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December 16, 2006 12:21:59 AM

I'm building a system from the ground up and would appreciate comments. FYI I currently have no hardware/peripherals whatsoever. Price range = $1k. Don't plan on any OC'ing atm. Primarily will be used for gaming.

System thus far...

Monitor = HannsG 19" Widescreen LCD = $179
Case = Rosewill TU-155 = $55
Keyboard = Microsoft Curve 2000 = $15
Mouse = Optical Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer = $22
Speakers = built in monitor = $0
Motherboard = DFI INFINITY 975X Socket T = $165
Network Card = onboard? = $0
PCU = Intel C2D E6300 = $181
Video Card = X1950PRO = $190
Sound Card = onboard = $0
HD = Caviar 80GB 7200 RPM = $42
RAM = CORSAIR XMS2 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) = $155
CD-R/RW = LG Black CD/DVD burner = $30
Power Supply = included w/case = $0
Fan = included w/case = $0

Total = $1034

I acknowledge that I will have to cut some major corners in order to stay within the price range, hence cheap sound and power supply.
All comments appreciated ^^

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December 16, 2006 2:44:57 AM

Get a Seagate Barracuda HD. Faster!
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December 16, 2006 2:51:17 AM

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Power supplies that come with cases are most of the time faulty and unstable. Rosewill being one of the bad types. Spend 53 bucks on this:

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

Add another gig of ram down the road, and it'll be a pretty good mid-range computer.

Have fun :D 


I agree. And besides, you should get atleast 500W for that system.
As for HD, try this Barracuda. It's faster and has a 5-year warranty.

And are you sure about speakers? Builtin speakers can be extraordinarily craptacular.
December 16, 2006 3:02:43 AM

Quote:
I'm building a system from the ground up and would appreciate comments. FYI I currently have no hardware/peripherals whatsoever. Price range = $1k. Don't plan on any OC'ing atm. Primarily will be used for gaming.

System thus far...

Monitor = HannsG 19" Widescreen LCD = $179
Case = Rosewill TU-155 = $55
Keyboard = Microsoft Curve 2000 = $15
Mouse = Optical Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer = $22
Speakers = built in monitor = $0
Motherboard = DFI INFINITY 975X Socket T = $165
Network Card = onboard? = $0
PCU = Intel C2D E6300 = $181
Video Card = X1950PRO = $190
Sound Card = onboard = $0
HD = Caviar 80GB 7200 RPM = $42
RAM = CORSAIR XMS2 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) = $155
CD-R/RW = LG Black CD/DVD burner = $30
Power Supply = included w/case = $0
Fan = included w/case = $0

Total = $1034

I acknowledge that I will have to cut some major corners in order to stay within the price range, hence cheap sound and power supply.
All comments appreciated ^^


You're going to use a WD IDE drive with a 2MB buffer in a gaming rig? This confirms it.... you have a lot to learn.

Swap the drive for this Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 80GB SATA

Then swap the mobo for the Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3. Just as good of an overclocker, for $30 less. Since you're on a budget, don't worry about setting up a Crossfire config. IMO, it's a big waste of time and money, unless you're gaming at over 1600 x 1200 where the only major benefit is seen.

DO NOT SKIMP ON THE POWER SUPPLY! You will only end up regretting it later. Cheap power supplies mean fried parts later on when the PSU decides to suddenly die. Find a different case without a power supply and get this Antec NeoHE supply instead.

Change the RAM to this Corsair XMS2 1GB (2 x 512MB) set. Better timings, and it will run dual channel. Not running a modern system (ESPECIALLY a gaming rig) in a dual channel setup will make it run like shit, no matter what other components you throw into the computer.
December 16, 2006 3:05:07 AM

I agree about the speakers except that I would change "can be extraordinarily craptacular" to "are extraordinarily craptacular". If you play games that is.
December 16, 2006 7:07:11 AM

Thank you all for your replies =D. I've modified it according to recommendations, substitued the Seagate HD, PSU, RAM. As far as sound goes, I understand that it will be horrible but give it a month and I'll be able to afford to buy speakers.

Monitor = HannsG 19" Widescreen LCD = $179
Case = Rosewill TU-155 = $55
Keyboard = Microsoft Curve 2000 = $15
Mouse = Optical Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer = $22
Speakers = built in monitor = $0
Motherboard = GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 = $135
Network Card = onboard? = $0
PCU = Intel C2D E6300 = $181
Video Card = X1950PRO = $190
Sound Card = onboard = $0
HD = Seagate Barracuda 80 GB = $45
RAM = G.SKILL 1GB (2 x 512MB) DDR2 800 = $110
CD-R/RW = LG Black CD/DVD burner = $30
Fan = included w/case = $0
Power Supply FSP Group 450W = $54

Total = $1013

Continued critique appreciated ^^
December 16, 2006 12:45:34 PM

MUCH better specs, and cheaper too ;)  Good job.
December 17, 2006 4:46:29 AM

thank you so much for your help everyone thusfar. I have decided to drop the extra $50 and get the 2 sticks of Corsair RAM
December 17, 2006 12:59:08 PM

Wise choice. Good luck!
December 17, 2006 2:25:58 PM

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I'm building a system from the ground up and would appreciate comments. FYI I currently have no hardware/peripherals whatsoever. Price range = $1k. Don't plan on any OC'ing atm. Primarily will be used for gaming.

System thus far...

Monitor = HannsG 19" Widescreen LCD = $179
Case = Rosewill TU-155 = $55
Keyboard = Microsoft Curve 2000 = $15
Mouse = Optical Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer = $22
Speakers = built in monitor = $0
Motherboard = DFI INFINITY 975X Socket T = $165
Network Card = onboard? = $0
PCU = Intel C2D E6300 = $181
Video Card = X1950PRO = $190
Sound Card = onboard = $0
HD = Caviar 80GB 7200 RPM = $42
RAM = CORSAIR XMS2 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) = $155
CD-R/RW = LG Black CD/DVD burner = $30
Power Supply = included w/case = $0
Fan = included w/case = $0

Total = $1034

I acknowledge that I will have to cut some major corners in order to stay within the price range, hence cheap sound and power supply.
All comments appreciated ^^

Cutting corners is cool, but not with the PSU. A bad PSU can take out everything attached to the system, and while there's a good chance it won't, it's not something to mess. Go ahead and scrimp on something else, and get a nice stable Antec, or something.

EDIT- Nevermind, didn't see the update. :) 
December 17, 2006 9:50:19 PM

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Thank you all for your replies =D. I've modified it according to recommendations, substitued the Seagate HD, PSU, RAM. As far as sound goes, I understand that it will be horrible but give it a month and I'll be able to afford to buy speakers.

Thats alright then. Wouldnt want you to go and buy that nice build and have to stick with monitor speakers, just ruins the enjoyment. Now all we need is thegreat1 to come on and tell us how much he loves his monitor speakers and how much you dont need real speakers. And then he will say that psu costs too much and you should stick with the case one or buy a generic.
December 27, 2006 3:09:58 AM

I have received all my components and put it all together...having a hard time getting the monitor to give me any image on startup. Everything is getting power, including the monitor. The fan on the video card is running so I assume the video card is getting power.

Specs...
PCU = Intel Dual Core 6300
RAM = CORSAIR XMS2 1GB (2 x 512MB) 800 DDR2 4-4-4-12
MB = GA-965P-DS3 Socket T Intel P965 Express ATX
Video Card = GeForce 7900GT 256MB PCI Express x16
PSU = Rosewill RP550-2 ATX 2.01 550W
HD = Seagate Barracuda 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard

I could also post other components as well...speakers, mouse, keyboard, CD-ROM, etc.
December 31, 2006 4:25:28 AM

Hav you plugged in the external power connector for the card? Have you waited till windows boots to see if the monitor comes on. My x800gto doesnt correctly detect the LCD monitor I have connected to it when using DVI (a problem with the x800 range I've heard) until video drivers kick in. Finally, check the connection between card and monitor, make sure its screwed in straight so as to have a good connection
January 2, 2007 1:43:49 AM

i plugged in the 20 pin power connector from the psu but forgot the 4 pin, plugged it in it all works, thx ^^
gaming it up on HL2
January 2, 2007 2:32:53 AM

Happy to help.
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