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Custom AMD Desktop $1000-$1200

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March 7, 2006 12:10:54 AM

Hi all my first time building a computer come here looking for coments and advice from people with experience building a gaming pc. I'm starting with budget $1000-$1200, my friend is going to hook me up win and office software so it will not be included on the budget for case and internal parts ok. I've made a shooping cart with newegg and will buy from them. Also to let you know I don't plan on overclocking, I perfer system durability maybe later if this becomes antiquated.

$6 >Fan >Artic 80mm>AF8
$8 >Floopy > Nec 1.44MB > FD1231H-302
$10 >Fan > Artic 12mm > AF12
$35 >Modem > Zoom v92 v44 > 3025
$38 >Audio > Creative Audigy7.1 value > 70SB040000005
$38 >DVD/CD > Nec cd/dvd burner > ND-3550A BK OEM
$50 >Case > Coolmax > CS-480-Black
$60 >PSU > Cooler Master 450W > RS-450-ACLX
$83 >HD > Seagate 7200rpm ncq sata 3.0Gb/s > ST3160812AS
$95 >Mobo >Abit Kn8 Ulra > KN8 Ultra
$100>Ram > Corsair DDR400 CL2 > TWINX1024-3200C2
$170>CPU > AMD64 3200+Venice e6 > ADA3200BWBOX
$285>DVI > eVga 7800GT CO SE > 256-P2-N516

$120>Mail & Tax cost
$1100 Total

This is what I've come up with from what I've study on the net I think it will make me prety happy. Not going to use sli because bye the time I can afford to add another 7800gt probably there will be another socket better than pci-e, also at first was going to go with the 3800+venice e3 just can't find the justification for the extra $181, I don't think it will affect gaming that mutch or will it.
do you see room for improvement within my budget also less money spent the better :D 
March 7, 2006 12:46:06 AM

That looks like a pretty good gaming rig.
March 7, 2006 3:11:38 AM

i hope you're friend is selling you windows and office :wink: :wink: :wink:

anyways my comments:
is a modem really necessary? why not a cheap $10 modem?
the case seems to have a psu already, why dont you look one without one so you can get a nicer one?
i'll spend a little more and get a larger hd, 160 is kind of small and 200-300 ones are cheap
dont forget keyboard and mouse unless your using ones from your old pc
video card, i recommend you wait a week or 2, the 7900gt is set to cost around 299 so you'll get a little jump in performance for the same price but that's up to you. (though evga does have the step up program)
spring for 2 (2x1g) ram. they're only around 150-160 (after rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

also, if its in your budget get the dual core athlon 64 x2. better overall and for future games:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681... (300)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681... (<- i would pay the extra $62 though)
March 7, 2006 5:21:26 AM

Nice. I might be building a system like this one:

SAMSUNG 740N-Black 17" 8ms LCD Monitor $220
Keytronic MODEL #E03600QUSUSBB-C Keyboard
Ever Case ECE4502 Black/ Silver Computer Case
ASUS Black 16X DVD-ROM 52X CD-R 32X CD-RW 52X CD-ROM 2M Cache IDE Combo Drive
Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 ST3808110AS 80GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
SENNHEISER PX100 3.5mm Connector OpenAir Dynamic Headphone
ASUS A8N5X ATX AMD Motherboard
G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) System Memory
AMD Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego 1GHz HT 1MB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor
eVGA Geforce 7800GT CO SE 256-P2-N516 Video Card
Antec SmartPower 2.0 SP-500 500W Power Supply
SILVERSTONE FN121 120mm Case Cooling Fan
SILVERSTONE FN121 120mm Case Cooling Fan
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
AOC BOX-G5-BK Storage Drawer for Standard 5.25" Expansion Bay (Black)
Creative Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS SB0350 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Card
WACOM Graphire4 USB Tablet
Logitech 980240-0403 Black Desktop Microphone

It'll cost me about $1350, maybe $1450 if I forgot something?
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