the time.

$32 Rosewill black CDRW w/ DVD-ROM

I got two of these: the first one had a damaged IDE connection, and the other simply would not read some CDs or DVDs. Get a better brand, such as BenqQ or Lite-On.

Heres a pioneer... a little bit more expensive, but just to give you an idea.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827129161

Looks good.
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if u want to overclock, dont get XMS. its okay, but not great. get OCZ. if u dont want to overclock, get G.Skill. and switch the mobo to a DFI Lanparty nForce4 Ultra-D. And if ur willing to wait, get a next gen vid card when they deubt in june/july
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the more power the better, there's no such thing as an overkill for PSU's

btw, you should get PCI-e, as it is newer now

i'd go with a DFI lanparty and a 24pin PSU (ocz powerstream 520W or antec TPII 500w) and the newer gfx cards if you can wait a month and bump that 3700 down to a 3200
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That really seems great to me for the price, but I feel as if I'm not thinking much today...
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