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Mid-range gaming build, whaddya guys think?

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December 26, 2006 7:22:10 PM

Motherboard - MSI K8N Neo4 nforce4 Ultra socket 939 ATX MB /w RAID
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?InvtId=MS-7125-BULK&AI...

Processor - AMD Athlon 64 4000+ San Diego 2.4GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

Case - Rosewill R604-P SL 120mm Fan ATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

PSU - XClio 450w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

RAM - 1gb g.skill ddr 400 ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

GPU - XFX 7900GS (525mhz core clock)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

Heatsink - not exactly sure yet, any suggestions? Maybe this Arctic Cooling silencer for $20?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1683...

I've already got the monitor, HD, etc.

And don't lecture me about single-core! This isn't going to cost me a lot. I might update in a year or two. I'm used to low budget gaming...been on a celeron since 2001. That means there's a billion games I haven't played yet because my pc couldn't handle them, i.e. Half-Life 2.

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December 26, 2006 7:50:11 PM

I would normaly tell you to get a C2D, but this amd setup will cost you less, and there doesnt seem to be any way to convince you. Theres one glaring problem that will probably kill you pc at one point. the psu. XCilo's arent quite the lowest quality psu's that you could buy, but there damn close. This is a supurb deal, probably the best psu that you could get in that price range. Get a 1950pro instead, much better performance. other then that it looks good.

for the cooler i would get a scythe infinity, great cooler.
December 26, 2006 8:08:20 PM

If the XClio is a problem, I'll look at the one you linked...maybe I can find some info.

As far as that cpu cooler, bit over my budget. Prefer to get something under $30.
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December 26, 2006 8:22:17 PM

While the card you have picked out will certainly play all the games out...how much more would you be willing to spend (i.e., could you be talked into at least a X1950 pro?)?
December 26, 2006 8:30:14 PM

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While the card you have picked out will certainly play all the games out...how much more would you be willing to spend (i.e., could you be talked into at least a X1950 pro?)?


With the rebate, I can get the 7900GS for $150, so I think that's a pretty good deal. Some of the 1950pros aren't that much more, but I'm on a tight budget and I think the 7900GS is a decent match for my cpu.

Hah, for cooling, a friend of mine with the same mobo suggested I take a look at this stock heatsink designed for high-end X2 chips. He said it gets good reviews...

http://www.heatsinkoutlet.com/AMD-70.htm
December 27, 2006 2:20:41 AM

I'm all for saving money, and AMD is a good way to go. It would be some work, but I wonder how much it would cost extra to go the AM2 platform. There's a very nice quality about it that is worth an extra $80 or $100 even for a money saver., IMO. It will support a drop-in upgrade some day, say 18 months or 2 yrs from now, to a quad-core cpu, when their prices have dropped down low, or even cheaper would be some high end dual core chip at that time. In other words, it's like buying an extra 2 years even for a extreme money saver. On the other hand, I bet some dual core chips will continue to be available for the 939 for a while also. But for the 939, theres a chance their prices won't drop as much, that AM2 would have the cheaper upgrade options then. But!.....you could always just buy an old system someone is discarding! heh heh
December 27, 2006 5:54:26 AM

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I'm all for saving money, and AMD is a good way to go. It would be some work, but I wonder how much it would cost extra to go the AM2 platform. There's a very nice quality about it that is worth an extra $80 or $100 even for a money saver., IMO. It will support a drop-in upgrade some day, say 18 months or 2 yrs from now, to a quad-core cpu, when their prices have dropped down low, or even cheaper would be some high end dual core chip at that time. In other words, it's like buying an extra 2 years even for a extreme money saver. On the other hand, I bet some dual core chips will continue to be available for the 939 for a while also. But for the 939, theres a chance their prices won't drop as much, that AM2 would have the cheaper upgrade options then. But!.....you could always just buy an old system someone is discarding! heh heh


yup, I've considered getting an X2 3800 instead, but man...it's just too hard to acquire money right now. I need a job...but I need a car before I can get a job. Bah!

if I had my way I'd probably get an E6600. Oh well, maybe by the time this 4000+ is obsolete, quad-cores and all the other incredible next-gen processors will be affordable.

by the way, I decided on the Arctic Freezer 64 Pro for my heatsink, and that Fortron 450w for the PSU.
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