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February 6, 2007 8:15:04 PM

This is the final specs after looking over numerous posts and information. My laptop died today, so I have no choice but to buy this system...

Here are the following stats..

GIGABYTE GA-965P-S3 LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail -- $118.99

Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Conroe 2.13GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6400 - Retail --- $222.00

HIS Hightech H195XTQT256DVN-R Radeon X1950XT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 IceQ3 Turbo HDCP VIVO Video Card - Retail --- $299.99

OCZ Platinum Revision 2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2P800R22GK - Retail --- $235.00

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

Western Digital Caviar SE WD2500JS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM --- 69.99

Pioneer Black 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 5X DVD-RAM 40X CD-R 32X CD-RW 40X CD-ROM 2M Cache ATAPI DVD Burner - OEM

I don't really plan on overclocking, and it will be used for slight gaming, word processing, photoshoping etc.... let me lnow if this setup is ok

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February 6, 2007 8:39:39 PM

Save money on the CPU by getting the e6300, it is just as good.

Also, why spend nearly a THIRD of your budget on Graphics Card, if you are not heavily into serious gaming etc. Save by getting a cheaper one.

You could always get another Hard drive with some of the savings. Then you really have a nice system there!

I am envious, :) 
February 6, 2007 11:37:53 PM

Looks like my Hiper preaching is working. lol.

My cart:
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NEC 18X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write Black E-IDE / ATAPI Model 7170A-0B - OEM
Item #: N82E16827152076
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COOLER MASTER Centurion 534 RC-534-KKN2-GP Black Aluminum & Mesh bezel / SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811119106
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Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250620A 250GB 7200 RPM IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive - OEM
Item #: N82E16822148143
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connect3D 3067 Radeon X1650PRO 256MB GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814142082
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SFC SF_Silent SF-550P12 ATX12V / EPS12V 550W Power Supply - Retail
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Kingston ValueRAM 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 533 (PC2 4200) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model KVR533D2N4K2/2G - Retail
Item #: N82E16820144157
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GIGABYTE GA-965P-S3 LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813128017
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Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Conroe 2.13GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6400 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115004
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UBISOFT Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter - OEM
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Could you answer a few questions?
- What's the monitor resolution you'll be using?
- What kinds of games & how often do you play?
- Will you be upgrading to a faster DX10 video card?

If you don't overclocking, you can get by with 533mhz value ram. If you won't upgrade video, the Sparkle psu with 550w & 30a combined on the list is more than suffice. It can even power an 8800gtx.

The x1650pro is good enough for light gaming. The highest to go would be x1950pro/7900gs since there are budget 8000 series video cards coming as soon as 12th.

Unless you do 3d rendering or play graphics-intensive games, you don't need a DX10 card.

Oh & you can change anything on the list to suit your tastes.
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February 7, 2007 12:29:48 AM

Listen to him ^^^. MUCH better list there. If you're not overclocking, then get the cheap RAM and the 1650 vid card for light gaming.....the 1950 is HUGE overkill for you and a big waste of money.

One thing to consider: a backup hard drive. If your primary one goes down, you're screwed. Use the money you saved from the other components and drop another $80 on another drive. Seriously. You may end up kicking yourself later if something goes wrong and you lose all your data.
February 7, 2007 1:25:53 AM

LoL, I did read about your hiper comment from another post, and it seems like a great PSU for its price!

Well, I recently purchased a Samsung 19" Wide screen, not sure what the resolution is, since it's not with me at the moment "Using a computer at school since mine's down :(  )

Only real games I will be playing will be Warcraft 3, Neverwinter Nights 2, Unreal Tournament 2004. That's about it. Don't really plan on getting hardcore on gaming. I always wanted to have the ability to play hardcore games, but since there will be a price drop soon, I might as well stick with the cheaper ones. Since it'll probably be better for me anyways.

Although this system will only be a budget system for now, I definitely plan on getting a high end DX10 card sometime in the next 6 months. Will the PSU you listed be sufficient for future video card upgrades? Or should I look for an alternative to that video card.

With the extra money left over, I think I'm going to get a backup drive like skyguy said. I lost all my data on my HD and i almost cried like a baby when it happened today.

I think i may just use your list instead, it's a much better value, since my list was a bit pushing my budget... lol And since i already got a free Ultra Wizard case, I'm saving another 40 :) 

But the most important concern I have is with the video card, will it be sufficient to run games such as Neverwinter Nights 2, Warcraft and Unreal Tourney? (you can tell i'm not a HUGE gamer... lol )
February 7, 2007 1:38:57 AM

The vid card should be fine at that resolution for what you want. (btw, your 19" widescreen is 1440x900 in all probability). Especially if you plan on getting a DX10 card later in the year. Save your money now and get something passable. It should handle those games just fine.
February 7, 2007 1:50:12 AM

I would suggest an SATA HDD rather than the IDE version. It's the same price. The link is

Good catch! Lord, yes! Definitely don't buy a PATA drive now. You'll only regret it as it gets harder and harder to use PATA as time passes.

February 7, 2007 3:27:59 AM

Thanks for the info guys, just bought the system! :) 
February 7, 2007 12:19:45 PM

Sorry about the pata hdd. Didn't pay much attention to it.

These are the benchmarks for UT2004 on x1650pro. Things is UT2K4 is an old game & widescreen wasn't as widespread. So it's almost impossible to find a 1440x900 benchmark for old games.

941BW? Same here. Superb. Love the fact that it auto-stretches all games to fit the screen.

Yep, like I said, the 550w psu can power 8800gtx, the most expensive DX10 card at this moment.

Have fun.
February 7, 2007 1:39:37 PM

Thanks for the info guys, just bought the system! :) 

Out of curiosity, which system did you just buy? You didn't say whether you went with the specs in your OP or whether you made any modifications to your selections. :?

-john, the ostensibly clueless redundant legacy dinosaur
February 7, 2007 2:35:52 PM

I went with the above list, different case, extra case fans, arctic silver 5, freezer cooler pro 7, went dual HD with the extra money. Gonna hold on to this system for a little bit, then gonna upgrade the videocard in the near future when the price drops :) 

thanks for the information :) 

system coming in on friday! w00t
February 7, 2007 3:00:30 PM

FOrgot to add,

I replaced the video card with this

SAPPHIRE 100165L Radeon X1650PRO 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail

It's 10 dollars more, and has double the ran, and a faster memory clock than the connect 3D one
February 7, 2007 8:34:39 PM

I hope you bought the retail video, not the oem/open box. Yes, $10 is well worth the extra ram AND higher core/memory clock speeds. Think of it as factory-overclocked.