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I have decided to build, rather than buy, here is my setup

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March 24, 2006 5:41:12 PM

Western Digital Raptor WD740GD 74GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM
Model #: WD740GD
Item #: N82E16822144160

$30.00 Mail-in Rebate
Select An Optional Extended Warranty Plan 1 Year Service Net Replacement Plan -- $29.99 1 Year Service Net 1 Peripheral Extended Plan -- $39.99 2 Year Service Net Replacement Plan -- $39.99 2 Year Service Net 1 Peripheral Extended Plan -- $49.99 3 Year Service Net 1 Peripheral Extended Plan -- $59.99
Remove Save Move To Wish List $160.00 -$4.99 Instant
$155.01

AMD-compatible Motherboards
Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 ASUS A8N5X Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Model #: A8N5X
Item #: N82E16813131569
** This item is warranted through the product manufacturer only.
Select An Optional Extended Warranty Plan 1 Year Service Net Replacement Plan -- $14.99 2 Year Service Net Replacement Plan -- $19.99
Remove Save Move To Wish List $80.99 $80.99

Power Supplies
Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 Antec TRUEPOWERII TPII-550 ATX12V 550W Power Supply - Retail
Model #: TPII-550
Item #: N82E16817103931

Select An Optional Extended Warranty Plan 1 Year Service Net Replacement Plan -- $14.99 2 Year Service Net Replacement Plan -- $19.99
Remove Save Move To Wish List $89.99 $89.99

Fans, Heatsinks (Case, CPU, Chipset)
Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro Cooling Fan with Heatsink - Retail
Model #: Freezer 64 Pro
Item #: N82E16835185125

Remove Save Move To Wish List $34.99 $34.99

CPU Thermal Paste / Grease
Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
Model #: ARCTIC SILVER 5
Item #: N82E16835100007
** This item may only be returned for a replacement of the same make/model within 30 days only.
Remove Save Move To Wish List $5.99 $5.99

Memory - System
Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 CORSAIR XMS 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model TWINX2048-3200 - Retail
Model #: TWINX2048-3200
Item #: N82E16820145486

Select An Optional Extended Warranty Plan 1 Year Service Net Replacement Plan -- $29.99 2 Year Service Net Replacement Plan -- $39.99
Remove Save Move To Wish List $195.00 -$15.00 Instant
$180.00

Processors
Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ Toledo 1GHz HT Socket 939 Dual Core Processor Model ADA4800CDBOX - Retail
Model #: ADA4800CDBOX
Item #: N82E16819103544
** This item is warranted through the product manufacturer only.
Remove Save Move To Wish List $630.00 $630.00

Operating Systems
Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 Microsoft Windows XP Professional With SP2 - OEM
Model #: E85-04026
Item #: N82E16837102062
** Software delivered damaged and/or defective may be returned for an identical replacement.
Remove Save Move To Wish List $139.95 $139.95

Subtotal: $1,316.92


Note there is no graphics accelerator, because they are out of stock of all geforce 7900GTs.

Also, if I buy a retail processor, does it already come with a heatsink and fan on it ? I don't plan on over clocking until later down the road, and if I get I would get a water cooling system.

I am re-using the current case I have now, so I don't need to buy a new one, as well as my DVD Rom and CD burner. Any suggestions or critques ?
March 24, 2006 7:15:28 PM

Nice system. I would get the A8n-SLI prem just in case you wanna go SLI.


Also check Tigerdirect.com for your Vid card. New Egg sucks for vid card stock. They have been out of stock on every 7900GTX for the past 2 weeks.
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March 24, 2006 7:22:20 PM

ok first you dont need to spend 100 extra for damn liquid cooling and the amd stock fan is fine if your gonna overclock about 600 mhz. another is never go to tiger direct. compare the prices to anywhere else and youll see why i say that. and the other is id drop down from the 4800 to a 4400 it wont be much of a difference. and what will you be using this system for.
March 24, 2006 8:41:16 PM

So a retail proccessor comes with the heat sink and fan?

Also I am a competitive gamer that plays HL1, HL2/source based games and looking to branch over to CoD2 and BF2.
March 24, 2006 8:55:18 PM

ya, and the stock hsf is pretty darn impressive imho.
Bob
March 24, 2006 11:53:33 PM

Nice system overall, however I do have a few suggestions.

I own the cooler you selected and it runs nicely. I think its better to the stock especially since I am going to tell you to overclock. ;)  You do not need water cooling for any reason.

Instead of getting an 4800+, get an Opteron 175 and overclock it by 200MHz. The Opterons are server grade higher quality chips. This will save you over $100 and allow you to spend more on the video card.

The PSU is a good choice. As for the motherboard, if you are thinking of going SLI anytime in the nearterm (2-3 months) get the $122 DFI Lanparty SLI board. Otherwise, spend $14 and get the A8N-E from Asus. Which gives you the Ultra NF4 chipset. This includes SATA II among other things.

You mention reusing your CD burner. Newegg will sell you a new NEC DVD burner for $38. Just something to keep in mind.
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