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Thread: Componets for new PC Build

  1. #1
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    Apr 2002

    Default Componets for new PC Build

    Componets for new PC Build


    Hello guys I just need some help in a couple of areas, I put most of the things that I need in here just wondering what I should go with in the question marked areas?

    PSU - I know i need something around 500w but is a good brand, thermaltake any good?

    CPU - AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ Windsor 2.4GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 Dual Core Processor - Retail
    or should I go with the 3800 if so what wattage?

    MB - ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

    RAM - ? dont know where to start

    HD - Hard Drive: Maxtor Western Digital Caviar 250GB 7200 RPM SATA $77

    Video Card - ? dont know if I should go with SLi, 7900GT, or and ATI card. I am kinda interested in the 7900gt.

    Hope to here from you and thanks

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Minnesota, United States

    Default Re: Componets for new PC Build

    A 500W or so will do, but I wouldn't really recommend Thermaltake. Try FPS Group, Sparkle, Seasonic, OCZ, Antec, or Enermax.

    An X2 4600 is good, but you can probably afford a Core 2 Duo system at this point.

    Just grab some DDR2 667 240-pin RAM. I'd recommend 2GB, but 1GB will do.

    The 7900GT is a good card. SLI and Crossfire are expensive and greatly increase your power consumption (Which means you'll need a bigger PSU). Unless you're using a large monitor that supports a high resolution, such as 1900x1200, you won't get much out of either.

    I wouldn't recommend Maxtor for hard drives, even though Seagate recently bought Maxtor out. Go with a Seagate or Western Digital-branded hard drive.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Ontario, Canada

    Default Re: Componets for new PC Build

    I agree on the video. And since I switched to an X1900XT I can run my monitor at it's native res of 1920X1200 and my games are still smooth with 2X AA and 8XAF whereas the 7900GTX I had struggled at those levels and stuttered a bit. 7900GT's are at a nice pricepoint and if you run 1280X1024 for games, it is a great card. I also agree to stay away from Maxtor.

    My Seagate drives work flawlessly and are whisper quiet.

    As for AM2 vs Conroe, it is really personal choice because for gaming you won't see any benefits from a Conroe. I went from a S939 165 Opteron to my current Conroe system and the Opteron technically was a better gamer, although it did have 2GB of ram and dual X1800's. Either way, if you only game and surf, AMD is OK and if you do go AMD just get a normal X2 3800+ because it will overclock just as well as the 4600+ for much less. As for Conroe, the Gigabyte DS3 and the E6300/E6400 seem to be the best/most econmical parts for an Intel system.

    Same with ram. DDR2 667 should be fine as most of it clocks just as well as DDR2 800. Try to get decent ram and 2GB is the best way to go. Better to buy too much ram now than have to get more later. Try to get ram that has Micron D9 modules as they are the best clockers out. G Skill and Teamgroup are the brands of choice.
    GIgabyte GA-990FXA-UD3
    AMD FX8120 @ 4GHz
    Patriot 1866MHz EL series 2X4GB DDR3
    Powercolour HD 6970 2GB w/XFX 8800GT 512MB Hybrid PhysX
    Creative X-FI titanium HD w/Technics class A 300W amp and tower speakers
    PC P&C 500W PSU
    2TB Seagate
    Coolermaster 690II w/Corsair H100 tucked under the hood

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    British Columbia, Canada

    Default Re: Componets for new PC Build

    If you are going with s939 or AM2 get a X2 3800 for sure, the one I got today is running at 2.4GHz on a board that cost me less than $100CDN($85ish US). I could get more out of that processor too, but I need a better heatsink first. The 3800 is a very nice deal.

    The only reason I have not gone with conroe is because the motherboards are to pricy.
    My Current Rigs:
    Antec P180, OCZ Powerstream 520W, DFI nF4 SLI-DR Expert, AMD X2 4400 w/XP120(2.6GHz@1.45v), 2x1GB OCZ Platnium PC3200, BFG 7900GT@592/800(1.6), WD 250GB SATA, Maxtor 120GB IDE, LG DVD/CD Combo(black), Sony DRU-810 DL DVD Burner(black)
    3DMark01:25379, 3DMark03:19746
    3DMark05:9294, 3DMark06:5340

    Raidmax Cobra, Fortron PN-400W, ASUS A8N-E(nF4 Ultra), X2 3800 w/AMD heatpipe cooler, 2x 512MB Crucial Balistix, ATI X300, WD 250GB IDE, Samsung 16x DVD/RW

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