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December 30, 2005 2:01:13 PM

I'm looking into building a new system and here are the parts that I was thinking of purchasing (all from newegg so I can just place one big order).

$129 ABIT AN8-ULTRA ATX AMD Motherboard
$167 AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Venice 1GHz FSB 512KB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor
$180 2 Modules mushkin Pro Series 512MB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM ECC
$199 GIGABYTE GV-NX68G256D-B Geforce 6800GS 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16
$54 ENERMAX Pandora CA3030-BS Black/Silver 0.6mm SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case Power UP 400W 24Pin Power Supply
$65 ENERMAX EG425P-VE SFMA 2.0 ATX12V 420W Power Supply
$42 NEC Black IDE DVD Burner Model ND-3550A

Total system cost is $836 (+ shipping). I already have a Hercules GameTheater XP 6.1 sound card, and two IDE HDs which will suffice for the time being until I can upgrade them.

This is my first time building a system from scratch. I am wondering if you have any suggestions on how I might either be able to tweak the setup or save some cash on specific items...


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December 30, 2005 2:16:23 PM

Another option for the case/PSU is the Coolermaster RC-531 with 430W PSU and side window for $99. The included PSU is of good quality. Look at the review on - it was done by our own Crashman.

You don't need ECC RAM - in fact non-ECC will actually perform better. Try this Patriot Signature Series for less than half the cost.

Take the money you saved and get a eVGA 7800GT 256-P2-N515-AX for $284 after rebate.

Edit: Fixed links.
December 30, 2005 2:36:22 PM

Awesome .. thanks for the tip.

I just thought of another question, too ... What kind of a cooling system do I need to buy? I don't overclock.
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December 30, 2005 2:53:45 PM

If you don't OC then use the stock HSF from AMD - it's a quality product.
December 30, 2005 11:23:36 PM

"I have a PCI firewire card I can use if I need firewire (I rarely use it). "

Yep, the mobo has PCI slots so should definately work.
December 31, 2005 1:29:54 PM

Yep, the mobo has PCI slots so should definately work.

Sorry if I was unclear. I was referencing the eVGA motherboard, which does not have firewire slots.
January 1, 2006 3:20:30 PM


Edit: Fixed links.

Damn.. I missed that one..


happy new year budd!