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August 18, 2007 6:11:11 PM

This is my first build. I want to experiment with it and really hog on it for awhile until it makes me build a new one. I already have a Pentium D 830 which Im going to beat the begesus out of until I have to get a new. My plan is to buy some budget things - OC the crap out of them and see whats what out there. This is a budget build. Im completely open to suggestions for alternate components as long as you can justify your reasoning (not just something like "Corsair RAM RULZ!!!").

Case - Ultra Black Aluminus ATX Full-Tower Case with Clear Side, Front USB, Firewire and Audio Ports - $80 (tigerdirect)

Mobo - ASUS P5KC LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - $150 (newegg) (seat of the pants choice - whats your recommendation?)

Ram - OCZ Platinum Revision 2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2P800R22GK - $62 (newegg)

Video - ATI X1900XTX 512 - $200 (ebay) (I dont think I want a DX10 card just yet with the advent of 10.1 on the horizon)

PSU - APEVIA ATX-AS600W-BL ATX12V / EPS12V 600W Power Supply 115/230 V CB IEC 950/ TUV EN 60950/ UL 1950/ CSA 950 - $60 (newegg)

Ive got a burner sitting here I can use. Whats your thoughts on this build?

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August 19, 2007 2:02:56 AM

Hmmmmm - Maybe a gigabyte P35C-DS3R?
August 19, 2007 2:32:18 AM

Definitely stay away from ASUS P5KC, it's known to be very buggy. Save a ton of money and go with Gigabyte GA-P35-S3L for $86, fine board with the latest P35 chipset, especially for the budget build.

http://www.mwave.com/mwave/viewspec.hmx?scriteria=BA240...

Get X1950XT from newegg for $168 if you don't want to go DX10 yet, it outperforms X1900XTX by around %20. X1950XT performs very well in every game out today.

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

B uy a better Brand CPU, for that price I can recommend the $50 Xclio Goodpower 500W or Forton Source 450W.

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

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

However, if you are ok with spending $90 on a PSU, go with Corsair 520HX. Probably the best there is at this price level, almost silent, powerful, very reliable.

http://tinyurl.com/ytdkxn

Good luck.
August 19, 2007 7:52:57 PM

Alright............Im going to try this over.

Ive got 1000$ to spend on a mobo, video card, tower, PSU, RAM, cooling..............

Maybe I should get the hd2900xt for video?