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Old 03-12-2006, 10:15 PM   #1
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Whats up everyone? I got a friend who has a $3,000 US budget. He was thinking about getting an apple core duo 2.16ghz, ATI x1600, 2g of ram laptop. I managed to take him out of it and let me build a computer for him with that same 3,000 dollar budget. Take a look at these parts and tell me what you all think. Thanks.

AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+

Scythe SCNJ Fan and Heatsink

AS5 Compound

DFI LP UT NF4 Expert

G.Skill DDR500 PC4000

XFX 7900GTX 512mb/665mhz

WD Caviar SATAII 250GB

ASUS CD/DVD RW drive

Enermax EG660W PSU

Windows XP pro OEM

Lian Li PC-G70 Silver

Sub-total before shipping is going to come to 2,298.89 US so there is some room for improvement. Don't forget about shipping and RMA possibilities.

This isn't a joke around project, this is for real and I need educated opinions. Thanks for all the help and get back to me soon. Thanks again guys.
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Old 03-12-2006, 10:23 PM   #2
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Old 03-12-2006, 10:50 PM   #3
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Default Re: Need help with New Build please

I gotta ask, what is so special about that case to constitute $200?...

Second of all, the CAS latency seems a little high on the memory..3... but that appears to be the lowest in ddr500 form..
Your psu..
+3.3V@38A, +5V@42A, +12V1@18A, +12V2@18A, +12V3@15A, -12V@0.8A, +5VSB@2.7A

I don't think 18A on the +12v lines is enough...atleast not for the video card your gonna get.. do you plan on doing SLi?..


I don't see any problems with it other than that. Very nice picks on hardware for a big budget.

Other than that.. you have quite the system in store for yourself. Hope you feel it's worth all the moeny. I don't see any problems with it other than that.
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Old 03-12-2006, 10:59 PM   #4
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This hard drive _ for looks
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136011

Exact same drive.. but not for looks
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136012


or two of these
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822144160
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Old 03-12-2006, 11:37 PM   #5
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1 I might switch the case up with something made of aluminum and lower price. I just want him to have something that is reliable, looks nice, stays cool and isnt super flashy. I also want it to be made of really high quality because it will get banged up etc... It should be able to last him a good 10 years.

2 That memory is awesome, I have it and I might overclock his system before the build is finished. Otherwise do you suggest the PC3200? OCZ maybe or something equivelant?

3. What do you think I should use as a PSU?? I hear Enermax is a great company and this system is going to be pretty demanding. What do you suggest? I want something with good cable management.

Arriz the HDD is fine. 10000 RPM might be going over the top for this system. He isnt doing anything ultra extreme but I will ask him.
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Old 03-12-2006, 11:48 PM   #6
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Change out the PSU and get a OCZ Powerstream 520. Change out the memory for some Mushkin PC4000 Redlines or OCZ PC4000 EBs. They use better chips than the G.Skill, or, if you can get your hands on some Team Extreem Cronus, that would be even better. It uses the new -F revision of the 5Bds that were in the now discontinued PC4000 Ballistix. (You can find them here: http://www.tankguys.biz/team-xtreem-...014761e69dc19a)
And i would just get the Scythe Ninja and no fan, and get a different fan like this one: http://sidewindercomputers.com/de12trbllows1.html. These are just my .02
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Old 03-12-2006, 11:55 PM   #7
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Thanks ownage, do you think 520 watts will be enough for this system? and DFI boards are very picky about their memory. I have the G.Skill and it performs incredible on this board so I think I might stick with this memory unless you have a better reason. Whats wrong with the scythe fan?
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Old 03-13-2006, 12:06 AM   #8
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I prefer third party fans because Delta, a very trusted company has some of the best fans made. Or, you can pick up a yateloon which are very quiet and push a decent amount of air. Oh, and for the RAM, the RAM i recommend have tighter timings, and more overclocking potential just incase you friend wants to get a little crazy
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Cool, thanks I will look into that. Any preference for a fin that would fit on the ninja? The one you posted?
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the one i posted, or any yate loon or http://svc.com/d12sl-12.html.
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check out the coolermaster wave case, also that board has sli, how about two 256 cards instead of the the one 512? that just seems like over kill, unless he really wants it. 256 seems to be a sweetspot for most gamers right now.
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I need more solid info about the video cards like benchmarks... which video card? 7800GTX's are rediculously expensive to buy two of... maybe two 7800GT's would be around the price of one of those 7900GTX's.. I guess 2 GPU's is always better than one..
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i would say two 7800gt 256 if it fits into the price range, you can save money on the case by going with something a little less but still have good looks/performance. and the same with HD go for the oem or bulk drives vs retail you can save some money there and put it into something else
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No Midtowers, only ATX Full tower's... I will be doing tome modifications and we want lots of room for orginization/airflow.
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oh sorry didn't know you only wanted full atx-tower
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haha its alright sorry its late and Im workin on finals BLAH!@! Thanks for your help.. Give it another shot if you feel up to it...
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that comp looks good to me, make the changes ownage suggested and change that graphics card for a x1900xt as its more powerfull than the 7900gtx
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yeh get the xt, its not as powerful in terms of clock and mem speed but its definatley more future proof for games moving in the texture processing area!!
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