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Christmas 2005 Hardware Upgrade -- Feedback Needed

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December 19, 2005 1:35:05 AM

Thanks to the advice of Fishmahn, Able72, Tcarter, Pauldh, and Admiral_Cecil I have revised my computer upgrade options considerably since I first posted late last night. I've settled on a firm budget of 700$ and have chosen, what I believe, to be the best upgrade components for my new gaming PC.

I would appreciate one final round of feedback, and especially if someone would check these parts to make sure they are all compatible. Thank you for all the help thus far =).

Processor: AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Venice $165.

Motherboard: EPoX EP-9NPAJ Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 ATX AMD Motherboard $74.

Videocard: eVGA Geforce 6800GS $205.

Memory: CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory $76.

Hard Drive: WD 7200RPM 80gig. Reused from old comp.

Optical Drive: LITE-ON Black 16X DVD-ROM 52X CD-R 32X CD-RW 52X CD-ROM 1.5M Cache IDE Combo Drive $29

Case: POWMAX CP0327PL-4 Window Black/Silver SGCC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $29.

PSU: FSP Group (Fortron Source) AX400-PN ATX12V 400W Power Supply $39.

Case Fans: 2 Thermaltake A2016 80mm 1 Ball 1 Sleeve Blue LED Light Case Cooling Fan $30.

Rough Total Cost: $640-700.

Last few questions:

1. Will three case fans (one on front, one on back, and one on side) be enough to keep this rig cool?

2. Is the Geforce 6800 worth the extra 90 dollars (compared to 6600GT)? The 256 RAM and extra speed alone seems to justify the price gap.

3. Will the 400 Watt FSP power-supply be enough to provide stable power for this rig?

4. Everything look like it checks out with everything? Any conflicts or problems?


Not too shabby of an upgrade, I think =). It certainly seems alot better than my old idea of a 230 dollar PSU/GPU upgrade... and a hell of alot better than the 1,100 higher end system I orignally planned. This comp seems like it'll hand next gen games relatively well. Not to mention it'll look really neat, cost an affordable amount of money, and will allow me to upgrade into when 7600 price range goes down.

If you think I could save any money without sacraficing anymore performance, let me know. But I think this rig is it. Once again, thanks for taking the time to help me. I really appreciate it.

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December 19, 2005 1:38:13 AM

Looks nice.
December 19, 2005 2:18:55 AM

looks good to me.
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December 19, 2005 7:56:20 AM

Looks pretty good. Although if it were me, I'd either fork over an extra $10-$15 or spend a little less on the two case fans to upgrade the DVD combo drive to a DVDRW. You could get two good 80mm case fans for less. A few brands I like for these are Zalman, Antec, and Vantec. Also, Startech makes a very nice aluminum fan that has never disappointed me. I just think for a few extra bucks it's worth getting the DVDRW. Just my two cents.
December 19, 2005 2:56:53 PM

Looks good to me.

You'll have plenty of case fans - heck, 1 case fan might be enough (but use all 3 unless its too noisy - cooler is better).

The 6800 is definitely worth it - the 6800 is last generation's top end video card. The 6600 is the mid-level card of the same generation.

Mike.
December 19, 2005 3:19:10 PM

Seems you did your homework. I assume the ram is cas 2.5 if so its a good buy at that price. Your power supply is sufficient as long as you don't go sli. You should be able to play Battle Field 2 at 1024x768 on high settings.
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