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Building a gaming PC, looking for some advice please

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January 17, 2006 5:00:15 AM

As the topic states, I am going to be building a new gaming PC. This will be the first time I will be building my own, so I am looking for some opinions on this setup.
I will be re-using my current Hard Drive, monitor, mouse, keyboard, and speakers.

I am trying to stay under $1000 before shipping.
Have a look and let me know what you think please.
I will be using this PC for about 90% gaming and 10% apps/music/movies. I play alot of World of Warcraft so I figured the 2GB of ram was the only way to go. I also plan on getting CoD2 once I get this new computer if that makes any difference.
oh and I am not interested in overclocking at all.

Looking at getting these parts. What do you guys think?

CPU:
AMD Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego
Cost = $223.00

Motherboard:
ASUS A8N-E Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ATX AMD Motherboard
Cost = $104.99

Ram:
2Gb of 2x1GB
CORSAIR XMS 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM
Cost = $236.00 - $40 rebate = $195

Gpu:
MSI NX7800GT-VT2D256E Geforce 7800GT 256MB

Cost = $315.00 - $30 Rebate= $285

PSU:
OCZ OCZ ModStream OCZ52012U ATX, BTX, SATA, P4 and EPS12V 520W Power Supply
Cost = $108.99

Case:
KINGWIN SK-523SW Silver
Cost = $52.99

Total = $950.97

Again, trying to stay under $1000, with just parts (not considering in shipping). Any sugestions, ideas, problems with this build please let me know. Thanks in advance for the replys.

-Kyle

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January 17, 2006 5:16:20 AM

I'd go with a 50 dollar case, saving you 70.

I'd also look at two 1 gig sticks, instead of 4 512's, saving you 40.

take that 110 and put it into a stronger cpu.
January 17, 2006 7:48:46 AM

YO kylej

Thers only 1 rule off thumb here and that is
"YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR"

If you use it mostly for games then save a little more and add a 7800gt there is a big difference

nothing worst than wanting to play a high res game and not being able to get more than 20fps out of it or less.

i find 1 gig ram more than enough for 97% of games
i played cod2 no problem with a gt6800 256 ram
but i have to go 7800gtx now cause im starting to see some lags on some high end games
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January 17, 2006 8:31:13 AM

try getting the 2X1Gb Corsair kit, it will only take 2 of your 4 ram slots and the CPU will handle it much better than 4 dimms, trust me.

you're missing a HDD drive

the case is too expensive, try somme Antec.

The Video card is not that good for what the cpu and ram can handle, try a 7800GT at least or 1800XL.

hope that helps
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January 17, 2006 11:19:52 AM

Agree with other posters, find a 7800GT on sale for $280-$300, some are even bundled with COD2!
January 17, 2006 11:46:46 AM

I would advise against the Modstream, the Powerstream is a lot stronger. Antec and Enermax also do very good PSU's for a bit cheaper.
January 17, 2006 12:17:41 PM

Okay, here is what I just went through after a month of looking and various advice.

The last two I built was 4-5 years ago and was a P4 1.8 and 1.9 with an abit bd7 board and a 128k adn 256k cards.

This time I went with

Aspire X-plorer ... very nice looking case with lots of blue ... kinda tight inside and the top CD bay is unusable unless you have a DVD/CD player that is shorter than mine (the fan on top of the chassis hangs down and it will not allow the unit to lay flush). So, if you have four devices, you won't be too happy (though I read about a guy that moved the fan on top of the chassis ... seems dorky)

I added a Thermaltake 120 led blue fan for the back of the chassis and moved one of the included blue led fans to the front.

Powersupply is a 480w Antec Blue ... Plenty of power, though it has a bunch of new connector types that do not deal with my old drives and media molex connectors. I have to get adapters to deal with existing hardware.

Motherboard, A8n-sli plain for $85 bucks (eom) on newegg.com (I think it is 91 now)

An EVGA 6800xt vid card with 256k and 256 bit. (just one)

Seagate Ultra 120 gig

AMD 3700 san diego

pqi 2x512

I am very similar to you in terms of gaming vs. being productive and music. I play doom3 and diabloII expansion. At 1024 and 72 refresh Doom3 FLIES and I am seeing detail that was never there before (on a five year old viewsonic G75f 19") and the while the video is not much better on Diablo the characters ability to get around the map is stunning. When I first started I thought I was running ... nope just walking ... and when I ran I found it hard to keep up with the strikes. I kept running by the evil dudes. You will be very pleased.

My cost ... just as stated below, including shipping .... and all through newegg .... I ordered the case and an LCD monitor at the same time. The monitor was not so hot (pixel problem ... you get what you pay for ... so subtract $200 off total price), so I sent it back and am awaiting it's return. Also, I found the powersupply at a freakin' compusa for 40 bucks less on sale and subtract 15 dollars for a rebate on the sticks of memory.

276.00
ACCES FAN|SMARTLED12 A2018 BL TT RT -
VGA EVGA|GF 6800XT 256-P2-N381 -
MEM 512Mx2|PQI D400 PQI3200-1024DBH -
$299.97
POWER SUPPLY ANTECTPII-480 BLUE RT -
CPU AMD 64 |3700+ ATHLON 64 939P RT
$273.97
CASE ASPIRE|ATXB8KLW-BK BLK RT -
MNTRHyvision|LCD17"8MSD-sub MV178
$86.40 Asus a8n-sli
January 18, 2006 5:22:34 AM

Thanks alot for the quick responses and the good advice.

Now I updated some of the componets:

Changed the Ram to 2x1gb from 4x512

Changed the Gpu to a geforce 7800GT from a 6800 GS, figured I could save up that extra $120 and the difference in performance down the road in a year will be well worth that ammount.

And changed the Case to a Lian Li PC-7 for $89 instead of the Coolermaster for $130. And in my opinion I would say I am getting a better case for $40 less, so thanks for pointing that out.

Thanks for the help again guys,
Kyle
January 19, 2006 3:43:03 PM

ok updated my list with everything I will be ordering in the next day or so, let me know if anything looks like it could/should be changed.

Again thanks for the help, can't wait for this to get here.
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