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June 27, 2006 5:59:31 PM

This is going to be first build. My budget is $2000. It will be used mainly for gaming (Battlefield 2, Call of Duty 2, Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, as well as future first person games). Here is what I've got:

CASE: Thermaltake Armor Series

PSU: Antec TruepowerII 550W

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ Socket AM2

MOBO: ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe Socket AM2

HARD DRIVE: Western Digital Caviar SE 320GB

RAM: OCZ Gold 2GB (2x1GB)
Cosair XMS2 2GB (2x1GB)

VIDEO CARD: eVGA Geforce 7600GT 256MB x2

SOUND CARD: Creative Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS

OS: Windows XP Media Center Edition

OPTICAL DRIVE: Samsung 16x DVD+R DVD Burner


SPEAKERS: Creative Inspire P7800 7.1 Speaker

Any advice will be appreciated.



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June 27, 2006 6:27:05 PM

Looks good. I suggest you drop to a 3800+ and get a X1800XT.

I agree with Prozac. SLIing 7600s is a total waste. Look at the 1800 or 1900. And you can drop to a non SLI motherboard too. The 4200+ really offers nothing special over the 3800 to justify the price.
June 27, 2006 6:52:51 PM

Well it goes without saying now that the 3800 is much better VFM, and that your 2x7600 isn't a great setup (7900 or 1900 waaay better)

If the 320gb drive is significantly more expensive than a 250 I'd get the 250 - it's a great price/size point right now.
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June 27, 2006 7:40:34 PM

I'm have the same decision making problem. to which way to go.

Lets just keep the same configuration and change the Video card to
7900 GTX2 , 1GB?

how is it look?
June 27, 2006 8:18:10 PM

Wow, I duno why you'd be going for either 7600 SLi as opposed to a 7950GX2!

Obviously the 7950 is a much better card - twice as many better cores, and more RAM to boot.

However, on 'only' a 19" monitor I don't really see any sort of dual-graphics setup working wonders.

Save the money, get a 7900, and perhaps upgrade other areas of the system.

I'm guessing you've already decided against Conroe for whatever reason? That would be my other suggestion.
June 27, 2006 8:32:58 PM

The system itself is not bad but this hard drive would be significantly better than the one you chose, especially for those games where there are huge maps:

Get this motherboard to save some money in order to make up for the money lost by getting a faster hard drive:

This video card would be much better than 7600GTs in SLi even though it costs about the same:

Other than that, good choice and good luck!
June 27, 2006 8:59:12 PM


This video card would be much better than 7600GTs in SLi even though it costs about the same:

That' what "shadowduck" wwas saying to drop SLI and go with

I agree with Prozac. SLIing 7600s is a total waste. Look at the 1800 or 1900. And you can drop to a non SLI motherboard too. The 4200+ really offers nothing special over the 3800 to justify the price.

I heard Asus motherboard sux :p  , MSI or ABIT?
June 27, 2006 9:29:12 PM

I'd say this is a great performances/price ratio computer. But I would go for a single GeForce 7900GT instead. Unless wrong, it will give better performances for most games and will leave you room to add a second one later if you get some spare chance :wink: (well, when it's price goes down at least).

Also, you could get an All In Wonder X1900. Same or better performances has your SLI 7600Gt and TV acquisition to go with your Media Center version of Windows.

My 2 cents. :) 
June 29, 2006 2:35:25 PM

After reading all the posts I have decided to change a couple of my components. I am changing the hard drive and the video card. I am not changing the mobo to a non SLI mobo simply because i will be adding a second video card to use SLI.
Here are my changes:

HARD DRIVE: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB

VIDEO CARD: PNY Geforce 7900GT

Thanks for the help

June 29, 2006 3:11:44 PM

Well, good luck. Keep us posted about the performances of your rig when completed.

I personally think you've choose the one of the best performances/price ratio card. You won't regret, especially if running games like Quake4 and upcoming Quake: Enemy Territory. :D 
June 29, 2006 4:23:55 PM

my new build is similar to yours. i'll be building in the next 2 wks
i went with foxconn over asus because of the board layout and bios you can google a ton of reviews on both. i'm running x64 on my current build and would recommend you skip media center and go for xp pro. other than that it looks pretty sweet let us know how it goes

NEC 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE/ATAPI Model ND-3550A - OEM

ATX Computer Cases
iStarUSA Nitro Ax S-10000B Black/ Silver Aluminium (front panel) and 1.0mm SECC/SGCC (chassis) ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
$118.99 -$9.00 Instant

Internal Hard Drives
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200KS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

AMD-compatible Motherboards
Foxconn C51XEM2AA- 8EKRS2H Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Video Cards
eVGA 256-P2-N567 Geforce 7900GT KO Superclocked 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
Model #: 256-P2-N567
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate


Power Supplies
Thermaltake toughpower W0105RU ATX12V/ EPS12V 700W Power Supply - Retail

Fans, Heatsinks (Case, CPU, Chipset)
KINGWIN F-012BB 120mm 2 Ball Case Cooling Fan - Retail
$5.99 -$0.30 Sale x2 $11.38
Card Readers
MTG CR-IN212XU-1 22-in-1 USB 2.0 Internal Card Reader - Retail

Memory - System
CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Unbuffered Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400C4 - Retail
Model #: TWIN2X2048-6400C4

AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ Windsor 2000MHz HT Socket AM2 Processor Model ADA4200CUBOX - Retail

PC Games
Elder Scrolls 4 Oblivion Special Edition DVD-ROM DVD Edition PC Game Bethesda - Retail

Memory (USB Flash Drive)
CORSAIR 2GB Flash Drive (USB2.0 Portable) Model CMFUSB2.0-2GB - Retail
$48.99 $48.99

Subtotal: $1,678.28
June 29, 2006 4:44:23 PM

How much performance different between
Atlon 4200+ X2 socket 939
Atlon 4200+ X2 , X2

Anybody know is there any web site for RAM comparison chart ?
June 29, 2006 5:13:26 PM

from the reviews iv'e read there's almost none. if you get an nforce 590 with epp ram maybe 5%. but the prices aren't that different and am2 has a better upgrade path
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June 29, 2006 5:19:02 PM

Your system is looking good. Definitely take the advice on the Seagate HDD and a 7900GT video card.

I was wondering why you opted for Windows MCE. If you want the extra bells and whistles, that's OK. You could save a few bucks by going with XP Home though.

Also, you could save some money by using the onboard sound and see if it sounds good enough before purchasing an addon sound card. The board that you posted seems to have a decent sound setup, but I don't have any personal experience with that particular sound chipset.