help choosing computer compnents to new rig, custom build

By squattingbear13 ยท 11 replies
Sep 26, 2005
  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

    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: 1,388

  3. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    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 TS Rookie Posts: 83

    Im jealous...
  5. Merc14

    Merc14 TS Rookie Posts: 171

  6. squattingbear13

    squattingbear13 TS Rookie 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: 1,495

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

    squattingbear13 TS Rookie 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: 1,388

    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.
    And in hexus's 34psu roundup it passed.

    Here's another cheaper sli psu.

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

    squattingbear13 TS Rookie 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 TS Rookie

    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: 7,182   +469

    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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