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Hello all, I have no idea which forum to post this in and since I am getting an AMD system, I thought this one would work. Below is a computer that our computer guy spec'd out for me. Cost is 1299+shipping.

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Case-RED SAGITTA RDMX MID 450 F/USB/WIN
Processor-AMD 64-3800 AM2 DUAL CORE RETAIL BOX
Motherboard-ATH64 4DR2/2P/1PE/GL/SV/FW/4S3
Memory-1 1G KIT DDR-2 6400 800 MHZ PATRIOT PACK
Floppy Drive-BLACK ALPS 1.44 FLOPPY DRIVE
DVD Drive-16X12X16X8 ASUS DVD+-DL LIGHTSCRIBE
Video Card-EVGA GF8800GTS/640MB/SLI/DDVI/PCI-E
150.0GB WD RAPTOR 10K SATA 16MB NCQ
MS WINDOWS XP PRO W/COUPON
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I dont have a problem spending the 1350 or so, but I myself would rather have a faster CPU than the 3800. I do want a WD HD 10k but I thought maybe a smaller one for GAMES only on that one. One like this maybe link:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136054

And a larger one for applications and what not:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822144701


Also, I decided i dont think I want to go with the latest Video card such as the 8800 until the prices break some. But I am not sure which one is better when you take a step down. Is it the 7900, 7950GS, 7950GT or GX or what? Here is a link comparing 4 different 7950's. I could buy one now and then in a couple months buy a second one to run dual cards IF it makes that much differnece running two. If not, I would just buy the 8800 later when it drops in price...Here is the link comparing...(Bear in mind, trying to stay at the 1300 total, so trying to save enough on HD cost and video cost to get better CPU)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150211

(((after further investigating, link above is NOT my current CPU stated in above quote. The one linked is not dual core, and the one quoted to me above is. I cant seem to find the one quoted to me)))

After changing the HD and choosing one of these video cards I should have an extra 200-250 to add to the CPU cost. My original CPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103029 was basically 100 bucks. Now I should have about 350 total to spend on one...Here is one for 290 ( or something close):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103030

Problem is though, I have NO IDEA how to see if this particular processor will go with the mobo already chosen. Also, there were cheaper and more expensive processors but going by what very little I know about how to judge one now, I thought this was good for the money. I may be WAYYYYYYY off base.

I really appreciate your input in these things...thx for all the help. And no, I am not going to build it myself anymore, will just tell the guy in houston what I want and let him do it. When I priced me doing it myself, by the time I bought the OS, I was way over what he quoted.....

thx again...

Also, I have a viewsonic 20" LCD WS HD monitor. Hopefully, my computer will play WoW or EQ2 or COD2 (or others like them) with graphics turned way up. I have never played one of these games with graphics turned up. Always had to turn them way down to help with FPS. thx!
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well with a 8800 you could def turn the graphics way up but the same is for a 7950. as far as processors if you are not going to overclock at least get a 4400.your best bet would be to build it on your own you could save a bundle of money if you would ever consider building your own i could put a parts list together for you and show you the money you would save...
    
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well with a 8800 you could def turn the graphics way up but the same is for a 7950. as far as processors if you are not going to overclock at least get a 4400.your best bet would be to build it on your own you could save a bundle of money if you would ever consider building your own i could put a parts list together for you and show you the money you would save...

I would definetly attempt it but everytime I do a price list, I go overboard. Especially when I purchase the OS. I would appreciate the parts list if you will take time to do it. Thx a ton!
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an51r..

I am very interested in building one myself if I can save some money. Whenever you do get a chance to throw together a pricelist, please let me know. I have done alot of reading about building one since you mentioned helping me with a price list and I do believe I can do it. Alot of great info on this site.
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cant help ya with the price list.

for the processor its okay if u go for 3800+ at first.
cuz processor price goes down faster than graphics. trust me.
for graphics im not sure....cause its just to early to predict (if u go for 8800)
one think i dont like the 8800 is bcause its RAM combination (512+128,512+256).its just weird. why dont they go like 1GB of ram.
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Okay to halt a few misconceptions right now. You probably won't save a "bundle of money building it yourself" or at least most people don't. People like Dell and Alienware can sell there computers at almost no profit because they sell so many that they still make money, but when buying from something like Newegg, you are paying a profit to the company on every single piece that you buy. So in my experience you won't save *that* much money, if any at all. I would go with a 7950 it is a very solid video card that will handle any games today that you throw at it on probably high settings (you Oblivion people, just stay quiet). Also if you build yourself then you can OC that crap out of a 3800.

If you end up building yourself I would suggest you go Intel and get something like a Core 2 Duo 6300, it will beat anything AMD has in the price range by a long shot, unless you are just dead set on AMD.
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