Please critique system and recommend a case and PSU

Hi. I'm trying my best to build a system from scratch for under
$1 Grand (including LCD monitor). I'm going to buy everything from Basically, I'm just not sure if I've put an efficient system together and I need advice on what case and power supply to get.


1.) CPU

AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Windsor 2000MHz HT Socket AM2 Dual Core Processor Model ADA3800IAA5CU - Retail <>

64 bit Support: Yes
Hyper-Transport Support: Yes
L1 Cache: 128KB+128KB
L2 Cache: 2 x 512KB
Multi-Core: Dual-Core
Operating Frequency: 2.0GHz
Process Type: 90 nm
Series: Athlon 64 X2
Virtualization Technology Support: Yes
Vista Ready: Yes
Model #: ADA3800CUBOX
Item #: N82E16819103735

2.) GPU

BIOSTAR V6602GS21 Geforce 6600GT 256MB GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail <>

Chipset Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Core clock: 510MHz
D-SUB: 1
DirectX: DirectX 9
DVI: 1
Memory Clock: 800MHz
Memory Interface: 128-bit
OpenGL: OpenGL 2.0
PixelPipelines: 8
TV-Out: HDTV/S-Video Out
Model #: V6602GS21
Item #: N82E16814141015
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Gigabyte GA-M55plus-S3G Socket AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 6100 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail <>

AGP Slots: None
CPU Type: Athlon 64 X2/Athlon 64 FX/Athlon 64
DDR2 Standard: DDR2 800
Dual Channel Supported: Yes
FSB: 1000MHz Hyper Transport (2000 MT/s)
Maximum Memory Supported: 16GB
Number of DDR2 Slots: 4x 240pin DDR2
PCI Express x1: 2
PCI Express x16: 1
South Bridge: NVIDIA nForce 430
Model #: GA-M55plus-S3G
Item #: N82E16813128010
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G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 533 (PC2 4200) Unbuffered System Memory Model F2-4200PHU2-2GBLA - Retail <>

Cas Latency: 4
Heat Spreader: Yes
Manufacturer Warranty: Lifetime
Timing: 4-4-4-12
Voltage: 1.8V-2.25V
Model #: F2-4200PHU2-2GBLA
Item #: N82E16820231018
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5.) Hard Drive

Western Digital Caviar SE WD2500JS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM <>

Average Latency: 4.2ms
Average Seek Time: 8.9ms
Cache: 8MB
Features: Fast Cool-running Quiet SecureConnect FlexPower Data Protection Enhancements
Form Factor: 3.5"
Manufacturer Warranty: 3-Year
Model #: WD2500JS
Item #: N82E16822144417
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NEC 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model ND-3550A - Retail <>

Cache: 2M
CD-R: 48X
CD-ROM Access Time: 140ms
CD-RW: 24X
DVD+R: 16X
DVD-R: 16X
DVD-ROM Access Time: 160ms
Type: DVD Burner
Model #: ND-3550A BK RT
Item #: N82E16827152055
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7.) LCD Monitor

SAMSUNG 740N-Black 17" 8ms LCD Monitor - Retail <>

Brightness: 300 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio: 600:1
Display Colours: 16.2 Million
Display Type: SXGA
Input Video Compatibility: Analog RGB
Maximum Resolution: 1280x1024
Panel: a-si TFT-LCD
Pixel Pitch: 0.264mm
Recommended Resolution: 1280x1024
Viewing Angle: 160°(H) / 160°(V)
Model #: 740n-Black
Item #: N82E16824001072
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** Dead Pixels Policy: Replacement or Refund for 8 or more dead pixels only.
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I'm just missing the case, PSU, windows xp pro full version and antivirus.

This is a BIG upgrade from my current 1.1 GHZ P3 laptop :D . So basically, I'm just hoping on a good desktop gaming/itunes/web surfing/MS Office
system that I would like to put together. I also made sure to choose a motherboard for further upgrades later on.

Anyway, thanks for any advice!
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  1. If you can manage to get a 7600gt instead of the 6600gt that would be alot better.
    im not sure exactly on US prices but i think its around 40-50$ more than the 6600gt.
    I would rather have a 7600gt with 1GB ram than a 6600gt with 2GB.
    You could save money by not gettin an xp or antivirus and just get them off a friend if u werent planning that already.
  2. Suggested Changes:

    Video Card: eVGA Geforce 7600GT

    RAM: Corsair XMS2 1GB (2 x 512MB) DDR2-800 <--- If the gaming you mentioned is going to be high end games like Oblivion and (eventually) Crysis, get another set of this XMS2 when you can afford it.

    Monitor: LG L1752TX

    Power Supply: Antec Truepower 480W

    Case: I'll leave that up to you and your tastes.....
  3. you might want to get a hard drive with a 16 mb cache i dont think it will cost a whole lot more and its a little faster
  4. It willl help with small file transfers, but given his budget, a drive with a 16mb buffer may not be an option.
  5. If you have the cash this is an awesome case:

    Lian-Li PC101A

    Some other good ones:
    Antec P180
    Antec Solo
    Cooler Master Praetorian
  6. Quote:
    you might want to get a hard drive with a 16 mb cache i dont think it will cost a whole lot more and its a little faster

    No, there is no difference between 8MB cache and 16MB cache. Every test out there clearly shows that...
  7. Quote:

    No, there is no difference between 8MB cache and 16MB cache. Every test out there clearly shows that...

    Unless you run raid. Then it matters. I say spend the extra $5 and be set for later.
  8. Thanks for all the replies and good advice. I ran a little bit over budget
    because I'm adding an X-fi sound card because I listen to a lot of music,
    I'm switching to a 7600GT GPU and a 16MB cache hard drive. But other than that I think I should be able to squeeze in a few more dollars for the extra stuff I may need. Just to let you know I plan to buy all of the components slowly over the course of the next few months. Which means hopefully if I wait it out long enough towards the end of the year I should be able to get some of these components at cheaper prices. I don't know I'll just have to wait and see... Thanks again!
  9. i agree with every one on the 76gt
    also the antec sonatta II case comes
    with a good power supply.

    and it is around 100$
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