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First time builder, opinions on this setup?

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April 19, 2008 12:03:36 AM

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.
April 19, 2008 10:37:12 AM

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.
April 19, 2008 1:32:14 PM

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.
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April 19, 2008 2:34:40 PM

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).
April 19, 2008 3:55:08 PM

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?
April 19, 2008 4:00:24 PM

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
April 19, 2008 4:40:50 PM

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.
April 19, 2008 5:51:39 PM

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
April 19, 2008 5:58:24 PM

That one is much cheaper. 75 up front at new egg and 59 with mail in rebate. Thanks again!
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