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June 8, 2006 6:49:30 PM

I'm trying to build a computer that'll can be upgraded for at least three years. I'll be going back to school and don't want do anything but component upgrades until that time. So that thought led me to spec an AM2 system. Oh, and I'm trying to do this on a budget w/ upgrades in the near future. My fiance has this crazy idea our money should go towards the wedding and, well, I never liked celibacy much.

My current PC is a Dell 2400, 2.4 GHz, 128Mb PCI vid card, 768 MB RAM, so it won't be hard to upgrade. I mostly play World of Warcraft, but would play BF2 if my system could handle it.

Here's what I have so far. I'm a noob, so feel free to be critical.

Motherboard: MSI K9N SLI Platinum Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI MCP ATX $135
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813130048

CPU: 64 3000+ Orleans 2000MHz HT 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 Processor $109
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16819103639

Case: Cooler Master Cavalier 3 CAV-T03-UK $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811119074

PSU: Rosewill RV500S-2 ATX 2.01 500W Power Supply 115/230 V UL, CSA, TUV, FCC $43
RAM: OCZ Gold 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM Unbuffered DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel KIt System Memory $118 - adding more later
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820227029

HD: Caviar WD800BB 80GB 7200 RPM 2MB Cache IDE Ultra ATA100 $45
DVD: Sony Black 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1615/B2s $20
Video Card : Steal the 128MB PCI card from my current machine or buy something low end and upgrade later. Any cheap PCIe card would be an improvement.

Total Cost $530

Thanks in advance. I've already learned a lot here in a few days.

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June 8, 2006 7:29:51 PM

yeah you do learn things fast here..
it sounds like a good solution (i suppose you will buy a 65nm processer when the time comes.. - or when they go down in price)
if i where you i would go with 2GB ram from the beginning.. but thats just me.
are you waitting for DX10 GPU?
i wonder why you go for a LSI motherboard.. but gues you have something in mind..
anyway.. not the worst rig for the money, and for the time being.
June 8, 2006 7:34:38 PM

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I'm trying to build a computer that'll can be upgraded for at least three years. I'll be going back to school and don't want do anything but component upgrades until that time. So that thought led me to spec an AM2 system. Oh, and I'm trying to do this on a budget w/ upgrades in the near future. My fiance has this crazy idea our money should go towards the wedding and, well, I never liked celibacy much.

My current PC is a Dell 2400, 2.4 GHz, 128Mb PCI vid card, 768 MB RAM, so it won't be hard to upgrade. I mostly play World of Warcraft, but would play BF2 if my system could handle it.

Here's what I have so far. I'm a noob, so feel free to be critical.

Motherboard: MSI K9N SLI Platinum Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI MCP ATX $135
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813130048

CPU: 64 3000+ Orleans 2000MHz HT 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 Processor $109
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16819103639

Case: Cooler Master Cavalier 3 CAV-T03-UK $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811119074

PSU: Rosewill RV500S-2 ATX 2.01 500W Power Supply 115/230 V UL, CSA, TUV, FCC $43
RAM: OCZ Gold 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM Unbuffered DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel KIt System Memory $118 - adding more later
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820227029

HD: Caviar WD800BB 80GB 7200 RPM 2MB Cache IDE Ultra ATA100 $45
DVD: Sony Black 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1615/B2s $20
Video Card : Steal the 128MB PCI card from my current machine or buy something low end and upgrade later. Any cheap PCIe card would be an improvement.

Total Cost $530

Thanks in advance. I've already learned a lot here in a few days.


2 things i would address. First of all, if your current video card is in fact

PCI, you'll have to lose it, Pronto. Although i can understand your budget

restraints, and fear of celibacy, you'll want a half decent video card. A

6600GT, X800GTO, or 7600GT. These are gonna set you back around

$150. Secondly, the RAM. BF2 actually benefits from 2GB RAM. Getting

2GB now, versus later would be the better path, so you can get away

with just 2 DIMMS, instead of 4 later. Also, with AM2 tight memory

timings are very important. Therefore i would suggest these for a 2GB

kit. They're only about $40 more than your pick.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

If you prefer to stick with 1GB, then i would suggest these, as they also

offer even tighter timings. These are ~$15 more than your choice.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

Most definetely give the video card some serious thought, as a PCI card

will bottleneck your system beyond belief. GL :) 
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June 8, 2006 7:59:00 PM

Thanks for the quick replies. I changed the spec for the 2GB of RAM and have been looking at video cards. Before that though, I'll go back to the SLI question. Quite frankly I don't have a preference, it was just one of the few available boards that had the right features, decent price and good reviews.

Should I not go SLI?
June 8, 2006 11:07:30 PM

Thanks. I read up on hard drives yesterday but must have been brain dead this morning. I went w/ the 120Gb Western Digital from the same line.

Any suggestions on mother boards?
June 9, 2006 12:25:28 AM

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Should I not go SLI?


NO!

If you are budget concerned, SLI is NOT for you. Get ONE good video card.
June 9, 2006 12:31:23 AM

You could look at this:
K9N Platinum

I think it's the same board spec's you were looking at without SLI, I'm waiting on one to come in for a current build, so I can't comment on it's quality just yet.
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