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Built a new computer, need you opinion please

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September 13, 2008 7:58:04 AM

Hello, I have built a new system for gaming + watching good HD movies (low budget).

Well there it is:

Mobo: Asus M3N-HD/HDMI (NVIDIA nForce 750a SLI chipset)
CPU: AMD 6400+ (1024KB cache)
Cooling: Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro PWN
GFX Card: Zotac Geforce 9800GT/512MB
Memory: OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 Vista Upgrade 2GB Module (4GB Kit)
PSU: 500W (18 on the 12+ rail)
HDD: SeaGate Barracuda, 250GB, SATA2, 7200RPM, 16MB Cache.
Case: An old case, don't know the model - I just leave it open all the time - I think that sould do the trick.

The whole thing cost a little less the 700 USD (Good price?)

I need your expert opinions please + a few questions:

1) Zotac, is that a good manufacturer?
2) What do you think of the memory? Cause I planing to use XP - Vista will come sometime in the future.

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September 13, 2008 11:55:10 AM

If you have already built the computer, isn't it weird to ask for opinions now? We are usually here to help you make choices, so you get the most for your $$$. If the money has already been spent, are we just validating your purchase?
September 13, 2008 12:08:49 PM

No no, not at all.
I haven't bought anything yet.

I went to a couple of stores and thats the best price they offered me.

This is the plan and I want to know what do you think about it.
Nothing is bought.
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September 13, 2008 12:51:48 PM

ermmmm.... case? PSU? HDD? The rest of the computer?
September 13, 2008 1:21:07 PM

Well I have an old case and I'm not gonna change it - no money - I just leave it open all the time.

HDD and PSU I already have - **Updated first post**.
September 13, 2008 4:20:18 PM

Anyone?
September 13, 2008 7:59:58 PM

duno whether 400W is enough but then i allways go overkill lol!

zotac ive heard of before. but one note is that overclockers.co.uk dnt sell zotec they only sell powercolour sapphire, BFG ones like that

is the AMD 6400+ the black edition?? and is it dual core? do you plan on overclocking??


have your thought about cooling??

stock coolers are ok but if u plan on OC'ing then u need a better one!!

just a few things for u too think about!
September 13, 2008 8:01:08 PM

I'd get a different motherboard and GPU combo. That's just me, but I would think a P45 and a 4850 would serve you better. I'd also go with an Intel CPU, but those are my preferences.
September 13, 2008 8:19:29 PM

jasobnd said:
duno whether 400W is enough but then i allways go overkill lol!

zotac ive heard of before. but one note is that overclockers.co.uk dnt sell zotec they only sell powercolour sapphire, BFG ones like that

is the AMD 6400+ the black edition?? and is it dual core? do you plan on overclocking??


have your thought about cooling??

stock coolers are ok but if u plan on OC'ing then u need a better one!!

just a few things for u too think about!



Zotac is the branch of Sapphire that makes Nvidia cards.
It is Dual Core and it is not Black - Black is for OCing right? I'm not gonna OC at all.
In the cooling part I'm gonna use an Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro PWN.

Waiting for your reply jasobnd, thank you!


huron said:
I'd get a different motherboard and GPU combo. That's just me, but I would think a P45 and a 4850 would serve you better. I'd also go with an Intel CPU, but those are my preferences.


No money dude lol I told you low budget.
September 13, 2008 11:41:27 PM

You can build an Intel build for relatively cheap. You certainly can put together a pretty killer rig for under $700.

You can get an Intel CPU and motherboard in the same price range as you are looking. The 4850 is not all that much more expensive than what you are looking at for the GPU either.

The performance increase would be pretty big.

BTW - you won't need an aftermarket cooler if you aren't going to overclock (that'll save you money too).
September 13, 2008 11:57:18 PM

CPU: E7200 - $100 (microcenter.com)
Mobo: P45 board - $90-$120 (for a solid board - a bunch in this range)
RAM: 2x2GB RAM - DDR2 800 - Less than $50 (OCZ reaper)
GPU: 4850 - ~$150
HDD: 640GB HDD - $85 (western digital)
PSU: Corsair or OCZ 550w or 600w for $70-$80

I did that for less than $600. That's a nice gaming machine. All the prices are newegg.com except the CPU.

See if that's OK. I think that is a way better machine. If you really want a quad, I'd get a Q6600 and you'd have to add another 60-80 to the price, but that still keeps you well below your price limit.
September 14, 2008 5:12:07 AM

I live in Israel - the prices are double even triple of what you are talking about.
September 14, 2008 5:46:58 AM

I checked it out - roughly 920 USD.
September 14, 2008 7:45:45 AM

Gotcha...that makes it easier to let us help you figure it out. I could even make another rig that is cheaper here. Sorry to hear about the higher component prices.

I'm sure I could try again to put another budget rig together, but that's up to you. Where are you planning on purchasing parts? If you give us a site, it's easier to help you build.
September 14, 2008 8:08:09 AM

It's an israeli site that compares prices through all the good stores across the country.
I don't want another rig - I'm happy with this one - question is - is it ok?
Will the parts work together well?

Cause my plan is to add another 9800GT + a quad processor in a year or 2.
September 14, 2008 9:04:52 AM

The rig is OK, but I don't think the PSU would support 2 9800 gt cards in SLI.
September 14, 2008 7:52:41 PM

Of course it won't - when I'll buy the 2nd one in a year or 2 I'll buy a better PSU.

BTW, my brother got me a better PSU somehow - 500W (18 on the 12+ rail).
!