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October 30, 2006 6:23:25 AM

My budget is no more than $1,100. This is what i have customize to play todays hotest titles at a very good resolution, since i cant play any todays games in my olde amd xp 2500 system with a nvidia 5600 fx. Im not Planning going cross fire or SLI. Planning of keeping this machine for about one year while quad core processors and quad cross fire arrives since nvidia sux. so far already have a sound card, hard drive, case,monitor, and not planning upgrading to a lcd, since lcd really do suck for gaming, maybe until 2015. will over clock this core 2 duo hopefully up to 3.0
do u guys think these a really good prize.

Motherboard GigaByte GA-965P-DS3 Motherboard $154.69
Memory Corsair 1GB PC2-6400 DDR2 DIMM Memory Kit $156.96
CPU Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Dual Core Processor $187.00
video Card Sapphire Radeon X1950 XTX Video Card 429.99
power supply- Antec TruePower 2.0 TP-II 550 550W Power Supply $98.35
dvd r- $45
Case- already have one
Hard Drive- already have one
Monitor- already have one.
sound card- alrady have one
$1031.04 with tax and shipping

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October 30, 2006 10:14:10 AM

Sounds like a great system. My only recommendation is try to find a 975 motherboard, because they overclock more stable.
October 30, 2006 10:26:15 AM

I just bought this system, seems to fit your budget, I am not sure I would want to spend so much on vid card though. Get more ram maybe? What kind of Hard Drive you got btw?

Item List

CARD READER ROSEWILL|RCR-100 RTL - Retail (Qty=1, Price=$12.99)
DVD BURN LITEON|SHW160P6S05 BK % - OEM (Qty=1, Price=$27.99)
UBI SOFT GHOST RECON GRAW PC % - OEM (Qty=1, Price=$49.99)
CASE RAIDMAX|ATX-612WBP 500W BK RT - Retail (Qty=1, Price=$89.99)
MB GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 P965 775 - Retail (Qty=1, Price=$142.99)
VGA EVGA 7900GS KO 256-P2-N624-AR R - Retail (Qty=1, Price=$179.99)
CPU INTEL|C2D E6300 1.86G 775 2M R - Retail (Qty=1, Price=$181.99)
MEM 1Gx2|PATRT DII667 PDC22G5300LLK - Retail (Qty=1, Price=$249.99)
HD 150G|WD 10K 16M SATA WD1500AHFD - OEM (Qty=1, Price=$229.99) Seriously who, wouldn't want the best HDD on the market with a window even if it's very expensive!
DISCOUNT FOR COMBO #11061 (Qty=1, Price=$-5.00)
DISCOUNT FOR COMBO #11920 GIFT (Qty=1, Price=$-49.99)

Extended Warranty Fee: $0
Subtotal: $1110.92
TAX: $0
Shipping and Handling Charge**: $36.35
Total: $1147.27
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October 30, 2006 1:09:29 PM

I also vote for more ram and a more "average" video card. I just got a similar system msyelf and went for 2 gig of ram with a BFG 7900 gto for like 265$ canadian(not including the ram of course). If you really hate nvidia thats fine get you can get a smimilar ati one.

Still great system whatever choice you make.
October 30, 2006 1:37:47 PM

1 Word: DX10

If you were planning on getting the best, then just wait a bit and get a DX10, your so close to the finish line, don't trip at the very end.

I would also recommend 2 gigs of ram, since thats fast becoming the norm these days. But if your on a budget, don't sweat it.

Lastly, I recommend the P5B-E over the DS3.

http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=2860&p=7

Just a comparative review of all of them.

Hope this helps.
October 30, 2006 1:43:38 PM

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Everything looks good.

I keep hearing conflicting accounts of weather the 975 or 965 is a better OCing chipset.


I too have heard conflicting opinions as to which chipset is better for overclocking above 400MHz FSB.
October 30, 2006 2:38:18 PM

DX10, G80, R600...$$$??? If any of that means anything to you then wait.

If you don't care about DX10 then wait anyway and get a dirt cheap nV card in a few weeks. If you do care about DX10 you have to wait a few weeks anyway.

And please don't SLi/Xfire, it's a waste of cash.
October 30, 2006 3:14:02 PM

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Sounds like a great system. My only recommendation is try to find a 975 motherboard, because they overclock more stable.


I could link a ton of reports that disagree emphatically. Look at the Anandtech article linked above by Doughboy.
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