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Newbie's First Attempt at a Gaming Computer! Help!

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December 7, 2005 2:28:52 PM

My current computer is 7 years old, and I've had to resort to using an XBox for my gaming needs the past few years. It's time to move on!

Thermaltake® ThermalRock Dragon Gaming Tower Case
AMD® Athlon™ 64 - 3800 (Socket 939) [Venice Core]
Asus® A8N32-SLI Deluxe, Socket 939, NVIDIA® nForce™4 SLi X16 Chipset w/ PCI Express x16 (ATX)
Corsair™ 2Gb XMS3500 TwinX Matched Low Latency Pro Series (TWINX2048-3500LLPRO)
160GB Maxtor® DiamondMax® Plus 9 SATA -150 7200RPM 8Mb
Asus® Extreme EN6800XT/HDT - GeForce™ 6800XT GPU w/256Mb DDR & PCI Express x16
Sony 16X DVD-ROM Drive
Linksys® WMP54GS Wireless-G PCI Adapter with SpeedBooster
Samsung 915N-II 19in, Analog Active Matrix TFT LCD, Black
Sony DW-Q30A Dual Layer DVD±R/RW Drive
Antec® TruePower II 550 - 550W ATX12V v2.0 Power Supply

According to pccanada.com, this would run me about $2190 CDN, which seems a bit steep. I'm looking to make a system that would have no problems upgrading to a FX-57 and 2x 7800 GTX in SLI in the future. Is this build ok? Would I get a better pricing from newegg (if they ship to Canada?).

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
December 7, 2005 11:47:03 PM

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My current computer is 7 years old, and I've had to resort to using an XBox for my gaming needs the past few years. It's time to move on!

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Thermaltake® ThermalRock Dragon Gaming Tower Case

THats alrigh....cases are all about looks get what you want.

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AMD® Athlon™ 64 - 3800 (Socket 939) [Venice Core]
NO! Get the 3700+ San Diego core...cheaper and better....

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Asus® A8N32-SLI Deluxe, Socket 939, NVIDIA® nForce™4 SLi X16 Chipset w/ PCI Express x16 (ATX)

NO, save yourself some money and get a Chaintech VNF4 board. Its only about $150 US cheaper.....which is HUGE!! and just as good for you.

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Corsair™ 2Gb XMS3500 TwinX Matched Low Latency Pro Series (TWINX2048-3500LLPRO)

You dont need 2GB....seriously you dont....You need 1GB of ram....value ram will work fine. low latency ram is alright for a little perforance if you want....but its SERIOUSLY not needed. 1GB of value ram will be good.

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160GB Maxtor® DiamondMax® Plus 9 SATA -150 7200RPM 8Mb

Get a Seagate or WD drive....i have a Maxtor and its fine but its nt my main drive....they die a lot.


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Asus® Extreme EN6800XT/HDT - GeForce™ 6800XT GPU w/256Mb DDR & PCI Express x16

HOLY MOTHER OF GOD THIS IS A SHITTY FUCKING CARD! Get a 7800GT...its only 3times as fast and with the money i saved from your mobo ALONE you could afford a BFG 7800GT upgrade. For games cpu doesn't matter, ram doesn't matter GPU matters...

A 3000+ with a 7800GT 1GB of value ram will be ATLEAST 2 times faster then a 4000+ 2GB of low latencey RAM and a 6800XT....my guess is 2.5time faster maybe 3.....

if you get a $300+ cpu and a $150 gpu for games i will murder you.

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Samsung 915N-II 19in, Analog Active Matrix TFT LCD, Black
you could get a cheap CRT to cut costs....but this isn't a bad screen.

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Sony DW-Q30A Dual Layer DVD±R/RW Drive

There are cheaper better drives....look into Lite-on and NEC

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Antec® TruePower II 550 - 550W ATX12V v2.0 Power Supply
Not a bad choice...i would have you get this....http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817104954 it cheaper and better for you.


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According to pccanada.com, this would run me about $2190 CDN, which seems a bit steep. I'm looking to make a system that would have no problems upgrading to a FX-57 and 2x 7800 GTX in SLI in the future. Is this build ok? Would I get a better pricing from newegg (if they ship to Canada?).


You wont want to do that....the 3700+ is GREAT for games and if you want to OC you can make it as fast as the FX57....and you wont want SLI'd 7800GTX's.....by the ime you can afford that and want to upgrade there will be new cards out with each single card being as fast as SLI'd 7800GTX's for about $500 where as the two 7800's will cost you $1200....Faster for a 3rd of the money? thats a no brainer.

This setup will go a long time before you need an upgrade.....by then you can get an M2, and whatever the top of the line card is then.....
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