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Specs On My First Build Attempt

By Merc14
Feb 6, 2005
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  1. I'm about to build my first PC and have been researching a lot (Seems to be the key to getting things right). Unfortunately, the more I learn the more I discover I don't know! This will be a gaming PC with a lot of upgradability potential. What do you folks think re. the following specs.

    Thermaltake Black Gaming Tower XaserV Series WinGo Full-Tower Case, Model "V7000+"

    ASUS "A8N-SLI Deluxe" nForce4 SLI Chipset Motherboard For AMD Socket 939 CPU -RETAIL

    eVGA nVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT Video Card, 256MB GDDR3, 256-Bit, Dual DVI/TV-Out, PCI-Express, Model "256-P2-N376-BX" -RETAIL

    Fortron Blue Storm 500W ATX12V V2.0 Power Supply with 120mm Fan, P4 and AMD ready, Model "AX500-A" -RETAIL

    AMD Athlon 64 3500+, 512K, L2 Cache, Socket 939 Windows Compatible 64-bit Processor - Retail

    Corsair XMS Extreme Memory Speed Series, (Twin Pack) 184 Pin 1GB(512MBx2) DDR PC-3200 - Retail

    SONY Black 1.44MB 3.5inch Floppy Disk Drive, Model MPF920, OEM

    2x Western Digital 80GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive, Model WD800JD, OEM Drive Only

    Pioneer Black DVD+RW/-RW Drive, Model DVR-109, OEM

    Microsoft Windows XP HOME Edition With Service Pack 2 -OEM
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  2. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,195

    What do I think?

    I think that your specs are VERY good :) . I think it may be a little expensive though, but if you don't care, I certainly don't care. Yep practically any game will run at max settings at high speeds. Good luck on your build, I just built my first one just a few days ago, and I learned a lot. I used an nforce4 ultra, 3000+, and a 6600gt, and this works great.
  3. grecai

    grecai TS Rookie

    Spec's.

    Well the spec's are great, however I would go for XP Professional. The only problem with hardware like main boards and video cards is that they are out of date when you buy them. The company will release a newer board a month after you bought yours. This is the biggest draw back with pc board manufactures, they do not do any research and development over a period of time. Just mass produce one board then 24 hours later turn out a newer board with improved BIOS etc.
    Also video cards change like the weather, I still don't know what AGP card to buy. If you are into gaming then you need board X, however if you are like me and use it for work and sufring the net, then you need a different board etc.
    Also video cards used with TFT monitors cause a new headache. As TFT monitors are not as good as crt for games. They have a slower refresh rate, however this will change in the future as technology improves. That is why my TFT & computer I use for surfing, ofice / home use.
  4. Merc14

    Merc14 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 464

    If you're just surfing the net I wouldn't spend a whole lot of $ on a video board. Hell, a Nvidia 5200 would do fine for that. Also, a LCD is great for surfing/work. Games are where you really start stressing the GPU and CPU.

    So how did the build go? Was it as tough as you thought? What were the problems you encountered? Do you have an electrical engineering background or just a putz like myself?
  5. Justin

    Justin TS Rookie Posts: 1,595

    If you're already plunking down that much, I'd strongly suggest you go for a 1MB L2 cache A64 rather than a 512kb L2 cache. The extra cache will benefit you a lot more than 200mhz faster clock speed.
  6. Merc14

    Merc14 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 464

    That's probably not a bad idea. I'll check out the specs. Thanks!
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