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April 1, 2006 9:38:10 AM

These are parts from Suggestions on what to add or change for a fast complete/functional gaming system would help.

Also wondering if any cables are needed for the raptor harddrive ? If so which type

ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce SPP 100 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Model #: A8N32-SLI Deluxe
$209.99 $209.99

Lian Li PC-65B Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Model #: PC-65B
$125.00 $125.00

CD/DVD Burners (RW Drives)
PLEXTOR 18X DVD±R DVD Burner included Replaceable beige front bezel Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model PX-760A/SW BL - Retail
Model #: PX-760A/SW BL
$109.99 $109.99

Fans, Heatsinks (Case, CPU, Chipset)
Thermaltake Big Typhoon CL-P0114 120mm Cooling Fan with Heatsink - Retail
Model #: CL-P0114
$53.99 $53.99

Internal Hard Drives
Western Digital Raptor X WD1500AHFD 150GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM
Model #: WD1500AHFD
$349.99 $349.99

Memory - System
CORSAIR XMS PRO 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model TWINX2048-3200PRO - Retail
Model #: TWINX2048-3200PRO
$249.00 $249.00

Monitors - LCD
SAMSUNG 740B Black 17" 8ms LCD Monitor - Retail
Model #: 740b-Black
$229.99 $229.99

Power Supplies
ENERMAX Liberty ELT620AWT ATX12V 620W Power Supply - Retail
Model #: ELT620AWT
$174.99 $174.99

AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ Toledo 1GHz HT Socket 939 Dual Core Processor Model ADA4800CDBOX - Retail
Model #: ADA4800CDBOX
$630.00 $630.00

Video Cards
Update SAPPHIRE 100150SR Radeon X1900XTX 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail

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April 1, 2006 10:47:07 AM

Hi, I run a computer hardware website and this is apparently one of the most common questions I get asked.

Here is an article which tells you how to build a GREAT gaming PC with just $1000. One thing you will learn is that you don't have to accept poor components just because you have a low budget.

But do make sure you go for a quality retailer. You want a retailer that has a wide variety of computer parts and excellent good customer service.
April 1, 2006 11:55:26 AM

If you have a big budget, that will be a great system. All I'd do is switch the motherboard to a Crossfire one, and save some $$$ by getting a 74GB Raptor and a 250GB drive. And how about getting a 19-inch monitor?
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April 1, 2006 12:47:47 PM

For a system thatwill be 98% as fast in games for FAR less money, I'd recommend the following minor changes....

Change the mainboard to a non-SLI version, saving nearly $100...

Opt instead for an Opty 175 or X2-4200...the loss of 200 Mhz will save you at least $200, but only cost you only 1-2 fps in most modern gaming titles...

I agree with other poster; if you want fast load times, get a single 74 gb Raptor (which, although fast, still only saves 2-3 seconds off of boot time and game load times), and a larger 250-300gb unit for storage... ( had 200gb SATA units for $69 yesterday)

Save another $100 by pting for a 1900XT over XTX...95-98% as fast for $100 less...

The $400 or so saved overall wil very lkely pay for your next video card a year from now...

April 1, 2006 2:47:14 PM

I'd save some cash on the dvd burner also. I'm looking at the ASUS 16x (also 5x dvd ram) for $43 at Newegg. 17" LCDs have a max resolution of 1280x1024, about half what your vid card is capable of. I also agree with going for the A8R32-MVP crossfire board ($186 @Newegg) for better compatability. But what do I know?
Good Luck
April 1, 2006 3:33:30 PM

From the parts u picking then it seems that cost is not a problem and the first thing u would like is a bigger tft atleast 19" the diffrence in $ is wery low but going from 17" to 19" is a wery big step.

Also MB why SLI when u going with an ATI gfx?
Go for a non SLI and for the XT instead of the XTX

Or change the MB to a ATI SLI(what the now called them) board or go for the one u picked with nvidia gfx

Also if you want to OC (and the parts suggest this)then go for a cheaper CPU and clock it. U prob still will get to the same Mhz at the end (2.5-2.8+MHz). As already suggested
April 1, 2006 3:46:49 PM

My thoughts exactly - you should get a CrossFire mobo if you want to go with the ATI video cards.
April 1, 2006 3:52:25 PM

Right, great system, but you can make the system cheaper without sacrificing too much on performance... here are my recommendations:

Mobo: Go for a Asus A8R32-MVP (for dual 16x PCI-e crossfire) or the A8R-MVP (For normal crossfire), and you'll be able to go crossfire with your ATI card and also save money.

Processor: An Opteron 165 or X2 4200+ will be sufficient, if you are up for some OCing. I have the latter, OCed a little, and it runs like a dream. If you really want the extra cache but don't mind clock-speeds and OCing, go for the Opteron.

PSU: Save yourself money with the Hiper Type-R 580W Modular PSU. Its cheaper than the Enermax and just as good. Will handle an SLI/Crossfire system with ease.

DVD-Burner: Get the NEC ND4550 or ND4570. Both are amazing DVD burners and they are much cheaper.

And finally, the GFX card: Get a X1900XT... not a XTX. The XT can be OCed to XTX speeds easily, and with a third party cooler, be pushed further. Besides, its quite a bit cheaper and performs nearly as well as the XTX.

Here's my recommendations, hope it helps...
April 1, 2006 4:08:33 PM

Given your "high-end" choices I will assume that pinching pennies is not an issue.
ATI cards work well with NVidia chipsets, BUT dual cards will not run in SLI mode. You need a Crossfire mobo to do that, if and when you want to.
As other posters have mentioned, change 1 of your components to match the one you really want:
a) A8N32-SLI Deluxe + 7900... video
b) X1900... + A8R32-MVP
c) X1900... + A8N-E (non-SLI nF4 Ultra board) Many of good choices here.
You will get all the hard drive cables you need with the motherboard and power supply you buy. IS a quality retailer.
You will NEVER regret getting a bigger monitor.
Gaming mouse: Logitech G5 (or G7 wireless) ROCKS!
April 1, 2006 4:16:12 PM

I have a G5.. its AMAZING.. highly recommend it to anyone!
April 1, 2006 4:28:33 PM

Get a 19" or larger sized monitor. I cannot imagine you would want to spend that much money on hardware, only to be constrained by a 17" monitor at 1024x768. Your system would be able to handle up to a 1600x1200 native resolution in games, which would require a 20.1" or 21" LCD, so don't waste it on an itty-bitty screen.
April 1, 2006 4:46:29 PM

I agree. A 19 inch LCD monitor is getting commonplace these days. While 17-inch LCD's might be the most popular monitor size on the market, the larger 19-inch LCDs are making large strides in development. Increasing performance and reduced prices are making many start to consider screens that provide a larger and easier to read screen over the 17-inch models.
April 1, 2006 7:01:31 PM

ROFL... A Mac is not for playing games... which is one of the criteria that he wants for his pc.... a mac gamer... haha... :lol: 
April 1, 2006 8:11:08 PM

ROFL... A Mac is not for playing games... which is one of the criteria that he wants for his pc.... a mac gamer... haha... :lol: 

i remember playing a RPG on a mac , but that was when i was in 6th grade

dam im a nerd 8O