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April 9, 2007 12:53:33 AM

8) This is what I am currently aiming at for a first time custom computer build, any advise, suggestions welcomed. Keep this in mind, I need to get the price to under $1200 (I may have to wait until prices come down a bit, esp on video card), I prefer amd, being able to easily upgrade in the future is a MUST. like windowed cases with doors, silver prefered but not a must, Could go black, I want at least 2g mem, dvd burner with lightscribe.

SO far my build goes as follows:

1) Processor: AMD athlon x 2 5200+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...
2) Motherboard: Asus m2n32
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...
3) Video card: Evga geforce 8800 640mb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
4) cd:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1682...
5) dvd burner (although they are out of stock atm)
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1682...
6) Floppy: (out of stock atm!)
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1682...
7) Case: (I really like the looks of this)
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...
8) Power supply: (ok not sure on this, I was hoping for one under $150)
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...
9) Memory: (on tight budget, friend said this memory worked great for him, awesome price too!) but not sure on still...
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1682...
10) hard drive: (cant afford raptors)
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1682...
11) operating system (too bad cant use xp from old computer!!!) ya this is oem, budget :( 
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1683...

Few odds n ends also not worth posting (fans, coolers)

*Will be upgrading at later date adding another geforce 8800 n sli, possible one more hard drive, and more memory)

What I really need help with is the following:
1) Power supply, what is the best for my system, keeping in mind the note above, for under $150, if it can be done? (yes Ive read numerous sticky's reviews, still need some help, conflicting information in a few reviews :/ )
2) Reviews for this motherboard have been awesome, is there any better (amd) for under $200?
3) Memory, reviews on the memory I selected have been decent, yes a few bad ones as well but no more than what you see on the major brands, and it has alot of reviews popularity on newegg...Can I get a better brand, 2g's for same price?
4) Whyyyyy so few silver floppy, cd/dvds??? *sigh*
5) Any clues to how low the prices in some of the major components such as the Geforce 8800 640mb will get and how long until it drops, curious to how low it will get by later this summer or if this is good as it gets for this year...
6) What is a good affordable cooler for the motherboard that is fairly easy to install (Ive read quite a few horror stories involving difficult coolers) Are there any for under $50 that is decent?

Is tigerdirect and newegg the best prices I can hope to get from a reliable trusted sites? Xoxide has great items for visuals cathodes etc, how reliable are they?

Ok I think that is about all the questions I can think of at the moment, I have waited patiently for prices to drop and researched and reviewed for at least 8 months...I can wait a couple more if price drops will be worth it.

(This computer is for hard core gaming on a budget, I want to play games like neverwinter nights 2, oblivion, quake IV, etd) Family member gave me the neverwinter nights 2 for christmas which I can not even hope to play on my current dinasour system, but it sits beside me always as I dream away)

Thank you in advance for any suggestions, tips! :wink:
April 9, 2007 4:05:12 AM

No, I am not yelling, nothings in caps and the bold was a simple mistake so forgive me. I do not post much, mostly I read posts trying to find others with similiar questions before I ask something. I went to bold one thing and it seems the whole thing went bold. So if the bold really irritated you, I'm sorry, it was a mistake. :( 
April 9, 2007 4:49:15 AM

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Is tigerdirect and newegg the best prices I can hope to get from a reliable trusted sites? Xoxide has great items for visuals cathodes etc, how reliable are they?


I wouldnt order from Tigerdirect myself, I've heard to many bad things about them (look 'em up on reseller ratings.). I've heard plenty of good things about Xoxide, im going to be ordering a bunch of stuff from them very soon actually. Newegg is one of the best sites around, 90% of the computer and electronic stuff I've ordered online has been from them. Their prices on hsf's seem to be a little high though... Zipzoomfly is good too, so is Performance-PCs. FrozenCPU has pretty much every modding part imaginable, but they're usually more expensive then other places.

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6) What is a good affordable cooler for the motherboard that is fairly easy to install (Ive read quite a few horror stories involving difficult coolers) Are there any for under $50 that is decent?


If your going to be oc'ing get a Tuniq Tower, they run around $50 on Xoxide. If your not planning on heavy oc'ing the Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro is an awesome hsf, they're usually $25-$30.

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4) Whyyyyy so few silver floppy, cd/dvds??? *sigh*


Just blast the plastic cover with some spray paint!

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1) Power supply, what is the best for my system, keeping in mind the note above, for under $150, if it can be done? (yes Ive read numerous sticky's reviews, still need some help, conflicting information in a few reviews :/ )


Hmm... Under $150... The Corsair 520HX is an awesome unit, superb quality, plenty of power. If you can swing an extra couple bucks there's the 620w Enermax Liberty (I love mine), or the 610w PCP&C Silencer.

I would also suggest getting a C2D instead of an AMD proc, they're just better ATM. price, performance, heat, and they wipe the floor with AMD when it comes to oc'ing potential.
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April 9, 2007 5:20:40 AM

What ever you do, DO NOT SKIMP ON THE PSU!
The Corsair 520hx is a good unit, It is made for Corsair by SeaSonic BTW. :wink:
Xoxide, NewEgg, ZipZoomFly,& FrozenCPU are all great. TigerDirect isn't that great.
Lightscribe is neat, but after I used the first pack of lightscribe disks I never got anymore. If you plan to burn a lot it is not worth the extra cost and time IMO.
You'll get a bunch of members telling you to get a C2D, they are great and OC like mad. Don't listen to them your setup will scream, benchmarks at these speeds make little differance in gaming. 8O
The Video card will not dissapoint you either! :D 
April 9, 2007 6:08:08 AM

I agree do NOT order from Tigerdirect they have horrible support and have a horrible return policy. I have been a die hard Newegg fan for some time. I would rather pay more and buy from them. Great support, fast shipping, excellent with returns.

As for visual stuff such as Lights, fans, etc. Use sites like Xoxide, Frozencpu, Performance-PCs there are a few other really well known ones.

Just a last question are you mind set on an AMD system? You could easily purchase a Core 2 Duo cpu and motherboard and that is all you would have to change out of your build and you will get a lot more performance (with a mild OC) out it and should cost around the same for what you have. Something like this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Along with one of the Nice Asus boards

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or the Gigabyte DS3 board (i think that is the one with the nice OC abilities.)

Just to help but if you are set on AMD then you are good to go but like others said don't skimp on the PSU believe what they say. LoL

Hope that helps some.
April 9, 2007 12:55:19 PM

Ty all for taking the time to give me advice I really appreciate it! :) 
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