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Old 10-26-2005, 11:49 PM   #11
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Default Re: A question on building a PC...

Here's a list I've compiled for you to look at. These are what I feel are the best components around (or at least on Newegg, haha) but you don't have to buy it from there. Just keep in mind of the type of components shown below. I'm not going to point out hardware for servers or things like that (multiCPU boards, Intel Xenon or AMD Opteron CPUs, etc).:

Single Core
AMD Athlon 64 FX57 San Diego 1GHz FSB 1MB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103558

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Dual Core
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ Toledo 1GHz FSB 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket 939 Dual Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103544

ABIT Fatal1ty AN8-SLI Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813127206

GeIL ONE Series 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) TCCD chips Dual Channel Kit System Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820144341

x2 in SLi mode
ASUS EN7800GTXTOP/2DHTV/256M Geforce 7800GTX 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 VIVO PCI Express x16 TOP Limited Edition Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814121203

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Elite Elite Pro 8 (7.1) Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102191

x2 RAID 0
Sale, Ends 10/26/05 @ 5:30 P.M. PST
Western Digital Raptor WD740GD 74GB 10,000 RPM 8MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822144160

Antec Performance I P180 Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129154

Antec NeoPower NeoHE 550 ATX12V 550W Power Supply 100 - 240V UL, CUL, TUV, CE, FCC, CCC, CB, C-tick - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817103941

PLEXTOR Beige 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 6X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 4X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 8M Cache IDE DVD Burner - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827131338

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16836121120

SAMSUNG 970P White 19" 6 ms (G to G) LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 1000:1 0.294mm Pixel Pitch - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824001208
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Old 10-27-2005, 12:22 AM   #12
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TRD's list is nice, but a few edits.

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GeIL ONE Series 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) TCCD chips Dual Channel Kit System Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820144341
x2. If u want a good gaming machine u will get 2GB of RAM.

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x2 in SLi mode
ASUS EN7800GTXTOP/2DHTV/256M Geforce 7800GTX 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 VIVO PCI Express x16 TOP Limited Edition Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814121203
Well that is like a normal 7800GTX, which is overclocked and has a new cooler. And it costs like over $100 more. I'd just get something like 2x evga 7800GTX and then buy new coolers if u want to, and oc them yourself.


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x2 RAID 0
Sale, Ends 10/26/05 @ 5:30 P.M. PST
Western Digital Raptor WD740GD 74GB 10,000 RPM 8MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822144160
Well don't know about u guys but 148GB ain't enough for me. I'd just get one raptor, where u can install the OS and all ur applications and games. And then like a 250GB sata hdd for storage.

Or then just get 4 of those, but then it would be like $650 for just the harddrives.
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Old 10-27-2005, 01:32 AM   #13
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I would get the new x1800xl and then put them in crossfire. One oc'ed x1800xl will outperform two 7800gtx's in sli mode...
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Old 10-27-2005, 02:41 AM   #14
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E-Bay, checkout every place you can think of. you can build a great running system for under 1500. just remember build something for the future, with 64-bit becoming more main stream, you want something you can easily upgrade.
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Old 10-27-2005, 03:22 AM   #15
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whats up with this obsession of Geil Ones?? There is plenty of RAM out there that will outperform it.
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Old 10-27-2005, 03:27 AM   #16
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whats up with this obsession of Geil Ones?? There is plenty of RAM out there that will outperform it.
Well, geil ram is cheap and it performs well for itís price range, not to mention that itís been around enough to have a name in the comp industry. There are plenty of ram out there that will outperform, no doubt, but look at those prices. Who really needs those corsair xms l.e.d. ramís? I do not. Big flipping deal, seriously. Geil is good ram because it has good value and good performance. I personally use it and it performs extremely well for the money that I paid for it.
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Old 10-27-2005, 07:16 AM   #17
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Thanks for all the help guys
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Old 10-27-2005, 07:47 AM   #18
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whats up with this obsession of Geil Ones?? There is plenty of RAM out there that will outperform it.
No obsession. I personally prefer Kingston, but as jac said Geil One is a great performer for the price. And the main reason is that it was easier to just copy what TRD wrote instead of going to newegg and finding some good Kingston ram. Yeah, I know, I'm lazy
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820144341
^^ 194.66
(i dont know why they say you can use 3.5V with the Geil Ones, since they use Samsung TCCD's, 3.5V will fry them.)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227206
^^$191.33
(These use Winbond UTT chips, they equal voltage lovers.)

My conclusion is that the OCZ will outperform the Geil. The Geil will only allow 2.8 volts and the OCZ will take 3.6 volts and be fine (with active RAM cooling that is.)
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