Noob seeking advice on building a computer....

Hey everybody, I'm new to the tgforumz and relatively new to any sort of computer building...however I was considering building my own and have been reading up on as many of the how to sites as possible. I think I've got a lock on that, however I was wondering if anyone would mind taking a gander at what I've assembled for the new one and giving me their opinion.

Here's a link to my wishlist on

and just for kicks, I'm listing all the parts here:

1. Antec LifeStyle SONATA II Piano Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 450Watt SmartPower 2.0 ATX 12V V2.0 for AMD & Intel systems Power Supply
2. BIOSTAR TForce4SLI Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard
3. ASUS EN7600GT/2DHT/256M GeForce 7600GT 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card
4. pqi TURBO 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
5. SONY Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive Model MPF920 Black
6. Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
7. PLEXTOR Black 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 10X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2M Cache SATA DVD Burner With White bezel,AUTOSTRATEGY,PoweRec
8. Microsoft Windows XP Professional Upgrade with SP2

All the reviews I looked up seemed to be positive, and I didn't notice anything that looked like a conflict, what do you all think? Thanks- ML
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  1. Well i am not going to advice you on what parts to use , as i would imagine you must have read through many posts and reviews etc .

    If you are asking is that a good computer for gaming just at normal resolutions like 1024 x 768 or max to 1024 x 1280 then my answer is that yes this looks like a very decent build .

    will it play all the latest games well at those resolutions i would say yes , keep in mind thought every game stresses computer components in a slightly different manner .

    If i had to give one suggestion drop AMD and get intel c2duo , but that i am only suggesting if you want some buffer for the future.

    well all the best
  2. I 2nd the c2d upgrade.

    Holy crap, the ram is $189.99 + tax at Might as well get c2d & ddr2 ram.

    You'll need a Windows to upgrade. Or you'll need the full version.
  3. For the money you're spending you'd be better off with either the Intel Core Duo or the AMD AM2. You mobo is last generation and you won't save much if anything. Don't know what the Plextor runs, they'll usually expensive. You can get an OEM NEC or Lite-On DVD burner for about $30 and they'll do the job. How much money to you have and how are you going to use the machine? Info would help
  4. Hmm that's good advice to consider. I'd originally considered a budget of about 1500 dollars
  5. Oh yes...and the floppy drive. I do a lot of writing and most of that is stored on floppy disks...just recently got myself a flash drive.
  6. For $1500 you should be able to put together a really nice Core Duo, with the 7600GT you could probably get a 6600, which is generally considered the best bang for the buck although you could save quite a bit with an oveclocked 6300 if you're into overclocking. If you have or think you'll get a camcorder, I'd get a mobo with onboard firewire. Personally, I like mobo with 3 PCI slots, which gives you more room for expansion. Suggest you price some stuff on newegg and save various configurations on wish list. Also check out tomshardware and extremetech for good reviews of various CPUs and mobo
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