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Looking for some advice, want to build first pc!

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March 11, 2006 6:43:56 PM

I've done alot of reading and studying of certian aspects of building a pc and the hardware involved. I've taken computers apart, added memory, gfx cards, fans... yada yada. So I think with some proper planing, and a steady hand I should be ok building the pc. What I'm unsure of is which parts to choose from. I had no idea that there were sooooo many different models and makers out their.

My goal is to build an awsome gaming pc that can handle such games as f.e.a.r., cod2, and far cry at max settings. While, mind you, keeping the price as low as possible. I don't have much money to go around so I am going to have to purchase this pc one peice at a time.

Over the past few days I have put togeather (on paper) the parts I was going to use. I just wanted some "expert" advice on the hardware I've picked out. Will all this hardware work togeather? Am I spending too much on something? Am I missing something I need to acheive my gamimg pc? Any suggestions you guys have would be great. Remember I'm a rookie at this and I can't afford much. I can always upgrade later but want to atleast play my games from the start. Right now this configuration will run about $770. I can't go too much higher than that. Here is my configuration.

COOLER MASTER CAVALIER 3 CAV-T03-UK Black Computer Case $59.99
BenQ FP731-BK Black 17" 25ms LCD Monitor $194.99
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ 1GHz HT Socket 939 Processor $159.00
ASUS A8N-E Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ATX AMD Motherboard $94.99
Patriot Signature Series 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory $70.99
MSI NX6800-TD128E Geforce 6800 128MB 256-bit DDR PCI Express x16 Video Card $149.99
SABRENT SBT-SP6C Sound Card $7.49
SONY Black 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1615/B2s - OEM $20.99
NEC Beige IDE DVD Burner Model ND-3550A - OEM $37.99
Logitech Internet Pro Desktop Black Wired Keyboard $17.00

All items and prices are from NewEgg.com

I have a Maxtor 200gig HD already in a custom external case and plan to use this hd in my new computer.

What do you guys think?

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March 11, 2006 7:16:00 PM

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COOLER MASTER CAVALIER 3 CAV-T03-UK Black Computer Case $59.99
BenQ FP731-BK Black 17" 25ms LCD Monitor $194.99
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ 1GHz HT Socket 939 Processor $159.00
ASUS A8N-E Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ATX AMD Motherboard $94.99
Patriot Signature Series 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory $70.99
MSI NX6800-TD128E Geforce 6800 128MB 256-bit DDR PCI Express x16 Video Card $149.99
SABRENT SBT-SP6C Sound Card $7.49
SONY Black 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1615/B2s - OEM $20.99
NEC Beige IDE DVD Burner Model ND-3550A - OEM $37.99
Logitech Internet Pro Desktop Black Wired Keyboard $17.00

All items and prices are from NewEgg.com

I have a Maxtor 200gig HD already in a custom external case and plan to use this hd in my new computer.

What do you guys think?


Don't get that cheap soundcard, onboard will be more than sufficient. If you want to run FEAR and CoD2 at full max you might want to look into 2 gigs of OCZ or Corsair ram (around 200 +/-) and a 7900 (Best bang for the buck by FAR, 315 newegg). These items are more expensive of course, but you're not gonna run cod2 on max with 1 gig of ram and a 128 6600. I'd say more mediocre-like. Not where it's terrible, but definately not max.
March 11, 2006 7:19:40 PM

yea if you run a big resolution you might have only be able to run med or so settings... get as much graphics card as you can. why two optical to start save for higher end graphics card. Optical is a easy upgrade down the road... wait wait wait buy processor and graphics card last because waiting will insure you pay the best price,. I would buy a 1 gig stick and get another down the road, two 1 gig sticks is the sweet spot. the problem with OEM stuff is no software and with newegg they only will replace with same model, you here abut horror stories about getting a defective unit in return 3 times in a row with OEM.
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