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Buling New Computer Want Recommendations on Hardware

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by aehaya, Jul 18, 2006.

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  1. aehaya

    aehaya Thread Starter

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    Hey everyone. I am going to build my second computer and wanted some tips on hardware to pick. This is what I was thinking.


    COOLER MASTER CM Stacker STC-T01-UWK Black/Silver Front panel with Black side panels Aluminum/Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Model #: STC-T01-UWK
    Item #: N82E16811119039
    $158.50

    ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce SPP 100 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    Model #: A8N32-SLI Deluxe
    Item #: N82E16813131568
    $169.99

    GIGABYTE GV-3D1-7950-RH Geforce 7950GX2 1GB (512MB x2) GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Dual GPU Video Card - Retail (2 of these)
    Model #: GV-3D1-7950-RH
    Item #: N82E16814125035
    $1,119.98

    FSP Group (Fortron Source) FX700-GLN ATX12V/ EPS12V 700W All-In-One Power Supply - Retail
    Model #: FX 700-GLN
    Item #: N82E16817104015
    $170.99

    AMD Athlon 64 FX60 Toledo 2000MHz HT Socket 939 Dual Core Processor Model ADAFX60CDBOX - Retail
    Model #: ADAFX60CDBOX
    Item #: N82E16819103608
    $812.00

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 SATA NCQ 3Gb/s ST3160812AS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM (2 of these in raid 0 hopefully)
    Model #: ST3160812AS
    Item #: N82E16822148105
    $125.98

    Creative Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS SB0350 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card - OEM
    Model #: 30SB035000000
    Item #: N82E16829102178

    Total 2,622

    Let me know what you guys think. Could i do better for cheaper? Should i invest a bit more to get alot more performance or should I go for less high end hardware and save some money but still have a powerfull computer? If you could give me your recommendations i would really appreciate it. Thanks!

    Also i hear that SLI is difficult on this Mobo becuase of the way the PIC Express slots are located - any odeas on a more compatible mobo? thanks.
     
  2. Rich-M

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    That board is nothing but trouble....especially with dual core and sli.
    Better off with ATi chipset as Nforce4 has problems with dual core in many boards.
    For psu the best are Antec, Sparkle, Enermax or Thermaltake and I wouldn't buy anything else but.
    I know this won't make sense but this board works with Nforce 4 and I love it and before I got it I chucked 3 of the board you want to buy:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813138272
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813138270
    Take second one if you really don't intend to use sli....
     
  3. aehaya

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    Okay so... with the new mobo u just recomended... any other changes u think i should make.. some people recommend i wait for the new intell processors - but i have no idea what kinda cost they will be. More thoguht please and thanks for the responce.
     
  4. Rich-M

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    No other real changes except get a decent power supply...
     
  5. aehaya

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    is the current one not sufficient. I thought 700 watts.. gotta be great?
     
  6. aehaya

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    also does the mobo that u recomened have two PCI Express x16 each?
     
  7. Rich-M

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    The first board with sli is for 2 pci-express16 cards and an agp and the second one is for only one.
     
  8. Rich-M

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    Yes I'm sorry that psu is fine....
     
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    Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 SATA NCQ 3Gb/s ST3160812AS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM (2 of these in raid 0 hopefully)
    Model #: ST3160812AS
    Item #: N82E16822148105
    $125.98



    Unless that is the price for two, you can do much, much better there.
     
  10. Mulderator

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    You really trust BioStar more than Asus?
     
  11. Clumbsy_Mage

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    You're going 939 socket when AM2 is available, are you sure you want to do that?
     
  12. Rich-M

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    Mulder,you know Biostar has always been mostly low end boards, but unlike Pc Chips and ECS, they have always worked real well for me and these boards I listed are a step into better quality.
    Yes I actually have the second one I recommended and it works flawlessly whereas I had the Asus board the user was ordering and returned all 3 with various problems that were unsurmountable. My unit 2 is an Asus board but with ATi chipset and works great. Asus has taken a big step backwards this year as Giagbyte did for the last 2 years with major problems and so did Msi. Both Gigbyte and Msi have arisen from the dead and I am sure Asus will too as they were always the best weapon in my arsenal, just not this year!
     
  13. Clumbsy_Mage

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    In my opinion Gigabyte > Asus, and that's from first hand experience.
     
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