help choosing computer compnents to new rig, custom build

By squattingbear13
Sep 26, 2005
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  1. Hey everyone, I am new to these forums and I would like some help choosing all the right computer components to the new rig i am buying soon. I plan on spending about $1500. These are the parts that i have pre-selected, and i would like ur opinion on how good/bad my choice is. Also if u have a suggestion to what might be better for around the same price please tell me. The total amount I got is about $1300.

    Maxtor DiamondMax 250GB Serial ATA 7200RPM Hard Drive w/16MB Buffer $104.00

    Ultra ULT31314 X-Finity 600W ATX Power Supply $89.99

    eVGA 256-P2-N538-AX e-Geforce 7800 GTX PCI Express 256MB Video Card & eVGA 133-K8-NF41 nForce 4 Athlon 64(FX) Skt939 Motherboard Bundle
    $549.00

    3Artec WSM-52X-ER 52x24x52 E-IDE/ATAPI CD-RW $26.99

    Thermaltake Shark Series VA7000SWA Full Tower Aluminum Case $147.99

    Zalman CNPS7000B-ALCU LED CPU Cooler Retail $35.99

    AMD Athlon 64 3500+ Processor (Venice) Socket 939 Open Box $207.99

    Patriot PDC1G3200+XBLK 1GB Kit DDR400 PC3200 Dual Channel Memory, 2 Sticks Of 512 $159.00
  2. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,195

  3. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso Newcomer, in training Posts: 25,948   +17

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    I agree with vnf4ultra your system looks nice.

    Stay away from the Ultra psu, they are not of the best quality.

    Take a look at this excellent article on psu`s. The psu thread. You will notice that the Ultra brand, is on the psu`s to avoid list.

    I would recommend either Enermax, of Antec, for a good quality psu.

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
  4. jarvis

    jarvis Newcomer, in training Posts: 113

    Im jealous...
  5. Merc14

    Merc14 Newcomer, in training Posts: 464

  6. squattingbear13

    squattingbear13 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Hey guys thanks for helping me out. I took everyones suggestion about the ultra psu, and also looked at the psu thread. And I think that mobo that came with the graphics card is SLI. Because if it is I might have a hard time finding the right psu. On the psu thread only certain power supplys are approved for SLI. I only reason i say this is because i consider buying the same card in the future so i can use the dual SLI express. Anyways, since i have thinking about the SLI i have chosen this psu so far....

    Turbo-Cool 510 Deluxe/SLI
  7. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,846

    A very good choice indeed. Anything from PC power is top of the line
  8. squattingbear13

    squattingbear13 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    I have also been lookin at different CPU's cuz the one i chose is on back order now. I would like some suggestion on this new CPU i have chosen. Also will it run fine with all the other components that i posted earlier in this thread. This CPU is only about 20 bucks more.

    AMD Athlon 64 3500+ Processor (Winchester) Socket 939
  9. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,195

    The pcp&c is a very good psu, but I wouldn't spend that much on a psu, unless I was very rich. I'm not saying it's a bad psu, it's an excellent one, but I just think it's overpriced.

    The psu I listed, the Tagan 480w, is sli ready, it has 2 pci-e power connectors anyway.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817101516
    Reviews
    http://www.viperlair.com/reviews/cases/other/psu/tagan/tg480/
    http://www.pcreview.co.uk/reviews/Miscellaneous/Tagan_TG480-U22/
    And in hexus's 34psu roundup it passed.
    http://www.hexus.net/content/reviews/review.php?dXJsX3Jldmlld19JRD0xMzU5JnVybF9wYWdlPTEz

    Here's another cheaper sli psu.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817189001

    The venice core is newer, and improved, it would be the best choice.
  10. squattingbear13

    squattingbear13 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Yea I was gonna get the Venice 3500+ but its on back order now, so i dunno for sure. Also if I was wondering if what u guys think about the San Diego 3700+ CPU.
  11. TheKolkster

    TheKolkster Newcomer, in training Posts: 16

    You can get a 300 GB Western Digital on Ebay for about $130. I think its a better deal, plus I like Western Digitals better than Maxtors.

    Edit: Never mind. I just noticed thats a Serial ATA drive.
  12. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,277   +177

    You didn't say if this PC is intended as a gaming rig but I presume it is. If so, consider including DVD capability with your choice of configurations. The reason is more future high end games will likely come on a DVD instead of multiple CDs.
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