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Attempting to build a computer (first time)

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April 11, 2008 1:59:01 AM

Hey there.
I'm pretty much a complete novice at building a computer, but I'm sick and tired of not being able to game for two and a half years so I decided to build one and work to get the money for it. Since I'm new to this I got someone to help me that had built a lot of computers before and seemed to know what they were talking about... hopefully. lol

This is the build we came up with for me. I'm basically just wanting to find out if it's really good, especially since I was reading a review and it looked like my video card sucks.. lol

And since you need to know what I'm wanting to do with my system to be able to judge it, I'm going to tell you. =)
I want to be able to run games out now on medium settings at very least. I want them to run at high with no problem. I'd also like my system to last a while as far as being able to run games well. The games I'll primarily be playing are WoW (or some other MMORPG), CS:S, CoD4, HL2 (and Gary's Mod), Warcraft III TFT, and I'll probably find some other games to kill time with.

And now the list of parts. =)
Case: XCLIO Windtunnel
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Motherboard: Abit Pro IP35 LGA 775
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar SE16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Sound Card: X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty or AuzenTech Auzen X-Fi Prelude or Xonar D2X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Video Card: GeForce 8800GTS or 9800GTX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Processor: There's 2 here because I don't know if AMD is better than Intel or not... E6750 Conroe and Athlon 64 X2 6400+ Windsor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12 SS-600HM ATX12V / EPS12V 600W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CD Drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This stuff is for later... Not necessarily getting it right off.
Monitor:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Keyboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mouse:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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


On the ones with multiple choices, I'm really not sure what to go with, so help there would be amazing.

But also let me know what you think about the other parts too. Don't just stick to what I have already... Suggestions are great too. =) I'm buying this with my money, so there's not a rigid price limit, but I'd like to keep it under 2,000USD.
April 11, 2008 2:20:31 AM

Garband said:

Motherboard: Abit Pro IP35 LGA 775
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor: There's 2 here because I don't know if AMD is better than Intel or not... E6750 Conroe and Athlon 64 X2 6400+ Windsor


Considering the Intel MOBO, you'd better stick with Intel
April 11, 2008 2:23:47 AM

I'd go with the Intel E8400, same price range as the E6750

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April 11, 2008 3:02:47 AM

Yes a wolfdale CPU will be a much better deal!
April 11, 2008 7:17:36 PM

houstonserenity said:
Yes a wolfdale CPU will be a much better deal!

Is it really worth the 20 extra dollars for .4 GHz?

level101 said:
Abit Pro IP35 doesn't support the E8400
http://www.abit.com.tw/cpu-support-list/mb/intel_p35_ip...

might want to go with Gigabyte or Asus MOBO

If I do choose to get an E8400... Which mobo do you suggest?
April 11, 2008 9:55:56 PM

Quote:
Is it really worth the 20 extra dollars for .4 GHz?



Yes, 45nm runs faster and cooler, 2mb more cache, SSE4, I wouldn't think twice
April 12, 2008 11:56:39 PM

level101 said:
If youe looking for P35 Chipset:

GA-P35-DS3L is good Ultra Durable All-Solid Capacitor Design Mobo for $89 (no 1394)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P5K-E
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm not exactly what I'm looking for per se. lol
I just was told that the Abit IP35 Pro is a good mobo.

So if you know a better one for around the same price that supports the E8400, I'll gladly accept suggestions. =)
!