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    Question new to PC building-any comments

    so here are the results:

    ordering from both sites.

    https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion...minor+upgrades

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/sectors/w...RCCODE=WEBWISH

    items to transfer from current PC to Upgrade PC:

    NVIDIA GeForce 6800 XT 256MB DDR3 PCIe16
    http://www.xfxforce.com/web/product/...ationId=141227

    Sabrent 6-Channel 5.1 3D Surround Sound PCI Card
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...&sku=M501-1042

    Ultra / V-Series / 500-Watt / ATX / 120mm Fan / 20/24-Pin / SATA Ready / Power Supply
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...u=ULT31841%20K
    [specs seems the same as one that comes with case] [which 1 would be better to use?]

    this is a first time build, so nothing too extreme yet.
    don't want to mess things up [a little nervous].

    notes: upgrade GPU and sound later, as i'm content with these at the moment.

    uses: Sims2, Empire Earth, Age of Empires/Mythology & the like. web pages, graphics [paint shop pro 11, logo, animation.]

    main thing:
    !! please check compatibility !!
    give a 1-10 [10=high] rating as to the functionality of what it's being used for.

    any building tips would be greatly appreciated.

    thank you

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    Default Re: new to PC building-any comments

    You should have no problems with compatibility with the items on your list. How many IEEE1394 devices do you use? You are spending $43 on a PCI card when your mainboard has one Firewire port on the back. If you're not using more than a single device at once, you won't need the add-on card. Your Firewire devices should also allow you to dasiy chain devices, again making the addition card unnecessary.

    Oh, and save yourself another $6 by not getting the AS cleaner. Simply using rubbing alcohol (isopropyl) will both remove any residual materials from your heat transfer surface and also prepare it for application of the AS5. Just make sure to allow a minute for the alcohol to fully dry before applying the goop.

    Finally, have you checked into Intel Core 2 Duo systems? They are performing better than the AMD counterparts right now and from my experience so far do a better job with multi-tasking. Just a thought.
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    Default Re: new to PC building-any comments

    While I agree that C2D systems are outperforming AMD systems, the price difference is worth it to go AMD. You really only see the difference in benchmarks. I don't notice much difference between my current PC and any of the 3 C2D systems I had.
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    Default Re: new to PC building-any comments

    I've got regular access to or own three of each -- X2 and Core 2 -- trust me, there's a difference in performance in real-world applications. If you can afford it, Core 2 is the way to go. However, going AMD trims $50-$100 off your price right off the bat, and if you're not overclocking it takes off nearly $200 before Core 2 catches up. Even the upcoming price cuts won't change those figures much.

    If you're not looking to spend a lot of money, don't want to get into overclocking too much, and are basically a novice, AMD might be a better choice for you. But there is a very tangible benefit to going Core 2.

    AS cleaner = citrus based cleaner + 99% pure isopropyl at ten times the price per volume. However, the dropper style containers allow you to much more effectively use the liquids you do have. It's a decent package, but you could probably save yourself a few bucks.

    Most motherboards these days have high-def onboard audio that trump that sound card. I wouldn't waste time installing it. Sell it or something unless you actually end up with a motherboard that doesn't have onboard HD audio.

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    Smile Re: new to PC building-any comments

    Quote Originally Posted by Darthtanion View Post
    How many IEEE1394 devices do you use?
    oh i have 1 firewire-b and 2 firewire-a.

    Quote Originally Posted by Darthtanion View Post
    Your Firewire devices should also allow you to dasiy chain devices, again making the addition card unnecessary.
    how do i do that?

    Core 2 Duo
    i have looked at those. way too much for my first build! i don't want to mess up and lose all that money.

    Quote Originally Posted by Yawgm0th View Post
    Most motherboards these days have high-def onboard audio that trump that sound card.
    how can i tell if the sound on the motherboard is better than the sound card it self?

    all it says is ADI AD1988B, i don't know what that is.
    Last edited by sehana; 07-14-2007 at 06:07 PM.

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