First time rigging up a computer...


I'm a newbie to building my own computer (I guess I've been living off of laptops and Macs my whole life). I'd like to build my own computer in hopes of gettng a decent top-of-the-line (or almost if possible) rig before I go to college.

I want to make sure that everything fits well together (and hopefully I'm not getting ripped off) before I whip out my debit card and get incompatible parts. I've posted the parts I am currently eyeing. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Case/Power Supply
ASPIRE X-Navigator ATXA9NW-AL/500 Black/Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply - Retail

EPoX EP-MF4ULTRA Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

CPU (Microprocessor)
AMD Athlon 64 3800+ Orleans 2000MHz HT 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 Processor - Retail

Memory (RAM)
Patriot Dual Channel 1024MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz Memory (2 x 512MB)

Video Card
FX GeForce 6800 GS Extreme Edition / 256MB GDDR3 / SLI / PCI Express / DVI / VGA / TV Out / Video Card

Network Card
*Not yet*

CD/DVD Drive/Burner
*Not yet*

Floppy Disk
*If there are any really cheap ones out there*

Sound Card
*Maybe later*

Hard Drives
*I need something reinerated. Does the motherboard I'm eyeing currently only takes ATAs or can it take SATAs, too?*

XFX GeForce 6800 GS Extreme Edition / 256MB GDDR3 / SLI / PCI Express / DVI / VGA / TV Out / Video Card

P.S. If you're wondering what I'm going to use this computer for, assume that I am a hardcore gamer...
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  1. If you're a gamer, then here are my suggestions for changes:

    CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+

    Motherboard: Asus M2N-E

    Video Card: eVGA Geforce 7600GT
  2. Your case needs more lights on it :wink: Seems okay otherwise.
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