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Posted: 3/24/2006 6:32:43 PM EDT
2 Silverstone 20" SATA II Cable Model SST-CP01 - Retail
1 Thermaltake W0057RU-01 PurePower TWV ATX 12V 2.0 500W Power Supply - Retail
1 ALTEC LANSING VS2220 5 Watts RMS(Front Speakers: 2.5 Watts/channel @ 4 ohms @10% THD @ 20 Hz - 20 KHz 2 Channels Loaded) 2.0 Speaker - Retail
1 AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Manchester 1GHz HT Socket 939 Dual Core Processor Model ADA3800BVBOX - Retail
1 OCZ Gold GX 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered System Memory Model OCZ4002048ELGEGXT-K - Retail
1 Microsoft Windows XP Professional With SP2 - OEM
1 PNY VCG68128XWB Geforce 6800 128MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - OEM
1 COOLER MASTER CAVALIER 3 CAV-T03-UK Black Aluminum/Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
1 ASUS A8N-SLI Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
1 SAMSUNG 204T-Black 20.1" 16ms LCD Monitor - Retail
2 Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
1 Logitech Internet Pro Desktop 967457-0403 Black PS/2 Wired Standard Keyboard Mouse Included - OEM
1 LITE-ON 16X DVD±R DVD Burner W/ 5X DVD-RAM Write Black ATAPI/E-IDE Model SHM-165P6S RTL - Retail
1 Thermaltake RX Series CL-P0296 92mm CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink - Retail


What do you think? It should scream!
Link Posted: 3/24/2006 6:33:59 PM EDT
Well, it is a pretty good machine, but ultimately what are you planning to do with it?
Link Posted: 3/24/2006 6:34:09 PM EDT
Looks like a good kick ass system.

If you plan on doing any heavy gaming, I would upgrade the vid card though.
Link Posted: 3/24/2006 7:42:24 PM EDT
Not a gamer. Besides arfcom and investing I use it for R&D type work (software engineering). Not really a gamer. I also use it for music to play guitar against.
Link Posted: 3/24/2006 7:44:23 PM EDT
upgrade the video card
Link Posted: 3/24/2006 7:45:07 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/24/2006 7:45:26 PM EDT by Sub-MOA]
I'd wait another ~90 days for conroe... In fact, I am waiting for conroe to come out before my next build.
Link Posted: 3/24/2006 8:13:13 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/24/2006 8:17:17 PM EDT by MillerSHO]
I'll laugh if you buy all of that only to get a 6800.

If you go all out get a x1900, if you go middle range go with a 7800GT.

If you want the BEST card for the money right now buy this(which would be the low end of videocards but still amazing performace though): www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814102483
Link Posted: 3/24/2006 8:18:34 PM EDT
I would get the 256mb part if you are going to stick with the 6800, or, get a better vid card.
Link Posted: 3/24/2006 8:33:54 PM EDT

Originally Posted By MissouriBob:
Not a gamer. Besides arfcom and investing I use it for R&D type work (software engineering). Not really a gamer. I also use it for music to play guitar against.



Then I would go with the ASUS A8N-E mobo.

While SLI is nice, there is no point in having it if you won't be using it. Just added cost.

My gaming computer is built on the A8N-E and I'm very happy.

Graphics card is fine if all you do is play around in Code and play a guitar via keyboard or some such other.
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 5:36:30 AM EDT
if you bought a retail box fan use the fan that came with the processor.

switch to seagate harddrives.


buy any other name than PNY for the video card
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 8:34:00 AM EDT
I built a very similar system back in November. I would suggest upping the processor to a 4200+ or a 4400+ -- you will get significantly better performance for just a little more money.

Also, if you love your sanity, do NOT install the nVidia Network Access Manager driver -- it is an absolute piece of crap that will make you miserable and cause severe halsotosis!
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 11:17:54 PM EDT
Like I said I'm not into gaming. More code stuff. Some still photo editing. I don't need a high dollar card. I've had real good luck with WD drives over the years. Not as good with Segate.

I thought about the faster processor, but this is probably more than I really need.

Link Posted: 3/26/2006 12:09:13 AM EDT
Here's my build in progress.
www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=1&f=5&t=445279

I'm waiting for the 7900GT cards to become available.
Link Posted: 3/26/2006 12:43:10 PM EDT

Originally Posted By purplecheese:

Originally Posted By MissouriBob:
Not a gamer. Besides arfcom and investing I use it for R&D type work (software engineering). Not really a gamer. I also use it for music to play guitar against.



Then I would go with the ASUS A8N-E mobo.

While SLI is nice, there is no point in having it if you won't be using it. Just added cost.

My gaming computer is built on the A8N-E and I'm very happy.

Graphics card is fine if all you do is play around in Code and play a guitar via keyboard or some such other.



It probably would make sense to switch to a SLI enabled video card. That way if I wanted enhanced video I could just add a second card.
Link Posted: 3/26/2006 12:46:26 PM EDT
I have been wanting to build a new system, but I think Im going to hold off a year or two for the DX10 video cards to become mainstream.
Link Posted: 3/26/2006 12:46:28 PM EDT

Originally Posted By mattja:
Here's my build in progress.
www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=1&f=5&t=445279

I'm waiting for the 7900GT cards to become available.



Nice but I prefer Lian Li cases.
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