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Finished building first mid-range gaming rig, advice?

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January 7, 2006 4:12:10 PM

BUDGET: $1500

I need everything besides OS. All on newegg. For gaming and general everyday use: Word, AIM, internet, music, etc.

Processor: AMD Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego core
GPU: eVGA Geforce 7800GT
Mobo: Asus A8N-E
HD: WD Caviar 160GB SATA
Case/PSU: Antec Sonata II w/ 450w Smartpower Antec PSU
RAM: 512MB x2 Corsair ValueSelect PC 3200
Optical Drive: NEC IDE DVD Burner
Monitor: Viewsonic 19' LCD VX924
Speakers: Logitech X-530 5.1
Sound Card: SoundBlaster Audigy 2 Value
Mouse: Logitech MX310
Keyboard: Logitech Ultra X

TOTAL: $1415(damn shipping)

I think it's pretty good, but since it's my first time building my on rig, I just wanted to m ake sure everythng is compatible with everything and that I'm getting the best bang for my buck. I realize I'm spending a good amount of money on my monitor and speakers, when I actually have an ol' CRT and some old 2.1 speakers I can use, but I think that having a good monitor/speakers raises the overall preformance of a game just as much as getting a 7800GTX would, for example. So give opinions or advice or whatever. Thanks.
January 8, 2006 1:45:14 AM

but I think that having a good monitor/speakers raises the overall preformance of a game just as much as getting a 7800GTX would, for example.

really? I would like to see some benchmark score to validate that. JK

This system is good to go.
January 8, 2006 6:32:57 PM

This is a very similar setup to what I'm trying to order this week...Please post again to let us know how that rig turns out for you. I too have not built a rig in several years and am having to catch up on new technology fast so I can get my new PC built and up and running! I hope we're both happy with this setup...
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January 13, 2006 7:39:50 PM

Gah, turns out I'm not getting it until Feb when my dad sees my semester grades >_< Maybe stuff will be a tiny bit cheaper by then.
January 13, 2006 9:10:17 PM

maybe...but most likely they will increase. Look at the 3200+, it went from 152$ to 179$ (11/05-01/06). I believe price will increase because the M2's are coming out, so they wanna scrap off a few more bucks. Memory should come down tho....
January 14, 2006 9:10:17 AM

you sure the 3200+ wasn't just the bf vs cg revision?

get more ram if you can, 2x1gb

mouse - g7, no question

whats up with the fascinated of necs?
January 14, 2006 7:20:42 PM

mouse - g7, no question

No, G5 or MX500 series or the MX1000. The G7 may be wireless, but it doesn't have as much button or feature as the other ones.
January 14, 2006 7:37:32 PM

I changed a couple of things: bigger HD, TV tuner. The price of my 7800GT is down 25 bucks and I decided to use my old sound card.

And I'm sticking with the MX310. I was looking at the RAZERs and the MX518, but I decided to get a TV tuner instead, adn since I was getting one, I had to upgrade the HD for all the shows I'm gonna record.

EDIT: And people like NEC because reviews on newegg are good and newegg gives you a free 15 dollar CD wallet with it :D 
January 14, 2006 8:37:47 PM

i dono which wishlist it is since there's like 1000 of them and i dono the name of can u give a name or post it here??
January 14, 2006 8:46:06 PM

Yea, every junk $5 item is worth $15 when they're trying to push a $40 drive. If not G5/7, why not the 518? although im sure you wouldnt be disappointed by the mx310 [though i've never used it myself so i cant say]
January 14, 2006 9:09:47 PM

Just a suggestion, upgrade the sound card, get a reasonably decent headset and skip the speakers til later.... I have a 400 watt 5.1 logitech set up, but use the headphones 90% of the time to 'keep the peace around the house' (if you know what I mean..... BF2 @ 1:00 in the morning makes for a grouchy wife...or insert: parents, roommates.. whatever.... )

Ohh.. and a CD/DVD r/w combo... same price
January 14, 2006 9:26:13 PM

I changed the optical drive to a 30 dollar lite-on:

Is the MX518 really worth it? It's a good 20 dollars more expensive than the MX310, and for that price I could get one of those razers, which are based for gaming but have a more conservative shape, which appeals to me.

As for the speakers, if these were around 70 bucks, I would probably go with a headset, but at 50 bucks, it seems so much like a steal, that I can't pass on it. Plus, I'll also be using my computer for music, TV, and DVDs, and speakers are more confortable when lying on my bed.
January 14, 2006 9:37:10 PM

With something as subjective as gaming mice, I can't say whether there's enough of a difference between the MX518 and the MX310 to justify the $20 - it depends on how 'hardcore' you are.
January 14, 2006 10:42:42 PM

I gotta agree about the speakers, kinda nice set up.
On the mouse: I game a bunch competitively, and find that these mice
are faster than I EVER will be again.... I surely cant tell the difference.
January 14, 2006 11:08:22 PM

Sounds Like A "Killer System To Me Good Work Man..... By They Way: AMD RULEZ!!!!!
January 15, 2006 2:44:18 AM

that's totally true. the way things are right now, with a bit [or alot] of ocing and patience, $1000 will build you a computer that's more than you'd need. its only those who play the most resource intensive games and the media/data applications that really need the higher echelon of rigs.