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Building Gaming Rig for friend and need opinions

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October 17, 2006 2:43:37 AM

Well thanks for checking it out, i need some advice sense im not to into c2d setups.

Well budget is a Solid 900$ not over even with shipping.

Here is the stuff we picked.

NEC 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Beige IDE Model ND-3550A - OEM

APEVIA (ASPIRE) X-Navigator ATXA8NW-RD/500 Black/Red Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply - Retail

SAMSUNG Beige 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive Windows 98SE/ ME/ 2000/ XP - OEM

Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 ST3120811AS 120GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

3D Fuzion 3DFR76256GSE Geforce 7600GS 256MB GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail

ZALMAN CNPS7700-CU 120mm 2 Ball Cooling Fan with Copper Heatsink - Retail


OCZ S.O.E 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 900(PC2 7200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model OCZ2SOE9001GK - Retail

GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe 1.86GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6300 - Retail


Where at 862$ with shipping from newegg. Any comments would be great.
-mike
October 17, 2006 5:07:29 AM

try to get the 7200.10 HD drives, faster and quieter.

Do you REALLY need that floopy drive?

Case seems to have PSU issues.
October 17, 2006 5:13:13 AM

alright :) 
Thanks for reply btw

Picked out this instead.
CHENMING CMUI-601AEB-W Black 1.0mm SECC Server Computer Case - Retail

Thermaltake W0093RU ATX 12V 2.0 Version 500W Power Supply - Retail

Minus

Floopy drive

At 855.26$
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October 17, 2006 5:45:59 AM

OCZ S.O.E 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 900(PC2 7200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model OCZ2SOE9001GK - Retail

Change this if you plan to game.

Is your friend... what type of games does he play?
October 17, 2006 6:16:46 AM

I would go with the Gigabyte 965P S3. It's about $30 cheaper than the DS3 and the only difference is the lack of solid caps.

Also that memory is overkill. If you will not be overclocking get some 533 ram for about $110 (A-Bit is good) or for a mild overclock (like a 333mhz FSB with 1:1 ratio) you can get away with some 667 memory for a little more than the 533. If you are doing some 400+ FSB overclocking then you can get 800 memory

As for the case and power supply I have heard horrible things about aspire. I would reccomend this case and this powersupply. You can get both for about $100.

Finally the graphics card. With the money saved on all the other components I would upgrade him to a X1900GT or if you are going to be waiting a few weeks a X1950pro (so long as they start out at their suggested retail price of $200)
October 17, 2006 6:22:28 AM

Na... stick to DS3. And there is nth wrong with the ram, instead he should think of upgrading it for better oc
October 17, 2006 1:45:53 PM

No one needs >800mhz ram. And besides he's trying to stay within $900. Better choice is to downgrade the ram speed to 667 get the S3, and get a better video card. That's gonna give him the best performance for a gaming rig anyway.
October 17, 2006 3:11:48 PM

his 7600GS is ok, maybe a bit more to get the 7600GT. I would stick with the ram and the DS3. It's a a decent price and will pretty much guarantee him a 400FSB OC given that the mobo decides to be nice to him without much tweaks.

So does OP decide on OCing?

chadatog has his points too, saving ~50 could get you a way better vid card.
October 17, 2006 3:41:19 PM

You might consider the Antec Sonata II case with 450W PSU, that should work well enough. You probably won't be able to upgrade much with it since 450W is skimpy, but it would run what you have right now just fine.

Might consider Samsung's 18X DVD-burner, if he really cares.

AB9 pro might be a better mobo, but either way, all the top tier 965 mobo's are similar. DS3, P5B, AB9, find which ones cheaper and fits you better.

I really would get the 320 gig Seagate PMR drive. If not, Fry's is selling a 400gig IDE drive (yes, IDE) for 90 bucks, which is a damn good deal. If he cares more about storage than speed...

I agree on the memory, get DDR2 800 at the most. If not Ocing', 533 is fine.

Screw the Zalman, overpriced for what it does. Get an Arctic Cooler Freezer 7 pro.

No Windows?
October 17, 2006 7:48:23 PM

alright thanks for the ton of replys.

Um i switched the case and psu to the stuff mentioned above (chenming and antec)

And the ram he wanted cause he wanted to oc the c2d, and i was told the mobo is good for overclocking also. And he wanted to wait for dx10 thats why he went with a shitty sub 100$ card.

Sorry gtg, ill post again when i get home.
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