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October 2, 2006 11:19:26 AM

It's been a while since I've put a new system together and I guess I'm looking for some general thoughts/advice on my parts selection. I'm pretty much starting from scratch, and am thinking AM2, but I'm pretty open minded at this point.

Here's my tenative build with Newegg links:

Athlon 64 X2 4200+(65W)

Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition

CORSAIR ValueSelect 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 667 (PC2 5300)

Graphics Card:

Sapphire Radeon X1900XT 256MB

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s - OEM

Nec 16X DVD+/-R Burner Model ND-3550A - OEM

Power Supply:
550W FSP Group (Fortron Source) FSP550-80GLC-R

LIAN LI PC-61 USB Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower

Acer AL1916Fbd Black 19" 2ms (GTG) LCD

Windows XP Pro SP2

Generic Keyboard/Mouse

As far as the ATI GPU with the SLI motherboard, I was thinking I would upgrade to dual dx10 Nvidia down the road sometime, but I'm not sure if that's feasable...I may just go with an Nvidia anyway...?

So, any comments/suggestions/ideas? Questions?
Anything I'm missing/should be considering?

-Thanks for all in advance

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October 2, 2006 11:51:34 AM

Looks like a pretty decent build. You will get some people wanting you to switch to C2D for the amount of $ your looking at spending (which isn't a bad idea).
If your staying with the AM2/AMD option, then you look to have a good build. If you buy an nVidia card, than I would look at a 7900gt (it's just under the x1900xt model in performance).
I for one wouldn't spend over $100 for a PSU, but that is just me. Several other posters have mentioned getting an ANTEC PSU like:

It's a little cheaper and will probably be as good as the one you picked. And with the ~$30 savings, you could afford an ATI x1900xtx!!

GL with your build, you seem to understand what your needing/wanting, so enjoy!

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October 2, 2006 1:22:21 PM

Man oh man that case.....It's buyy ass ugly! Why would you want to look at a plain black box??? Why not up your game and go with something nicer? ARMOR!!! Think AIR FLOW!
October 2, 2006 1:54:22 PM

I for one, don't like flashy cases and think the one he picked out is nice. Subtle and sleek, plus Lian-Li makes awesome cases! Personally if your looking to spend that much money, it doesn't make since to not go conroe. Also, why not get a crossfire board and a 1900xt 256 for now, then you may be able to go crossfire if you wish in the future. Nice build though, I wouldn't spend that much on an AM2 MOBO, thats for sure.
October 3, 2006 7:11:41 AM

Thanks all, I appreciate it.

I've been thinking about it, and I may very well go with C2D. In total I have about $1900 to work with, including the new monitor and XP Pro disk. The rig will of course have a gaming focus, but will double for sci/engineering (not too intensive) apps as well.

I guess then I'll go with the E6600...or perhaps E6400 if money becomes an issue..?

Any suggestions for the Mobo? I'm going to need room for expansion, and would prefer something that supports SLI or Crossfire (I have no preference). There are a few other little things, but for the most part I'm open...

I'm still going to stick with a single GPU, at least for now, and I'm not necessarily stuck on the ATI...I could go with the the x1900xt, or the 7900gt as lunyone suggested..??

As for the case, I like the sleek look of the Lian Li one :)  I am; however, more then willing to take suggestions where functionality of the case is an issue.

It also looks like the Antec PSU will do just as well as the one I listed, and is cheaper...thanks.

Finally, I know it may depend on mobo, but would there be any reason to upgrade from the Corsair ValueSelect DDR2 667..?

Once again, thanks for all in advance. I'm open to any ideas/suggestions etc..