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 Post subject: Final Parts for Gaming Rig
PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2005 4:15 pm 
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im building gaming rig and this will be my first computer that i have built, if u have any other considerations, if there r compatibility issues u c, or u have suggestions on better parts ur help would be much appreciated. I also need help in choosing a PSU(if included in the case one is not good enuff) and a monitor.

Case- Coolermaster Centurion 5
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproductdesc.asp?description=11-119-057&DEPA=1

MoBo- DFI Nvidia NForce Ultra
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproductdesc.asp?description=13-136-152&DEPA=1

Memory- Corsair XMS DDR PC-3200
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=20-145-450&depa=0

CPU- AMD Athlon 64 +3200 or +3500 socket 939 (not sure which i should choose)
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=19-103-500&depa=1
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=19-103-494&depa=1

Video Card- Radeon X800 XL
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=14-131-299&depa=0

Hard Drive- Maxtor 300GB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproductdesc.asp?description=22-144-359&DEPA=1

CD Drive- LG 52x32x52 (recycled)
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=27-136-034&depa=1

Monitor- ?

*PSU- ?

thx for the help and pls check all sites and give me suggections THANKS :)


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2005 4:23 pm 
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ive decided to go wit the 3200 processor


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2005 4:30 pm 
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First off, what is your budget limit? This will help in trying to figure out what we have to work with.

Couple of points I'd like to make.

1) Go with the 3500+ you will not be sorry you did. It is worth every penny to upgrade to it.

2) For your procs, you chose two OEM versions. You might want to consider buying a heatsink/fan combo for it. Unless you buy retail, which is what I would do if you don't intend to overclock. Just ensure that you get the 90nm versions, which it looks like you already have.

3) For the PSU, the included CoolerMaster will work fine. However, I am a big supporter of Antec and PCP&C products and would probably swap out the CM for one of those instead. Maybe an Antec TruePower 480.

4) How big do you want the monitor to be? What kind do you want? LCD? CRT? If you want a pure gaming rig, stick with a CRT with a dpi of less than .25 What are you looking to spend on the monitor?


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2005 4:33 pm 
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i just really think it's funny that you're spending all that money, but only have a 52x32x52. dont wanna ever watch a dvd or something?


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2005 4:35 pm 
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ok i guess il go wit the 3500

how hard is it to swap out PSU's? and i think ill go wit a 19" crt monitor. got any suggestions?


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2005 4:38 pm 
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got any suggestions for the cd one that i can use to watch dvd's?

didnt kno too muc bout the recycled one

i also got my PSU in order
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=17-104-154&depa=0


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2005 4:46 pm 
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Tin Can Man wrote:
ok i guess il go wit the 3500

how hard is it to swap out PSU's? and i think ill go wit a 19" crt monitor. got any suggestions?

Swapping out PSU's is cake. Usually just four scrws to hold the PSU to the backplate of the case, and out it comes.

19" monitor is a good sized CRT. I'll do some checking around and see what I come up with.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2005 4:48 pm 
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im not sure wat nm is for the proc but heres wat i found Retail
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc.asp?description=19-103-514&depa=1

i als ofrgot to say that i don want to spend too much on a monitor mayb like a $200-300

should i buy all my items retail off new egg?


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2005 5:45 pm 
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do u think this would be a good cd drive?
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproductdesc.asp?description=27-131-351&DEPA=1

How about thhis monitor?
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=24-002-248&depa=1

is it ok if my hard drive is OEM and not retail


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2005 7:35 pm 
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I have never heard anything bad about Viewsonic CRT monitors and I have always preferred them personally. Check this one out.

http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproductdesc.asp?description=24-116-282&DEPA=1


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buying it all off of newegg is easier for keeping track of stuff. if you buy from another vendor, check reseller ratings.


That is pricy for a dvd-r. In you last thread i told you to check out the nec - it's $55


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2005 8:35 pm 
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Tin Can Man wrote:
im not sure wat nm is for the proc but heres wat i found Retail
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc.asp?description=19-103-514&depa=1

i als ofrgot to say that i don want to spend too much on a monitor mayb like a $200-300

should i buy all my items retail off new egg?

The proc that I think you are looking for can be located here. It appears that Newegg does not stock a retail version of the AMD64 90nm, 3500+ proc. The Nm designation (or nanometer) simply means what fabrication process it was made in. CPU's, until recently, were made with the 0.13micron process which is larger than the new procs offered today, the 90nm versions. These 90nm versions run cooler and are more easily over-clockable if you are into that kind of thing.

The proc that you chose is of the 0.13micron variety.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2005 8:47 pm 
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The Plextor you selected is one of the best around. All types of nice features to make sure you don't get any extra DVD-R coasters. The only 8MB buffer DVD burner (not much to brag about I guess). Plextor is best with their firmware updates though. I would stay away from the SATA one though. Stick with IDE.

If you want to stick to a budget though, go with the NEC, LG, or Lite-On (just don't use the software from the CD).

Now if you want to just stick to burning CDs and no DVD burner (which is up to you), the Samsung DVD/CDRW combo drive is really good for a good price ($35 something last I remember from NewEgg?). Been using it since it was introduced and it hasn't let me down.

About the Hard Drive: It's fine that you are buying an OEM, but make sure you have the proper IDE or SATA cables (normally a sufficient supply comes with the mobo, but make sure you check on that!)

Eh, have you thought about a sound card? Planning on getting a Creative sound card or save some cash and stick to the on board mobo sound?


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2005 10:02 pm 
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maxime29 wrote:
Eh, have you thought about a sound card? Planning on getting a Creative sound card or save some cash and stick to the on board mobo sound?

No kidding. If you are wanting a pure gaming rig, you are going to want to definitely look into buying an Creative Audigy2 of some sort for your computer. You will need it if you plan on playing games with 5.1 surround sound. Good call, maxime.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2005 10:34 pm 
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actually newegg shippped a copy of nero and and powerdvd for me when i bought my nec - oem version. Nice of em eh :)

Still dont use it. I've been using all free ware on this pc just to see if i can. CD burner xp, and VLC media player both are awesome.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2005 10:12 am 
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Antec's NeoPower PSU got really good reviews.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2005 2:27 pm 
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sry been on vacation and couldnt really access this forum

but anyways im not really interested in sound, mediocre is ok wit me

can some1 explain the diference between the diferent types of cd drives?

and should i order case and monitor off newegg?


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2005 2:36 pm 
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Go with the 3200+ - the price difference is significant enough to ignore the 200MHz difference and the extra money saved can be thrown into a better/ another component.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2005 4:01 pm 
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OK i have some new parts check them suggestions?

Case- Coolermaster Centurion 5
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproductdesc.asp?description=11-119-057&DEPA=1

PSU- OCZ PowerStream 520w
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=17-104-152&depa=1

MoBo- NF4
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproductdesc.asp?description=13-136-152&DEPA=1

RAM- Patriot Extreme Performance 2x512MB
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=20-220-036&depa=1

Graphics Card- Radeon X800 XL(is PCI-E car better than AGP?)
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=14-131-299&depa=0

Hard Drive- Maxtor 300 GB 7,200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproductdesc.asp?description=22-144-359&DEPA=1

CD Drive- 52x32x52 LG (recycled)[if u can find something really cheap that can read dvd's and cd's then link me pls]
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=27-136-034&depa=1

Monitor- 19" CRT Viewsonic PerfectFlat
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproductdesc.asp?description=24-116-282&DEPA=1

Speakers- Creative Labs( not that interested in having the best sound might even use headphones)
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproductdesc.asp?description=36-116-149&DEPA=0

CPU- AMD Athlon 64 +3500 Socket 939 90nm
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=80717-2


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2005 5:18 pm 
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Personally, I wouldn't buy a monitor online. I need to see how it looks before I buy. If it ends up being cheaper online after I see it, then maybe, but CRT's are pretty cheap anyway.

I would go to pricegrabber & price everything before giving newegg my money.


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