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Thread: Building comp for my bro (mid/high performance gaming)

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    My bro sent me an email from his air force base in United Emerates asking me to build him a completely new computer for gaming.
    he doesnt know a lot about computers but he told me he wants it to be quiet, sound card for 5.1 speakers, flat panel monitor, wireless keyboard/mouse, and good for gaming. also the case needs to be black because of his boots (black streaks might look good if he did it in a certain way)

    from that info i automatically thought:
    -mid tower case
    -amd athlon xp
    -ati9600 (asked about this one, thanks for the info --> ati 9700 pro)
    -zalaman heatsink + silent fan
    -vantec stealth case fans
    -logitech cordless elite duo
    -western digital 80GB 7200rpm 8mb buffer
    -sony/viewsonic flat panel minimum 17"
    -gigabyte mobo with nforce2 chipset (dual channel ddr, onboard 100mb lan)
    -creative sound blaster audigy
    -sony (or some other good company) dvd rom & cd burner
    -corsair 2x256MB pc 2700-3200
    -any floppy drive ( i have a LS120 :afro: )


    i looked for all of the hardware on

    Case: POWMAX Case with Side Panel Window (Black), Model "CP03294HL-5" -RETAIL

    Mobo: GIGABYTE nForce2 Ultra 400 Chipset Motherboard for AMD Socket A CPU, Model "GA-7N400-L" -RETAIL

    Processor:AMD Athlon XP 2800+ "Barton", 333MHz FSB, 512K Cache Processor - OEM

    Video Card: POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700PRO Video Card, 128MB DDR, 256-bit, DVI/TV-Out, 8X AGP, Model "EVIL COMMANDO 2(XF97-C3G)" -RETAIL

    DDR: Corsair Value Select Dual Kits 184 Pin 512MB(256MBx2) DDR PC-3200 - OEM

    Hard Drive: Western Digital Special Edition 80GB 7200RPM IDE Hard Drive, Model WD800JB, OEM Drive Only

    Keyboard duo: Logitech Cordless Elite Duo USB/PS2 104keys --RETAIL

    Flat Panel Monitor: NEC ASLCD71VM-BK 17" LCD Monitor w/ Speakers –RETAIL

    Sound Card: Creative Lab Sound Blaster Audigy ES PCI Sound Card, Model "SB0162" -OEM

    Heat Sink: Zalman CNPS6000-Cu Pure Copper CPU Cooler for Socket A/370,Retail

    total price of entire system: 1287 + shipping + tax

    Any feedback would be cool

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    Fincastle, IN, USA

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    Nov 2001
    New England Highlands, Australia


    The one thing that I can see wrong with that is the HSF. It cools no better than the standard retail HSF and is no quieter than one either. :thumbs do

    You'd be much better off with a Thermaltake Silent Boost.

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    Feb 2003
    Fincastle, IN, USA


    Oh, my bad, I thought that was the CNPS7000 line, I agree to get the TTSB

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    yah, the silent boost was what i was first thinking, i meant to put that one on but forgot :confused:

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    Feb 2003
    No where


    You could get it a bit quieter as well if you go with the Seagate Barracuda instead of that WD. Couldnt find it on newegg though.

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    probably but it the computer doesnt have to be that quiet lol

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    Jan 2003


    Well, if he really wanted silent he should just go with a Maxtor, those are silent (I have 2, you cant hear them at all). Also, how good are powmax power supplies? You might want to look into that.
    Modified Dell 8200 Case:
    -400MHz FSB i850 Intel mobo
    -P4 Williamette Socket 478, 1.9GHz
    -768MB 16-bit PC800 RDRAM
    -MSI GF4 Ti4200 128MB @ 284/581
    -7200 RPM Maxtors: 60GB (2MB) on mobo and 160GB (8MB) on ATA/133 PCI Card
    -Creative Inspire T7700 7.1 Speaker System on an Audigy 2
    -Windows XP Home Edition SP2

    Rock on : peace2: , MiStA K6

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    yeah, i'll probably just buy a diff power supply and use the one that comes with it for my modding projects.

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