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January 24, 2008 8:36:02 PM

So kind of putting together a build a couple months sooner than expected seeing as how some lovely construction people knocked around my now post postmortem box (we're talking Athlon 1800XP here...). Based on what I've seen here, the specs below seem to be a pretty workable update to present day specs.

Just wanted to test the waters to see if you guys notice any glaring conflicts/omissions/suggestions to improve, etc. Looks likes this pops out to be around the $900 range, but have some wiggle room if there are any updates that would grossly improve performance. Thanks in advance for the assistance.


Antec Sonata III 500 Mid Tower Computer Case + 500W Power Supply - Retail
$149.95 -$30.00 Instant $119.95

GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
$89.99

EVGA 512-P3-N801-AR GeForce 8800GT 512MB
$249.99

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz
$219.99

CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
$84.00 -$10.00 Instant $74.00 - $40.00 MIR $34.00

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0 x 2
$69.99 ea $139.98

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black PATA Model SH-S202N
$29.99

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January 24, 2008 9:31:12 PM

Seeing as how I don't do a ton of gaming on this rig (though like the option), any thoughts about swapping out the 8800GT for:

DIAMOND Viper 3850PE3512O Radeon HD 3850 512MB

Overall $60 savings between the two and seemingly little performance loss per Tom's VGA charts.
January 24, 2008 10:19:18 PM

solid build, i would stick with the 8800GT or GTS 512mb. Wolfseeker is also right about the hard drive, you can get more storage for only a few bucks extra. Would also recommend a CPU heatsink instead of stock cooling, something along the lines of a Thermalright 120 or Zalman 9700.

Good luck!
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