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New Gaming Rig - Need Advice

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May 21, 2006 7:50:46 PM

Here is everything I'm planning to get for my new rig, but I still have a couple of questions. 1) Is everything i'm getting compatable? OR will this not work when I get it? 2) I'm planning on overclocking the processor to 3.4-3.6 ghz, will the fan, mobo, and ram handle this? 3) would it be worth it to get a 7900gt instead of a 7600gt?

Processor-
Intel Pentium D 805 Smithfield 533MHz FSB 2 x 1MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Dual Core,EM64T Processor - Retail $128.99

Motherboard-
ASUS P5LD2 Socket T (LGA 775) Intel 945P ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $117.99

GPU-
eVGA 256-P2-N564 Geforce 7900GT KO 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail $289.00

Hard Drive-
Maxtor DiamondMax 10 6V200E0 200GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $79.99

Ram-
OCZ Gold Series 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM Unbuffered DDR2 667 (PC2 5400) Dual Channel Kit System Memory - Retail $97.99

Drive-
SAMSUNG Beige 16X DVD-ROM 52X CD-R 32X CD-RW 52X CD-ROM 2M Cache IDE Combo Drive - OEM $24.99

Speakers-
Logitech X-230 32 Watts RMS 2.1 Speaker - OEM $32.99

Keyboard-
ZIPPY EL- 610 White 88 Normal Keys 3 Function Keys USB Wired Mini Keyboard - Retail $26.99

Wireless Card-
D-Link DWL-G510 IEEE 802.11b/g 32bit PCI2.2 2.4G Wireless Adapter up to 54Mbps Data Rates 64/128-Bit WEP, 802.1x, WPA - Retail $31.99

Operating System-
Microsoft Windows XP Professional With SP2 - OEM $141.99

Case-
ASPIRE X-Plorer ATXB8KLW-BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $58.00

Thermal Grease]-
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM $5.99

PSU-
Thermaltake Silent Purepower W0014RU ATX 480W Power Supply 115/230 V - Retail $59.00

Fan-
ZALMAN CNPS9500 LED 92mm 2 Ball Blue LED Light Cooling Fan with Heatsink - Retail $63.99

Moniter-
Acer AL1716BBD Black 17" 8ms LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 700:1 0.264mm Pixel Pitch - Retail $197.99

On a final note the mobo is somewhat of a filler for now, because I'd like to wait for some conroe compatable motherboard to come out so I can future proof this. Also, i'd like to stay under $1,300 without shipping.

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May 21, 2006 9:07:03 PM

Ok....

Video: Yes upgrading to a 7900gt over 7600gt would definitly be worth it. The price tag kinda sucks, but if you have the cash, go for it.

CPU: are you planning on OC'ing the 805? Because If you are, go for the Zalman CNPS9500 instead of that Asus P5M2.

Monitor: If you're going to get an LCD, don't get a shitty one. first... 17" is pretty much the standard. Second, the response time, pixel pitch and contrast ratio all suck, it might even look worse than your average CRT display.

Suggested Replacement: Acer AL1716BBD

RAM: If you are going to overclock, look at some DDR2-800 RAM. If you aren't, or are going to very little, then the 667 stuff you picked will work just fine.

If you do decide to go for the 7900GT, and you're going to OC the 805, you might want to think about at least a 500W power supply, although with 480, you should be alright for lite or even moderate overclocking.
May 21, 2006 10:04:50 PM

I'm planning to overclock to about 3.4-3.6 Ghz.
May 21, 2006 10:08:25 PM

Ok, then definitly get the CNPS9500.
May 21, 2006 10:12:40 PM

Okay, so I made those changes, but the rig is now about $90 over budget, is there any area where I could save some money on?
May 21, 2006 11:24:07 PM

Thanks, I was also thinking about about getting this ram and either a radeon x850xt or a radeon x1600xt intstead of the current ram and GPU, that way, i'll have better ram now and can upgrade the GPU later. Would this be a sensible idea?
May 21, 2006 11:35:56 PM

If you're going to get a video card just to get the system going.... go low end so you don't end up spending as much money... there's no sense in spending $200 on a video card, only to upgrade to a $400 card in 3 months (or less).

The only advantages to getting DDR2-800 ram for that board, would be if you're going to do a lot of overclocking, or if you want to better guarantee stable ram operation.
May 21, 2006 11:39:15 PM

It would take me at least 6 months to be able to upgrade due to the fact I have next to no income. Which is why I was thinking of the 7600gt in the first place, because it had some good reviews and seemed like it handled most games pretty well for less than $200.
May 22, 2006 1:39:26 AM

i have heard similar reviews about the 7600.... ultimately the choice is yours... i'm just here to lend suggestions.
May 22, 2006 1:58:37 AM

Ok, thanks for the great help though.
May 22, 2006 2:09:11 AM

no problem.... good luck and enjoy the build.
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