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Final Gaming Build - Looking for Input

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January 20, 2007 9:11:39 PM

So after hours of mind-numbing research, I've finally decided on this build. What do you guys think? I know the power supply isn't a FSP, Antec, Enermax or some other PSU powerhouse, but it got pretty good reviews. I suppose if it's seen as a MAJOR problem, I could change it. Oh and it does have 20A on its +12V rails.

- COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel, SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

- BIOSTAR TForce965PT LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

- SAPPHIRE 100189L Radeon X1900GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 VIVO HDCP Video Card - Retail

- ePOWER ZU-550W ATX12V Version 2.0 / EPS12V 550W Power Supply - Retail

- Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe 1.86GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6300 - Retail

- G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL4D-2GBPK - Retail

- Seagate Barracuda ES ST3320620NS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

- LG 18X DVD±R Super-Multi DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write Black IDE Model GSAH22N-BK - OEM
January 20, 2007 10:37:51 PM

Don't sweat it on your PSU. That's the one I have and it's working just fine. Guess mine's been up and running for about 2 months now.

Only thing I suggest changing is the mobo. the Giga S3 was only $4 more on newegg. The Biostar is supposed to be a good OCer, I just trust the Giga more. Maybe I'm just biased cuz I have it. :) 
January 20, 2007 11:02:45 PM

Farnaby whats the total cost on that system? Im currently looking to build one and just wondering what it cost these days to build a decent gaming rig. Havent built one in quit some time so im lost on all the new procs & everything
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January 20, 2007 11:30:33 PM

Yeah I was thinking about going for the Gigabyte S3 or DS3. Would the DS3 be a better choice? I'd like a moboard that I can upgrade in 18-24 months if at all possible. Glad to hear the PSU isn't crap. I'm also changing my DVD burner from IDE to SATA so I can hook up an old 250gb harddrive to store my music and whatnot.

As far as price goes Dim3nsion, that set up was only ~923 before S/H. Which is pretty sweet!

Thanks for the feedback
January 21, 2007 6:30:22 PM

The only difference between the S3 and the DS3 is the capacitors. Don't sweat it tho. The S3 will last you longer than you'll need it to.