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February 16, 2007 1:29:37 PM

I am putting together my second build, and have put together the following parts list, which comes on budget.

The primary use is for AutoCad 2d and 3d work, but I like to play a game or two. As this is the tool that I earn my living with, reliability is an issue. I plan on doing some overclocking along the way to prolong the usefulness of the processor.

Existing Parts to be reused

Antec True480 480w power supply

Lian Li PC-60 case

Looking at it all on:

Hewlett-Packard LP2465, rate highly for cad work

New System

Gigabyte GA965P-DS3

Core 2 Duo E6600

Corsair Twin 2X 2048-6400C4 SDRAM DDR2 800

MSI GeForce 7900GT 256MB

NEC 7170 CD/DVD

Pair Western Digital Caviar SE16 250mb in a Raid 1 mirror

XP-pro with planned Vista upgrade in about 6 months

Currently running a MSI GeForce 6800GT. Would it be better to wait for the DX10 compatable cards and upgrade then? The budget is around $200-$250 for the video card.

Old parts will be put to use as a backup/hack machine with a cheap case and PS.

Thanks!
February 16, 2007 6:36:32 PM

That LCD has a 1920 x 1200 resolution & dual DVI inputs.

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Power supply of 400 watt(550W is recommended for SLI mode) is highly recommended for system stability.

http://www.msi.com.tw/program/products/vga/vga/pro_vga_...

The Antec True480 480w is this?

http://www.antec.com/specs/TPII480_spe.html

Then it's fine for 7900gt. FYI, budget 8600 cards will be out in March. The $180 8600 Ultra would be the budget gaming card.

http://www.guru3d.com/newsitem.php?id=4834
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February 16, 2007 8:22:07 PM

Thanks for the input.

That is the power supply, and I am not looking to run SLI, so it looks like I should be okay.

I think I will hold off on the card for a month or two.

I have been split between the NEC and the LiteOn drives, people seem to swear by one or the other. I've been happy with my last LiteOn...

I have not had any trouble with my current WD drives. My wife, however, has had a heck of a time trying to return a defective Seagate drive :roll: (But she is on a Mac :wink: )...But I will check them out.
February 16, 2007 10:37:25 PM

The last NEC that I had the laser went out within about a month. besides half the drives at the stores are lite-on. Anything from Sony, Memorex, liteon, and there are like 3 more that are all lite-on drives.
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