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March 25, 2006 12:38:12 PM

I think I'm spending 1,000 USD to build a gaming system. Here is the plan...

Mainboard - $150 - Intel CPU, prefer ASUS
CPU - $250
Graphic Card - $200 - nVidia 6 series, prefer 256mb memory
LCD - $200 - 17"
Memory - $100 - 1GB+
Hard Drive - $75 - anything larger than 100G
Case+PSU - $75
Mainboard Integrated Soundcard - $0
Keyboard+Mouse - Already have so $0

I'm pretty much lost when I was trying to figure out what exact spec I should go for. So I guess an easier way is to start from some advices... thanks in advance.
March 25, 2006 12:59:03 PM

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I think I'm spending 1,000 USD to build a gaming system. Here is the plan...

Mainboard - $150 - Intel CPU, prefer ASUS-i see, ur waitingfor conroe
CPU - $250- get like a 930, 920
Graphic Card - $200 - nVidia 6 series, prefer 256mb memory-ummm, get a 7600gt 256
LCD - $200 - 17"-anything from sony, viewsonic, or samsung that has refresh rate lower than 8ms
Memory - $100 - 1GB+-get a corsair xms pro series
Hard Drive - $75 - anything larger than 100G- any seagate 7200.9 sata2 will do just fine
Case+PSU - $75- u should get a cheap case, but dont skimp on the psu cuz one failure and ur money is wasted
Mainboard Integrated Soundcard - $0
Keyboard+Mouse - Already have so $0

I'm pretty much lost when I was trying to figure out what exact spec I should go for. So I guess an easier way is to start from some advices... thanks in advance.

Other than that, good
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March 25, 2006 1:59:36 PM

For the video card, why not get a 7600GT instead of the 6800GS. It's faster and is still below the $200 mark with shipping.
March 25, 2006 5:04:28 PM

the AMD 3200+ s939 does wonders

i overclocked mine to 2.4 ghz i use the stock cooler that came with it

i had to lower the Ram Freq to 133 cuz the overclock got it up to 200mhz -ddr400

the 7600gt is a good choice right now -189$ on newegg.com


:D 
March 26, 2006 5:03:14 AM

Thanks all the advices.

I know AMD is good value for its performance but I'm always concerned with stability so that I prefered Intel. ...guess I will give AMD some serious thought.

Haven't check the detail difference between 6800GS and 7600GT... but they will be my primary choices. I'm thinking one year or later I could buy a same graphic card to do a SLI as an upgrade. So the price difference between 6800 and 7600 is quite important.

I plan to do the similar thing to Hard Disc, when I have more money I might just buy an identical one to do a RAID0. and maybe dual monitor too.

Ya I think i will go for some really cheap case, and decent if not a very good PSU.

Memory here I'm not sure if I should go for 2x512mb or 1x1gb... again this is for upgrade potential.

I still want some more advice on the mainboard choice. I want a main board that has the latest interface but I'm not sure which one suits my need.

Again thanks for the posts guys.
March 26, 2006 5:49:43 AM

Your living in the past........

AMD 64's are more stable then Intel Counterparts....
March 26, 2006 6:27:26 AM

As far as memory goes, I would go for 2x1GB now. I went with 1x1GB thinking I would pick up another stick soon, but here I am 4 months later with 1 gig. Also, I wouldn't recommend just getting the cheapest case you can find. I think anyone that has some experience working inside computers can tell you that spending the few extra dollars on a decent case is money well spent.
March 26, 2006 7:56:12 AM

I'm assuming you already have a CD-Rom drive since you didn't list one as needed

AMD's instability reputation is about 10 years gone, it's just a rumor now.

All prices are from newegg

If you're willing to go AMD...

X2 Dual Core system.
AMD Athlon 3800 X2 - $295
Asus A8n-SLI - $115
HYUNDAI N71S (Black) - $190
Corsair TWINX1024-3200C2 (CL2 2x512MB DDR400) - $91 - $15 mail in rebate
ATRIX CSCI-L8035-C43 /480W PSU - $54
eVGA 256-P2-N553-AX Geforce 7600GT - $189 - $15 mail in rebate
Western Digital WD1600JS (160 GB 8MB SATAII) - $75
Shipping - $33

Total with Shipping = $1042 - 30 in mail in rebates (Not included)

Single Core Athlon System.
Athlon 3700 (San Diego) - $215
Asus A8n-SLI - $115
HYUNDAI N71S (Black) - $190
OPC OCZ4002048ELDCPE-K (CL2 2x1GB DDR400) - $195 - $40 mail in rebate
ATRIX CSCI-L8035-C43 /480W PSU - $54
eVGA 256-P2-N553-AX Geforce 7600GT - $189 - $15 mail in rebate
Western Digital WD1600JS (160 GB 8MB SATAII) - $75
Shipping - $36

Total with Shipping = $1070 - 55 in mail in rebates (Not included)


Personaly, I'd go with the Dual Core system, but either one will do you well for quite a while.
March 29, 2006 1:44:23 AM

Thanks everyone. I think I'm going to get something close to Bront's suggestion.

Here is my current plan:

CPU
AMD Athlon 3800 X2
Mainboard
Asus A8N-SLI
Monitor
Acer 17" AL1706B LCD
Memory
1024MB TWINX-3200C2 DDR RAM Corsair (2X512MB)
PSU
Power Supply SkyHawk GM-470PC
Graphic Card
eVGA 256-P2-N553-AX Geforce 7600GT
Hard Disc
Western Digital WD1600JS (160 GB 8MB SATAII)

The problem is I'm living in Australia and some products are not widely available here, and most of them cost a bit more than the US price.
March 31, 2006 3:08:54 AM

Glad I could help :) 

You'll like that system. Without overclocking, that will run well for you, the Corsair has a lot of room on it (I'm running it at 250 at 1t 3-3-3-8), and my CPU OCs pretty well as well (If you feel you need it)
March 31, 2006 4:03:17 PM

Personally, I don't see the point in getting an SLI motherboard with a 7600GT. Most people who know what they're talking about will tell you that unless you add a second card within 3 months, SLI becomes pointless. The reason for that is that new graphics cards are springing up all the time, and the new cards almost always beat two older card in SLI, especially if the older cards are budget ones, like the 7600GT. I'm not sure about this, but I think even a 7900GT, at $300, will beat two 7600GT's in SLI right now. So if you say you want to add another 7600 in a year, you would be better off buying a new card and getting rid of the 7600GT you have.
March 31, 2006 5:34:31 PM

Is there a non-sli board that has a heat-pipe on the north-bridge chipset? Because I hate loud noisy fans - which all chipset fans seem to be.
April 1, 2006 1:27:37 AM

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Personally, I don't see the point in getting an SLI motherboard with a 7600GT. Most people who know what they're talking about will tell you that unless you add a second card within 3 months, SLI becomes pointless. The reason for that is that new graphics cards are springing up all the time, and the new cards almost always beat two older card in SLI, especially if the older cards are budget ones, like the 7600GT. I'm not sure about this, but I think even a 7900GT, at $300, will beat two 7600GT's in SLI right now. So if you say you want to add another 7600 in a year, you would be better off buying a new card and getting rid of the 7600GT you have.


Well what I'm thinking is, although a better later card will beat 2 old cards, I'd probably need a new mainboard to fully take the new card's advantage (interface). On the other hand one year later the old card is probably very cheap, and there is a good chance to buy a 2nd handed one. Another thing is I never tried to SLI... gonna be kinda cool to do it for the sake of it :p 
April 1, 2006 2:25:50 AM

Go with a opty 165 If you want to do any overclocking. They run about 20/30 dollars more and are know to on stock clock up to fx-60 speeds. And if you go that route i reckomend a DFI board as they have lots of options for ocing.
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