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February 20, 2006 1:07:23 AM

All right, here is the "final" version of a light gaming, home/office system... any problems??? As always, thanks in advance! :) 

SONY Black IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1615/B2s - OEM
MSI RX550-TD256E Radeon X550 256MB GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
COOLMAX CP-500T EPS12V 500W Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
PNY Attache 512MB Flash Drive (USB2.0 Portable) Model P-FD512U20-R - Retail
LITE-ON Black ATAPI/E-IDE 5X DVD-RAM Write DVD Burner With LightScribe Model SHM-165H6S - Retail
ASUS A8N5X Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Venice 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Processor Model ADA3200BPBOX - Retail
Patriot Signature Series 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model PSD1G400KH - Retail
Symantec Norton Antivirus 2006 - OEM
Airnet AWD108 32bit PCI 802.11g 108Mbps Wireless Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16833338014 $23.50
Creative Inspire T3000 29 Watts 2.1 Speaker - Retail
COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel, SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
SAMSUNG 940b Silver 19" 8ms LCD Monitor - Retail
TOTAL: $1099 (Includes S&H)


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February 20, 2006 1:14:48 AM

I would check in the gfxcard forum about that card. Hopefully they wont laugh too much. I believe it's just an overpriced 300, but they know better than me.
February 20, 2006 3:54:42 AM

Get at least an x800. x550 is for better than integrated, so windows will run smoother. Not for gaming. I suggest the x800 GT.
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February 20, 2006 4:03:06 AM

It looks like that may not fit his budget. I was thinking more in the 700pro 6600 lines.
I should say that everything else looks taylor made to his needs. Fine choices.
February 20, 2006 10:11:00 AM

Actually MSI has one discounted for $30 on Newegg so it is $99 ($29 more than this 550). Thanks guys, I will make that switch! I suck with video cards ... I need to take Video cards 101. I always look at the bit rate, speed, # pipelines, DirectX/OpenGL support ....., but I just don't seem to "get it". Can someone write a nice 3-4 paragraph explanation of these relationships and what to look for (I am sure it's been done 100X, so just point me to it)???? Thanks again. -Rick
February 20, 2006 1:52:09 PM

February 20, 2006 2:25:06 PM

I say get yourself 2GB of RAM, (2x1GB) if you're going to change anything. That way you can get to 4GB easier later by just adding 2 more sticks and you won't have to ditch the 512 sticks. Do you think you would upgrade later or just build a new system in a couple of years?

If you're going to get Vista next year it's definitely worth it. But if you're going to stay with XP for a while then you probably won't need the extra juice.