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April 29, 2008 1:31:42 AM

When reading this i hope you can keep in mind that i am a novice PC builder. This will be my very first PC build. I am going to post what i picked out my PC build is going to look like. Tell me if it is "user friendly". Any suggestions are welcome. Tell me if i am missing anything.

Motherboard: $134.99
ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU/Processor: $93.99
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Brisbane 2.6GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Black Edition Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Source: $114.99
KINGWIN ABT-600MA1S ATX 12V Ver.2.2 600W SLI Certified Modular Power Supply 115 - 120 / 200-240 Vac
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: $89.99
Western Digital Raptor WD360ADFD 36GB 10,000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 1.5Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: $179.99
XFX PVT88PYDF4 GeForce 8800GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory/RAM: $55.99
Kingston HyperX 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Heatsink: $49.99
ZALMAN CNPS8700 2 Ball CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD/DVD rom Drive: $26.99
Sony NEC Optiarc Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA 20X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: $69.99
Ultra Black Aluminus ATX Mid-Tower Case with Clear Side, Front USB, Firewire and Audio Ports
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...




Thanks for taking a look and please notify me if there is anything there not compatible with others and anything missing.

Thanks NewEgg for allowing me to use them as a source.


Thanks in advanced!

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April 29, 2008 1:52:13 AM

townshiplax07 said:
When reading this i hope you can keep in mind that i am a novice PC builder. This will be my very first PC build. I am going to post what i picked out my PC build is going to look like. Tell me if it is "user friendly". Any suggestions are welcome. Tell me if i am missing anything.

Motherboard: $134.99
ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus motherbords been haveing some issues lately. Especially that one go on ASUS.com and register you will be able too look around the forum. I would try to stretch my budget and go with one of the m3 since they are Am2+ and will fully support future upgrades.

CPU/Processor: $93.99
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Brisbane 2.6GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Black Edition Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Very good choise and smart is not expensive but is one of the best AMD
s processors especially for any one on a budget. Later when you ready you might consider Phenome BE but till they resolve some of the issues than you will have a decent CPU for low price. Once again upgrade your MOBO to am2+

Power Source: $114.99
KINGWIN ABT-600MA1S ATX 12V Ver.2.2 600W SLI Certified Modular Power Supply 115 - 120 / 200-240 Vac
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It might be little bit over kill if you not going to go SLI if yes sure why not.

Hard Drive: $89.99
Western Digital Raptor WD360ADFD 36GB 10,000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 1.5Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Do you really need Raptor?

Video Card: $179.99
XFX PVT88PYDF4 GeForce 8800GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Very good choice but I would go with EVEGA very good costumer service and 90day upgrade option.

Memory/RAM: $55.99
Kingston HyperX 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Oki but you should concider Patriot good and stable as well go 2x4gb not much more but you will be all set for some time.

Heatsink: $49.99
ZALMAN CNPS8700 2 Ball CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Not much into coolers so can't help you here

CD/DVD rom Drive: $26.99
Sony NEC Optiarc Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA 20X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: $69.99
Ultra Black Aluminus ATX Mid-Tower Case with Clear Side, Front USB, Firewire and Audio Ports
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

I would go with Antec 900 really helps keeping the sestem kool is pretty good to work with and is only 30 more


Thanks for taking a look and please notify me if there is anything there not compatible with others and anything missing.

Thanks NewEgg for allowing me to use them as a source.


Thanks in advanced!

April 29, 2008 3:12:46 AM

I am not sure if i actually need a raptor... Do you think i do seeing as this is going to be my first gaming pc. A tech guy told me that this is a really fast Hard Drive and it interested me. Do you think i would be set with 7200RPM then 10k?
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April 29, 2008 3:43:19 AM

Well i went back to a couple of websites and made different Gaming PC's...

Motherboard:
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...

Video Card:
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...

DVD rom Drive:
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...

CPU/Processor:
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...

Hard Drive:
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...

Memory/RAM:
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...

Power Source:
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...


^again can someone tell me if i am missing anything. For some reason i feel like the motherboard and CPU are not compatible. If someone know thw answer please let me know. But that is the other PC i was thinking of.
April 29, 2008 11:59:49 AM

Okay here is what I'd recommend:

CPU - $87 shipped!! just like you selected. OC to 3-3.2 gHz w/o any voltage tweaks!!! 2 or 3 clicks in BIOS to change multiplier to get to that speed!! This is a good CPU for the $, but you'll need a CPU HSF to go with it, since it doesn't come with it.
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Dual Core Black Edition 2.60 GHz 2000 MHz AM2 1MB Desktop Processor Retail ***Free Shipping***
Heatsink & Fan not included

CPU HSF - $25 shipped!! One of the better CPU HSF's out there for the $!!
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - Retail

Mobo - $90 shipped!! One of the better mobo's for the $. If you want full ATX you can get it if you need it.
GIGABYTE GA-MA78GM-S2H AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
ATI hybrid graphics technology & mainstream DX10 gaming

Case/PSU combo - $130 - $30 MIR = $100!!! One of the better combo's to get. Most PSU's that come with the case are crap, but this one has a solid PSU with it. It has 41A on the 12v rails and is >80% efficient w/3 yr. warranty too. :) 
Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply - Retail

Memory - $79 shipped!!! Good solid DDR2 800mHz CAS 5 memory.
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
or
CORSAIR XMS2 4GB PC2-6400 DDR2-800 Memory Kit TWIN2X4096-6400C5 Memory Retail ***Free Shipping***

GPU - $247 - $30 MIR = $217!!! Probably the best GPU for the $ right now. You can also upgrade within 90 days and use eVga's "Step Up" program and only pay the difference!! :) 
EVGA 512-P3-N845-AR GeForce 8800GTS (G92) KO 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
EVGA "Knock Out" Edition, overclocked at 678MHz

DVD Burner - $37 shipped!! Retail version so it'll have the software needed to read/burn DVD's!!
LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner - Retail

Total price ~$690 - $60 MIR's = $630!!!! Not too bad for a budget build. You could change any of the parts that you wanted, but this would be a good an solid rig to have and would be ready for a Phenom/Deneb CPU later!!
April 29, 2008 12:13:19 PM

Will that case be good with air supply and will it fry things?
April 29, 2008 12:22:39 PM

lunyone said:
Okay here is what I'd recommend:

CPU - $87 shipped!! just like you selected. OC to 3-3.2 gHz w/o any voltage tweaks!!! 2 or 3 clicks in BIOS to change multiplier to get to that speed!! This is a good CPU for the $, but you'll need a CPU HSF to go with it, since it doesn't come with it.
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Dual Core Black Edition 2.60 GHz 2000 MHz AM2 1MB Desktop Processor Retail ***Free Shipping***
Heatsink & Fan not included

CPU HSF - $25 shipped!! One of the better CPU HSF's out there for the $!!
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - Retail

Mobo - $90 shipped!! One of the better mobo's for the $. If you want full ATX you can get it if you need it.
GIGABYTE GA-MA78GM-S2H AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
ATI hybrid graphics technology & mainstream DX10 gaming

Case/PSU combo - $130 - $30 MIR = $100!!! One of the better combo's to get. Most PSU's that come with the case are crap, but this one has a solid PSU with it. It has 41A on the 12v rails and is >80% efficient w/3 yr. warranty too. :) 
Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply - Retail

Memory - $79 shipped!!! Good solid DDR2 800mHz CAS 5 memory.
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
or
CORSAIR XMS2 4GB PC2-6400 DDR2-800 Memory Kit TWIN2X4096-6400C5 Memory Retail ***Free Shipping***

GPU - $247 - $30 MIR = $217!!! Probably the best GPU for the $ right now. You can also upgrade within 90 days and use eVga's "Step Up" program and only pay the difference!! :) 
EVGA 512-P3-N845-AR GeForce 8800GTS (G92) KO 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
EVGA "Knock Out" Edition, overclocked at 678MHz

DVD Burner - $37 shipped!! Retail version so it'll have the software needed to read/burn DVD's!!
LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner - Retail

Total price ~$690 - $60 MIR's = $630!!!! Not too bad for a budget build. You could change any of the parts that you wanted, but this would be a good an solid rig to have and would be ready for a Phenom/Deneb CPU later!!


Pretty good budget build there. MSI has an even cheaper 8800GTS, same specs as the Evga for $20 Less, and it comes with a free game... newegg.com
April 29, 2008 12:41:15 PM

Yeah i will just go with the originial one he told me...Will this case be alright for breathing room?
April 29, 2008 12:42:21 PM

townshiplax07 said:
Will that case be good with air supply and will it fry things?

The case is pretty good for airflow. I'm not sure where your coming up with "will it fry things" from, but the case is pretty good and cool. Not to mistake it for the Antec 900 or Cooler Master 690 cases, but for the $ it's one of the better ones to get.
Here's a quote about the case/PSU combo:
Quote:
The Antec Sonata III is a great combination of a high efficiency brand name power supply with ample power under the hood to supply a fairly high end system with SLI/Crossfire and quad core inside a very solid case. It is hard to find such a combination these days, especially at this price point. The internal case layout is simple but works quite well. The same goes for the drive installation, even if it may not be as easy as you would expect upon first inspection of the rails and case features. There is really not much else to find wrong with this case. The Sonata III is worthy successor of the well known Sonata lineup.

Review link

April 29, 2008 12:56:57 PM

Ok...just wondering because the case i was looking at had a fan on the side but then i looked at some pictures of the recommended case and i saw there was a couple of fans on the back. Thanks just wondering...
April 29, 2008 1:09:30 PM

Not a problem. If you like your case than get what you like. Cases are a personal preference. If budget is of concern than the "bling" factor isn't usually a priority, but if you like a case and you can afford it, than by all means get it. If you want just add a PSU to your list and add it to your case than I'd suggest at least a Corsair vx550w PSU. It has 41A on the 12V rail and is efficient at >80% and has a 5 yr. warranty. I mis-quoted the Antec 500w PSU as having "41A" on the 12v rail, but it only has 34A on the 12v rail. I was trying to remember off the top of my head on that one and had to go back and double check my information. The Antec 500w Earthwatts PSU is still a very good one to have, so don't let the numbers mess with your thoughts too much. It'll still power any single GPU out there right now. If you have any doubts about the Antec Earthwatts PSU's, just look at my link in my signature about the 380w Earthwatts PSU running a e6600 OC'd and a 8800gtx on 380w of power! :) 
April 30, 2008 12:36:55 AM

OK, so the computer you put together is a great budget gaming computer? Everything there is compatible?
April 30, 2008 12:46:48 AM

Yes it's a good budget gaming computer. You can get a bit faster if you go with an Intel build (mainly because the CPU performs a bit better), but it'll cost your more $. If you want to spend about the same on the Intel build, you'll have to OC the CPU to stay competetive. There is a bit more involved to OC the Intel build, but it shouldn't be too much. I put the AMD build up, since that is where you seemed to be interested in most. I recently help build a AMD build, like the one above, and it was almost exactly the same. So the build should be fine and should be a good performer for gaming. You can decide, but the the budget, it's a good deal.
April 30, 2008 1:53:26 AM

ok would i be getting HIGH FPS for COD4? im a novice and am just wondering...
May 2, 2008 5:10:53 AM

lunyone said:
Yes it's a good budget gaming computer. You can get a bit faster if you go with an Intel build (mainly because the CPU performs a bit better), but it'll cost your more $. If you want to spend about the same on the Intel build, you'll have to OC the CPU to stay competetive. There is a bit more involved to OC the Intel build, but it shouldn't be too much. I put the AMD build up, since that is where you seemed to be interested in most. I recently help build a AMD build, like the one above, and it was almost exactly the same. So the build should be fine and should be a good performer for gaming. You can decide, but the the budget, it's a good deal.


Ok what ya think bout OS? go windows XP or Vista and if Vista 32? or 64 bit? thanks e.
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