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October 14, 2006 3:28:01 PM

New here so bare with me..Looking to build new system and looking for advice and comments on hardware I picked.. Not looking for a super gaming PC but 1 to last w/durable compoments
1.ASUS P5B Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard
2.CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
3.Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Conroe 2.13GHz LGA 775
4.ATI Radeon X1900 GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI X16
5.Thermaltake Toughpower W0097RU ATX 12V Ver2.0 550W
6.Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
7.NEC 18X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write Black E-IDE / ATAPI Model 7170A-0B
8.SILVERSTONE SST-TJ01 ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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October 14, 2006 3:44:22 PM

Thanks for the input, who thought there would be alot of thought in a case but with the heat issue I guess it is. I wanted to keep the case sinmple but practical. Not looking for glitz and glam in a case, keeping it under $125

Thanks
October 14, 2006 3:48:24 PM

Nice system. I guess from your previous statements your aren't planning to overclock it?
October 14, 2006 4:03:45 PM

Not really- Mostly a multi use computer. When I do play a game its ussually a Stratigic game i.e. Rise of Nations & Ages of Empire 3.

Mostly used for internet, email, MS Office, PhotoShop CE, iTunes

What OS do you recommend? and will Graphic card hold up in time?
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October 14, 2006 4:11:09 PM

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New here so bare with me..Looking to build new system and looking for advice and comments on hardware I picked.. Not looking for a super gaming PC but 1 to last w/durable compoments
1.ASUS P5B Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard
2.CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
3.Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Conroe 2.13GHz LGA 775
4.ATI Radeon X1900 GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI X16
5.Thermaltake Toughpower W0097RU ATX 12V Ver2.0 550W
6.Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
7.NEC 18X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write Black E-IDE / ATAPI Model 7170A-0B
8.SILVERSTONE SST-TJ01 ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Thanks


Switch that x1900GT for an x1950 Pro. I say this because it takes up less power, produces less heat and comes with a more silent cooler. It also supports dongless Crossfire and performs just shy of an x1900XT 256MB.
October 14, 2006 4:11:32 PM

Your graphics card will hold up fine seeing that you wouldn't put it under the kind of abuse that I put mine thru. You should see the pure hell I make my x6800 and GX2 go thru when OCing... :D 
For your OS I'd recommend XP Professional for its security and better ability to network.
I'd be tempted to say that your system is almost overkill, but its better to overshoot than to come up short.
Any other questions?
October 14, 2006 11:44:43 PM

Thanks for the input I will look into the other ATI Radeon x1950 pro

I would like a system to do more than I want this way it will grow and not need updates in a year

I just want to make sure I have compents that work well together, last system I build was PIII Asus and lasted me till now.

So many chips so many cards so many everything
October 15, 2006 1:44:14 AM

The last time I checked, the X1950Pro hadn't been released yet. I did a quick search and some sites had it on pre-order for nearly $300.00.

I wouldn't recommend it for this price without seeing some benches first. I highly doubt it will beat the X1900XT 512MB in performance and the X1900XT 512MB is available at zipzoomfly with rebate for $290.75.

The X1900GT for $203 at Newegg is a good deal. Even though the X1900XT 256MB has a better price/perf ratio, here, it's not by much since it has increased in price since Monday that's not updated in the analysis yet. If the X1900GT is what's in your budget, then go for it.

If you are sure that you are not overclocking then I wouldn't spend the extra money on DDR2 800 memory. Xbitlabs & Anandtech wrotes articles on using faster memory with Core2Duo. The DDR2 800 wasn't that much better then DDR2 533 in Xbitlabs opinion while in Anandtech's review, DDR2 667 sometimes beat DDR2 800.

Newegg has PQI Turbo 2x1GB DDR2 667 memory for $180. With today's memory prices, this deal is one of the best out there.

PSU: I like the HIPER 580W power supply. It's cheaper, better and has the molex cables. Sa-weet.

Case: Any Lian-Li case will do. Find one in your budget. The Antec P180B is also a nice case.

Everything else looks good.
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