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April 16, 2006 6:26:22 PM

I'm putting together a new system and was wondering if this seems like a good system. Any help is appreciated.

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWis...

Case:
COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UB
MB:
ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce SPP 100 ATX AMD Motherboard
Video:
SAPPHIRE 100149SR Radeon X1900XT 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card
PS:
Antec TRUEPOWERII TPII-550 ATX12V 550W Power Supply
CPU:
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ Toledo 1GHz HT Socket 939 Dual Core Processor Model ADA4400CDBOX
Ram:
CORSAIR XMS PRO 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model TWINX2048-3200PRO
HDD:
Western Digital Caviar SE WD2500JS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

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April 16, 2006 6:41:01 PM

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I'm putting together a new system and was wondering if this seems like a good system. Any help is appreciated.

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWis...

Case:
COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UB
MB:
ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce SPP 100 ATX AMD Motherboard
Video:
SAPPHIRE 100149SR Radeon X1900XT 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card
PS:
Antec TRUEPOWERII TPII-550 ATX12V 550W Power Supply
CPU:
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ Toledo 1GHz HT Socket 939 Dual Core Processor Model ADA4400CDBOX
Ram:
CORSAIR XMS PRO 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model TWINX2048-3200PRO
HDD:
Western Digital Caviar SE WD2500JS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive


I'm gonna save you some money:

Case: Keep
Mobo: Change to DFI LanParty UT nF4 SLI-DR Expert
GPU: Keep
PS: Get 600w or higher, such as an XG Vortec 600w
CPU: Change to either X2 3800+ or Opteron 165
RAM: Keep
HDD: Keep

~~Mad Mod Mike, fixin' the world 1 rig at a time
April 16, 2006 7:29:24 PM

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I'm gonna save you some money:

Case: Keep
Mobo: Change to DFI LanParty UT nF4 SLI-DR Expert
GPU: Keep
PS: Get 600w or higher, such as an XG Vortec 600w
CPU: Change to either X2 3800+ or Opteron 165
RAM: Keep
HDD: Keep

~~Mad Mod Mike, fixin' the world 1 rig at a time


Thanks for the tip on the MB/CPU. Question about the PS though: does it need a PCI-E connector for the video card?
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April 16, 2006 7:32:13 PM

Ok one question, if you are using the ATI gpu then why get the SLI deluxe mobo. You are just paying extra money for something you won't fully utilized. You should get a Crossfire edition mobo or a single pci-e mobo if you're not into dual gpu set up.

ASUS A8N5X Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 ATX AMD Motherboard for around $80 compare to your choice that is $230.

http://www.asus.com/products4.aspx?modelmenu=2&model=59...

So with that extra money save with addition of another $100 or so you can get the X2 4800. I have the X2 4800 with a 7800GT and can almost perform against my latest rig with 840 EE and 2 7800GTX 256.

And yes I agree with the 600watt or more psu. It's is more stable that way and would support future set up and mods. The psu has a 6-pin connector for the vga card if that's what you are asking.
April 16, 2006 7:49:08 PM

Quote:

I'm gonna save you some money:

Case: Keep
Mobo: Change to DFI LanParty UT nF4 SLI-DR Expert
GPU: Keep
PS: Get 600w or higher, such as an XG Vortec 600w
CPU: Change to either X2 3800+ or Opteron 165
RAM: Keep
HDD: Keep

~~Mad Mod Mike, fixin' the world 1 rig at a time


Thanks for the tip on the MB/CPU. Question about the PS though: does it need a PCI-E connector for the video card?

Your video card will come with a 6-Pin Converter if you don't have one on your PSU.

~~Mad Mod Mike, fixin' the world 1 rig at a time
April 16, 2006 8:46:37 PM

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looks fine bar the mobo. it always makes me laugh when people buy SLI capable mobo when using an ATI card. unless there is a specific capablity of that board avoid it. your power supply should be o.k but then again always buy one that has alot of headroom.


I have an ATI Card and an SLI Mobo, why did I buy it? Because it overclocks like a son of a gun, better than any other motherboard. All the best motherboards are SLI right now, so if you're overclocking, it's worth it.

~~Mad Mod Mike, fixin' the world 1 rig at a time
April 16, 2006 9:58:25 PM

No, you're right. I've never overclocked before. I'm just looking to put together a nice AMD/ATI system for around $1500 that doesn't need a lot of tweaking.
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