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advice/comments on this build (first timer)

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March 3, 2007 9:09:02 PM

Hey guys,
I'm building my own rig for the first time. Very excited about it. Anyway, I've done some research, gotten opinions, but I wanted to get some of your opinions before I finally push the order button. If anyone has some comments/suggestions for first time builders, I'd appreciate it. I just want to make sure everything looks good/compatible.

Cooler master case - $44.99

Western Digital SATA 3.0gb/s 7200RPM 320GB HD - $89.99

liteon lightscribe dvd burner - $38.99

liteon dvd-rom - $17.99

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Processor - $314.00

ASUS P5N32-SLI Premium - $214.99

Kingston HyperX 2GB RAM - $234.99

thermaltake purepower PSU 600W - $104.99

eVGAGeForce 7950GT - $264.99

Windows XP Home - $89.99 (I don't want Vista yet)

I also ordered a static wrist strap, keyboard and mouse. Thanks in advance for the advice/suggestions.
March 3, 2007 9:24:45 PM

One more thing -
Someone on another forum just told me its not worth it to build a new rig, instead just to upgrade my video card and RAM. here are my current stats, can anyone tell me if thats valid or a bunch of crap? Thanks.

Pentium 4 HT 3.0Ghz
GeForce 6600GT
1.5GB DDR PC3200 RAM

I'm not sure what kind of mobo it is, it's a retail box from HP.
March 3, 2007 10:01:18 PM

Looks good. If you want a new computer and have the money, build it. If you always wait until the newest technology come out, you'll never get anything
March 3, 2007 10:10:28 PM

The first thing that stands out to me is that MB. I would highly recommend getting one of the newer 680i chipset boards. That is an older board and chipset. I would def. look at getting this one

It has the brand new 680i chipset on it. Lots of great features on it and a lot better OC abilities on it. And great reviews. Now there is another version of this board for around $249.99 on newegg they are the same boards only thing different from what i have read is what they come with. If you don't plan on needing LOTS of cables get this one and save your money. Maybe others can give more insight on this to what exactly is different. I am pretty sure they come with the same warranties on them.

Next i would go with one of the Seagate 7200.10 drives a lot better performance and the same amount of money.

Last thing I would go for one of the newer 8800 Nvidia cards. It would def. outperform the 7950 card you chose and allow you to play DX10 games when they become available.

With that card you will get a lifetime warranty and the option to do a Step-Up program to get a better card in the future. It has a $20.00 mail in rebate right now which makes it only $279.99 after the rebate. I mean for
$15 more dollars you are going to get a way better video card and DX10 capable.

And make sure the power supply you choose has enough Amps for your system if you do change anything.