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August 25, 2004 8:13:23 AM

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Would love some feedback on this list of components: It is my first
build and I will be using it mostly for 3D gaming. What do you think?
I have tried to balance cost, performance and above all
upgradeability.

Computer › Cases / Housings › Midi-Tower ATX : ANTEC P160 Silver,
without power supply

Computer › Cases / Housings › Power supplies: ANTEC TrueControl 550,
550 Watts Dual Fan, PFC, ATX, Front Control Panel

Computer › CPU › AMD Socket 939 (Athlon 64/FX) : AMD Athlon 64 3500+,
2200MHz, 200MHz FSB, Boxed 64 Bit, 512kB L2 Cache

Computer › Mainboards › Socket 939 Motherboards (Athlon 64/FX) : ASUS
A8V Deluxe, Via K8T800Pro Dual-DDR400, UDMA/133, Serial-ATA,
Dual-RAID, Gigabit-LAN, FireWire, Audio, Wireless 802.11g (optional)

Computer › Video Cards › nVidia GeForce 6800 : ASUS V9999GE/TD, nVidia
GeForce 6800, 256MB GDDR3, AGP, Retail TV-Out, DVI

Computer › Hard drives › Serial ATA : MAXTOR DiamondMax SATA Ultra
Series (L14M160), 160GB, Retail 8MB Cache, Serial-ATA/150

Computer › DVD-ROM / DVD-RW › DVD+RW / -RW IDE : LITEON SOHW-1213S,
DVD±RW, Retail 12x/4x/12x DVD+RW 8x/4x/12x DVD-RW 48x/24x/48x CD-RW

Computer › PC-Sound › Soundcards PCI : CREATIVE Sound Blaster Audigy 2
ZS 7.1, THX, ASIO 2.0
August 25, 2004 12:27:33 PM

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Looks good. Next you need ram and an operating system.

Jeremy wrote:

> Would love some feedback on this list of components: It is my first
> build and I will be using it mostly for 3D gaming. What do you think?
> I have tried to balance cost, performance and above all
> upgradeability.
>
> Computer › Cases / Housings › Midi-Tower ATX : ANTEC P160 Silver,
> without power supply
>
> Computer › Cases / Housings › Power supplies: ANTEC TrueControl 550,
> 550 Watts Dual Fan, PFC, ATX, Front Control Panel
>
> Computer › CPU › AMD Socket 939 (Athlon 64/FX) : AMD Athlon 64 3500+,
> 2200MHz, 200MHz FSB, Boxed 64 Bit, 512kB L2 Cache
>
> Computer › Mainboards › Socket 939 Motherboards (Athlon 64/FX) : ASUS
> A8V Deluxe, Via K8T800Pro Dual-DDR400, UDMA/133, Serial-ATA,
> Dual-RAID, Gigabit-LAN, FireWire, Audio, Wireless 802.11g (optional)
>
> Computer › Video Cards › nVidia GeForce 6800 : ASUS V9999GE/TD, nVidia
> GeForce 6800, 256MB GDDR3, AGP, Retail TV-Out, DVI
>
> Computer › Hard drives › Serial ATA : MAXTOR DiamondMax SATA Ultra
> Series (L14M160), 160GB, Retail 8MB Cache, Serial-ATA/150
>
> Computer › DVD-ROM / DVD-RW › DVD+RW / -RW IDE : LITEON SOHW-1213S,
> DVD±RW, Retail 12x/4x/12x DVD+RW 8x/4x/12x DVD-RW 48x/24x/48x CD-RW
>
> Computer › PC-Sound › Soundcards PCI : CREATIVE Sound Blaster Audigy 2
> ZS 7.1, THX, ASIO 2.0
August 26, 2004 4:42:19 AM

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Yeah, sorry left off the RAM: KINGSTON ValueRam KVR400X64C3AK2/1G,
1024MB, PC400, CL3 2x 512MB

And I'd be using my old XP Home. What about fans etc.?
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August 26, 2004 4:47:54 AM

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Can you suggest a better case/PSU combination? I went big and powerful
because I am stuck with a dell compact case at the moment that I cant
swap the mainboard etc in and it pusses me off, was looking to keep
the case going forward to the next build etc. I plan to keep upgrading
and keep just on the downside of the price curve (ie after the prices
first drop off). But I am very open to ideas.

And with the high rating, I have also read very good reviews of the
P160 - could it be that it is just good?
Anonymous
a b B Homebuilt system
August 29, 2004 2:15:54 AM

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Jeremy wrote:

> Would love some feedback on this list of components: It is my first
> build and I will be using it mostly for 3D gaming. What do you think?
> I have tried to balance cost, performance and above all
> upgradeability.
>
> Computer › Cases / Housings › Midi-Tower ATX : ANTEC P160 Silver,
> without power supply
>
> Computer › Cases / Housings › Power supplies: ANTEC TrueControl 550,
> 550 Watts Dual Fan, PFC, ATX, Front Control Panel
>
> Computer › CPU › AMD Socket 939 (Athlon 64/FX) : AMD Athlon 64 3500+,
> 2200MHz, 200MHz FSB, Boxed 64 Bit, 512kB L2 Cache
>
> Computer › Mainboards › Socket 939 Motherboards (Athlon 64/FX) : ASUS
> A8V Deluxe, Via K8T800Pro Dual-DDR400, UDMA/133, Serial-ATA,
> Dual-RAID, Gigabit-LAN, FireWire, Audio, Wireless 802.11g (optional)
>
> Computer › Video Cards › nVidia GeForce 6800 : ASUS V9999GE/TD, nVidia
> GeForce 6800, 256MB GDDR3, AGP, Retail TV-Out, DVI
>
> Computer › Hard drives › Serial ATA : MAXTOR DiamondMax SATA Ultra
> Series (L14M160), 160GB, Retail 8MB Cache, Serial-ATA/150
>
> Computer › DVD-ROM / DVD-RW › DVD+RW / -RW IDE : LITEON SOHW-1213S,
> DVD±RW, Retail 12x/4x/12x DVD+RW 8x/4x/12x DVD-RW 48x/24x/48x CD-RW
>
> Computer › PC-Sound › Soundcards PCI : CREATIVE Sound Blaster Audigy 2
> ZS 7.1, THX, ASIO 2.0
if you can afford that video card, spend the extra on some 10k rpm hard
disks (or at least a single one for the OS - extra geek points for twin
WD raptor drives in raid 0 config for speed) - it makes *such* a
difference....

otherwise, all looks good, if a bit spendy.

ric
!