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November 23, 2006 3:03:54 AM

Hey all, I'm building a new system and would just like some feedback/opinions.

All the prices listed include taxes.

Here is it:

Motherboard:

ASUS M2N32 - SLI Deluxe WIFI Edition, nforce 590 PCI-E, Socket AM2
Price= $296.35

Proccessor:

AMD Athlon64 X2 4600+ (2.4GHZ) Dual Core Socket AM2
Price= $333.96

Video Card:

ATI Radeon X1900XT 512MB PCI-E
Price= $455.94

Ram:

Corsair Twin2x2048-5400 2.0GB PC2-5400 (DDR2 - 667)
Price=$387.54

Hard Drives:

1- Western Digital Cavier SE16 250GB - SATA 3GB/s
Price=$101.40

2- Western Digital Cavier SE16 320GB - SATA 3GB/s
Price=$136.74

Optical Drives:

1- ASUS DRW1612 BL/BK Black 16x DVD +/- Writer With Lightscribe
Price=$56.94

2- ASUS Quietrack CRW - 5232A4 BK 52x32x52 CD Writer
Price= $39.84

Case:

APEVIA X-Cruiser (Black) Mid Tower Case w/front side USB/Firewire Ports
Price= $119.70

Monitor:

Asus PM17TU <Black> 17" TFT-LCD
Price=$307.74

Keyboard/Mouse:

Logitech Cordless Desktop EX110 Keyboard and mouse combo
Price= $68.34

Speakers:

Logitech Z-5300e 5.1 THX Certified Speaker System
Price= $193.74

Power Supply:

Seasonic S12 600W Power Supply
Price=$166.38

Total Price= $2664.61


Well there it is...

All the parts are brand new and all from the same online store (www.anitec.ca). I built a single core system last year with all new parts from the same online store and had no problems at all.


Thanks in advance!
November 23, 2006 4:24:58 AM

Unless you are a die hard amd fan, I'd go with the E6600 and appropriate board.

Don't personally like Maxtor hdd's but whatever.
November 23, 2006 5:45:29 AM

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Unless you are a die hard amd fan, I'd go with the E6600 and appropriate board.

Don't personally like Maxtor hdd's but whatever.


what he said, much better performance, cooler, more efficent.

and ditch the value ram.

what store are you buying from? even with tax those parts are overpriced.
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November 23, 2006 6:38:41 AM

I'd say you can do a lot better on the monitor.
November 27, 2006 9:58:31 AM

Agreed, I did a little bit more research and found a better monitor, better ram, and better hdd's. thanks for the input.

-lacuren
November 27, 2006 10:18:16 AM

omg you must be the biggest fanboy to buy an amd pcu for over $300 at this moment in time!
November 28, 2006 1:25:26 AM

Yes I like AMD, prefer it over Intel, always have and will for quite some time.

-lacuren
November 28, 2006 1:42:54 AM

I've been looking at those exact benchmarks most of the day today and I can clearly understand what you mean and I do agree, but it all comes back to preference, it's kinda a big deal to switch from AMD when you've been running that the whole time to INTEL. Or vice versa.. I'm definitly considering it but...

-lacuren
November 28, 2006 1:43:54 AM

Where's the best place to buy the E6600??

-lacuren
November 28, 2006 1:50:44 AM

I live in Canada. Most of the sites i've been looking at for components, have the AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ priced better then the E6600..

If I could find the Intel chip cheaper then the AMD then i'd seriously consider getting it over the AMD...
November 28, 2006 1:59:24 AM

Quote:
I live in Canada. Most of the sites i've been looking at for components, have the AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ priced better then the E6600..

If I could find the Intel chip cheaper then the AMD then i'd seriously consider getting it over the AMD...


Motherboard - Gigabyte DS3
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

CPU - E6400
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Video Card - 8800 GTS (Use extra money towards this)
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

RAM - Corsair DDR2
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

etc., etc.
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November 28, 2006 2:08:32 AM

If you are going with C2D, then you might wanna get a 680i board, if you are going with C2D.
November 28, 2006 4:47:32 AM

http://ncix.com/ is also quite decent, although it looks like anitec.ca is cheaper in some instances.

I see the E6600 for 385.95 CAD at Anitec, for God's sake. Don't tell me you can't afford to spend another $50. That's frigging insane. Get the 6600. And obviously a board for it, but that's implied. And there's no good reason to spend $300 on a board. ESPECIALLY if it's AM2. EVEN if it's CAD. I wouldn't spend more than $160ish myself, but then again that's USD so let's say $200 CAD. No reason to spend that much for an x1900XT, even if it is 512MB. Get the x1950pro or get an 8800GTS/GTX, your choice, get the GTX if your budget allows it.

I'd yell at you to get some cheaper RAM, as that's fairly expensive, but it doesn't look like any really exists in Canada-and it is, after all, quality. I prefer Seagate myself when it comes to hard drives, but whatever floats your boat. $200 for speakers seems a bit much, but I'm not the one buying it, now am I? I can't think of a good reason to spend $120 on a case if it doesn't come with a decent (read: Antec or similar, 500W+) power supply, though I'd recommend buying a replacement one if you get an 8800 series video card. Seasonic is pretty good, and the price is actually decent.

I'm done.
November 28, 2006 9:35:35 AM

I second proslayers system. :o 
November 30, 2006 3:34:58 AM

I've read a few different reports stating that DDR2 800 ram doesn't always run at it's full speed due to something with motherboards...

any knowledge on such reports?


-lacuren
November 30, 2006 6:31:08 AM

ehh, the ram runs at double the FSB speed which would be 2x266=533mhz. you would only need 800mhz ram in order to OC.
November 30, 2006 6:38:25 AM

Get a Widescreen LCD Monitor for that videocard, the higher the res. the better!

Atleast 1680x1050 in for a WS LCD or 1600x1200 for 4:3 LCD

Good luck
!