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Building My First PC - What do you think?

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August 3, 2004 3:33:05 AM

Im planning to build my first pc in the next few months and first of all I was wondering if anyone had any advice? Also, Id like feedback on my list. Assume anything not listed I already have something for it, such as monitor, speakers. The prices are from newegg. Thanks for your help.

Case:Thermaltake VA3000 Dream Tower Tsunami VA3000SWA ATX Case with Transparent X type side panel window –RETAIL - $136

PSU: Antec 480W Truepower - $85

CPU: Intel Pentium 4/ 3.0C GHz 800MHz FSB, 512KB L2 Cache, Hyper Threading Technology – Retail - $219

Motherboard: Abit IC7-MAX3 - $176

Memory: CORSAIR XMS Xtreme Memory Speed Series, Xtra-Low Latency 184-Pin 1GB(512MBx2) DDR PC-3200 w/ Platinum Heat Spreader, Model TWINX1024-3200XLPT – Retail - $318

Hard Drive: Western Digital 120GB 7200RPM IDE Hard Drive, Model WD1200JBRTL, Retail - $119

DVD-R/RW: NEC 8X Dual Layer DVD+/-RW Drive, Model ND-2510A SVR, OEM - $78

Floppy Disk Drive: name brand - $10

Video Card: eVGA nVIDIA GeForce 6800GT Video Card, 256MB GDDR3, 256-Bit, DVI/TV-Out, 8X AGP, Model "256-A8-N344-AX" -RETAIL - $410

Sound Card: Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS Platinum Pro PCI Sound Card, Model "SB0360" –RETAIL - $206

UPS: APC 500VA BACK-UPS ES, Model "BE500U" –RETAIL - $59

Total: $1816

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August 3, 2004 3:50:51 AM

God, your system looks nearly identical to mines lOL

my system:
P4 3.2E (had a 3.0E)
Antec 430watt True power
PNY geforce 6800 GT
Asus P4P800
80gb maxtor IDE
1gb pc3200
Thermaltake XaserIII case

so i'd say you got a good system there!

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Prescott 3.2E 1MB L2 HT
1GB PC 3200 Dual channel(PAT)
Asus P4P800 Bios 1016
PNY Geforce 6800 GT 256MB DDR3
60,823 Aquamarks
August 3, 2004 3:53:42 AM

A couple things...
It looks like you are a gamer, hence the $400+ card but are you going to be doing anything else with this?

Are you going to OC this? If so you might want a good heatsink for it.

Also last thing, and this is a small tiny tidbit, 120GB hard drive? you are spending 1800 on a computer and buying a 120GB? I think once you install some games, and if you have any 'purchased' MP3's, or some 'backup copies' of Movies you will notice 120GB soon be a tad small.

I just looked up on New Egg and they have a WD 200GB, IDE Ultra ATA100.....for 116.50. Its an OEM and has a 3yr Warranty. The one you have is Retail and 1yr Warranty. So far less money you can almost Double your size. I have found for WD, 200GB is the best GB/$ you can get.

hope i helped a litte.
August 3, 2004 4:20:14 AM

Your UPS is way too small! I have twin APC-SU700's and that's barely enough for two PC's. {smile]

Abit IS7 - 2.8C @ 3.4 - Mushkin PC4000 (2 X 512) - Sapphire 9800Pro - TT 420 watt Pure Power
Samsung 120gb ATA-100 - Maxtor 40gb ATA - 100
Sony DRU-510A - THAT'S MORE LIKE IT!
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