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August 26, 2007 9:50:07 PM

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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August 26, 2007 10:06:45 PM

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=N82E168...

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=62...


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

Good luck.
August 26, 2007 10:08:44 PM

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?
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August 26, 2007 10:29:47 PM

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.
August 26, 2007 10:33:32 PM

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.
August 26, 2007 10:41:36 PM

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?
August 26, 2007 10:45:41 PM

August 26, 2007 11:03:11 PM

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=N82E168...

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=N...
August 26, 2007 11:25:24 PM

So the Acer is better even though it's contrast ratio and response time are worse?
August 26, 2007 11:34:12 PM

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=N82E168...

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=N...


Do they make a 24 incher of this quality?
August 26, 2007 11:38:44 PM

nukchebi0 said:
So the Acer is better even though it's contrast ratio and response time are worse?


Way better.
August 26, 2007 11:46:06 PM

Why is viewing angle more important?
August 26, 2007 11:55:33 PM

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.
August 27, 2007 3:12:49 AM

Dior said:
This is similar 24" panel but it costs a fortune :( 
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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.
August 31, 2007 5:17:28 AM

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?
August 31, 2007 5:32:20 AM

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?
August 31, 2007 6:28:48 AM

Only slightly (2.5-2.66). I have read elsewhere that the stock cooler is sufficient in that case.
August 31, 2007 6:34:01 AM

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
August 31, 2007 7:45:57 AM

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.)
August 31, 2007 2:06:25 PM

cool, rock on.
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