New gaming pc specs

By Hunger_force · 12 replies
Aug 17, 2005
  1. In was wondering if you guys could take a look at the system im about to put together. Any advice would be great :).

    HITACHI Deskstar T7K250 0A31636 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

    ASUS A8N-SLI Premium Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

    AMD Athlon 64 3500+ Venice 1GHz FSB 512KB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor - OEM

    RAIDMAX RX-450KW ATX12V 450W Power Supply 100 - 120/200 - 240Vac TUV, UL, CSA, CE, FCC, CB - Retail

    SAPPHIRE 100107L-BL Radeon X800 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail

    CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory - Retail

    LITE-ON Black 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 4X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2M Cache IDE DVD Burner - Retail

    Thermaltake VENUS 12 80mm Ball Cooling Fan/Heatsink - Retail

    COOLER MASTER CAV-T01-WWC Silver/Blue ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 380W Power Supply - Retail
  2. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,406

    Looks like a nice system! Two things came to mind as I had a once over.

    1. I'd do some research on that PSU. I haven't heard of that maker (which doesn't say much, there are a LOT of makers I have never heard of). No-name PSUs are a headache. See what some others say about it. It is possible that the one you have chosen is a big name maker, I honestly don't know.

    2. Why get a ATI video card? I actually prefer ATI over Geforce myself (the Canadian in me), but if you are going to get an SLI motherboard, you may as well keep your future upgrade options open. Recommend getting a Geforce, so that down the road if you want to stick another in there you can link them up. Why tie your own hands?

    Also, another thought... I know I said I only had 2 thoughts but.....

    That Venus12, how loud is it? My last computer had a volcanoe heatsink/fan and it was like a jet engine in my living room. Drove me INSANE. :knock:
  3. harrisdurrani

    harrisdurrani TS Enthusiast Posts: 159


    Yea I agree with DONNAGUAL...why are you using an Ati if you have an SLI motherboard..i'd recommand you get a Geforce 6800 GT instead ... you can put another one in the near future if you want to
  4. Hunger_force

    Hunger_force TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 72

    Ive never bought an nvidia before but you guys are right about sli. Which video card would you recommend. I have about $250 to spend on that part of my pc.
  5. BluThunda

    BluThunda TS Rookie

    NVIDIA® GeForce™ 7800 ...

    Excellent card.... brill with sli aswell :)
  6. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,406

    For $250 bucks? Pfffft! :bounce:

    You're looking at the 6600GT or 6800 for that price range. If you can squeeze just a little more out of the pot you can go for a 6800GT :approve:
  7. BluThunda

    BluThunda TS Rookie

    Pay a visit to Mr eBay....
  8. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,406

    250 bucks for a 7800?

    Link please!

    Oh.... you mean used? puke:
  9. Hunger_force

    Hunger_force TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 72

    Would I be risking to much to buy a used 7800
  10. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,406

    Hard to say. Used is always a gamble, as unless you know what to look for, it is hard to tell if it has been OCd or modded in anyway.

    I tend to stay away from used CPUs, video cards, PSUs especially.

    Also keep in mind warranties. If you are going to buy used, find out about the warranty (if any) before hand.

    Regardless, if there is a used 7800 card for sale at $250 bucks, I'd be wondering what's the deal. If it seems to good to be true, it usually is.
  11. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    i can say that raidmax sells alot of supplies in the US and they make a solid product. and i agree with DonNagual about that 7800.

    the only other thing is that hitatchi deskstar. i remember the fiasco that earned said drive the name 'deathstar'. but then again i haven't worked with any hitatchi drive in the past 2~3 years, they may have turned things around on the reliability front. my first pick would have been a maxtor diamondmax10.
  12. Hunger_force

    Hunger_force TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 72

    Well thanks allot for all the advice looks like ill be getting a pretty good system.
  13. Merc14

    Merc14 TS Rookie Posts: 171

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