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November 27, 2006 10:38:49 PM

I want to keep it between $200-$400, thanks in advance!

ASUS P5B-E Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Conroe 2.13GHz 2M sharing L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1682...

Antec NeoPower NeoHE 550 ATX12V 550W Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

Would you reccomend this or standard XP?
Microsoft Windows XP Professional X64 Edition with SP2B 1 Pack
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1683...

Ohh, I already have two WD Raptor HD's that I will use, and good case.

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a b U Graphics card
November 27, 2006 11:06:22 PM

probably buy a 200 dollar gpu or cheaper for now
and wait a couple of months for more dx10 cards to come out.

and for the operating sys. maybe xp home as it is cheaper
and 6 months from now go with vista.

just a thought.
November 27, 2006 11:15:01 PM

Do you do gaming? What games, and what kind of settings do you/would you like to run them on? What was your previous graphics card?

Sorry to sound like the interrogator, it's just easier to help you if you have an idea of what you would want.
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November 27, 2006 11:20:32 PM

Yes, I like to game. I want to play games like BF2142, medievel total war, stuff like that. The last card I owned was a radeon 8500 I think?
November 28, 2006 12:34:41 AM

I would have went with the Corsair HX520w, as it is only about $120.That comes with a five year warranty :D 

As for a GPU that depends on if you are a nvidia freak, or an ati freak.
Go with a 7600gt until vista and Dx10.

The rest of your setup looks sweet.
November 28, 2006 12:41:40 AM

Alright, I just purchased an eVGA 7900GS KO Edition for $170 ($150 after the $20 mail-in rebate), and I'm expecting it in the next couple days, I can run a few benchmarks for you if you want.

Whatever you do, I would suggest considering eVGA as a card manufacturer choice. They offer a program called "Step Up," where within 90 days of purchasing a card, you can trade it in for a better card and only pay the difference. EDIT: Forgot to mention, they won't void your warranty if you overclock the card or replace the heatsink with a 3rd party one

I'm hoping that if something like an 8600GT comes out in the next 3 months that I could use the program to step up to it (if it's better, of course) in the next few months.

Oh, and whatever you do, stay away from XP x64. It's just XP Pro with more compatibility issues. You'd be much better off with normal XP Pro.

Personally I think the 7900GT's aren't a great deal at the moment, and that ATi's competing offer is much better. However, if you want to stick with nVidia, try a 7950GT on for size. They're very powerful and should do more than you need.

Hope this helps you! :D 
November 28, 2006 12:42:50 AM

So basically I should just wait a couple months to build a system is what I am hearing? Is DX10 really worth the wait in everyone's opinnion? I am not concerned with Vista as I will probably just stick with XP myself for a year or so longer. I have no problems with XP and can't justify buying another operating system when it really isn't going to do much for me anyway.
November 28, 2006 12:45:07 AM

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Alright, I just purchased an eVGA 7900GS KO Edition for $170 ($150 after the $20 mail-in rebate), and I'm expecting it in the next couple days, I can run a few benchmarks for you if you want.

Whatever you do, I would suggest considering eVGA as a card manufacturer choice. They offer a program called "Step Up," where within 90 days of purchasing a card, you can trade it in for a better card and only pay the difference.

I'm hoping that if something like an 8600GT comes out in the next 3 months that I could use the program to step up to it (if it's better, of course) in the next few months.

Oh, and whatever you do, stay away from XP x64. It's just XP Pro with more compatibility issues. You'd be much better off with normal XP Pro.

Personally I think the 7900GT's aren't a great deal at the moment, and that ATi's competing offer is much better. However, if you want to stick with nVidia, try a 7950GT on for size. They're very powerful and should do more than you need.

Hope this helps you! :D 


Wow, so I can get a card from eVGA and upgrade in the next three months to a DX10 card if they release one? SWEET
November 28, 2006 12:49:49 AM

Yeah, it's really awesome. I would try maybe waiting a couple more weeks if I were you, just to be safe.

Although I think I read somewhere that nVidia announced there would be a bunch of new GeForce 8-series cards in January. My 90 days expire sometime in late February, so I should be ok. I'm cutting it close though.
November 28, 2006 12:58:51 AM

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Yeah, it's really awesome. I would try maybe waiting a couple more weeks if I were you, just to be safe.

Although I think I read somewhere that nVidia announced there would be a bunch of new GeForce 8-series cards in January. My 90 days expire sometime in late February, so I should be ok. I'm cutting it close though.


This is for any Evga card right? Do I have to buy it directly from them? Or can I buy one from newegg?
November 28, 2006 1:01:33 AM

Yep, it can any eVGA card from anywhere. As long as you go to their website and register the card with them, you'll be set to qualify for their Step Up program.

For more information on the program specifically, you can check out this webpage: http://evga.com/stepup/default.asp
November 28, 2006 1:04:28 AM

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So basically I should just wait a couple months to build a system is what I am hearing? Is DX10 really worth the wait in everyone's opinnion? I am not concerned with Vista as I will probably just stick with XP myself for a year or so longer. I have no problems with XP and can't justify buying another operating system when it really isn't going to do much for me anyway.


I think Dx10 is worth the wait, and i agree on waiting a year or so on Vista, as MS has not yet worked all of the bugs out with XP yet. 8O The only reason i suggested a 7600gt, is because it is under $200, SM3.0 and if you go evga, lifetime warranty+step-up program= :D 
November 28, 2006 1:08:01 AM

Don't get XP x64 edition; I have it and there are literally three games that have support for it. Put that saved cash towards your videocard and get an X1950 Pro.
November 28, 2006 1:41:16 AM

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I am thinking about shelling out the extra bucks and just buying this card:

eVGA 640-P2-N821-AR GeForce 8800GTS 640MB 320
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

Any reason not to other than price?



No, for +$80 over your planned budget, that's not a bad deal at all.
I would if i was you :wink:
November 28, 2006 2:27:57 AM

looks like a future friendly combo to me, i would if i had the cash :wink:
November 28, 2006 7:26:15 AM

So I settled on this, what do you think?


Dell 3007WFP Monitor
http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c...

eVGA 122-CK-NF68-AR Socket T (LGA 775) NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

eVGA 640-P2-N821-AR GeForce 8800GTS 640MB 320
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Conroe 2.13GHz 2M sharing L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1682...

Corsair Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

WD 74GB Raptor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...
November 28, 2006 10:30:52 PM

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That corsair may be nice, but looks like its a tad overpriced if you ask me. This is from what I have heard a very good/reliable PSU:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

The corsair one is still good no doubt, but this is only 5 bucks more + 180w after the rebate.


I agree, but the corsair has a 5 year warranty and is a modular PSU.
So you can use only the cables you need, the other one is good, But it would look like a giant bowl of spaghetti with all the extra cables in the case. That would lead to less air flow and hotter temps :wink:
a b U Graphics card
November 28, 2006 10:49:18 PM

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I agree, but the corsair has a 5 year warranty and is a modular PSU.
So you can use only the cables you need, the other one is good, But it would look like a giant bowl of spaghetti with all the extra cables in the case. That would lead to less air flow and hotter temps


good point :) 
November 28, 2006 11:38:53 PM

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That corsair may be nice, but looks like its a tad overpriced if you ask me. This is from what I have heard a very good/reliable PSU:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

The corsair one is still good no doubt, but this is only 5 bucks more + 180w after the rebate.


I agree, but the corsair has a 5 year warranty and is a modular PSU.
So you can use only the cables you need, the other one is good, But it would look like a giant bowl of spaghetti with all the extra cables in the case. That would lead to less air flow and hotter temps :wink:

That's why I chose it. I think 700W is a bit overkill for what I got anyway.
November 29, 2006 12:11:34 AM

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I am thinking about shelling out the extra bucks and just buying this card:

eVGA 640-P2-N821-AR GeForce 8800GTS 640MB 320
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

Any reason not to other than price?
The only reason to not buy the 8800GTS is that the faster 8800GTX exists! :wink:

Yeah, the 8800GTS is faster than the X1950XTX so it should give you more than enough gaming power.
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