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November 3, 2004 7:10:01 PM

Just wanted to let the experts take a look over my new build to see if anything should be changed. I still haven't decided on a case yet but i'm not worried about that. The only main concern is the memory. Not sure if I should go dual-channel and if so I don't know which to get. This will mainly be used for gaming...

AMD Athlon 64 3500+ (Winchester)
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc.asp?descripti...

GIGABYTE "GA-K8NSNXP-939" nForce3 Ultra
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc.asp?descripti...

Crucial Ballistix 184-Pin 512MB DDR PC-3200
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc.asp?descripti...

XFX nVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?descripti...

Hitachi 250GB 7200RPM SATA
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc.asp?descripti...

Lite-On 16X DVD Dual Drive, Model SOHW-1633S
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc.asp?descripti...

Lite-On 52X32X52 Internal EIDE CD-RW
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc.asp?descripti...

Thanks for any feedback,
Shawn

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November 3, 2004 9:28:43 PM

Looks good! Make sure your DVD burner can write DUAL-LAYER DVD. You might consider the NEC ND3500A... See this article :

<A HREF="http://www.tomshardware.com/storage/20041102/index.html" target="_new">http://www.tomshardware.com/storage/20041102/index.html...;/A>

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November 3, 2004 11:06:21 PM

Looks great. I'm not all that fond of the IBM hdd.
Get the ballistics in dual channel, it will give about 8% more perf.
November 3, 2004 11:29:46 PM

Yeah, get two sticks of the Crucial Ballistix. Most newer games do show noticeable improvement with an extra 512mb of memory. Plus, with a system like that don't let your memory bottleneck you.

Another stick is a win-win situation, you get more memory and you get to use dual-channel. If you don't have enough money for another 512mb stick then <b>don't</b> get 2 sticks of 256mb. That will severly limit your upgrade options in the future.

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