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New Gaming Machine, Would Like Some Advice

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July 6, 2006 3:17:59 AM

Planning on building a new gaming computer without spending six thousand dollars on a dream machine. After hours spent on Newegg I have ended up with this.

Case
Antec Solution SLK3000-B Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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Power Supply
Rosewill RD550-2DB-SL ATX 12V (V2.2) 550W SLI ready Power Supply 100 - 240V CSA,UL,TUV
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Motherboard
ABIT KN9 SLI Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI MCP ATX AMD
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Processor
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ Windsor 2000MHz HT 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 Processor
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Video Card
2x GIGABYTE GV-NX79X512DB-RH Geforce 7900GTX 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card
[Link]

Memory (Plan on going up to 4 gigs once Vista comes out)
CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM Unbuffered DDR2 675 (PC2 5400) System Memory
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Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200KS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
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Monitor
BenQ FP202W Black 20.1" DVI 8ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 600:1 0.258mm Pixel Pitch
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CD-Rom Drives
2x BenQ Black 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 5X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-R 24X CD-RW 40X CD-ROM 2M Cache E-IDE/ATAPI DVD Burner Model DQ60 BK
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Sound Card
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card
[Link]

Speakers
Logitech X-530 70 watts 5.1 Speaker
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All in all it end up about $2,400 without keyboard and mouse.

Does anyone see anything incompatible with one another on this? (I am mainly afraid of the power supply being too weak to handle the graphics cards) Or anything that might get me a little more bang for the buck? I would like to keep it under $3,000 but could go up a little more if the increase in performance is worth it.

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July 6, 2006 3:48:22 AM

Those video cards are wayyy not bang-for-buck. With that kind of money, I'd DEFINITELY wait for Conroe. You can get the Extreme Edition EX6800 processor with a 7950GX2 with 2GB of OCZ Gold or Corsair XMS RAM!!! Awesome man, just remember to get an OCZ GameXStream 700W Power Supply for that kind of system and definitely a Thermaltake Armor Series VA8000BWS Full-Tower Case which will be needed. The other parts look good unless you want to waste some money and get faster loading times by getting a 150GB or 74GB Raptor HD. Killer system, it is :twisted:
July 6, 2006 4:02:46 AM

I agree, if you are planning on buying an sli system, imo you should get a 7950, and with a new processor release getting closer, it couldn't hurt to wait, unless you need a new computer now.
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July 6, 2006 4:23:39 AM

yea, i wouldnt listen to them, sure conroe may be released within the next few days but its going to be just like the xbox, there going to be in very limited supplies... and for all we know it might not even be released for longer... id buy now if thats what you want... they are right on the video cards, just get a 7950 and save the money
July 6, 2006 4:51:04 AM

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yea, i wouldnt listen to them, sure conroe may be released within the next few days but its going to be just like the xbox, there going to be in very limited supplies... and for all we know it might not even be released for longer... id buy now if thats what you want... they are right on the video cards, just get a 7950 and save the money


Well, you may not be able to find a Conroe as quick as you want, but if the AMD price cuts happen as projected, you're still better off to wait. It's only 2 or 3 weeks fer chrissakes! But if it was me, I'd still TRY to locate a Conroe. The stats look too good to turn your back on.
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