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 Post subject: AMD Gaming Computer..please review,ordering some parts today
PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2005 12:53 pm 
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This a gaming computer for my wife...COD, Half Life, Far Cry...will be played. Want an upgradeable computer without going overboard. Budget under $2000 Prices include shipping:

$375 ImageQuest L90D+ 19" LCD Monitor w/ Speakers, 8ms and DVI –RETAIL
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ShoppingC ... e=&coupon=

Need LCD...this one had good reviews

$86 A-Top XBlade Silver Gaming Machine With 450W PSU & LCD Control Panel, Model "AT859A-SV-LCD" – Retail
$86 http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproductde ... 147&DEPA=0

I know that this is not the best case. This is the one that is "pretty" I think it should work. We reviewed a lot of them.

$169 ENERMAX All in One Noisetaker Series 600W Power Supply, ATX 12V V2.01 compatible, Model "EG701AX-VE SFMA (24P)"
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDe ... ode=270322

Have this in my other gaming pc and I like it

$97 Corsair Value Select (Dual Pack) 184 Pin 512MBx2 DDR PC-3200 – OEM
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproductde ... 440&DEPA=0

Value select ok? I have the one with the LED lights in my other pc but it is expensive

$267 AMD Athlon 64 3500+, 512K, L2 Cache, Socket 939 Windows Compatible 64-bit Processor – Retail
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDe ... 514&depa=0

Have this CPU on other pc as well and no complaints so far

$149 REFURBISHED: ASUS "A8N-SLI Deluxe" nForce4 SLI Chipset Motherboard For AMD Socket 939 CPU
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDe ... 17R&depa=0

refurbed ok?

$159 REFURBISHED: Maxtor DiamondMax 10 300GB 7200RPM 16M P-ATA/133 Hard Drive, Model 6B300R0 (OEM, BAREBONE)
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDe ... 54R&depa=0

refurbed ok? I do not want another raptor

$379 eVGA nVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT Video Card, 256MB GDDR3, 256-Bit, Dual DVI/TV-Out, PCI-Express, Model "256-P2-N376-AX" -RETAIL
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDe ... 215&depa=0

got a couple of these and I like them...open to other vid cards

$113 Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS GAMER Limited Edition PCI Sound Card, Model "SB0350" –RETAIL
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/Search.jsp

Do I "need" a SC...headphones only...may hook up to the big screen but the mobo looks good enough...can upgrade later right...hoping to drop this

$66 Linksys WMP54G 54 Mbps Wireless G PCI Adapter
http://www.monarchcomputer.com/Merchant ... ode=280220

yep, need it...

$64 NEC ND-3520A/SV 16X Dual Layer DVD±RW (Silver) (OEM)
http://www.monarchcomputer.com/Merchant ... ode=160458

got one and like it

$10 Arctic Silver
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDe ... ode=316350

good stuff? pc gamer recommends in pc building bible.

Is an after market fan for the CPU recommended? which one? Case fans? Anyone know this case and do I need more fans?

total so far is $1934

THANKS THANKS THANKS THANKS :D :D :D


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2005 1:32 pm 
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Looks good, I just have a few nitpicks:

Mobo - if you don't plan on utilizing SLI, I wouldn't invest in an SLI mobo. The MSI Neo4-F comes to mind. If you're sold on Asus, consider the A8N-E.

Sound Card - only get the 'Gamer' version if you're interested in the games that come bundled. Other than that, it's same card as the Audigy 2 ZS.

Not much else to comment on. You've picked out some good parts and made a wise choice to pick up a quality PSU (a bit overkill at 600w, but should last a long time).

As for your questions, the heatsink/fan that comes with a retail processor is just fine. Be sure and remove the thermal pad, however, before applying Arctic Silver 5. With regards to refurbished, make sure and thoroughly put those parts through stress-testing as I believe you're only afforded a 15 day warranty. The one time I dealt with Newegg's refurb was a 9800 Pro AIW and it came defective. I ended up RMAing it directly with ATI, so it worked out - plus, Newegg shipped the entire retail package (remote, CDs, cables, etc).


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2005 2:06 pm 
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One4yu2c...thanks for your comments...I am not sure on the SLI yet...my other computer has it w/ to VC's and so far it is not needed...still thinking about it...

Thanks, I did not know that about the zs gamer...that will save me a few bucks.

I don't think I am going to go with refurb...i like warrenties....

thanks again! :D


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2005 2:20 pm 
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If you end up not wanting to go with SLi in the future you could also get an ATI X800 XL which is about a $100 cheaper than a 6800 GT, but pretty much the same performance, and even better in some games such as HL2.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2005 2:21 pm 
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jds6958 wrote:
I don't think I am going to go with refurb...i like warrenties...


And that the motherboard comes BAREBONES as in NO accessories. Not even the SLI bridge. There's a good chance that it'll come by itself with nothing. I'll bet you can buy the bridge off eBay, but still.

And by saving money by going with the regular ZS, and maybe toning down that PSU a bit, you can get a retail drive and mobo.

For your fans question, yeah, I would stick in a 120mm exhaust fan in there. It looks like the exhaust fits 120mm, 92mm and 80mm, anyway. As for which fan, you can get away with this.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2005 3:33 pm 
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yeah if you go with SLI in the future i am pretty sure that there will be some newer cards geared more towards SLI from nvidia so then you'd probably would want to get two of those newer cards unless you dont want the extra performance/price tag. yeah the MSI mobo is good i have it, well actually the platinum, but no diff. really.
good to go


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2005 3:36 pm 
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look for HW rebuild on google they have that Motherboard new for $150


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