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Just the Final Word: what do u think of my final build list?

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January 20, 2006 2:19:46 AM

This is my final parts list, so I am pretty confident in it, however, I want more opinions. This is going to be used for gaming. Had another post on here earlier but made some changes. Thanks to those of you who helped out on that thread. Made some more changes, so just check it out, the final price is my maxed out price range, but make any comments/suggestions you please. Thanks a lot.

-Case: Antec LifeStyle SONATA II Piano Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 450Watt SmartPower 2.0 ATX 12V V2.0 for AMD & Intel systems Power Supply - Retail $100 at eBuyer

-Motherboard: EPoX EP-9NPA+ SLi ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail $134 at mwave

-CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego 1GHz FSB 1MB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor - Retail $214 at chiefvalue also see zipzoomfly (I intend to overclock 200mhz from 2.2 to 2.4ghz)

-Video Card: eVGA 256-P2-N517-AX Geforce 7800GT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 VIVO PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail with Quake 4 for free $314 at newegg

-HardDrive: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 300 MB/s Hard Drive - OEM $110 at newegg $108 at clubit

-RAM: CORSAIR XMS 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory (model# Twinx2048-3200c2pt) -$196 at newegg

-CD/DVD: Sony DRU-810A Dual Format Double Layer DVD RW/CDRW $60 at amazon

-Floppy Disk Drive: SAMSUNG Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive Model SFD321B/LBL1 - OEM $10 at newegg

-Monitor: SAMSUNG 940b-Black 19" 8ms LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 700:1 0.294mm Pixel Pitch - Retail $330 at newegg and chiefvalue. Also a DVI cable: AMC 10ft DVI(Male to Male) Dual Link Digital Cable Model DVI-DVI-10 - OEM $16 at newegg

-Software: Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 2 $88 at eBay

-Mouse: Logitech MX518 2-Tone Mouse - Retail - OEM $39 at newegg

-Keyboard: Saitek Black Wired Eclipse Keyboard - Retail $47 at newegg

-Headphones/Headset: Plantronics Audio .90 Headphones $17 at amazon

-Static Guard: BELKIN F8E093 Anti-Static Wrist Strap - Retail $6 at newegg

-Thermal Paste: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM $6 at newegg

Total Cost: Roughly $1687 +some shipping, just assume around $1700, check all sites, as the prices vary by day with new deals, and different shipping costs about $51 for the newegg shipping, and the other sites have free shipping
January 20, 2006 3:08:32 AM

Its Perfect Actually, But Id Reccomend Looking Into A Dual Core X2 Or Mabey A Dual-Opteron Enstead Of Your Listed CPU (But Thats Just A Suggestion)
January 20, 2006 4:21:00 AM

Looks good....I'm actually about to start my first build with the same motherboard and a similar eVGA 7800GT (N516), both of which I also purchased from Mwave using FedEx 3-day shipping (arrived in two!). I went with the Opteron 165, but from what I hear the 3700+ is an excellent choice for a single-core PC, particularly for most modern games (I assume this is a gaming computer?).

Speaking of shipping, if you go with NewEgg, I recommend you choose a shipping option other than UPS's 3-day shipping. They're not bad, just inconsistent. The HD I ordered on Saturday arrived today, while the power supply, soundcard, and RAM I ordered on Sunday arrived yesterday.

Best of luck!
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January 20, 2006 4:40:57 AM

can you explain why you don't like the Sony drive? It comes with nero and a black faceplate....and has gotten pretty positive reviews. Its not like I am going to be making tons of burnt stuff. Primarily as a hardy reading drive, is it fine? I don't care if it takes 5 or 10 minutes to burn something.
January 20, 2006 5:21:34 AM

The drive elicits a few complaints on NewEgg, but nothing out of the ordinary. I think the kicker isn't that the Sony is bad, it's that the others are good. I can't speak with any authority on BenQ drives, but I have an NEC 3540A and it's never let me down. They're a b*tch to find outside of eBay now, but worth the search, and quite inexpensive.
January 20, 2006 2:12:30 PM

Looks pretty good, just not sure about the mobo, never heard of it.

You could save yourself $6 and ditch the belkin anti-static wrist strap (just be sure to touch some metal before building it, and dont build it on a carpet! :wink: )
January 20, 2006 2:31:08 PM

Save yourself on shipping and buy from as few places as possible. While Newegg may be 5$ more then some other place, they tend to have GREAT, FAST, CHEAP shipping. So that 5bux at another place may not be worth it...
January 20, 2006 9:16:53 PM

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Save yourself on shipping and buy from as few places as possible. While Newegg may be 5$ more then some other place, they tend to have GREAT, FAST, CHEAP shipping. So that 5bux at another place may not be worth it...

ditto, many places misquote shipping on purpose, amazon's smaller retailers are notorious for this.
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