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Final draft of build.. all comments/suggestions welcome

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May 13, 2006 8:06:15 PM

Hey guys, I think I've got what I want here but it would be great if you all would give your input. This is my second build, my first without help, I want reliability more than performance, but I am a gamer so I want a nice system. I don't want to spend my time replacing parts etc. I'll probably overclock the cpu but nothing too serious, like I said reliablity then performance. Not looking to spend much more than $1400 and I'm at $1360 now. But I'm definitely looking for any input. Also, I'm planning on using my widescreen HDTV as a monitor, will there be a problem with that at all? Thanks for the help.
-Josh

Mobo: ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe

CPU: Opteron 165

Video Card: eVGA 256-P2-N564 Geforce 7900GT

Memory: G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400

Case: Thermaltake SViking

Power Supply: Antec TruePower 2.0 TRUECONTROL II-550

HDD: WD Raptor 36.7GB 10,00RPM SATA150 and a 160GB Seagate Barracuda I already have

Optical: NEC 16X DVD±R DVD Burner

OS: Windows MCE (I have a 360)
May 13, 2006 8:07:51 PM

the cpu and mobo look pretty good but if you have the money try getting a dfi board and maybe a x1900xt although it still looks nice
May 13, 2006 8:08:33 PM

and for the hard drive if i were u id get like 4 80gb in raid 0 ud get much better performance
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May 13, 2006 8:08:42 PM

First of all don't get the SLi, you definetly don't need it. Unless you are getting another card within the next month. I'd get a A8NE or a DFI Lanparty UT Ultra-D. Otherwise that looks pretty good. Though if you can, go with a XFX OC or mabye even a GTX.

DDay
May 13, 2006 8:50:39 PM

Okay, well I changed the video card to an xfx Geforce 7900GT Extreme. I'm gonna stick with an Asus motherboard but I did get rid of the SLI, and changed the HDD to a 160GB WD Caviar SATA 3.0 GB/s. Not sure if that's what you meant on the HDD but that's what I came up with and it's cheaper and seems like it would be good for me. Thanks for the help, here's the updated list.

Mobo: ASUS A8N-E

CPU: Opteron 165

Video Card: XFX Geforce 7900GT Extreme

Memory: G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400

Case: Thermaltake SViking

Power Supply: Antec TruePower 2.0 TRUECONTROL II-550

HDD: WD Caviar 160GB SATA 3.0GB/s

Optical: NEC 16X DVD±R DVD Burner

OS: Windows MCE (I have a 360)
May 13, 2006 9:01:44 PM

Definetly very nice. In fact its almost exactly the same as mine except for the board.

DDay
May 13, 2006 9:06:52 PM

Haha yeah it is isn't it? I didn't even notice that. Thanks a lot for the help though, I feel much more confident about this now thanks to you guys.

-Josh Dennis
May 13, 2006 10:18:54 PM

If you are going to overclock, check out ddr500. That's the way I'm going for my Opteron 170 rig (finally ordering this week).
May 13, 2006 10:38:58 PM

I think I might be ordering this week also, but what kind of difference would that have to say what my ram is?

DDay
May 13, 2006 10:49:32 PM

In theory, it will give me more head room for overclocking the cpu, since you don't have to overclock the ram ( until you get past PC4000 speeds). If I remember, the prices are fairly close. I just see it as OC insurance.
May 13, 2006 11:12:10 PM

Well, they aren't close with the rebates i found for my ram. I found that for 138 because of 50 buck rebate.

DDay
May 14, 2006 12:27:32 AM

be careful of rebates. They like to screw you over
May 14, 2006 12:32:35 AM

How so? If you read the conditions closely before buying, you are impermeable.

DDay
May 14, 2006 1:40:19 AM

I try not to count on rebates, either. I've been burned in the past, no big whoop. If you can order from Newegg, I have heard great things about them, however. I've heard several stories about them crediting your order when the manufacturer drops the ball.
May 14, 2006 2:36:48 AM

Ok, I will, its the same price for once including shipping for newegg and zipzoomfly.

DDay
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