Just looking for some input on my new build.

This is my first time on this forum and it seems that you guys like checking out new builds and offering lots of good advise. I'm building my first PC since 2004. I want a PC to play great games and be able to connect to my network of other devices for sharing and watching video. (Xbox360, PS3, 40" Bravia 1080p LCD, etc.) I will read and appreciate all opinions. I also want to try a little over clocking. I've never done it and it sounds fun.

Like most people, I am on a budget but I don't like putting a number to it. So here is a list of what I'm looking at. Thanks for the help in advance.

I have already ordered the first three items.

1. XION Onyx XON-303 Black/Blue Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $49.99 after rebate.

2. Antec earthwatts EA500 ATX12V v2.0 500W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL $49.99 after rebate.

3. Kingston HyperX 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory $39.99 after rebate.

4. AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+ Brisbane 2.1GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor $53.99

5. ASUS M2N-E AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 Ultra MCP ATX AMD Motherboard $94.99

6. ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler $19.99

7. BFG Tech BFGE88512GTOCE GeForce 8800GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card $279.99

Grand Total: $589. I would like to score the Video Card a little cheaper and get NWN2 with it. I'm also getting Windows Vista for free from school. I have my monitor and everything else, unless I forgot something. Let me know what you think. Thanks again.
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  1. I guess I forgot Hard drives.

    8. Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive $84.99

    Grand Total: $674
  2. This seems to be the best deal I can find on the video card with NWN2.

    GIGABYTE GeForce 8800GT OC 512MB 512bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP & SLI Ready Video Card Retail GV-NX88GT512H-P $269.99

    Should I consider the 256MB model to save some money? It's only $204.99
  3. Nobody wants to help out?
  4. Well here is my suggestion. Wirelessfender and I worked on putting this together as a budget Intel build.

    Case: Cooler Master RC-534 - $39.99

    PSU: Cooler Master eXtreme Power 460W - $39.99

    Motherboard: DFI Blood Iron P35 - $112

    CPU: Intel E2160 - $84

    Ram: Wintec DDR2-800 - $44

    Video Card: Visiontek HD3850 with Non-Ref Cooler - $189

    Operating System: Windows XP Home - $90

    CPU Cooler: Zerotherm Nirvana - $44

    Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 160GB - $53

    Total Cost: $700

    Obviously whatever you don't need you can remove (in this case the Operating System) and add it somewhere else (such as an 8800 GT).
  5. I have to agree, Intel is the way to go. I'd stick with the power supply you've choosen or get a Corsair from here;
  6. chuckm said:
    I have to agree, Intel is the way to go. I'd stick with the power supply you've choosen or get a Corsair from here;

    There are plenty of other good PSUs out there but we were trying to get the price under $700 to include everything you would need in the tower and an operating system. :(

    Edit: Trying to convince a friend to buy that build. I told them I'd assemble it. Only thing is I want it for a week to OC it and have fun with it first. Then I'd give it to them with a solid 24/7 Overclock and not charge labor.
  7. For a cheaper 8800 GT


    Saves you a few bucks. It's not OC'ed like the other one, but you can do that yourself pretty easily. Assuming you even need to.

    I've never seen this site before but someone else recommended it to me on another forum. I would prefer going newegg.com or tiger but this price is pretty good. Just throwing it out there.

    Just realized you were looking for a card with NWN, my bad. Still not a bad price for a GT.
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