First time builder, opinions on this setup?

Hello and thanks for looking at my attempt at a build. I have limited money and want a good all around PC that I can also play current games on.

My goal with this is I can eventually upgrade to add a second 8800 for graphics and naturally upgrade as needed.


My main worries are will the power supply be enough? Will it still be enough if I add a second 8800 in SLI later? Am I forgetting anything? Does everything look like it works together. Total price is 731 now, and I really can't go beyond that.


DVD- Pioneer 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model DVR-115DBK - OEM

HD Maxtor DiamondMax 21 STM3250310AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

Graphics EVGA 320-P2-N811-AR GeForce 8800GTS 320MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI

RAM(two sets) A-DATA 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

OS- Microsoft Windows Vista 32-Bit Home Premium for System Builders Single Pack DVD - OEM

CPU fan- ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - Retail

Case- COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case


Power supply- COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power RP-600-PCAR ATX from factor 12V V2.01 600W Power Supply - Retail

Motherboard- MSI K9N SLI-F V.2 AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570LT ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

CPU- AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400+ 2.8GHz Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADO5400IAA5DO - OEM

Audio - On board


Thanks again guys.
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  1. Heres a MUCH BETTER setup for a lesser price...

    CPU: Intel E8400: $200

    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L : $86.67

    RAM]: 2gb ddr2 800 crucial ballastix : $29

    GPU: 8800GT 512mb: $160

    Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB: $65

    PSU: Corsair 550vx : $60

    Cooler: XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 : $36.99

    DVD burner: Pioneer/Samsung/Lite on : $30

    Total: $660. ......... Everything on newegg.com, except PSU and RAM on buy.com; and GPU on tigerdirect.com.
  2. You can very much thank the above post. Because he has just constructed a very good rig at a very good price. Everything there is alot well structured. The only thing I cant see is the Case and the OS. But that is nothing. I very much recommend the above build.
  3. scottoliver said:
    You can very much thank the above post. Because he has just constructed a very good rig at a very good price. Everything there is alot well structured. The only thing I cant see is the Case and the OS. But that is nothing. I very much recommend the above build.



    There is also ram. 2gb is not enough. Vista (both 32 and 64 bit) uses 1+gb at any given time, and games can also be ram hogs (Crysis uses 2+gb after a few hours of gameplay).
  4. Wow. I was expecting a few comments not a complete rebuild. I really appreciate it since I have not bought a computer in 4 years so really have no clue.

    I will check out your setup instead.


    Anyone have any other comments or suggestions?
  5. Yeah, Don't get the 8800 GTS 320,640, or even the 512 which tops both. If you have the money a 9800 GTX is ~$299, 8800 GT is a great card I have the PNY version, got it when they were ~$250 still a good deal then
  6. Unfortunatly I will probbably have to cut some stuff back. The 731 price I mentioned includes the OS and does not include any mail in rebates.

    Any opinions on a cheaper power supply? I can't find where you saw a 60$ one, all three sites are about 30$ higher.

    Also any opinions on a one step down CPU?

    Thanks.
  7. ok wait, they've increased that PSU price..... i suggest you get the Corsair 450VX ($69) ...

    one step down CPU = E6750 ...$175

    give me some time...i'll hunt for a good PSU deal
  8. That one is much cheaper. 75 up front at new egg and 59 with mail in rebate. Thanks again!
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