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September 13, 2005 3:41:34 AM

This is my first time attempting to build a PC. It will primarly be a gamer. I did some research but not to much so if you would take a look at what I have here and let me know what I can change to make it better and maybe even save a few dollars. The case is missing because I intend on going with a water cooled system just haven't looked into which one I want yet. Thanks for your input!

GIGABYTE GA-K8NXP-SLI Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

ASUS K8N4-E DELUXE Socket 754 NVIDIA nForce4 4X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

AOpen 91.05210.45H Geforce 6800GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail

SEASONIC S12-500 ATX12V 500W Power Supply - Retail

AMD Athlon 64 3400+ Newcastle 800MHz FSB Socket 754 Processor Model ADA3400AXBOX - Retail

GeIL Value 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model GE2GB3200BDC - Retail

Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 ST3400832A-RK 400GB 7200 RPM IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive - Retail

LITE-ON Black IDE DVD Burner Model SOHW-1693S

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September 13, 2005 5:58:48 AM

A little info for you.
1 the "secure" in the newegg adress means we cant see it
2 I'm sure you know that that chip wont fit on the gigabyte board.
3 S754 is older tech. It may be right for you, if you dont OC, and you dont plan on replacing the chip in a year or two.
4 The s939 venice core chips are better because they have better memory controler, SSE3 support ( okay so that's not a big deal ), and come on 90 nano tech, that runs cooler, and is a little better developed.
5 IMNSHO the X800XL is a better gfx card, but check with the guys in the graphics forum, they know better than me.
6 Come to think of it, I dont much like seasonic or Aopen much either.
7 I'm not usually this negative, is it true that men can get pms to?
September 13, 2005 6:32:54 AM

the x800xl isnt better is about equal except that it doesnt have SM3.0, This is a big deal because there are already SM3.0 games out and they dont look as good on 2.0 as they do on 3.0

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September 13, 2005 11:40:31 AM

Well thanks for the little bit of help! But I guess I should just start off with this question for this board. What is the best bang for my buck for a gamer cpu? Please give me a little more info about what one to look at I haven't quiet figured out the numbers jargon yet. BTW I did have the right cpu for that board but then changed it and the board but I guess it being so late by the time I got off of here I was a little delirious! Thanks again...
September 13, 2005 11:49:50 AM

Well I guess it could be but I would need some serious help with that part of it!
September 13, 2005 3:14:59 PM

This is a big deal because there are already SM3.0 games out and they dont look as good on 2.0 as they do on 3.0

So far as I know, Far Cry is the only game that supports it and it doesn't make as much difference as some would have you believe.

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September 13, 2005 9:54:48 PM

Look @ some screenies of the AOE3 demo. There is a HUGE diff between 2 and 3. Its not that SM2.0 cards cant do the same thing with 2.0b but nvidia is making developers program better looking content for 3.0
There will be a lot more games like this released soon.
Oh and just for the record i have an x800xl so its not like i'm spouting bs here.

The know-most-of-it-all formally known as BOBSHACK
September 14, 2005 2:01:53 AM

If you do not plan on OCing, or upgrading the chip, get the s754 setup. Check with the graphics forum about gfx cards, they know better than the guys here.
I would recommend a fortron source or enermax psu over the seasonic.
Since the s754 boards do not have dual channel, a single 1 gigabyte stick of ram would be fine.