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New build for brother. Comments, suggestions?

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March 5, 2007 7:09:45 PM

CASE
Coolermaster Centurion 534 ATX Tower Case 5X5.25 1X3.5 4X3.5INT Black No PS
$52.92

POWER SUPPLY
Silverstone Element ST50EF-PLUS 500W ATX12V 20/24PIN Power Supply W/120MM Fan Active PFC 80PLUS RoHS
$91.38

MOTHERBOARD
Asus P5N-E Sli Nforce 650I Sli LGA775 Conroe Atx 2PCI-E16 1PCI-E1 2PCI SATA2 Sound Gblan Motherboard
$157.68

PROCESSOR
Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 Dual Core Processor LGA775 1.8GHZ 800FSB 2MB Retail
$206.50

CPU HSF
Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro LGA775 2500RPM 45CFM
$22.26

MEMORY
Corsair XMS2 TWIN2X2048-5400C4 2GB 2X1GB PC5400 DDR2-667 CL 4-4-4-12 240PIN Dual Channel Memory
$195.46

VIDEOCARD
Ati Radeon X1950 Pro 575MHZ 256MB 1.38GHZ 256BIT GDDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I Video Card
$200.00

THERMALPASTE
Arctic Silver 5 HIGH-DENSITY Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound 3.5 Gram
$8.97

Here we are. All the prices came from www.directcanada.com. I am selling him my x1950pro, which I just bought, but since the performance increase, I've wanted more! So I'm getting an 8800gts 320MB. So videocard isn't going to change. Price is an issue, and I would like to bring it down as much as possible without losing to much performance. I also want him to have the capacity to upgrade to a more powerful videocard in the future, so I don't want to cut the power supply to anything cheaper then what is there, unless there is something better for cheaper? He wants modular, but that comes second to price and performance. My brother is also a brand fanboy, he must have an Asus board. Any suggestions or comments are greatly appreciated!

Oh ya, right now it comes up to ~960$ with taxes + shipping. So budget is obviously anything lower then that. And he is a gamer, his favorite game being the system hog - Supreme Commander.

EDIT: He will be overclocking, and his goal is 9x333. He wont be aiming for an amazing overclock.
March 5, 2007 10:28:59 PM

I think you'll have a hard time lowering the price on that (w/o moving to the US).
March 6, 2007 12:19:33 AM

Pretty awesome build, thats probably the best and cheapest you can get. I also recently built a new system (specs in sig), but mine cost $1500 w/o taxes + shipping so you are getting that for a very good price.

Edit: I forgot to mention that I also bought a monitor, keyboard and mouse. Thats why it was $1500 CAD.
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March 6, 2007 12:39:51 AM

Your rig in your sig PWNZXD
March 6, 2007 2:30:45 AM

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I think you'll have a hard time lowering the price on that (w/o moving to the US).


I figured as much.

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Pretty awesome build, thats probably the best and cheapest you can get. I also recently built a new system (specs in sig), but mine cost $1500 w/o taxes + shipping so you are getting that for a very good price.

Edit: I forgot to mention that I also bought a monitor, keyboard and mouse. Thats why it was $1500 CAD.


Again, not suprised. I don't think it's possible to take down the price without sacraficing to much performance, like losing 2gb of ram, buying a lesser proc, etc..

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Your rig in your sig PWNZXD


Hehe, thanks dude. I can't wait until I get the rest of my parts put togethor. That thing will be a beast for the cost. Although I can't decide on the monitor, either the 206bw or 226bw, the only difference is 22" vs 20", and 100$.... hmm
March 6, 2007 4:51:31 AM

206BW - 22inchers usully too big for eyes.


ALso, the 204BW is a great choice.
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