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I went over my budget and i'm looking for suggestions

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January 18, 2007 2:24:59 AM

I'm using this computer for gaming. I wanted my budget to be more around 1100, But i don't know what to Take off, or things to switch out.

I found posting it on newegg as a public wish list easier than typing, and linking 11 things out

The only thing i really wanted to keep was my video card.

I didn't include a case because i don't k now much about cases and i plan to overclock my C2D a lot, and i do not know what cases have great air flow, but aren't too loud.

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January 18, 2007 2:51:02 AM

Everything is good except the motherboard, sound card, and speakers.

Motherboard: used to have this mobo, it sucks, spend extra money for an Asus board

Sound card: do you really need it? I bet the motherboard integrated sound is better than that cheap card.

Speakers: kinda pricey, check these out

They had a rebate before, you could have gotten them for $40. Wait a little, the sound system isn't essential at first.
January 18, 2007 3:23:20 AM

I'm also going to say to drop the sound card, wait till you can afford a better one and use the on board for now.

You could save quite a bit by going with 2 x 512mb of ram right now then adding another 2 x 512mb later for a total of 2gb, that is unless you planned on going to 4gb total later.

If you're going to upgrade to Vista later, why not just get XP home for now?

Drop the HSF and buy it later when you can. You can get decent OC with the stock hsf so see where that takes you.
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January 18, 2007 4:11:22 AM

Honestly... to be bold... I'd drop the video card to 7950GT. The 7950GT goes for $250 or less and would be just fine for everything. A 8800GT is a really great card, but its a lot of wasted horsepower right now and wasted dollars that could be used on a better CPU or on a real soundcard if you value sound that much. The price will most likely drop and you can get that great card for the price it should be ($200 not $450) soon.

A X-FI Fatal1ty Gamer Pro goes for $150 and you'd need a decent speaker set or sound system to get the real sound out of it. To save money, drop the card and go on board... not worth your time with an SE. Great sound could go for as much as your 8800GT or more.

Motherboard... I'd go with what qwazzy is saying... ASUS or ABIT. I've had little issues with both. Could go down to a $110 board versus a $150 if you don't intend on using RAID.

I agree with the suggestion to go with 1 GB right now... $250 is steep for 2 GB. I'm betting the price will drop considering some motherboards can take 16 GB now and Vista will actually support going over 4 GB.

Disagree with dropping the HS/F... I never would go with stock considering how noisy they are or the job they do with cooling. If your like me, I like my CPU running at 33-35 C. However, I bet you could find a cheaper HS/F than $60 that'll be just as good.

Curious what your final setup will be and what you'll decide but thats my 2 cents.
January 18, 2007 4:55:09 AM

Abit AB9
This would save you $25 ( it is out of stock but so is the mobo u have selected)
Savings: $25

Take that to 1GB of ram. I would personally go with 1 1GB stick to leave room for upgrading in the future.
That will save you about $125
Savings: $125

drop the HSF or go with an Arctic Freezer 7 Pro.
that will save you about $35 and you can find it for 5-10 buck cheaper if you try another site saving you about $40. Also you won't need the Arctic Silver 5(the Arctic Freezer 7 Pro comes with pre applied paste) so that will save you another $6
Savings: $70 stock HSF or $45 AF7P

Also I agree that you should drop the Soundcard until you can get a good one and just use your mobo sound.
that will save you $26
Savings: $26

Total Savings: About $225

This PSU won't save you any money, in fact it is $5 more but I think it is a better PSU for only $5.

Hope this helps!!!
January 18, 2007 5:01:09 PM

Agree with the others about dropping the sound card, esp. since many of the boards have decent sound chips and optical out.

My two cents on the video (the ATI side - no I'm not an ATI fanboy) consider this card:

HIS Radeon X1950PRO 256mb

It's $200, but game-capable, and crossfire ready. Then, you could upgrade by just adding the second vid card.
January 18, 2007 7:16:59 PM

Sound card is a must go. Go with Quazzy on the X-530's. And the X1950pro is not a bargain when the X1950XT is the same price after the rebate.
January 18, 2007 7:30:33 PM

alright i'll drop the gig of memory and sound card, i'm not much of a sound enthusiast anyways.

I really want to keep the video card because i don't want to upgrade it for 2-4 years.

I'm not knowledgeable on Overclocking so i'm confused on what to do about cooling, and i usually dont' like basing my build of one persons opinion

but i do plan on overclocking that processor quite a bit.

Don't know much about PS either does anyone else agree that it should be this one

Does that abit overclock well?
January 18, 2007 7:49:40 PM

you can shave off a few more dollars by going with the gigabyte GA 965P S3 motherboard. Overclocks well and only difference formt he DS3 is lack of solid state capacitors that from what I've read are hype anyway. Going down to 1 gig of ram is a mistake since games like Battlefield 2 and a great deal of other titles comming out use lots of ram. Your video card will probably make up the difference with raw horsepower however till you upgrade later.
January 18, 2007 10:13:20 PM

I have the Abit AB9 and i am running an E6400 @ 3.2Ghz (400 fsb) @ 1.3250 Volts. It is also one of the suggested motherboards under Wusy's Core 2 Duo overclocking guide.

I suggested it because its cheap, good OC, and I have some experience with it. It is possible that you may be able to save a few more dollars with another board but i love this one!
January 18, 2007 10:20:51 PM

alright man thanks

and BTW Transatlanticism Great album, that and photo are DCFC's best.
January 18, 2007 10:23:40 PM

NP man, hope it all helps!

I am so glad that someone recognized it! Transantlanticism is probably my favorite album of all time. <3

Good luck with the comp, post how it goes!

Edit: Here is a link to the gigabyte MB the guy above me suggested if yo uwanna look at that.

Also, here is a link rating all power supplies. that OCZ is ranked higher, has 4 rails instead of 3, and is 700W instead of 650.

I do own that exact antec and its great (got it for 90 bucks, had a $40 MIR), but the OCZ is better.
January 18, 2007 10:53:17 PM

U might want to wait for the new ATI cards coming out this month. They already tested pre built ATI new R600 vs 8800 and ati outpass nvidia sick. read this article

U also want to get Win Vista if u want to play DX10 titles cause win xp wont offer dx10. And u might want to wait for the new AMDs coming out later this month wish they claim to recrown again. Right now intel cant declare winner until wee see the new amds.
January 18, 2007 10:56:13 PM

I find that you will always be waiting for the next best thing if you do that and will never actually buy a pc. Although waiting for the R600 may be a good idea... but its not due out until mid feb I believe.

I believe the first DX10 Games arent coming out for a good 8 months or so? Correct me if i'm wrong
January 18, 2007 11:29:13 PM

Yeah i agree that something will always be better, but this is a huge change. One i feel good enough to wait out for.
January 19, 2007 6:59:10 PM

Sound card is a must go. Go with Quazzy on the X-530's. And the X1950pro is not a bargain when the X1950XT is the same price after the rebate.

Curious where you are finding the X1950XT for $200?
January 20, 2007 2:39:04 PM

Sound card is a must go. Go with Quazzy on the X-530's. And the X1950pro is not a bargain when the X1950XT is the same price after the rebate.

Curious where you are finding the X1950XT for $200?

here's one at newegg for 220

Good buy, though I'm not a big fan of Sapphire. Thx.