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July 23, 2006 1:50:29 AM

Hey, I've been wanting to build computer for some time now and now I can finally start...I just want to run through the checklist again to make sure I didn't miss anything and everything is compatible. Any help will be appreciated...

Well to start off:
ASUS A8R32-MVP Deluxe

AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+


2x SAPPHIRE Radeon X1600XT Running Crossfire Mode

CORSAIR XMS 2GB (2 x 1GB)


Western Digital Caviar 250GB 7200 RPM

ASPIRE X-Infinity ATX Mid-Tower


SAMSUNG Black 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2M Cache E-IDE/ATAPI DVD Burner


LITE-ON Black 16X DVD-ROM 52X CD-R 32X CD-RW 52X CD-ROM 1.5M Cache IDE Combo Drive


Microsoft Windows XP Professional With SP2

Zalman VF900 VGA Cooler


Asus X-Mars CPU Cooler


That's it, If there's anything else that I should get or if a piece of hardware is incompatible with another, please tell me. Thanks in advance... :D 
July 23, 2006 1:58:32 AM

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First of all, why socket 939? I would recommend Intel Core 2 Duo, or at least go with AM2.

Second, why are two crappy X1600s needed? Single X1800XT will wipe the floor with X1600s.


Agreed. Crossfire sucks to start with, but X1600s? Thats really bad.
July 23, 2006 3:27:43 AM

Suggested Changes:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6300

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3

RAM: OCZ Gold 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2-800

Video: Forget Crossfire altogether. Crossfire and SLI are both completely pointless unless you are going to be gaming at resolutions over 1600 x 1200. Go for an eVGA Geforce 7900GT KO Superclocked

Optical Drives: Drop the Liteon drive. The Samsung does everything the Liteon does and more. There is no reason for anyone to ever have more than one optical drive anymore.

CPU Cooler: If you actually do get a Core 2 E6300 chip, drop the aftermarket CPU cooler altogether. You won't need it unless you're going to be doing A LOT of overclocking.
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July 23, 2006 4:40:56 AM

Yes, but a 7900GT beats an X1800XT. If you're looking for an ATI card because of HDR and AA both enabled in games, go for an X1900XT.
July 23, 2006 5:00:54 AM

Is the difference between the 7900GT and the x1800xt worth 30$? Sorry if I'm nagging here but since I've switched from Nvidia to Ati, I don't want to turn back...the differences I see are 8 piplines more and 80mHz betwen the two, but you definitely know more about these cards than me, so what do you think is my best bet?
July 23, 2006 5:04:21 AM

If you don't care about HDR and AA both being enabled, then go for the 7900GT. The extra 8 pixel pipes where you'll really see the difference. TBH, at this point I would either consider the 7900GT, or the X1900XT. If you're set on sticking with ATI, save up a little bit more money and get the X1900XT.
July 23, 2006 5:25:54 AM

Yeah I guess that rules out the x1800xt..I think I'll give Nvidia another shot and ill go for the 7900GT. Thanks alot the the help proph :D .
July 23, 2006 5:27:29 AM

No problem.... have fun with your new system.
July 23, 2006 5:39:41 AM

1 more question..when will be the arrival of the Conroe?
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