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October 12, 2007 5:49:40 AM

It's been a few years since I've built a system and I've been so busy that I've lost track of some of the technology. I'm upgrading my old system (practically building an entirely new system) and I need to know if all of these components should play nice together. I've done a fair amount of research and I think I'm good to go. I'll be recycling my HDD, optical drives and my case. I use my system for everything from photo editing to watching TV but my main concern is gaming performance (prepping for Crysis). I'm running a 22" WS monitor at 1680x1050 (hence the 640MB VGA memory). I used to be into overclocking but I don't think I'll be OCing this system. I'm open to better choices but my main concern is compatibility. Right now, I'm just under $1000 and don't want to go any higher. Here are the upgrades:

MSI K9N SLI Platinum AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard

Foxconn FV-N99SMBD2-ONOC GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

Thermaltake TR2 RX W0134RU ATX12V Ver2.2 550W Power Supply (2 - 12V rails at 16 and 17A)

AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Windsor 3.0GHz Socket AM2 Processor Model ADX6000CZBOX

(2 each for total of 4GB) mushkin 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit
Desktop Memory - Retail

Microsoft Windows Vista 32-Bit Home Premium for System Builders Single Pack DVD - OEM

Thanks in advance for your feedback!

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October 12, 2007 8:23:42 AM

You need a better power supply like a 600 or 700 wat one like my OCZ gamexastreme.
October 13, 2007 12:27:38 AM

Yeah, I'm considering a more powerful PS since I may go with SLI in the future. I think 550W should be plenty for a single VGA though.

Anybody else... Bueller? Bueller?
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October 14, 2007 12:58:56 AM


Could really use some advice
October 14, 2007 5:28:21 AM

It should work fine, though you might want to look for a PSU with at least 18A per rail.

Unless your old drives are SATA, you probably won't want to reuse least not for a primary drive. Buy a new cheap SATA drive (250GB can be had for $60 or 320GB for $75).