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Old April 20th, 2006, 05:40 PM
Menga Menga is offline
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About to purchase

I'm about to build my first computer, ive been doing research on the parts for a long time. I've basically decided what I want, I am on a budget because of college next year. tell me what you guys think, any suggestions or problems that might occure. btw, im purchasing from newegg.com

Thermaltake Xaser V Damier Silver Chassis 1.0 mm All aluminum made Front Door Aluminum made ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Model #: Xaser V Damier
Item #: N82E16811133160

ABIT AN8 32X Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI X16 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Model #: AN8 32X
Item #: N82E16813127232

XFX PV-T73G-UDD3 GeForce 7600 GT XXX (590MHz) 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
Model #: PV-T73G-UDD3
Item #: N82E16814150140

Antec SmartPower 2.0 SP-500 ATX12V 500W Power Supply - Retail
Model #: SP-500
Item #: N82E16817103937

AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Manchester 2000MHz HT Socket 939 Dual Core Processor Model ADA3800BVBOX - Retail
Model #: ADA3800BVBOX
Item #: N82E16819103562

OCZ 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered Dual Channel Platinum System Memory Model OCZ4002048ELDCPE-K - Retail
Model #: OCZ4002048ELDCPE-K
Item #: N82E16820227210

Western Digital Raptor WD740GD 74GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM
Model #: WD740GD
Item #: N82E16822144160

Saitek PZ30AU Black USB Wired Standard Eclipse Keyboard - Retail
Model #: PZ30AU
Item #: N82E16823175103

Tyris T701DB Black 17" 8ms (Tr: 2ms + Tf: 6ms) DVI LCD Monitor - Retail
Model #: T701DB
Item #: N82E16824224007

LITE-ON Combo Driver Beige ATAPI/E-IDE Model SOHC-5236V - OEM
Model #: SOHC-5236V Beige OEM
Item #: N82E16827106994

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
Item #: N82E16835100007

Microsoft Windows XP Professional With SP2 - OEM
Model #: E85-04026
Item #: N82E16837102062
Subtotal: $1,638.84
-195 in mail in rebates

thanks in advance!
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Old April 21st, 2006, 04:34 AM
Rockhound Rockhound is offline
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Well, here's my two cents and you can take that for what it's worth! hahah

Ok, seriously....

power supply: fantastic supply, cant go wrong there!

MOBO: cant comment on the board itself but the nforce4 sli chipset specifically is really bad news! Actually anything nforce 3 and up is going to give you a few headaches but you'll be ok if you heed the following...DO NOT install the firewall or NAM.

processor: save yourself MUCH coin and stick with a single core processor. tests seem to indicate that with the exception of a couple of isolated pieces of software most systems little if any noticable difference in performance.

memory: with xp it seems like a gig is the sweet spot. much over that is pretty much a waste of resources. I highly recomend kingston valueram....price sure is right and its as good as any emory out there unless you plan on overclocking in which case I cant offer any suggestions with regard to brand.

Hard drive: complete overkill! these are really only necessary for video or audio editing where you need the lowest latency you can get out of your storage drive. Go with a 7200rpm serial ata wd or seagate drive and you can get twice the drive space for half the money without any noticable performance penalty.

Thermal paste: you dont need it! amd processors ship with a coating of thermal compound already applied to the heatsink. that's the little white square covered with the plastic shield. DO NOT take the shield off until you're ready to install the heatsink. DO NOT touch or scratch the compound.

THose recommendations should knock the price down quite a bit and Im sure somebody else will pipe in with a few more comments or suggestions.
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Old April 21st, 2006, 02:22 PM
jediforce jediforce is offline
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While I agree with the suggestion of single core being better for right now, if you want to look to the future, you might consider dual core.

Thermal paste, I'd go with the arctic silver. It's proven to be very much better than what they give you in the package. I'm getting some next week
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Old April 21st, 2006, 02:41 PM
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Rich M Rich M is offline
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I agree with most of what Rockhound said with a few exceptions. I too think the dual core has "future" written all over it but for a few more $ why not go to 4200 which has a meg of cache whereas the 3800 is 512, and I am sure you will appreciate the difference.
While the Nforce4 has been problematic, it is at it's worst with Asus mobos I hate to tell you because I have always loved Asus mobos. I see only one video card purchase so I would like to suggest that you get away from Asus and SLI unless you intend to use sli later on, as I have a suspicion that that new technology coupled with the nforce4 may be the real probelm folks are experiencing.
I have just done this system with 4200 dual core and after 2 bad Asus boards I switched to this one which has been super. It has an sli version should you really want that, but I walked away from it for reasons mentioned earlier.
For ram I don't know who OCZ is (meaning new relatively unknown brand carried by most of these guys at same prices as known ones) and so I would recommend Corsair, Kingston or Crucial which are top notch and been around forever.
Other point I agree with you is on Raptor drives...they are incredible and I would not be without one and I do not care what you are doing, you will see this difference. Oh and use the Artic Silver and scrape off (carefully) what the mfgr's put on, it pays.
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Old April 21st, 2006, 02:45 PM
G_Dem G_Dem is offline
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I like the look of most of that, but i do agree with Rockhound with most of what is said, especialy the X2 processor. It's a great processor but you could save alot of money by going for a high end Athlon 64 instead. Or you could use the saving on getting an even better graphics card for your er..... college work (games).
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