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Computer Build (revised, last check, ordering tonight, everything ok?)

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December 13, 2007 9:47:08 PM

Okay, I am ordering these parts tonight, so I just want one final look over from the people here at Tom's Hardware.
Here it is:

CPU:
Intel Core 2 Duo E2180 @2.0Ghz Dual-Core $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:
2GB (2x1GB) DDR2 800mhz Mushkin RAM $63
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard:
ASUS P5K-E Intel P35 Socket LGA 775 $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card:
Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 3870 512mb $250
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply:
OCZ StealthXstream 500watt ATX PSU $75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive
250GB Seagate Barracuda16 7,200rpm S-ATA $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD Drive:
Sony NEC Optiarc CD/DVD Burner/Reade IDE $26
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:
Apevia X-Cruiser-BK ATX Mid Tower $65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Operating System:
Microsoft Windows XP Home SP2B 32-bit $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler:
Zlaman CNPS7000B-ALCU 92mm 2 ball Cooler $25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Wireless Adapter:
Linksys wireless PCI Card 32-bit $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sub-Total: $944
+shipping: $30
Total: $974
December 13, 2007 10:18:26 PM

a few changes I would make...

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

no need to spend that much on a mobo imo, this one will do perfectly fine. Then upgrade the processor to a e6550 for allendale.

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

or if that's too much on cost, this.

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


If you are nabbing that 2180 and higher priced mobo to swap out to a penryn in a few months, then nevermind this. But if you plan to make this rig last as is, a e6550 would suit it better, the p35-ds3l lacks Raid, but it shouldn't be an issue with a single drive setup. You'll get more processing performance for your month.

Once again, if you go penryn, nvm, if you plan to stay with this, e6550, if too expensive, allendale 4300. Besides that, everything looks perfect. I'm not a big fan of Zalman heatsinks, but it should do a good job.
December 13, 2007 11:04:36 PM

the E4300 is out of stock, and is the E4400 worth the extra $50 for the 2mb cache compared to 1mb cause then they're both 2.0Ghz and the Allendale core
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December 13, 2007 11:34:49 PM

You may want to give this a read.
December 13, 2007 11:47:31 PM

One other thing. Why the Lynksys WiFi card when the MB you've linked to has built in WiFi?
And just my personal prefference, but I'd go with a SATA DVD writer, no performance difference, I just don't like IDE cables. ;) 
December 14, 2007 12:06:22 AM

I didn't realize its got built in wifi, and I'll read that now
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