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 Post subject: New Build/ suggestions welcome
PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2005 3:41 pm 
Little Foot
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Heres my build. I am trying to get the best bang for my buck. I am going to play games like WOW, Doom3, Far Cry, Call of Duty, Star Wars Galaxies etc... Ill also be using it to make back up copies of DVDs. Please let me know what you think or would change...

MSI K8N Neo4-F $89.99
Athlon 3200+ $190.00
RosewillX800XL PCI-E $289.99
Thermaltake Shark $115.00
WD 80 GB $59.00
Geil 1 GB Memory $106.50
Samsung DVD RW Dual Layer $56.00
Asus DVD $26.99
PowaMax 580W $35.45
OR
Rosewill 500W $52.99

Total: 972.88 including the $3.97 for shipping

Now for the monitor, my wife wants a LCD because it looks better and I want something that Ill be able to play some decent games on.
HYUNDAI L90D+ 19" $389.00-- 8ms but No DVI, Im not really sure what DVI does anyway...

Thanks in advance


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2005 3:59 pm 
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pretty nice system. i dont know how reliable powmax is but for power supplies, i recommend antec, enermax, pcpowercooling, ocz, and even thermaltake. so far ive had experiences with antec and enermax and they both have work great for me.

many people say that the other three power supply brands ive listed are good and they had good experiences with them. i know that pcpowercooling tend to me more on the pricey side but i heard that they are worth every penny.

probably you can get more hdd space too instead of the 80gig but if that is all you need, then thats ok too. a good hdd brand i recommend is seagate. the seagate hdds are quiet and they are fast, plus i think their hdd comes with 5yr warranty.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2005 5:23 pm 
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Unless you're adament about having a heatspreader, I'd look at Mushkin's 1gb kit (2x512mb) PC3200 CAS 2.5 for $90 ($80 after $10 MIR) - Link

As for bang/buck power supplies, I typically favor ThermalTake for quality on a budget:
ThermalTake 480w Silent PurePower - $60 shipped
ThermalTake 420w Silent PurePower - $43 shipped

While I'm nitpicking, I'd also favor an NEC 3520a DVD DL burner and LiteOn DVD/CDRW Combo drive (or plain DVD drive). All in all however, it's a solid build.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2005 9:04 pm 
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I think I will go with the Mushkin's 1GB. Its cheaper anyway. I will probably go with the 480W power supply from Thermaltake, in fact I recommended that exact PSU to someone else yesterday. For this PC im building, its not so much Im on a budget more as that I want to get the best parts for my money. I just dont like paying the inflation prices for the newest CPU or Vid card when I can get one thats alot cheaper and only slightly less as good. Make sense?


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2005 9:45 pm 
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yep.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2005 10:30 pm 
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i really recomend not getting a thermaltake PSU i got a silent purepower 480w and it is the loudest part in my system and i have a Xaser5(damn loud as well) and it only has a 18 amp 12v...mine only gets 11.4v

anyways:

good mobo
good CPU
Kick ass vid card
Great case

you may want to get this hard drive instead:http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=22-145-075&depa=1 its SATA2 but that is just barely worth the $12 difference

i also recommend that plextor DVD burner i have a freind who managed to overburn 5.8gigs onto a DVD

as for the screen 8 ms is overkill stick with a 12ms...DVI dosnt really matter unless that vidcard has just 2 DVI then you will lose some quality with the DVI to SUB-D converter...


Also if you are serving in iraq then you may want to get a LCD because its easier to lug back here.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2005 10:57 pm 
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Unless you're having thermal issues, adjust your fan speed. At the highest setting, the TT 480w no longer earns the 'Silent' part of it's title.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2005 1:58 am 
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I think Im going to look into getting a bigger HD, maybe 120-160 GB. I doubt I will need one that big but you never know. Ill take a look at the Plextor DVD. As for the monitor do you have any other suggestions? Im not having the PC shipped to Iraq, Im just about to leave, finally. Im ordering the parts now so when I get back they will already be there. I still want to stick to an LCD though.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2005 4:34 am 
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Military?


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2005 7:41 am 
Little Foot
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Yes, USAF


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2005 12:51 pm 
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I'll be enlisting in about six months.


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 Post subject: Re: New Build/ suggestions welcome
PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2005 1:35 pm 
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seventhsign wrote:
Now for the monitor, my wife wants a LCD because it looks better and I want something that Ill be able to play some decent games on.
HYUNDAI L90D+ 19" $389.00-- 8ms but No DVI, Im not really sure what DVI does anyway...

Thanks in advance



Double check the total specs link, it does have DVI connectivity. You need to be sure whatever graphics card you buy has DVI capability. This allow you to have a digital rather than an analog display. Believe me, there is a huge increase in visual quality with a digital display.


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 Post subject: Re: New Build/ suggestions welcome
PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2005 1:51 pm 
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seventhsign wrote:
Heres my build. I am trying to get the best bang for my buck. I am going to play games like WOW, Doom3, Far Cry, Call of Duty, Star Wars Galaxies etc... Ill also be using it to make back up copies of DVDs. Please let me know what you think or would change...

MSI K8N Neo4-F $89.99
Athlon 3200+ $190.00
RosewillX800XL PCI-E $289.99
Thermaltake Shark $115.00
WD 80 GB $59.00
Geil 1 GB Memory $106.50
Samsung DVD RW Dual Layer $56.00
Asus DVD $26.99
PowaMax 580W $35.45
OR
Rosewill 500W $52.99

Total: 972.88 including the $3.97 for shipping

Now for the monitor, my wife wants a LCD because it looks better and I want something that Ill be able to play some decent games on.
HYUNDAI L90D+ 19" $389.00-- 8ms but No DVI, Im not really sure what DVI does anyway...

Thanks in advance


DURRRRRPPPP....

Don't make that mistake man, strap a DECENT PSU to this bad boy. Like an Antec Neo Power 480 or even the PC Power and Cooling 510. One4's suggestion of those thermaltakes is excellent as well...

Also, I've had bad experiences with Geil memory, go with Crucial, Corsair, Kingston or another brand name (trust me on this).

The DVD Burner is a bit sub-par. I'd go with the Sony DRU-710A, it's not much more expensive.

Lastly, you probably don't want to trust your graphics duties to Rosewill. Go with the first party card or a Saphire for a third party card. Basically, I'd seriously reconsider MOST of your choices with this system. Check out this months (April Issue) of Maximum PC for an excellent guide to upgrading.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2005 1:57 pm 
Little Foot
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So does this graphics card have DVI, I looked and didnt see anything about DVI, maybe Im just not seeing it.

RosewillX800XL PCI-E $289.99
http://www2.newegg.com/Product/Product. ... etailSpecs


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2005 2:06 pm 
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Yes, it does have DVI. If you look at the picture (though it is also listed on the spec sheet under "Ports"), the bigger white colored socket on the right is the DVI socket. It's pretty standard on most cards these days, unless you have a really uber budget card...


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2005 2:34 pm 
Little Foot
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I dont know all these parts have listed here pretty much have perfect ratings. Im switching to a thermaltake PSU. Im going to switch to Kingston or Mushkin memory. Im also switching to these drives

NEC 16X Double Layer DVD±RW Drive, Black, Model ND-3520A BK, OEM
LITE-On Black 52X32X52X16 Combo Drive 36.00

But i think the rest of my choices will work good..


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