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Old 04-15-2006, 12:03 PM   #1
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Default building a comp... need help selecting parts

I am going to be building my first computer. I have selected parts, but would like some help to make sure they will all work good together. Any suggestions on changing one of the parts i have chosen are extremely welcome. Also, if I am missing something that I should have please let me know. I am also looking to shave a few hundred dollars off of the price, but that is not of great importance. I want to spend around $1500 dollars, but deffinately no less than $1500. All of the parts I have selected come from newegg.com, if you know of a place I could get it for cheaper please let me know.
And now for my current selections....

Case:
NZXT LEXA-NP Black/ Silver Computer Case With Side Panel Window - Retail
Price: $124.99

Motherboard:
EPoX EP-9NPA+ SLi Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Price: $135

Hard Drive:
Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 300GB 3.5" IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive - OEM
Price: $135.00

Memory:
CORSAIR XMS 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Dual Channel Kit System Memory - Retail
Price: $188

Processor:
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ 1GHz HT Socket 939 Dual Core Processor - Retail
Price: $355

Video Card:
eVGA Geforce 7600GT 256-P2-N553-AX Video Card - Retail
Price: $179

Power Supply:
Antec TRUEPOWERII TPII-550 550W Power Supply - Retail
Price: $84.99

Dvd Burner:
PLEXTOR 18X DVD±R DVD Burner included Replaceable beige front bezel Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model PX-760A/SW BL - Retail
Price: $99.99

Keyboard:
Logitech MX 5000 Black Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard - Retail
Price: $113.99

Floppy Drive:
SONY Black Internal Floppy Drive Model MPF920 Black - OEM
Price: $9.99

Monitor:
NU QL-711V 2-Tone 17" 8ms LCD Monitor Built in Speakers - Retail
Price: $199.99

OS:
Microsoft Windows XP Professional With SP2 - OEM
Price: $144.95

UPS:
APC Back-UPS BE350U UPS - Retail
Price: $43.99

Total Price: $1814.88

Once again I would just like to say that any and all suggestions and recomendations are welcome. If I am missing something please let me know. I need to know if these parts will work well together because this being my first time building a computer I want it to go smooth and of course to actually work. I am looking to spend at least $1500, but not much more. Like everyone else, I want the most bang for my buck so the main reason for this post is reassurance and to ensure that that is what I'll be getting. This is to be a gaming machine. I believe one of the most strenuous games out now is Oblivion, so would this configuration run it on high settings? Also, is building a computer really difficult? Because I am 15 years old and getting this money from my mother, it would be extremely horrible to have nothing to show for it (as well as get me chewed out for years). Thanks!
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Old 04-15-2006, 12:09 PM   #2
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Default Re: building a comp... need help selecting parts

Looks pretty good, you might wanna get a SATA HDD though, they are quicker.
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Old 04-15-2006, 12:14 PM   #3
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ooo yea must have missed that when i wuz lookin all this up
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Old 04-15-2006, 02:35 PM   #4
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ok so heres my new list:

alterations are in red

Case:
NZXT LEXA-NP Black/ Silver Computer Case With Side Panel Window - Retail
Price: $124.99

Motherboard:
ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Price: $224.99


Hard Drive:
Western Digital Caviar SE16 320GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Price: $130


Memory:
G.SKILL Value Series 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Dual Channel Kit System Memory - Retail
Price: $182


Processor:
AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ 1GHz HT Socket 939 Dual Core Processor - Retail
Price: $295


Video Card:
XFX GeForce 7900 GT XXX (560MHz) 256MB PV-T71G-UDD7 Video Card - Retail
Price: $359


Power Supply:
Antec TRUEPOWERII TPII-550 550W Power Supply - Retail
Price: $84.99

Dvd Burner:
PLEXTOR 18X DVD±R DVD Burner included Replaceable beige front bezel Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model PX-760A/SW BL - Retail
Price: $99.99

Keyboard:
Saitek Black Wired Eclipse Keyboard - Retail
Price: $49.95


Mouse:
Logitech G5 Laser 2-Tone Mouse - Retail
Price: $46.89


Floppy Drive:
SONY Black Internal Floppy Drive Model MPF920 Black - OEM
Price: $9.99

Monitor:
NU QL-711V 2-Tone 17" 8ms LCD Monitor Built in Speakers - Retail
Price: $199.99

OS:
Microsoft Windows XP Professional With SP2 - OEM
Price: $144.95

UPS:
APC Back-UPS BE350U UPS - Retail
Price: $43.99

Total Price: $1994.71

the price is getting higher lol
i still would like to shave a bit off the price...
is there any other changes i should make?
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Old 04-15-2006, 02:46 PM   #5
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Looks alright, i would recommend keeping the Athlon X2 4200+ though, have got one myself, they're good! I can't really help with the prices, as i live in the uk, but the dvd burner looks on par with our prices so that's probably expensive in the usa... try to find a cheaper one
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Old 04-15-2006, 02:53 PM   #6
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Get a slightly better CPU if you can afford i'd stick with the 4200 one personanlly it was much nicer. And your floppy drive is a tad bit pointless...
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floppy is far from pointless my friend...

anywhoo, i like the first one you built, but instead of a 7600gt, get a 6800gs. its like teh same price, but its much better.
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yeah, what will you do when you need to create a boot disk if you dont have a floppy drive?
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How about a nice sound card for intense gaming and music? And yeah, its better if you stick with the Athlon X2 4200+. And use $295 bucks for fans and cooling kits and goodies
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yes, get a x-fi so there is no extra load on the proc. a separate sound card can increase frame rates by as much as 20%!
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