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$1650 (primarily)gaming rig, hints and suggestions welcome

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March 29, 2007 8:27:32 PM

I will be ordering the parts for a new rig tomorrow, and have spent the week looking up parts and reviews; this is what I came up with:

Lian Li PC-7 Plus $144
Seasonic S12-600 $89

ASUS M2R32-MVP $162
Athlon 64 X2 5200+ 2.6 GHz $288
Kingston ValueRAM 2x 1 GB (Dual) $290
Club 3D 8800GTS $410

2x Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320 GB $210
Samsung SH-S183A $45

Total: Roughly 1650USD, give or take a hundred =)

I know C2D is considered the holy grail around here; but the CPU choice is set in stone, so to speak -- the rest is subject to change though!

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Just for your information, I live en Denmark and most items are probably far more expensive here than in the US - dont bother coming with links to other dealers... thanks :) 
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Recalculated with the newest $ price :) 
March 29, 2007 8:45:40 PM

Going to a LAN in less than a week, I dont really mind spending the $50 or so extra and getting it before that. If it drops by a 100 though, i'd slam a door on my hand.

Any reasoning for the RAM switch? There is very little difference in the price; is the performance greater on the G.Skill ?
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March 30, 2007 5:41:41 AM

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I know C2D is considered the holy grail around here; but the CPU choice is set in stone, so to speak -- the rest is subject to change though!


I know you said the CPU is set in stone, but I wanted to comment anyway...

It depends what you want your pc to do. AMD is still better at general multi-tasking. For just about everything else, C2D will seriously outperform AMD 64 X2 (the E4300 outperforms the AMD 64 X2 5600+ in most benchmarks by a fair margin). See this article for more information and benchmarks.

I've never heard of Club 3D - is that a reputable brand of GPU? If not, I would suggest EVGA (if available in Denmark).
March 30, 2007 7:53:58 AM

I have looked it up; generally, I can get near enough the same performance for my money with AMD and having always been an AMD man, that is what I am going for :) 

The motherboard:
I have been very much in doubt when it comes to this; still not certain I might not pick something else. I really have no use for SLI, but I like the other features and setup of the board.. anyone got a board much like it they can recommend but without the expensive SLI ?

About the RAM:
These are the current prices for the RAM mentioned, the DKK/USD rate being 550 to 100:

G.Skill 2 x 1 GB(1.8-2.0V): 1.528 kr.
Kingston ValueRAM 2 x 1 GB: 1.575 kr.
G.Skill 2 x 1 GB (2.0-2.1V) : 1.605 kr.
Buffallo Firestix: Not available

Not sure which to pick -- the price difference isn't very large at all.. any ideas?

The graphics card:
My current GFX is Club3D, and its doing pretty good atm (6800GT) although I have had some trouble with overheating -- but I blame that on my case having no fans at all atm :) 

The EVGA card is $75 more than the Club3D card and the only difference I can tell is 100 MHZ more on the EVGA card.. and that would really stretch my budget; I am at the limit already ;)  (I could go with a 500W Sea Sonic to make up for it.. maybe... but I have read only good things about the Club3D card).
March 30, 2007 11:22:18 AM

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G.Skill 2 x 1 GB(1.8-2.0V): 1.528 kr.
Kingston ValueRAM 2 x 1 GB: 1.575 kr.
G.Skill 2 x 1 GB (2.0-2.1V) : 1.605 kr.
Buffallo Firestix: Not available

Ok, the higher voltage ram can o/c better than lower one, usually. Without knowing the model #, I can't comment on them further. However, the lower voltage ram will work out of the box.

Like I said, do you o/c?
March 30, 2007 11:45:36 AM

A little; doubt I will touch the RAM at all, but will most likely OC the CPU/GPU a bit
March 30, 2007 11:49:03 AM

find the 1.8 volt RAM, closest to universal fit
March 30, 2007 12:39:15 PM

I have a 5200+ and i love it good choice
March 30, 2007 1:04:08 PM

Anyway, thanks for the help guys... I just ordered the parts home - should be here tuesday :) 

Settled on a pair of G.Skill 1 GB sticks; but other than that, its the original setup :) 

Came to a total of pretty much exactly 10.000 DKK ^^

So I'm pretty excited :) 
!