Not to be Like everyone else but - First Build

Case: $60
ASPIRE X-Infinity ATXB6KLW-BK/420 Black Steel ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811144076

PSU 500w: $29
DYNAPOWER USA ADW-50063 ATX 500W Power Supply 115/230V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817162010

Processor: $330
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz (Model BX80557E6600)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819115003

Mother Board: $140
GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813128012

RAM: $240
CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145590

Video Card: $429
Leadtek PX7900 GTX Geforce 7900GTX 512MB PCIExpress x16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814122242


Monitor: $195
Acer AL1916W Ab Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16824009092

Total: about ~$1400

Parts Missing= sound card, hard drive
Taking them out of my current computer, as i dont feel i need to upgrade them, at least not at the moment.

Now, my budget was about 1500, and im going for a pretty ok gaming rig, one that will last me.

For some reason i felt like i forgot something.... did i?


My couple of questions are, did i choose any commonly known bad companies (I dont think so, but I wouldnt exactly know)? Parts that dont match up, parts that would work better together? Did I spend to much on something thats not exactly worth it?

Im pretty knowledge able about computers and ive researched my ass off on this one, so im pretty confident its good, but a little help never hurts, you know?


Thank you to all in advance!
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    Looks like your good to go.


    I am shocked that mpilchfamily is not bashing the $29 500W PSU!

    Did you miss that one? LOL

    Look for a better PSU man, Dynapower is garbage. With only 1 12V rail- there is no way in hell its going to power your video card. Also considering its only 20pin and not 24pin, you might have a hard time plugging it in. Look at a real PSU like Antec or FCP. You are going to spend $60-75 for a good 500W PSU, not $29.

    To Op: Right now buying a 7900GTX is a really bad idea. Not only does ATI trash nVidia on the high end right now, with DX10 coming soon, spending > $250 on a video card makes little sense. Consider the X1900XT 256 cards around $250, which can touch the GTX in some benchmarks.

    If you are playing Oblivion ATI owns.
  2. I'm not familiar with that particular power supply but it seems a little cheap considering the components you've chosen. If you've got the extra budget consider upgrading.

    Looking at the link it doesn't look to be ATX 2.0 compliant - someone correct me if I'm wrong but won't the 20 pin power plug need at the minimum to be converted to in some way to a 24 pin plug for the DS3 board? Also, I don't think it has the 6 pin connector for the PCI Express graphics card, so you'll have to use two of the available 4 pin connectors. Same situation if you use newer SATA drives.
  3. Hey shadow the 7900GTO are running like 250 as well and poke out some numbers comparable to the gtx's as well. between the 2 its more of a persoanl thing..

    Do you like ATI or Nvidia. both X1900 and 7900GTO's have their pros and cons.

    I actually picked up 2 GTO's SLI and they run FEAR at about 60-100fps max graphics which is good enough for me :)
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    Hey shadow the 7900GTO are running like 250 as well and poke out some numbers comparable to the gtx's as well. between the 2 its more of a persoanl thing..

    Do you like ATI or Nvidia. both X1900 and 7900GTO's have their pros and cons.

    I actually picked up 2 GTO's SLI and they run FEAR at about 60-100fps max graphics which is good enough for me :)


    Depends on the games you want to play more than anything. ATI owns Oblivion, and FEAR is better on nVidia cards.
  5. I second the power supply $29 is way too cheap and generic, best bet is enermax or antec
  6. Quote:
    Hey shadow the 7900GTO are running like 250 as well and poke out some numbers comparable to the gtx's as well. between the 2 its more of a persoanl thing..

    Do you like ATI or Nvidia. both X1900 and 7900GTO's have their pros and cons.

    I actually picked up 2 GTO's SLI and they run FEAR at about 60-100fps max graphics which is good enough for me :)


    Depends on the games you want to play more than anything. ATI owns Oblivion, and FEAR is better on nVidia cards.

    yea, fear is a game that im looking at, oblivion i havent even glanced at. Is one mainly better overall, like without looking at the specific games?
    oh and nVidia was better for Doom 3 right? cause i recently got it


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    I second the power supply $29 is way too cheap and generic, best bet is enermax or antec


    Enermax or antec... ok, ill look for one, 500w is enough right? and find one with a 24 pin connector.


    thanks for the suggestions.
  7. Ok I have 2 GTO's and play fear sweet :).. Yes I have turned off SLI and played with 1 card works almost as good hehe

    Umm fear and doom 3 will run better on the GTO than the ATI.. reason being they are not quite at graphically intense as Oblivion.. but I have always liked nvidia and I have never used an ATI so I may be biased on this one.
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    Ok I have 2 GTO's and play fear sweet :).. Yes I have turned off SLI and played with 1 card works almost as good hehe

    Umm fear and doom 3 will run better on the GTO than the ATI.. reason being they are not quite at graphically intense as Oblivion.. but I have always liked nvidia and I have never used an ATI so I may be biased on this one.


    Right now all around ATI is the winner at every level. Look at the X1900XT 256 for around $250. Its the sweet spot right now.
  9. Minimum acceptable power supply:
    FSP AX450-PN 450watt 12v:2x18a PSU 20+4pin $49+8 10/21/06
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817104954
  10. Dont forget to budget for "extras" like cables, cable management, fans, lighting, etc. Also, youll need to budget for a cpu cooling system.

    Obviously you can handle finding these, but the combined price ends up adding a decent amount of money to the budget. Also, I would budget for shipping and extra random expenses (unless you know you have everything you need and are buying locally). It seems like when I budget for a full PC I end up running ~$100 over due to random last-minute changes and needed parts.


    Good luck on the build, the E6600 is a monster of a processor.
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