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Old 03-07-2005, 11:32 AM   #1
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Hey guys, I'm going to be moving off to college next year, and my 5+ year old Gateway PC just wont cut it (Honestly, its got a 450mHz processor.) So I'm going to try my hand at building my own, how's this look for a higher-end setup?

Cooler Master Wave Master Black MID-TOWER CASE, Model "TAC-T01-EK" -RETAIL

Thermaltake W0014 Silent Purepower 480W with Black housing - Xaser Edition ATX 2-Fan Power Supply

MSI "K8N Neo4 Platinum SLI" NVIDIA nForce4 SLI Chipset Motherboard For AMD Socket 939 CPU -RETAIL

AMD Athlon 64 3500+, 2.2 GHz, 512KB L2 Cache, 64-bit Socket 939 Processor, Winchester Core - Retail

Corsair Value Select Dual Channel Kit 184 Pin 1G(512MBx2) DDR PC-3200 - Retail

SONY Black 52x32x52 Internal IDE CD-RW Drive W/ CD Maker Software, Model CRX230ED-B2, OEM

ZALMAN Copper CPU Cooler for Socket 775/478/754/939/940, Model "CNPS7700-CU" -RETAIL

EVGA nVIDIA GeForce 6600GT Video Card, 128MB GDDR3, 128-Bit, DVI/TV-Out, PCI-Express, Model "128-P2-N368-TX" -RETAIL

M-AUDIO PCI Sound Card w/ MIDI and Digital I/O, Model "Audiophile 2496" -RETAIL

The HDD is already been bought (Got a 120gig WD 8MB Buffer for $50)
All the rest of this is just shy of $1,200 at NewEgg.

Let me know what you think...
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Old 03-07-2005, 11:50 AM   #2
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Your sound card and memory is a bit on the weak side. For the Corsair, go with the XMS Dual Channel kit instead of the Value Select. For the sound card, try the Audigy 2 Gamers Edition 7.1 Dolby DIgital, DTS card. With the money you plan on spending, might as well bump it up a bit.
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Thanks for the advice on the RAM.

As for the sound card, it's quite the opposite, the M-Audio is way beyond Soundblaster in terms of quality. It may only be Stero output (All you need for music) but the MoBo has built in Soundblaster 7.1 audio that I can use for gaming/movies.

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Doh, I forgot that particular mobo has built in soundblaster 7.1. That's the motherboard I was going to get but wasn't avaliable at the time. Which is why I ended up with a Gigabyte motherboard instead. It should have the THX and DTS capability huh?
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It may and it may not. Im not concerened about it for gaming.
Another reason Im buying the M-Audio card is because it has straight L/R RCA outputs, so I can use my home theater system as the speaker setup for my computer. Seeing as I also have a DVD player, I may as well just use that for DVDs.
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I would either get one 6800gt or 2x6600gt coz thats an sli mobo!!! Personall i'd go with the 6800gt and get another later!!
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2 6600GT's beat 1 65800GT so yea
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well only just, and eventually he can get 2x6800gt so in the long runit may b better!!
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Yes, it would be, its just that 2 660gt's is still cheaper then a 6800GT
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Really!!! Well it depends how much this guys gotta spend!! that gigabyte 3d1 might b an idea!!
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