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Old 08-13-2008, 02:26 AM   #1
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Default Tech savvy friends, assist me.

I'm currently pricing out components for a new computer. Attempting to determine whether I should buy, or build my own. I am well versed in CPU's, GPU's, RAM, but when it comes to motherboards, and cases, and the interaction between them, not so much.

Here's what I have so far.
Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119142
HD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136218
GPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102747
RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145194 X2
Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131320
Power
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139006
CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103249
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Old 08-13-2008, 11:12 AM   #2
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Could use some more information, like what your price range is, what you'll be using it for, and so on. But from what you've provided, it looks like you'll be making a gaming machine in the range of $1500-$2000.

You've done well in picking out components that are highly rated, and that's always a good thing.

Case: Good pick. I got a Cooler Master and its wonderful.

HD: Western Digital HD's are top notch. If you're an avid gamer, consider a 10,000 RPM HD. I hear they're insanely awesome. Expensive, though.

GPU: Good pick there too. Should run nearly everything you throw at it for the next few years.

RAM: Its hard to go wrong buying RAM. You selected a set that has fast timing, but average clock speed. Won't make much difference, just intrigued about the decision.

Motherboard: This was the big unknown in my purchase as well. Luckily, I got the right one. To be honest, your selection looks like it will work just fine. Just be aware that it has an onboard GeForce 8000 series GPU (probably a 8300). I'm not sure if that will conflict with your Radeon 4850 or not. I don't think it will, but I could be wrong. Also, your 8450 will probably cover 2 of your SATA ports. I only used 2 of the 4 on my computer, but if you plan on having multiple hard drives and/or CD drives, you might want to consider getting something else. The Front Side Bus looks nice and fast. Your Power Supply Unit 20+4 pin will work on your motherboard. I hear ASUS motherboards are kind of hit and miss, but that one looks like its good due to the high consumer ratings.

Power Supply: Looks good. Good job on choosing one 80+ certified. Keeps things cool and quiet. Plenty of power too.

CPU: Awesome. AMD's are good chips.

Comments: You're obviously going to want a monitor, CD drive, a floppy drive or multi-card reader, and perhaps some speakers. Monitors aren't cheap, unfortunately, so it will set you back a bit more than one might expect. I would suggest at least 22 inches for what it looks like you'll be doing.

Also, you planning on getting Vista 64 bit? Service pack 1 has made much improvements. Its still nowhere near perfect. However, its stable enough to be worth it.
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Yes I'd be going Vista 64bit. I'll look around for other ram, that choice was more just to get a base price out. I have a monitor, Keyboard, and Mouse already from my older system. I'll replace them eventually, but it's not much of a priority right now. The computer itself I want to keep around $1,000 if not under before software.

The computer I'm pricing against is http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16883113075
I like the specs on it, but heat is a real concern as someone on bestbuy's site said the GPU runs so hot that it locks up frequently. Of course I could probably just add more fans to fix that. Also, I've not heard the most flattering things about Nvidia's recent cards and drivers.
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do you download a lot of hentai or anime?

i recomend one of these
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...299&Tpk=1%2bTB
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Yes I'd be going Vista 64bit. I'll look around for other ram, that choice was more just to get a base price out. I have a monitor, Keyboard, and Mouse already from my older system. I'll replace them eventually, but it's not much of a priority right now. The computer itself I want to keep around $1,000 if not under before software.

The computer I'm pricing against is http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16883113075
I like the specs on it, but heat is a real concern as someone on bestbuy's site said the GPU runs so hot that it locks up frequently. Of course I could probably just add more fans to fix that. Also, I've not heard the most flattering things about Nvidia's recent cards and drivers.
Cooler Master makes very cool cases, and I doubt you'll have a problem with cooling.

A lot of components are hit and miss, and there's always risk. I've heard nVidia's cards run hot, and I've heard they don't. I hear Radeon cards run hot, and I hear they don't. Its an unpredictable thing. Personally, my motherboard had a ATI 770 northbridge, and I put a GeForce 8600 GT in it. Not the best equipment by any means, but it does what I want it to, and I like it. What I bought just won't fit your needs. The 9800 is a monster of a video card, so it will run warmer than mine. My system runs cool and I haven't had a single problem with any of the components.

Because things are so unpredictable, I recommend anything that has high ratings. The people who rate these things know what they're doing.
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