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January 5, 2006 5:25:50 AM

Hi, this will be my first build from scratch and I'm hoping not to bork anything up too bad.. I am looking to spend less than 2000 total including the LCD (1600X1200 min). My general use is somewhat desktop multitasking heavy; running a large spreadsheet, Itunes, a database program, 3-4 tables of online poker and 1-3 other things(may add a TV card later). I would like to play FPS games fairly well too.

Currently plan on this setup:

Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+
GPU: eVGA e-Geforce 7800 GT PCI
MOBO: eVGA 133-K8-NF41 nForce 4
RAM: Corsair TWINX1024-3200C2PT 1GB DDR400 XMS3200
HDD: WD 250GB SATA 16/mb buffer
DVD: Liteon SOHW-1693S 16X Dual Layer DVD±RW Drive
PSU: Antec TRUEPOWERII TPII-550 ATX12V 550W
CASE: ATRIX CSCI-A9001-C4
LCD: Dell 2001FP

Still wondering whether to go ahead and get the X2 or to get a single-core that would be cheaper and better for gaming. Does the X2 really help a ton in desktop multitask use? Also still in the air a bit about the PSU/CASE.
January 5, 2006 10:22:48 AM

remember to get a sound card and for multitasking x2 are the best chips imo. Im not sure about the case but im happy with the antec psu i have in 1 of my computers.
January 5, 2006 10:36:04 AM

well... I was just going to try and make do with the onboard audio. It is 8 channel and appears to support surround-sound.
January 5, 2006 11:22:25 AM

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well... I was just going to try and make do with the onboard audio. It is 8 channel and appears to support surround-sound.


just a suggestion being the latest sound blaster cards can be had for around 120$ support eax and will help somewhat with system proformance.
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