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Another new build...Please let me know where I fall short

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April 27, 2007 11:01:46 PM

Hello All,
Building a new PC for home/game usage...I plan on loading Vista sooner or later and would like to keep the budget under $1300 (including monitor). Thanks in advance for your help.

Heres the rig:

Case/PSU:Antec PERFORMANCE TX TX1050B w/ 500W ATX12V v2.0 Power $129.99

MB:ASUS M2N-E Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 Ultra MCP ATX AMD $99.99

Video Card: EVGA 320-P2-N811-AR GeForce 8800GTS 320MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP $279.99 ($20 MIR)

CPU:AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ Windsor 2.8GHz Socket AM2 Processor $185.00

Memory: Patriot eXtreme Performance 2GB 240-Pin SDRAM DDR2 800$173.99 ($50 MIR)

Card Reader:LINKSKEY LKA-CR15BW 52-in-1 USB 2.0 Internal 3.5" USB Card Reader - Retail $14.99

FDD:NEC Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive - OEM $6.99

HDD: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $69.99

Keyboard/mouse:Logitech Internet 1500 Laser Black USB Standard Cordless Desktop Mouse Included $44.99

Monitor: SAMSUNG 941BW Black 19" 4 ms (GTG) DVI Widescreen LCD $189.99 ($20 MIR)

CD/DVD Drive: ASUS 18X DVD±R DVD Burner with 14X DVD-RAM Write and LightScribe PATA $30.99

Any comments/suggestions are greatly appricated.

Can't seem to get the link for the memory to work correctly...

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April 27, 2007 11:15:32 PM

The case/psu is too much and not that good, find a nice case about $50 and put the rest into a better PSU.
Look at the combined floppy/memory card reader. Not as many read options, but there are only 5-6 you need, save a slot and price is close. I forget what I paid.
The rest of the parts are good, you could wiggle a little on some but that is nit picking stuff.
April 27, 2007 11:55:01 PM

Looks reasonable. Are you planning to overclock?

Personally, I'd probably go with Intel at this time:
MB: Gigabyte DS3 (Rev 3.3)
CPU: Intel C2D E4300 or E6320

Memory: Unless you will be overclocking, you can save money by going with DDR2-667 (or even 533). Even if you will be overclocking, unless you will hit FSB > 400, you could save about $65 going with cheaper RAM (there is (or was) some G.Skill on NewEgg for about $110).

Monitor: It's a good monitor but keep in mind (if you didn't already know) a 19" widescreen is only about as tall as a 17" (just wider).
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April 28, 2007 12:05:39 AM

I will probably overclock a bit to see what I can get out of whatever I build...I'm tempted to go Intel (Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 Conroe 2.13GHz 4M shared L2 Cache is only $193 on new egg) but I have always used AMD (2 builds over 4 years).

As you can see I'm not a hardcore builder and would like this box to last 1 1/2 to 2 years, thats why I'm shooting for the DX10 card and trying to build something that will support vista pretty good.

Anyone know of a good PSU/Case combo I could get for around $150 or so. I checked newegg and there are 50+ black atx cases...whats the difference? Half the companies seem like they just stole the design from someone else and put their name on it. As far as a PSU goes do you think 500w is wnough or should I try for 600+?

Thanks again for the help.
April 28, 2007 12:19:00 AM

You have more experience than I do in building recently. I tend to build a new system only every 4 years and usually only upgrade the graphics card once in that time. I've done a total of 3 custom systems but that was over 12 years.

If you can build an AMD system, you can build an Intel system. There's very little difference anymore (I think both use ZIF sockets).

The Centurion series seems to get recommended fairly often on here for an inexpensive case.

I think a 500w will be enough for an 8800GTS (check the PSU calculator linked from the PSU 101 sticky in the PSU forum to double-check).

For PSU selection, I recommend choosing one from this tiered PSU list.
April 28, 2007 1:20:06 AM

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Personally, I'd probably go with Intel at this time:
MB: Gigabyte DS3 (Rev 3.3)
CPU: Intel C2D E4300 or E6320
I'm not so sure. For sure if you go w/ intel you should get E4300 and overclock. Get E6320 only if you are looking for good "Stock" performance. E6320 costs a bunch more than E4300 too. E4300 overclocks ridiculously, you should get this one if you want to OC. (60% OCs are common).

That said: 5600+ stock performance is better than E4300 stock performance and the price is about the same. So for stock performance at the $180 level I would go with AMD. At the $300 level I would go w/ intel for stock performance.
April 28, 2007 2:52:21 AM

when you talk potential; Intel by far. Easy to clock to 2.5 and most can reach 3.0 with added cooling.
Good choice on the case and PSU
April 28, 2007 3:04:52 AM

Again you should not buy a case with a PSU included, even with Antec.

Check out this PSU List and find one that is within your budget and requirements.
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