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Old 01-31-2008, 03:51 PM   #1
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I recently decided to start building a gaming computer. I know that I want nothing but the best, but I must keep price in mind. So far, I've decided on the following components:

Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS
CPU: AMD Athalon 64 X2 5600+
Ram: DDR Kingston- 333MHz

And thats all.
I dont know much about the specifics about any of them, so I dont know whats compatible. Also, I already have the case.
However, I do need help deciding what motherboard to buy, and anything else I'll need to keep in mind while I plan and build this computer.
Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-31-2008, 04:17 PM   #2
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Get a Q6600 and if you're going to get a GTS get the 640mb. Get 2 gigs DDR2 800mhz Ram. If you already have the case you gotta know what form factor it is in order to get the proper motherboard to fit into it.
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Old 01-31-2008, 05:31 PM   #3
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Okay.
I have a Nemesis Elite box.
I dont know much about it because, like I said, I've never built one.
Also, does this motherboard come with a built in sound card?
And how big of a hard drive will I need and what kind?
Lastly, what power supply will I need?
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thats a great processor. check out my specs in my sig
heres my mobo. great motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131013
decent PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817153023
HD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136012
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Old 01-31-2008, 05:40 PM   #5
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Szat, why the 640? Isn't the 512mb version faster? I believe it is.
The 640mb one is the older version?
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Old 01-31-2008, 07:32 PM   #6
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The 8800gts 512mb is faster and cooler, built on the G92 chip.
But he will probably be better off with the 8800gt chip.

(Higher Benches: http://www23.tomshardware.com/graphi...1057&chart=318)

Also it is cheaper.

How much are you willing to spend?

What kind of games are you wanting to run?

Which OS do you have?
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Why the raptor? it's not worth the extra money. Get this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148140
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as Verbatim said, give us some specs you wish to run..games, O/S, apps (intensive such as photoshop, vid. editing, etc)....

you are definately gunna want ddr2 ram...not ddr

Celegorm..nice pick..I have that exact same hd and it was worth every penny....you could check out seagates 500gb drive that's a 7200.11..but some reviews are reporting them being a bit buggy..I was going to get one, but I'll wait a bit to upgrade and see if the bugs get fixed
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Try these as specs:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138102
Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820161182
Ram

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814121220
Video

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103771
Processor

About: 550.00 $$ for this, excellent gaming system, can run crysis probably around the high/ultra section. If that tells you anything.

With this you can upgrade to AMD Quad Phenoms later when they lower price and they also can work out the remaining bugs.

Plus the Raptor is an excellent drive and WD is an excellent company, I currently own a 74gb version that has lasted me about 4 years, excellent!
Fast file transfer and you can look up benches.
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Old 01-31-2008, 07:51 PM   #10
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Sorry add a hard drive to that:
(just pick your size)

Preferably WD, or Seagate, Maxtor is ok:

http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCateg...al-Hard-Drives

One more thing PSU:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817812004

good enough..
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Why the raptor? it's not worth the extra money. Get this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148140

Why not get the Raptor? Its much quicker compared to all my other hard drives. With 4 WD 7200rpm hard drives running in my three desktops, my current Raptor puts them all to shame.

Get the Raptor for your OS and game files, and get a WDC for storage. Best of both worlds if you ask me, especially if this is a "gaming" computer as you mentioned.
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Exactly Ghost, which one do you own? See through? or not?
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i would spend my money on other stuff versus a raptor..you won't see a substantial performance boost
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According to this it's a pretty good boost... and plus over time it adds up, and everything boots faster and runs better (if you have your windows on it)

http://www.storagereview.com/WD1500ADFD.sr?page=0%2C2

he doesnt have to get it, if he wants a gaming system ..and IF he can afford it, go for it...
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Exactly Ghost, which one do you own? See through? or not?
Yep, the black case with clear cover. That was an added plus since my case is also black, and i've got red lighting inside (a nice red hue, no flashing seizure bombs.)
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well if u happen to have the money then the raptor is a good option.

@Verbatim that build u gave him is weak. KC take his Verbatim's Proc and my mobo. then u'll have the same as me. its a great build
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sweet, do you have a picture you can post? I like looking at other peoples builds lol...
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How is it a weak build? It is a great build for a first gaming comp. If you want to spend the extra cash, go with Intel.. whats wrong with it...? for about 650$ its great, and you said yourself its a good build... lol...
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sweet, do you have a picture you can post? I like looking at other peoples builds lol...
Definitely will, but maybe this weekend. I'm multi-tasking between homework, forums, Vaio-part-searching, etc. lol
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lol alright, what do you think about this guys build, anything that you would change on it?
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