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January 11, 2007 2:22:24 AM

Thanks for looking at my post. I'm at a point where any more amateur research will make my eyes bleed. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thus far, with my limited knowledge and forethought I've come up with this... (all prices from newegg.com)


$50 - Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-WW Black/Silver Aluminum Bezel, SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower

$59 - Power Supply: Rosewill RP500-2 ATX 2.01 500W Power Supply

$129 - Motherboard: MSI K9A Platinum Socket AM2 ATI CrossFire Radeon Xpress 3200 ATX AMD

$168 - Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ Windsor 2.2GHz Socket AM2 Processor Model ADA4200CUBOX

$210 - Memory: G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit

$155 - Video Card: SAPPHIRE 100189L Radeon X1900GT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 VIVO PCI Express x16 VIVO HDCP

$75 - Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

$30 - DVD Burner: LG 18X DVD±R Super-Multi DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write Black IDE Model GSAH22N-BK

$876 - TOTAL


Does any or even most of this seem like a bad idea as far as future upgrades and compatability are concerned? I do mostly digital art in Painter and Photoshop, no need for a super high end beast. Should things be upgraded/downgraded? Am I way off base? Thanks again.

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January 11, 2007 3:18:28 AM

logainofhades, I like your style and I am easily persuaded. This is what its mutated into...


$50 - Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-WW Black/Silver Aluminum Bezel, SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower

$85 - Power Supply: HIPER HPU-4K580-MS ATX12V v2.2 580W Power Supply 100 - 120V

$109 - Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-965P-S3 LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard

$190 - Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe 1.86GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6300

$210 - Memory: G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit

$155 - Video Card: GIGABYTE GV-NX76G256D-RH GeForce 7600GS 256MB GDDR2 PCI Express x16

$75 - Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

$30 - DVD Burner: LG 18X DVD±R Super-Multi DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write Black IDE Model GSAH22N-BK

$854 - TOTAL


Would there be a noticeable benefit if I upgraded to the 6400? And does anyone know if that graphics card is kosher for a 7600 GS? Thanks again logainofhades for the help.
January 11, 2007 3:59:13 AM

Wow, I think we're nearing something that actually looks like a final build.

$50 - Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-WW Black/Silver Aluminum Bezel, SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower
$85 - Power Supply: HIPER HPU-4K580-MS ATX12V v2.2 580W Power Supply 100 - 120V
$109 - Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-965P-S3 LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard
$220 - Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Conroe 2.13GHz 2M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor
$210 - Memory: G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit
$130 - Video Card: eVGA 256-P2-N615-TX GeForce 7600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card
$75 - Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
$30 - DVD Burner: LG 18X DVD±R Super-Multi DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write Black IDE Model GSAH22N-BK

$909 TOTAL


I'm not worried about noise so I opted for a bit cheaper 7600GT. If the one I have listed is a lemon then I'll bite the bullet and go for the Gigabyte version. Any other things I should consider before turning my wallet inside out?
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January 11, 2007 4:47:05 AM

Your build looks good to me. As for the video card, the ones from evga that I've owned were all good, no problems in any of them.
January 11, 2007 5:05:42 AM

Thanks Sailer, I might even be verging on cocky now with this build. What would be my best option for obtaining all these parts, a bulk order through a place like Newegg.com or going to a huge outlet like Fry's and purchasing everything in person? Would they be comparable price-wise, and would warranties be better with a tangible store?
January 11, 2007 5:33:12 AM

In short, yes. Run now before the massive explosion.
January 11, 2007 2:29:47 PM

In the past, I've had better luck with Newegg and similar. Part of that might be because Fries is about a 3 hour drive each direction from where I live, part because their staff couldn't answer any questions other than to point and say "Its over there". If something needed to be returrned with Newegg, a telephone call for a RMA nember and mail it off. Fries would mean another 3 hour drive each direction and then they would want to argue about it. So, its Newegg for me.
January 11, 2007 2:58:00 PM

You might want to add in additional cooling, case fans maybe a better cpu & gpu cooler, but looking good for now
January 11, 2007 3:32:48 PM

Do you want the components to explode in your face? :?
January 11, 2007 3:45:05 PM

It might not explode but it *will* cause a rip in the time/space continuum where the Soviet Union will have fallen.

Oops. Too late. Must have been that 8088 I OC'd to 6MHz. Sorry.
January 11, 2007 4:57:09 PM

Only if said rip in time space continuum brings back Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Cereal with the little marshmallow blobs that were supposed to look like Splinter but really looked like "Fetus-edition" Splinter.

When all is said and done (shipping included) I've been able to keep it under 1000, so methinks I'll purhcase the parts tonight and build it ASAP.

Are there any parts I'm overlooking such as miscellaneous cables? Or will all necessary pieces be included with their corresponding part?

Am I too much of a noob to live?
January 11, 2007 5:25:09 PM

Parts needed will be included with one part or the other. Sometimes it's not always the part that makes sense :p  Well kinda, I just would like HDD's to come with SATA cables and motherboards to come with screws/standoffs. I know there are reasons why this doesn't happen, but I still was confused when I built my first PC.
January 11, 2007 9:15:32 PM

One small change I'd like to suggest. Check out the Seagate Barracuda drive with the perpendicular recording. I think it's (it was) only $5 more for the same 250GB drive. The perp. recording gives you faster access times. Not a huge deal, but was worth the extra few dollars for me.
January 11, 2007 10:21:17 PM

Not sure why you're recommending ddr2 800 if he's not over clocking. 533mhz will serve its purpose well.
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