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Old 01-15-2006, 06:04 PM   #1
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OK, well I posted a day or so ago about getting a new Alienware computer. Someone told me I should try to build a custom computer, and try to save money. Well, I've been looking on Newegg, and so far I've come up with the following computer:

ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI X16 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

AMD Athlon 64 FX55 San Diego 1GHz FSB 1MB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor - Retail

ASUS EN7800GTX/2DHTV/256 Geforce 7800GTX 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 VIVO PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail

OCZ 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Platinum System Memory - Retail

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic 8 (7.1) Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail

Antec TRUEPOWERII TPII-550 ATX12V 550W Power Supply 115/230 V UL, TUV, CB, FCC CLASS B, CUL - Retail

Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 ST3250823AS 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM

PLEXTOR Black 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 4X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2M Cache IDE DVD Burner - Retail

Thermaltake XASER, Armor Series VA8000BWS Black Aluminum/Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

I have many questions, because I am not very knowledgeable about this stuff. Can you guys tell me a few things:

Is everything easily compatible with each other?

Does the tower leave plenty of room for upgrades, as the reviews say?

Does the Power Supply leave room for upgrades, such as SLI, and perhaps another harddrive/optical drive?

The total cost I've got for this is $2,301.96 before rebates; is this a good price?

Will this computer give me exceptional performance in all the games I play?

Do the hardrives fit properly into the chassis, and how many USB ports, etc. does it have?

Does the chassis have neon lighting as shown in the pictures, and the case comes with fans that should be capable of cooling the system properly as long as I don't plan on doing much OCing, right?

Thanks in advance for the help guys. Also make any suggestions you'd get about hardware that's cheaper/around the same price with no loss in performance.
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Old 01-15-2006, 06:24 PM   #2
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1.Everything is compatible

2.that case has plenty of room for upgrades.

3.That powersupply should be enough for 2 7800gtxs and then maybe another optical drive or somthng.

4.That's a pretty good price.

5.That computer will play all games at max settings.

6.It dosent say how many usb ports are on the case but if there arent enough you can always use your motherboards usb ports. The case will have instructions on how to put the hard drive in the case, they will fit fine.

7.There arent actual neons in the case there are just led fans. The fans will do a fine job of keeping the case cool if you dont plan on overclocking.
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Old 01-15-2006, 06:30 PM   #3
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that looks like a good setup but i highly recommend u get an opteron 148 cpu instead of that fx55, u can reach the same speeds through overclocking with the opteron and its wayyyyyyyy cheaper so u should seriously think about that also i would change the hard drive for a segate sata 2 hard drive and u might wana look at the DFI boards as they are far better overclockers than asus
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I can reach higher speeds with my 3500, but that doesn't make it a better processor. That FX has a huge cache and it can overclock higher than all the 64 processors. You could definately hit 3.0GHz with some fans with that thing. But either way that FX is is a POWERFUL processor ment for gamers.

That's a bit of overkill, but if you're willing to spend 2000+ dollars for a computer you probobly don't care.
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Old 01-15-2006, 07:28 PM   #5
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the opteron has been shown quite a few times on this forum and its easy to hit 3GHz with it and what do u mean by "huge cache"? it has 1mb L2 just like the opteron...
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Old 01-15-2006, 09:34 PM   #6
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AND I WAS THE ONE THAT TOLD HIM TO BUILD A COMPUTER
Seriously!, Your computer looks identcial to my one
(Look in my thread and go to last page)
But your price is JUST cheaper
My price : $2,387.00

Oh and where is your moniter? i want to check that out my one is a Sony PREMIERPRO SDM-P234/B - flat panel display - TFT - 23" nearly at $2000
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you are better off with the Dell 3007 WFP it goes around the same price and its 30". Its has better image quality than the Apple Cine display 30". As your comp, ChaosPsychoGame, i would get these instead. They are rated faster and cheaper, and use the same ICs as the OCZ. (Samsung UCCC incase you were wondering).
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Old 01-15-2006, 11:21 PM   #8
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I have a monitor; multiple actually. My main one is a Sony SDM-HS95P and I'm very impressed with it. I've had it for like a year; 6 ms response time, and excellent picture in movies and games, and glare resistant to top it off. May be only 19'' but no complaints until I move on to a 30 inch later on.
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Old 01-16-2006, 12:11 AM   #9
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Ok, well I have an entire new configuration now. Tell me what you think about this:

Mobo: ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI X16 $245
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131568

Processor: FX-60 Beast! $1,339 (Most powerful processor available)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103608

RAM: CORSAIR XMS 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR $298 (unreal timing 2-3-2-6 stock!)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145594

Video Card: eVGA Geforce 7800GT 256MB $275 (Play any game in high setting)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130247

Hard Drive: WD Raptor X 150GB 10K RPM $299 (fastest SATA drive in the world)
http://www.wdc.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=189

*Note, I found the same thing but retail.

Case: Antec P180 $125 (Large, nice looking case)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129154

PSU: Antec NeoHE 550W SLI Modular $88 (Powerful, good quality, and modular)
http://www.securemart.com/cgi-bin/fu...0.html?pcode=1

CD-drive: Sony DVD+/-RW (get 2) $42 (I like mine)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827131264

TOTAL: $2711 +S/H
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Old 01-16-2006, 12:27 AM   #10
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Everything looks pretty good. I would buy that, but I prefer Lian Li cases and I hate Sony optical drives. I had bad experience with two of them before. I vow never to buy Sony PC parts again.
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