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Gaming Build. Purchasing Tomorow Morning

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January 5, 2008 9:17:16 AM

Hey guys im sure the regulars recognize my name lol, ive posted about 4 or 5 builds so far..the last build i posted i said i was going to order a few days after..well with union dues and a few other unexpected things i got set back big time but i recovered and tomorow morning i am definately ordering this from newegg when my money hits the bank..this build is very thought over and should kick world of warcrafts ass

-does anyone see a problem? though there shouldnt be

the reason im getting that power supply is because it will make the inside of the computer much cleaner,but its a bit pricy..anyone kno a cheaper one thats similair?




Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS M2N-E AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 Ultra MCP ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 512-P2-N773-AR GeForce 8600GTS 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thermaltake Purepower RX W0144RU ATX12V / EPS12V 600W Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Windsor 3.0GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM2 125W Dual-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows Vista 32-bit
January 5, 2008 11:14:49 AM

That's a very good build! Only thing is, 6000+ and below is about to die, shouldn't matter that much to you though. Personally for a game like World of Warcraft, I like quality of graphics and ATi is known for that, I love NVIDIA but they're not better at everything. For 15 bucks more than that GTS, get the 3850: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
January 5, 2008 11:28:36 AM

What will this computer be used for?
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January 5, 2008 11:56:07 AM

If I was you, I will drop video card, AMD 6000, motherboard, and get Intel E6550, eVGA nForce 650i motherboard, and ATI 3850 all for the same price and a much faster pc, even more if overclock. You dont have to buy everything from newegg. Pricegrabber.com finds better prices than newegg. According to benchmark, the 3850 have outperformed 8800 gts. At this price ATI is the best choice . Maybe you are confuse, You might think the video cards you listed is the new 8800 gts rev.2 since it has 512mb, but is not, this is rev.1. Im not being a intel or ati fan, ill just go with the best at the moment. I dont think you want to go with a amd slower system, while u can get a better performer system for the same price, especially for gaming.
January 5, 2008 1:54:10 PM

systemlord said:
What will this computer be used for?


"this build is very thought over and should kick world of warcrafts ass"

apparently someone doesn't like to read :kaola: 

his build is evidentally for "Kicking World of Warcraft's Ass"... of course, if you REALLY wanna kick WoW's ass, you and all your friends could boycott them ;)  LOL
January 5, 2008 2:04:56 PM

I agree with rick. I built an AMD system cause I was trying to keep my budget as low as possible and still try to get good performance. Since you seem to have a decent budget and the Intel parts he listed would cost the same why not go for the faster system. But if your an AMD fan go for it since we are the ones keeping AMD in buisness and prices competitive and I dont think any wants an Intel monopoly. And ya 3000 series GPU for sure!
January 5, 2008 2:33:56 PM

I don't think there is anything wrong with AMD products, I am running an Athlon 5200 x2 windsor and am completely happy with it, along with 2gb of ram. Now the only thing to worry about is macs. I just got a tech job working with primarily macs, I think the little guys are growing on me, just got a nice macbook with core 2 duo processor from work to play with....heh heh heh....:) 
January 5, 2008 2:42:21 PM

However, save some money....check it out....

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

Not exactly the same as what you are getting, but close, and it's a gigabyte, so still a great product, and cheaper. But this is the board I'm running in my main rig and I LOVE it. Awesome board, good overclocking options, just keep it cool.

Only complaint is that the holes on the back part of the board toward your drives are not placed far enough out to reach the screw holes, but the board will cover them, just screw holes don't line up. Easy fix is mount the board with screws where they will go and it'll be in solid, then for those last few, take the plastic standoffs that come with your case, cut the tops off, and place them where the screws won't line up, that way you can't short your board against your case.

It has one ATA port, and 6 sata ports, HD sound output like the ASUS, will do SLI, so if you want dual cards I'd recommend an nvidia card, though if you want to run a single ATI card, I don't see why that'd be a problem. But cable management is not bad, everything to one side, 4 ram slots for expandability, and I think there is also a bios update if you want a Phenom later on. Anyway, it's your money, just saw the board you picked, maybe you can save a little here. Just keep it all nice and cool:) 

*Edit* If you go with this board, when you go into the bios, hit control-F1, that opens up all the other overclocking options, for some reason, they don't list the HT multiplier, etc in bios until you hit control F1, kinda silly, but thought I'd pass that on.
January 5, 2008 6:50:54 PM

Personally, I'd go for the 3850 (either 512MB or 256MB) over the 8600GTS. NewEgg has them both for about the same price, and the 3850 is about 50% faster on the TomsHardware charts. However, WoW isn't listed in the charts, and I've never played it, so maybe the NVidia cards do better on that app...

Of course, that means switching to a XFire board instead of SLI, but on the plus side, XFire is supposed to be scaling better than SLI anyway.

Clint
January 5, 2008 10:03:14 PM

kdubble4 said:
that processor sold out http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
i think im geting that instead much cheaper, but slower
i will only use this for world of warcraft and i think that processor will do fine


If this rig is a dedicated World of Warcraft only an AMD 3800 X2 will do fine for $70, you save $100 dollars, and put this $100 for gaming headset, soundcard or speakers. My brother has World of Warcraft running smoooth at high setting at 1280x1024 on a Amd 3800 x2, 1gb of ram, Motherboard Integrated Graphics. You might be interested in "instant Sheller". This software will completely hide windows desktop, This will replace windows boot logo with any warcraft logo you want, and will automatically login to warcraft after windows has finish booting instead of windows desktop.
January 7, 2008 1:37:55 PM

rickpcnerd said:
If this rig is a dedicated World of Warcraft only an AMD 3800 X2 will do fine for $70, you save $100 dollars, and put this $100 for gaming headset, soundcard or speakers. My brother has World of Warcraft running smoooth at high setting at 1280x1024 on a Amd 3800 x2, 1gb of ram, Motherboard Integrated Graphics. You might be interested in "instant Sheller". This software will completely hide windows desktop, This will replace windows boot logo with any warcraft logo you want, and will automatically login to warcraft after windows has finish booting instead of windows desktop.

right now the AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+ costs less then the x2 3800 also if go with on board video get a board with DVI / or HDMI port and a pci-e x16 slot.

also you want the windows desktop to come so you can run microsoft update and install driver updates.
January 7, 2008 2:48:39 PM

@OP: to answer your specific question about a quality PSU that is cheaper but also modular, you might like this Mushkin:

mushkin 550200 ATX12V 550W Power Supply 115/ 230 V cUL,CE,CB,FCC - Retail - $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It is on Tier-T of the list at http://www.tomswiki.com/page/Tiered+PSU+Listings?t=anon. I have bought two of them, and had no problems. The only thing about them I don't like is that their combined +12V rails are only good for 28A, even though each one is rated for 20A.
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