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December 10, 2005 1:45:58 PM

hi, what do you guys think about this system? will it be good for gaming?
please comment as i have never built a computer before...

psu: Tagan PSU ATX 530W Easycon, TG530-U15, Cable install, 20/24pin...

motherboard: Abit KN8-Ultra, nForce4 Ultra,Socket-939 ATX, S-ATA, GbLAN, Raid, Sound, PCI-Ex16...

cpu: AMD Athlon 64 4000+ 2.4GHz Socket 939, 1MB, BOXED w/cooler...

system memory: Corsair TWINX1024-3200C2 DDR-DIMM 1024MB Kit w/two matched CMX512-3200C2 DIMMs...

hard drive: Samsung SpinPoint P120S 250GB SATA2 8MB 7200RPM NCQ...

video card: XFX GeForce 7800GTX 256MB GDDR3, HDTV 450MHz, PCI-Express,Dual-DVI/ViVo,Retail...
December 10, 2005 6:23:25 PM

anything i can complain about is that Power supply your system is pretty high tech you dont wana go cheap on a psu.
Here are some brands to consider (id get 450-500W)
Antec
PC power and Cooling
OCZ
Sunbeam(most are sli certified)
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December 11, 2005 3:30:00 AM

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anything i can complain about is that Power supply your system is pretty high tech you dont wana go cheap on a psu.
Here are some brands to consider (id get 450-500W)
Antec
PC power and Cooling
OCZ
Sunbeam(most are sli certified)


No enermax? no FSP?

Any reason why?
December 11, 2005 4:13:02 AM

lol sorry ya i forgot about enermax there Realy! good too
December 11, 2005 4:14:02 AM

I dont know anything about fsp so i dont know if there good, but i seriously forgot about enermax
December 11, 2005 8:47:50 AM

ok, but tagan isn't that bad is it? it's european (i think) and costs like $150. so it has to be good :wink:

and also it allows you to remove excess cables that aren't being used.

moving on, should i opt for 2gb of ram? or a faster cpu?

my biggest concern is that the ps3 or even the xbox 360 will be faster and better than this system...
December 11, 2005 9:07:57 AM

1 of the 3 systems im currently figuring out will primarily be for gaming, and after reading the TH mother of all cpu charts, im pretty well decided on the AMD64 4k SD as well, nice pick there.

One thing confused me : Samsung SpinPoint P120S 250GB SATA2 8MB 7200RPM NCQ I couldnt find it at Newegg (not that they have EVRYTHING, but for comparisons theyre great cause theyre prices are good and they do carry ALOT) and as i looked at what you listed, P120 would normally indicate a 120 gb drive, not 250. Someone suggested to me the Maxtor and ive been hard pressed to find better as well as more cost efficient. 2nd lowest seek time outside of SCSI that i found. Check it out if you want.

If you want-read the thread Dell VS Build my own --people gave me a ton of great advice there, as well as links to suggested products.
December 12, 2005 9:08:51 AM

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I dont know anything about fsp so i dont know if there good, but i seriously forgot about enermax


Fortron Source is VERY good...Underrated wattage, SOLD performers, and arn't the ocst of silverstone and PC P&C.

Forgot about enermax? for shame....
December 12, 2005 9:12:21 AM

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ok, but tagan isn't that bad is it? it's european (i think) and costs like $150. so it has to be good :wink:

Tagan is good....but you can have that quality cheaper if you want. It's a solid brand but you dont HAVE to spend that much. Your call.

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moving on, should i opt for 2gb of ram? or a faster cpu?


Faster cpu will give you better performance....money should be spent in this order for games....gpu, cpu, ram. 2GB of ram is nice, but it will give you a 1-3% increase and sometimes none. using that same $80-$100 you can go up one maybe two cpu levels (depending on where you start...lol) and that could give you as much as 15% and at the very least 5%.

the 5% min for cpu beats the 3% max for ram....see my point?
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