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comments pls: my new gaming system for $1500

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March 26, 2006 4:31:36 AM

I am building a new box + LCD 19 screen. Please can you comment on my selections!
(Intention here is a system that can be upgraded on to dual core CPU later....and also be vista ready)

[[[Box = about $1100 to build]]]
Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-K8NF9-Ultra Skt 939 Motherboard *nForce4 Ultra chipset *2000Mhz *ATX*3xPCI *2xPCI-E *1xPCIEx16 (graphics) *4xDDR slots support dual channel (max 4GB) *4xSATA *2xATA *T.I 1394b controller *
Video: MSI 7600GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI-E
CPU: AMD Athlon64 3000+ Socket939 CPU Boxed
RAM: (2x1024Mb) Corsair (VS2GBKIT400C3) Value Select DDR, PC3200 2x128Mx64non-ECC 2x184 DIMM, Unbuffered, CL3, 64Mx8 DRAMs
DVD: Pioneer (DVR-110DBK) Black, Dual Layer 16x DVD-RW
Case: CoolerMaster Centurion 5
PSU: Raidmax 520w ATX 2.0 PCI-e, 120mm silent fan
Hard Drive: Western Digital (WD3200KS) Caviar Hard Disk Drive, 320GB, 7,200rpm, *16MB cache, SATA-300 (SATA-2)

Monitor:
$370: Philips (190B6CS/00) 19" Silver LCD TFT Flat Panel. 8ms, 600:1

Any suggestions?
I am still uncertian about the mobo, Was also considering Asus A8N-E or the Asus A8N-SLI, but the Gigabyte seemed the better option.
March 26, 2006 5:03:30 PM

May I suggest upgrading to SLI for a few extra bux? Newegg has some good deals for you...

eVGA 133-K8-NF41 Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI
just over $85 shipped

The Asus A8N-SLI would be nicer, but more $ (I am cheap). I got the EVGA above free w/ a 7800GT purchase, seems like a nice board.

Antec TRUEPOWERII TPII-550 ATX12V 550W SLI
$90 shipped (weekend sale!)

Not that I dislike the raidmax (is it this one?), it just doesn't have the dual-rail or SLI support. If it is the one I am looking at it does look better w/ the lights and all.
March 26, 2006 5:17:44 PM

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May I suggest upgrading to SLI for a few extra bux? Newegg has some good deals for you...

eVGA 133-K8-NF41 Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI
just over $85 shipped

The Asus A8N-SLI would be nicer, but more $ (I am cheap). I got the EVGA above free w/ a 7800GT purchase, seems like a nice board.

Antec TRUEPOWERII TPII-550 ATX12V 550W SLI
$90 shipped (weekend sale!)

Not that I dislike the raidmax (is it this one?), it just doesn't have the dual-rail or SLI support. If it is the one I am looking at it does look better w/ the lights and all.


I had a RAIDMAX case/PSU. The case was cheap and the PSU was a piece of crap. The Antec is a much better choice and is my recommendation to my clients which are building new machines.
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March 26, 2006 6:01:39 PM

If you have the deskspace, you can get a 19" CRT with 1600x 1280 resolution for less than half the price of the LCD. That's what I'm doing, but I'm old fashioned.
March 26, 2006 8:00:28 PM

If you're going to get a monitor, try a ViewSonic 19" 8ms LCD Monitor. Change the processor to a 3200+ and the video card to a X850XT because it has 4 more pixel pipelines than the 7600GT at a cheaper price.
March 26, 2006 8:21:06 PM

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I had a RAIDMAX case/PSU. The case was cheap and the PSU was a piece of crap. The Antec is a much better choice and is my recommendation to my clients which are building new machines.

what problems did you have with this power supply....the general reviews for raidmax PSU see good? It does have dual rails, see pecs below.
I really don't think that i can afford anything better without blowing out my budget I am already at the total max that i can spend, so getting a better power supply would mean cutting back on something else.

[$60] Raidmax 520W ATX 2.0 PCI-Express Ready PSU,120mm Silent Fan
* ATX 12V v2.0 support latest P4 Prescott and Athlon 64 processors
* Dual +12V Rails provides stable power to MB/CPU and Highend Graphic card
* Dual purpose 20+4pin ATX connector, Intel LGA 775 ready
* Large single 120mm silent fan
* 6 x Molex , 2 x SATA connectors
* 1 x PCI-Express connector
* +3.3V=28A,+5V=34A,+12V1=20A,+12V2=17A
March 26, 2006 8:22:31 PM

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If you're going to get a monitor, try a ViewSonic 19" 8ms LCD Monitor. Change the processor to a 3200+ and the video card to a X850XT because it has 4 more pixel pipelines than the 7600GT at a cheaper price.


Why is the viewsonic better than this Phillips? I was advised that this phillips was better than a compaitivley priced Viewsonic?? What about the Benq monitors?
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