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September 12, 2007 8:04:03 AM

After 3 years with my dell, i have decided to go out and build my own computer. I am unsure as to what are the latest and greatest options available to me. I got some advice and have put together the following list. I am looking to spend around $1000 dollars. Are there any major issues with what i currently have, or places where the components can be improved? Thank you.

Memory: Patriot eXtreme Performance 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: GA-P35-DS3R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Q6600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GFX: Radeon X1950 XT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

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

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

HD: WD 500gb HD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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September 12, 2007 8:50:52 AM

very nice , but for graphic card, for that price its the best , but can u pay more ? also what will u do mainly with your PC?
September 12, 2007 8:59:01 AM

tomlinsg said:
After 3 years with my dell, i have decided to go out and build my own computer. I am unsure as to what are the latest and greatest options available to me. I got some advice and have put together the following list. I am looking to spend around $1000 dollars. Are there any major issues with what i currently have, or places where the components can be improved? Thank you.

Memory: Patriot eXtreme Performance 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: GA-P35-DS3R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Q6600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GFX: Radeon X1950 XT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

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

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

HD: WD 500gb HD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm getting ~$1181 shipped - $70 in MIR's = ~$1101, not sure if I missed something there.
Looks pretty good, except maybe for the PSU (it's not what I would put in that system).
Here's what I would adjust to get down to the ~$1,000 level.

CPU - $200 shipped e6750 Dropping down to this to get you within budget. q6600 is a nice CPU, I would bundle it with the Gigabyte DS3L for $30 less than your selection, but that is just me.
http://www.newegg.com/product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

PSU - $60 shipped - $20 MIR's = $40!! Much better and more efficient PSU than the one you selected. This would be the minimum PSU that I would do for your system. This PSU has 30A on the 12V rails, so should hold up to a 8800GTX, but I wouldn't push it that hard.
Antec earthwatts EA430 ATX12V v2.0 430W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, FCC, TUV, CE, CB, C-tick, CCC - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

Case - $50 shipped! $15 dollars less than your selection (due to free shipping) and made by the same company.
COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UB Black /Blue Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

HD - $80 shipped Dropped down to 320gb version to pull budget down. You can still have the 500gb if you like, but the 320gb's are the sweet spot right now for $/g's.
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1682...

Keep the Mobo/LCD/Memory/DVD/GPU that you selected. Total now would be ~$1066 shipped - ~$981 after MIR's.
I'm hoping that this helps. Of coarse anything can be changed to fit the budget, but this is just what I would suggest to keep within your original $1,000 budget.

Edit: I was expecting that your system was for gaming, but if it's not, than I would have to change things a bit to fit in the q6600. (for some reason a$$uming gets asterisked out each time I submit it)

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