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Old 11-17-2005, 04:58 PM   #1
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After christmas when I have some money, I will hopefully build my first computer. These are the parts I have put togeather and i wanted some opinions on them. If anything doesnt go togeather or just plain sucks, please say so. lol

NEC Black 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2M Cache IDE DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827152047

Thermaltake Tsunami VA3400BWA Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 400W Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811133138

Western Digital Caviar SE WD1200JS 120GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822144414

CHAINTECH VNF4/Ultra Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813152049

SAPPHIRE 100600SR Radeon X800PRO 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 VIVO PCI Express x16 Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102496

CHAINTECH AV-710 8 (7.1) Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829120103

Razer Plasma Diamondback RZD-1600P Black 7 Buttons 1x Wheel USB Mouse
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826153104

GeIL Value 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820144310

AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Venice 1GHz FSB 512KB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103537


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Old 11-17-2005, 05:13 PM   #2
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Great, except for the 3Gbps SATA drive. You don't need the higher transfer rate. rpm and response time are most important to performance.
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With the way sli is performing and with prices dropping, dual 6800gs's might be a better way to go. Or, just get one and then, when prices are cheap, add another card. The thing about comps is to make them as future proof as possible. While the x800 is a fantastic gpu, which is one that I have, I have to say that getting this 6800gs http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150118
which is not only cheaper but faster, you can add another one later on. You don't have to get sli if you don't want though. An sli mobo is slightly more expensive, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138253
this would be a better choice....
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spring for the san diego core for the amd processor if you can stretch that much.. Has double the cache.. its the best you can get before the fx series when gaming imo
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hmmm ur specs looks pretty good....
but i would recommand a better cpu, 3000+ is kinda slow if ur gonna hve a x800pro. iwould recommand athlon 3500+
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Couldn't read the posts below yours as I'm rushing to go to sleep but a few problems I see with your list.

Unless your overclocking don't get the 3000+, its a great cpu i own it myself but the 3200 is almost the same.

Also, I would suggest nVidia.

One more thing, WD Caviars kill, I find them bad hard drives.
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No, do not get a 1MB L2 Cache Athlon 64. Not worth it. It does improve performance considerably in some games, but in most tasks and games, it doesn't fit it's price tag.

And get the 3000+ even if you don't overclock, unless you're sure you need the extra performance. Believe me, 3000+ is fast enough for smooth operating in most tasks.

And Caviar's do have a bad rep; Hitachi is known as the manufacturer of the fastest hard drive on the market, so maybe go for one of them; a 150Mbps one.

Unless you want a 10,000rpm Raptor; those are good.
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