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First of all I’m not expert at all, and this my first adventure to build a pc so I’m so cautious and your advice is highly appreciated, I’m budging the following gaming computer but I’m really confused on two things:

1/ I’m really confused between PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610 EPS12V and
Turbo-Cool 510 SLI. Which is more suitable for my system? I will appreciate if you Have other recommendations.
2/ I would prefer to purchase LCD monitor and again I’m confused between wide screen (16:9) and standard (4:3) ones, honestly I’m inclined to wide screen format but I know
not all games support wide screen format, I will spend a lot of money on my new system so it will not be wise to watch these games in ugly stretched picture, how did you overcome this annoying issue?

My system

CPU
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz
Motherboard
EVGA ,122-CK-NF68-AR, LGA 775, NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel
Memory
Kingston ValueRAM ,2GB (2 x 1GB) ,DDR2 533, (PC2 4200)
vidio card
vegan 512-P2-N637-AR GeForce 7950GT 512MB
Hard Drive
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ,320GB ,16MB Cache, SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
optical drive
Samsung SH-S182D , CD/DVD
Operating System
Windows XP Professional
Mouse / Keyboard
Logitech G5 / Logitech G15
powe supply
?????
LCD monitor
post #2 of 6
You want the 610 Silencer, or ideally the 750W Silencer, for only like $30 more.

You can put black bars at the sides to keep the picture from stretching. Widescreen is worth it for HD movies and games that support it, I'd rather have WS and bars at the sides in some games than no WS support, but that's just me.
    
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Widescreen PC monitors actually run 16:10 not 16:9. Most games are able to be forced into widescreen so you shouldn't have to worry much.
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As for the widescreen - it's the best move you'll ever make.

I play FEAR, CSS, COD2, etc, and they all run perfect on my 19" Widescreen. So does BF2, if I may add that in. You can see much more of the screen with widescreen and it is easier to look at, as your eyes are moving horizontally across the screen instead of upwards. It all seems a bit weird to begin with but after a few days you'll realise how great widescreen viewing actually is.

All of the games coming out from now will support widescreen .. So don't worry about compatibility. Most games that only suppose square resolutions look fine in WS anyway .. for example if I ran 1024x768 in CSS, it'd look alright. But I just use 16:10 1440x900 on my 19" Wide.

mycomputersucks: that's right .. My screen looks so rubbish in 16:9 - makes a black line at the bottom of the screen.
    
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I believe there are hacks for many games that let you run them in windowed mode, and then you don't have to look at them all ugly. This was also a concern of mine when buying a new monitor. Also, not all widescreens have the same ratio. For example, one of my laptops is 15:9 (1280x768), another of my laptops is 8:5 (1280x800), one of my monitors is also 8:5 (1680x1050), and my servers run at 4:3 (1024x768). So lots of different ratios there.
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Laptops are different, their ratios change all over the place. But monitors sort of have to keep to some standards. While some earlier LCD's might of had some weird rezs, but most of them now usually stick to the standard rezs, plus being able to do the HDTV rezs.
    
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