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new build

By blue_dragon
Jul 31, 2006
  1. well this will be my first build though i have experienced installing add on cards, hd, optical drives, ram
    well im saving up to 4 grand for a vista munching monster
    can you guys help me out with some recommendation :)



    Thermaltake Armor Series VA8000BWS Black Aluminum/Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail


    $149.99

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    ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail


    $199.99

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    BFG Tech BFGR7950GX21GBEI Geforce 7950GX2 1GB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Dual GPU Video Card - Retail


    $599.99

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    OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI ATX12V 700W Power Supply - Retail


    $159.99

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    AMD Athlon 64 3800+ Orleans 2000MHz HT Socket AM2 Processor Model ADA3800CNBOX - Retail


    $114.00

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    CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Unbuffered Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400C3 - Retail

    $469.00

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    Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM
    Model #: WD1500ADFD
    Item #: N82E16822136012

    In Stock

    $249.99

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    Logitech G15 2-Tone USB Wired Standard Keyboard - Retail



    $68.99

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    SAMSUNG 204B-Silver Silver-Black 20.1" 5ms LCD Monitor with Height, Pivot, Tilt Adjustments - Retail


    $359.99

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    NEC Display Solutions 90GX2 Silver 19" 4ms LCD Monitor with 4-port USB 2.0 hub - Retail


    $355.99

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    Logitech G5 Laser 931376-0403 2-Tone 6 Buttons 1x Wheel USB Laser Mouse - Retail


    $40.99

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    SAMSUNG 16X DVD±R DVD Burner With 5X DVD-RAM Write and LightScribe Black ATA/ATAPI Model SH-S162L - OEM

    $65.98

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    Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Elite 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail

    $385.00

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    Logitech Z-5450 970181-0403 315 Watts 5.1 Speaker - Retail
    M

    $300

    I just added on the video card, becuz I might run quad sli wayyyyyyyyy after the vista launch..im not gonna actually use that video card, its just to help me out estimate the overall cost :)
     
  2. Vigilante

    Vigilante TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,120

    Looks killer.

    Based on your CPU and video options, you might consider a liquid cooling setup as well.

    Not sure why you're getting a 20.1" LCD AND a 19" LCD. Any reason? If you plan on doing dual monitor, or expanding your desktop, I would get two thin bezel LCDs that are the same size and from the same manufacturer. NEC has pretty thin edges, I'd get two of those. Unless you have some other reason.

    Don't forget your keyboard and mouse. A logitech MX1000 or thereabouts would be nice. Or a Razor gaming mouse.

    I wouldn't mean to dash your plans, but I would say to wait on building this until Vista has been out at least 6 months. Let them fix the bugs, put out a service pack. Let the hardware manufacturers build some solid drivers first. Or you might find that your nice $4000 investment is all but useless as you wait for bug fixes and patches.

    My .02
     
  3. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Rookie Posts: 2,407   +6

    Why not upgrade to an Athlon X2? Sounds cool though. From what place are you buying your stuff?
     
  4. blue_dragon

    blue_dragon TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 278

    answers

    im buying them from newegg. oh yea Im only using the 20" so I can have a resolution of 1600X1200 and the other as my gaming lcd
    i wanna go dual core but Im not yet conviced that there are great performance gains
     
  5. agi_shi

    agi_shi TS Rookie Posts: 507

    What price?

    What's the price of the single-core 3800? If it's 159.99 as I saw above, then go with the dual-core 3800. It's 159 dollars at newegg, and it performs like a multi-tasking champ.

    Plus, it's future-proof - most apps are going to start getting made with multiple threads, so you will see a speed increase. There are some multi-threaded games already, too. But it's not just single apps - you can run multiple things at once without a glitch... Anyways, I went a little off-topic, so that's it from me.
     
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