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March 20, 2007 1:32:40 AM

Hello,

I'm in the process of looking out for good information on building myself a new machine & I have a few things I would like some feedback on. I have been custom to building AMD type machines and I'm looking to go down that same line again, on a budget of course. I'm going to place some parts and specs on a list here and hope people can give me some feedback as to parts close to these specs which would suit or other suggestions that would work for me.

AMD 64 am2 4800 or above
512mb Graphics Card - FBS 400 or more
A Motherboard which would suit these stats? With onboard sound.
2GB of DDR2 Ram
And an acceptable case.

I hope this makes sense to anyone reading this. I would love some info form you guys on how or what you would place together.

Thanks.
March 20, 2007 2:06:40 AM

Are you overclocking?

What sort of budget are you on? $300? $500? $750? $1000?

What will the computer be used for?
March 20, 2007 2:12:44 AM

I'm using it for a mixture of things Gaming and Video work for example..
I would say my budgect is about $700 - £350
Over Clocking if its possible without risk.
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March 20, 2007 2:49:21 AM

Well, an athlon 4800+ for am2 might be hard to find. I prefer the models with a 2x 1MB cache opposed to the 2 x 512kb cache.. A 5200+ is a stellar am2 proc, there is also the 5600+, and for a premium, the fastest am2 proc to date.. The 6000+.. But keep in mind, they are just going up in increments of 200Mhz... and significant price..

For a mobo.. I like to match chipset with graphics vendor.. So if you like Nvidia Id go for a 500 series chipset.. I reallly like the Gigabyte series. the GA-M**SLI-S* series are champs..
If you prefer ATI/AMD An AMD 580X Crossfire chipset AKA ATi 3200xpress...
I like the Epox board for that chipset, and will pair well with an ATi card and has a nice Crossfire capability
Its not a necesity to have same chipset and graphics as Im sure you know.. but many boards offer an auto-OC feature for gpu and chipsets made by the same company..
Graphics wise.. You say you want at least 512... I bet that many will reccomend the 8800GTS with 320MB and maybe a 8800GTS with 640.. these cards are excellent and show how less memory doesn't nessicaraly mean less performance like many think.. It does perform better than many older 512 cards. Just like my 256MB 7900GT does... but they are great cards.. I like the x1950xt and its a great bang for the buck, but some creep rather close to the price of the 8800GTS 320 that will outperform it.. If you neeed a cheaper card, The 7900GS is nice.. or maybe a x1900pro or GT. If your not in any hurry you could even wait for more dx10 cards to come out and prices to drop and get one of those..
2GB ram.... A nice corsair, OCZ, or other good brand like that will work just fine.. I recommend PC2-6400 aka DDR2-800, because am2 procs preform best with it and use the extra speed over 667 or others.. a Cas latencey of 4 is always nice but i think 5 is just fine for a 700 dollar budget..

Cases.. Id say find one that you like for looks and price, and make sure from review and such, like newegg that it is good at cooling.. The coolermaster ceturion 5 series is great and cheap for around $50 and keeps like athlon 4600+ at a good 22C idle and 40 load with stock cooling and some AS5..

Don't skip out on a pwr supply either, Id say 600W for an 8800 and the x1950xt xtx and x1900xt xtx, you could do with a 500W for the 7900GS and the x1900gt or pro.. u don't need 700 unless ur are gonna run alot of HDDs fans and other stuff.....

I like the onboard sound of the Gigabyte 5** just fine.. i don't have the nice nice speakers to unleash the power of a soundcard so it works for me

sorry for all the misspellings that I probably made.. :oops: 
March 20, 2007 2:50:41 AM

That may be the sweet spot, but on a $700 budget?

A slightly altered build from my guide.

Case: (variable, check Case Selection.)
$45
For build purposes, $45 (Centurion 5) is the assumed price. Price may fluctuate depending on case.
CPU Mobo combo: AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ Brisbane 1.9GHz Socket AM2 Processor Model ADO3600IAA5DL - OEM
BIOSTAR TFORCE 550 Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 550 MCP ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductComboList.asp?Item...
$149.99
Returning from the $500 build. This is a great price for performance chip. On a good chip, I'd estimate 2.8-3ghz stable.
RAM: SUPER TALENT 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Desktop Memory - Retail (x2)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1682...
$122
2GB of RAM. Overclocks to DDR2-800 and occasionally DDR2-900 speeds.
GPU: EVGA 320-P2-N811-AR GeForce 8800GTS 320MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card - Retail
$259.99 after MIR (Ends 3/31/07)
This is the lower RAM version of the 8800GTS, currently one of the best video cards on the market. In fact, I would rate it third to the 8800GTS 640MB and 8800GTX. For the price, it is a great card and it has DX10.
HD: Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600JS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$52.99
8800 GTS build needs this to bring it within budget.
DVD: SAMSUNG Black 18X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write E-IDE/ATAPI - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...
$30.99
DVD burner. Generic.
PSU: Antec True Power Trio TP3-550 ATX12V 550W Power Supply with Three 12V Rails 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, FCC, TÜV, CE, C-tick, CCC, CB - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
$99.99
Great PSU for the price.
CPU Cooling: Thermaltake Big Typhoon
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1683...
$46.99
Top-notch air cooling. Great for overclocking.
Total: ~$763

While slightly overbudget, it is a very nice build. The X2 3600 overclocks to 2.8-3ghz and the 8800GTS is a very good video card. For the price, it is hard to beat. :D 
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