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Case COOLER MASTER CAVALIER 3 CAV-T03-UK
CPU E6550
VPU Evga 320-P2-N811-AR 8800GTS
MB Gigabyte GA-P35 DS3R
RAM CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
PS SeaSonic S12 Energy Plus SS-550HT
HDD WD4000K
RDD Lite-On 20X DVD-Burner model LH-20A1S
Monitor Samsung 940BX
OS Vista 32-bit Home premium

How does this look? It comes to $1350 with shipping.
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  1. Over all looks good, but I'd change the following 2:

    1.I'd get Crucial ram instead, it's a litter faster and very reliable. This kit right here is great:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146565

    2. I'd get the 20" Acer AL2051W instead for less, it has a very rare 8-bit panel with 176 degree viewing angles (both vertical and horizontal), in my opinion, you cannot find a better monitor for $199. You can read a review of it here:

    http://www.thinkcomputers.org/index.php?x=reviews&id=628


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009105

    Good luck.
  2. I don't really want a widescreen. Are they much better than a traditional monitor?

    And, the Crucial is at the same level of quality as Corsair?
  3. Looks great, If you're already going with Corsair and feel better with corsair then there's no reason to switch to crucial. They are both high quality manufacturers.

    Only thing I'd change is the OS to Vista 64-bit, after all 64-bit is the future.
  4. There is nothing wrong with widescreen monitors, especially the good ones like that Acer. Widescreen is rapidly becoming a standard, in a year I bet 22" widescree would be a clear standard. You can read the review and see if it's for you or not.
    Crucial is not in any way inferior to Corsair, both are great brands. You won't be sorry if you go with either of those, but I'd personally pick Crucial since I've never had any problems with them. Both offer limited lifetime warranty.
  5. Okay, thanks. I'll change the RAM, especially because the reviews are better.

    Another question about widescreens. Do they improve the lateral view when gaming?
  6. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824014146

    I loved the last monitor I bought from them, it is the same price and has no speakers (which I don't need.) I think I will get this one instead.

    Edit: Oh, wow, that is a huge difference. Definitely getting one now.
  7. Don't, you if click at the "Specification" you'll see that it has 140 degree viewing angles, which is very weak by todays standards.
    Trust me, you won't be sorry if you go with AL2051W, 2 completely different panels, one is cheap the other one is quality.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009105

    EDIT: Everybody knows monitor speaks are ...., the majority does not use them. They can be turned off in seconds.
    EDIT2: You can read user reviews of AL2051W here, it is great for gaming. No ghosting and the colors are amazing:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductReview.aspx?Item=N82E16824009105&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=50
  8. So the Acer is better even though it's contrast ratio and response time are worse?
  9. Dior said:
    Don't, you if click at the "Specification" you'll see that it has 140 degree viewing angles, which is very weak by todays standards.
    Trust me, you won't be sorry if you go with AL2051W, 2 completely different panels, one is cheap the other one is quality.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009105

    EDIT: Everybody knows monitor speaks are ...., the majority does not use them. They can be turned off in seconds.
    EDIT2: You can read user reviews of AL2051W here, it is great for gaming. No ghosting and the colors are amazing:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductReview.aspx?Item=N82E16824009105&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=50


    Do they make a 24 incher of this quality?
  10. nukchebi0 said:
    So the Acer is better even though it's contrast ratio and response time are worse?


    Way better.
  11. Why is viewing angle more important?
  12. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viewing_angle

    It's not that it's more important, wide viewings angles is generally a sign of a quality panel, therefore you can expect better picture and more vibrant colors also.
  13. Dior said:
    This is similar 24" panel but it costs a fortune :(
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824014124


    Why is the response time 16ms? Is it because the bigger you go the slower it will be? I also noticed that 20" and 22" inch LCD's have the same 1680x1050, shouldn't the 22" have more pixels? A 20" square LCD has more pixels that the 22" widescreens.
  14. Case COOLER MASTER CAVALIER 3 CAV-T03-UK
    CPU E6550
    VPU Evga 640-P2-N821-AR 8800GTS
    MB Gigabyte GA-P35 DS3R
    RAM 2x Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2x1GB)
    PS SeaSonic S12 Energy Plus SS-550HT
    HDD WD4000K
    RDD Lite-On 20X DVD-Burner model LH-20A1S
    Monitor BenQ FP202W V3
    OS Vista 64-bit Home premium

    Will be purchasing tomorrow. Any last recommendations?
  15. nukchebi0 said:
    Case COOLER MASTER CAVALIER 3 CAV-T03-UK
    CPU E6550
    VPU Evga 640-P2-N821-AR 8800GTS
    MB Gigabyte GA-P35 DS3R
    RAM 2x Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2x1GB)
    PS SeaSonic S12 Energy Plus SS-550HT
    HDD WD4000K
    RDD Lite-On 20X DVD-Burner model LH-20A1S
    Monitor BenQ FP202W V3
    OS Vista 64-bit Home premium

    Will be purchasing tomorrow. Any last recommendations?


    Looks great, your going to have a kick A$$ computer! I didn't see a CPU cooler, are you going to overclock?
  16. Only slightly (2.5-2.66). I have read elsewhere that the stock cooler is sufficient in that case.
  17. I will post my 2 bits just to throw a wrench in what you are doing...

    ...question is, are you oc'ing? If you are then the ram is fine, but if you are not then the extra $ spent there is wasted IMO. You could get the lower priced crucial/corsair "value" items and have the same quality at much less price. Even with modest oc's the value ram runs solid.

    I would also suggest the 640meg gts or above. Video ram is crucial anymore, and anything less than 512megs is not very forward looking. Look at this review:

    http://enthusiast.hardocp.com/article.html?art=MTM4NCwzLCxoZW50aHVzaWFzdA==

    while that is only one game, looking at others like GRAW (requires 512 to enable higher effects) you see that newer games are simply going to require that to get it "all"... IMO I would save money on the ram and put it towards the higher memory card... but that is just me. ;)

    Even as it stands, it is a good build for what it is... if you ignore my ideas you will still enjoy it. Just thought I would give you something else to think on.

    Rock on man
  18. I updated it in a lower post, and am getting the 640MB version. The RAM is a moot point because the cost after rebate is the same as that of "value RAM" (at least the ones I have looked at.)
  19. cool, rock on.
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