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New Gaming System - Alternate Suggestions

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June 1, 2005 4:14:51 PM

A buddy is looking at putting together his first system which will be predominantly for gaming and he threw together the following configuration. I think he really wants an LCD, so offer suggestions if you must, but that might be locked in (certainly offer better models if applicable). Please take a look and see what he could substitute. This system came in at about $1975 from newegg:

XION Ultimate Engineering XON-002 Black/Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 450W Power Supply - Retail
CyberPower CP-1080 10 Outlets Power Surge Protector - Retail
ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
eVGA 256-P2-N376-AX Geforce 6800GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI-Express x16 Video Card - Retail
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Winchester Integrated into Chip FSB Socket 939 Processor Model ADA3200BIBOX - Retail
Kingston ValueRAM 1GB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) ECC Unbuffered System Memory Model KVR400X72C3A/1G - Retail
Maxtor DiamondMax 10 6L200M0 200GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM
HYUNDAI L90D+ Silver 19" 8ms LCD Monitor - Retail
PLEXTOR Black SATA DVD Burner Model PX-712SA/SW - Retail
SAMSUNG TS-H352A/BEBP Black IDE CD-ROM Drive - OEM
Turtle Beach CATALINA 8 (7.1) Channels PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail
Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker - Retail

I figured he could cut about $500 off by downgrading his mobo to almost anything (this was WAY overkill), speakers (to Z-5300's, although I might keep the 5500's since they will last from system to system), CPU (to a 3000+), a normal DVD-Burner, the VPU froma 6800GT to a 6600GT (don't shoot me on this ... $370 is a big nut to swallow and I have to believe that the 6600GT should be fine for most gaming needs this year). Any problems, suggestions, better parts.....? As Always, thanks for all of the help!


-Rick
June 1, 2005 4:24:24 PM

He should get a venice core for the CPU is only a few bucks.
The NEC DVD burner is very good and it's only $46 right now at newegg.

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June 1, 2005 4:26:39 PM

Also make sure that the PSU is a good quality one and it wouldn't hurt if it was a bit bigger, I'd say 500W.

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June 1, 2005 5:32:32 PM

Definately make sure the Power Supply is SLI-Ready, which I can assure you that the PSU in that Xion case is not. Most LCD Screens aren't as good as CRT's for gaming , besides, he can pick up a nice big CRT for dirt cheap these days. Those are the things that stick out, everything else looks ok.

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June 2, 2005 4:12:04 AM

What special features does a PSU have that makes it "SLI Ready"? As for the monitor, he is pretty set on an LCD, and the Hyundai L90+ gets great reviews for responsiveness. Anyone have any LCD's that might be better (this thing only costs $350). Thansk again.

-Rick
June 2, 2005 4:31:54 AM

SLI Ready or Officially Approved PSU's have the 24 pin power connector, where as most other PSU's have the 20 pin. Getting an SLI Ready PSU will also mean that the VGA power connectors are both present. Also, there will be no doubt that the PSU has enough power. I know they make an adapter for the power connectors, but it's best not to find out you need one when yer building the rig, only to be set back by that. I know there are LCD's that are as good as CRT's for gaming, but I doubt Hyundai makes any of those.

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June 3, 2005 11:01:37 AM

lonelypauly, thanks for the response. Actually, the L90+ (yep it is a Hyundai), is one of those. I was in disbelief as well, but site after site gives this monitor REALLY great reviews. Check it out, you will be surprised. Even more surprising is the pricetag. At $350, its worth taking a chance. Thanks again!

-Rick
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