New PC build

By cocheese
Feb 8, 2006
  1. Alright, like many other posts, I am looking into constructing a new PC. My current build, while not all that outdated, needs to be improved and I want to be ready for future developments.

    I have focused on the AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ because it seems to be the most cost effective. I want to group it with an ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe mobo, and grab an Asus extreme 7800gt/2dHtv(256mb) pci-express graphics card. I am concerned with the cooling and powering of this monster though. What kind of power supply voltage/current should I be looking for, and any special cooling techniques?

    From the other posts I have read through, this seems to be the most recommended setup for building on a loose budget. (though the graphics card came across a bit extensive, any other suggestions?) The purpose of the computer is for daily use, nothing very extensive, geared toward gaming.

    Thanks for any input!
  2. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

    If it's not for games don't get an SLI board and don't get a 7800GT. You could get something like a 6800GS or event a 6600GT and be fine with games.

    For a PSU, Antec or Seasonic are good choices. The PSU will last a while so it's a good idea to spend a little extra on that.
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