Building a new computer, need some advice.

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Nov 5, 2007
Hia! This is my first post on the forums, so go easy on me. ;D

This is only my second time building my own computer, and the first time doing it completely on my own. I was wondering if I could get some advice on whether or not the parts would work well together. I don't wanna end up paying for the parts and then having something not fit.

For the case, I wanted to go with an ATX, something like a Sunbeam Transformer IC-TR-BA Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail(

The motherboard I think had to fit an ATX case, so I was looking at an ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition AM2 NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail. (

I've always preferred AMD processors, and I wanted to go a little more high end(if it really is high end) so I was looking at AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Windsor 3.0GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM2 Processor(

The video cards I was a little confused on. I've read about cards not fitting or possibilities about dual graphics cards. I really wanna go with a geforce card, and I was looking at either the 8600 gts or the 8800gts. I was thinking about going with the 8600 because it's about half the price of the 8800, and possibly I could get another one down the line? I don't always have to have the best possible graphics running, and im more then willing to compromise, but I would like to get something leaning towards high end. Would my board even support two cards? I was lookin at MSI NX8600GTS-T2D256E-OC GeForce 8600GTS 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card( Any advice would be appreciated =D

RAM wise, I wanted to go with 4G. I don't know if thats overkill but, it didn't seem to cost that much. G.SKILL 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory(

The power supply was something else I was a little confused with. As you can see, I used to look at most of my prices. But I wasn't sure how high I should go with the power supply to be able to support two graphics cards if I did decide to go that route.

My budget is around 1200$ But that can stretch a bit. Don't need a monitor, keyboard or mouse, and a sound card wasn't that much.

Again, I'd appreciate any advice or criticism that you can give. This is mostly a for fun project that my girlfriend and I are doing.
Sep 9, 2007
Well I can't offer you a huge amount of information other then these two things:

1. Intel! This is just my personal preference and history seems to say that intel holds sockets longer which makes upgrading easier.

And now for the real help:

Be very careful with your video card choice. First of all always buy one card over two if you think you can get the same performance. Most games are not written to support SLI well if at all. If you look at benchmarks they often have the same preference, sometimes games will even lose a few FPS when in SLI over one of the cards being used. Also put some of your money here. If you can I would get a 8800GT. There are several of these cards on Newegg for $269, which isn't a huge jump from your budget but should provide a significant increase in power. It is two steps up really (8800 vs. 8600 and GT vs. GTS), and its only $100 more. If your waiting for a while it should also fall in price as this is the starting price, I don't know where the review got $229, I think he’s just making up a number rather than having bought it and judged its value. Here is one for example:

Best of luck with your new computer.
Jun 29, 2002
I can't offer you much, except that will give you advice on compatibility, etc. I just bought a new mobo and DVD burner; with the information they give, plus the reviews, I didn't need to ask a tech for any information.

Best wishes and good luck! (y) :D

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