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April 18, 2008 12:57:47 AM

Well, hello everyone. This is my first time trying to build a computer myself, and i am very looking forward to it.
Anyways, i'd like to build a computer with about $1200 and i've figured out some hardwares. and here they are

MOBO = MSI K9NGM4-F V.2 AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 7025 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Microsoft Windows Vista 32-Bit Home Premium for System Builders Single Pack DVD - OEM = $149

CPU FAN = Thermaltake CL-P0257 Blue orb II CPU Cooler for LGA775 & K8 - Retail 47.99

CPU = AMD Phenom 9850 BLACK EDITION 2.5GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HD985ZXAGHBOX = 235

RAM = G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ - Retail -74.99

Mouse/Keyboard = Microsoft Comfort Curve 2000 B2L-00047 Black USB Ergonomics Keyboard Mouse Included - OEM - 21.99

Power Supply = PC Power & Cooling S610EPS EPS12V 610W Continuous @ 40°C Power Supply - Retail -109

Video Card = PALiT NE/960TSX0202 GeForce 9600GT SONIC 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail 189.99

CAse = XCLIO Windtunnel Fully Black Finish 1.0 mm SECC Chassis ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail -119

DVD drive = LITE-ON Black IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DH-16D2P-08 - Retail - 18
SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B - OEM -35

HDD = Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM - 47

Speaker = Genius SW 5.1 1000 - 25W RMS Quality 6-Piece Speakers with Powerful 5" Driver Wood Subwoofer - 40

Total of 1110 US dollars..
Sorry i dont konw how to put Hyperlinks here.. but will this computer, if assembled right, work properly?
thank you guys!!

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April 18, 2008 1:12:52 AM

It will work, and is decent, but do you really need the Quad-Core? and the Phenoms have been said to have problems with some mobos.

I bet if you look around you can find a 9600GT for a bit cheaper. If you aren't gaming much. then you can go down to about $150 for a 9600GT. If you do game and that is what you want to do with this, I'd change to an 8800GT or 8800GTS over the 9600GT.

You can't take advantage of all the RAM if you use a 32-bit OS because it only registers 3.(something). You can use a 64-bit version of windows instead (or linux if you are a linux person).

You don't need the IDE DVD-ROM drive, It seems a bit redundant. You already have a SATA DVD drive that can also burn CDs and DVDs.

I personally am an intel person, so of course I am going to recommend switching to a core2duo (it could reduce the price from $20-40). You could also get a better mobo for cheaper beacause you aren't using SLI.

Don't forget your monitor!

(Oh, and to paste hyperlinks just copy the web adress and paste it as text. It will automatically change into a hyperlink.)
April 18, 2008 1:24:23 AM

thanks for your informations! well i have a 17in LCD, and i think i'll just keep using it until... it dies on me or something.. :) 
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April 18, 2008 8:04:20 PM

Everything looks good. But just curious why get a AMD? You can easily get better performance for cheaper with a P35-DS3x/P35- P5K and a Q6600 for the same price. or if OCing leave the Phenom in dust.
April 18, 2008 9:32:35 PM

^Exactly what I was wondering.
April 18, 2008 10:02:28 PM

aeiouandxyz said:
newegg has the geforce 9600gt for around $150. check out the list and pick the brand u want.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

intel > amd.... intel q6600>amd phenom



Those are 512mb version, I suppose he/she wants the 1GB version. Anyway, 9600gt use the g94 core (half a g92 core oced), and is meant as a mid-range/budget gaming card. 1GB won't benefit it as much as more powerful cards, like 8800gt or G92 8800gts. The g94 gpu will have trouble running at the high resolution where 1GB memory becomes an advantage.
April 18, 2008 10:17:50 PM

^1GB is not needed unless playing at REALLY high res, these are resolutions that this card won't be able to handle any way another reason is limited bus (256 bit).
April 18, 2008 10:21:39 PM

Thanks guys. I made some changes according to your advices.

Video Card = EVGA 512-P3-N801-AR GeForce 8800GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail same price

CPU = Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor Model BX80562Q6600 - Retail $244

MOBO = GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX All Solid Capacitor Intel Motherboard - Retail $90

the total price went up little bit, but i think it should be fine. So with those specifications, am i going to be able to play new games fluently?
April 18, 2008 10:47:23 PM

OP .... The 8800GT is avail for $159 at tigerdirect.com ... that should chop off a sizeable amount of damage....get it while it still avail :) 

You'd get a very pretty performance with that setup.

Though you should know that for gaming the E8400 is a better option. So if you're going to gaming mostly go for the E8400...if you're going to be doing some vid editing/encoding then Q6600 would benefit you.
April 18, 2008 10:53:39 PM

mihirkula said:
OP .... The 8800GT is avail for $159 at tigerdirect.com ... that should chop off a sizeable amount of damage....get it while it still avail :) 

You'd get a very pretty performance with that setup.

Though you should know that for gaming the E8400 is a better option. So if you're going to gaming mostly go for the E8400...if you're going to be doing some vid editing/encoding then Q6600 would benefit you.



E8400 is better until more applications becomes quad optimized. Then quad core will wipe the floor with duals. Right now, only Lost Planet and Supreme Commander are the only ones quad optimized. They say Starcraft 2 will be too when it's released, but that's just rumor at this point. It all depends on how long you want to keep the machine.
April 19, 2008 12:36:10 AM

thank you guys so much!
i really hope that i can get this computer pretty soon.
and again, thank you so much for your help!!! :) 
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