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    Default Building a new comp, need advice

    Hello people, first time poster but Iíve been around the site for a couple of months ;o
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    Iím going to be build my first PC and thought it would be a good idea to run the setup through you guys first before buying the parts. My budget will be around $2,250 and mainly be used for gaming. I problly wont OC it because I heard itís risky and I donít know how. =[<o:p> </o:p><o:p></o:p>

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    </o:p>MoBo:

    ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131517
    <o:p></o:p>Drive:
    LITE-ON Black IDE DVD-ROM Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827131410<o:p></o:p>
    HD:
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 250GB 3.5" Serial ATA150 Hard Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148065
    + ASPIRE 4-Pin PC power to SATA Converter
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16812201002<o:p></o:p>
    RAM:

    OCZ 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Dual Channel Platinum System Memory
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227210
    + VANTEC ICEBERG DDR-A1C RAM Heat Spreader
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835110105<o:p></o:p>
    Processor:
    AMD Athlon 64 4000+ <st1:city><st1:place>San Diego</st1:place></st1:city> 1GHz
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103529<o:p></o:p>
    Sound Card:
    Creative Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS Platinum
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102163<o:p></o:p>
    Graphics Card:

    BFG Tech Geforce 7800GTX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814143036<o:p></o:p>
    Case:
    Janus
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811148024<o:p></o:p>
    Monitor:
    SAMSUNG 915N-Black 19" 8ms LCD Monitor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824001185<o:p></o:p>

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    Default Re: Building a new comp, need advice

    You need a power supply. The one inside the case just won't do. Get the case if you want, but in my opinion the case is not something you should spend so much money on. Personally, $50 after shipping is my limit.

    You shouldn't need the converter. If whatever power supply you get doesn't support SATA, it will come with its own converter. The hard drive or motherboard might, too. I'd recommend this, though I admit you can probably get something suitable for a little less.

    You also don't need the RAM heat spreader. The only RAM that really needs a different heat spreader is OCZ VX and Mushkin Redline, and you're not using either, not that you're overclocking anyway.

    I see no reason for you to get an SLI board, especially not one of the most expensive ones. If you want to leave the possibility for extreme overclocking open, go with a DFI nForce 4 Ultra board (there are several; the more expensive ones will only give you more firewire, SATA2, and RAID options, so choose based on what you will use). If you don't care or only will want light overclocking, go with the Chaintech VNF4 Ultra. The only thing it lacks is firewire, the option for SLI, and RAID 5 (which probably shouldn't be done with an onboard controller anyway). If you really need firewire, the this will do.

    I'd also strongly suggest you get a dual-core processor. It won't necessarily help with gaming, but it will help a lot in other areas, and it will allow you to have the computer coninue other tasks while you game at no cost. A 3800 will do, though I'd say go for a 4200 or 4400 if you can afford it. Or you could just overclock. If you don't think you'll be able to afford one of the more expensive ones, either downgrade the sound card, or drop entirely, because the onboard sound won't be that bad (it will be worse, though). You can also follow my final suggestion below.

    Finally, I'd recommend against that monitor. If you need mobility or you simply have to have an LCD for desk space, fine. Otherwise, a CRT will be much better. Contrary to popular belief, you'll actually get a better image quality with a CRT. You can also get a much better CRT for less money. You could be gaming on a 21'' at 1600x1200 (and it doesn't get much better than that) and still have saved enough to upgrade the processor to dual-core. However, if you do need mobility and/or space, then that doesn't matter much. If you do get that LCD, you'll want to get a DVI cord and use converters, because the one problem with that particular monitor is that doesn't have a DVI connector on it, which is kind of rediculous considering what a good monitor it is. Also, if you want to make a more educated decision on what LCD to choose (although that is one of the better ones), I'd suggest you read Anandtech's comparisons, as they go quite in-depth and will help you find exactly what you're looking for.

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    Default Re: Building a new comp, need advice

    Wow. That was just the kind of advice I needed.

    MoBo:
    CHAINTECH VNF4/Ultra
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813152049
    <o:p></o:p>Drive:
    LITE-ON Black IDE DVD-ROM Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...N82E16827131410<o:p></o:p>
    HD:
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 250GB 3.5" Serial ATA150 Hard Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...N82E16822148065
    RAM:

    OCZ 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Dual Channel Platinum System Memory
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...N82E16820227210
    Processor:
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+
    <o:p></o:p>http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103547
    Sound Card:
    Creative Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102178<o:p></o:p>
    Graphics Card:

    BFG Tech Geforce 7800GTX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...N82E16814143036<o:p></o:p>
    Case:
    Janus
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...N82E16811148024<o:p></o:p>
    Monitor:
    Philips 201B45 Black 21" CRT Monitor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824133117
    Power Supply:
    FSP Group (Fortron Source) AX500-A 500W Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817104934

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    Default Re: Building a new comp, need advice

    Looks good. You can also consider adding a DVD burner (did so myself recently, and it has been quite useful) or bigger/another hard drive, but that's up to you, based on whether or not you think you'll use them.

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