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post #1 of 11
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Alright, I've decided to throw together a custom computer, after much deliberation. Here are the parts I've chosen:

ASUS A8N5X ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131569

AMD Athlon 64 3500+ 1GHz FSB Socket 939
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103533

Windows XP Home Edition
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16837116194

Geforce 6800GS 256 MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130258

OCZ Value Series 1GB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM (x2)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227221

Maxtor DiamondMax 10 200GB 3.5" SATA150
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822140168

LITE-ON Beige ATAPI / E-IDE DVD-ROM Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827131407

LITE-ON Beige IDE DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827106990

NEC 17" CRT Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824002245

Creative Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102162

Logitech X-530 5.1 Speaker
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16836121118

LITE-ON 2-Tone Wired Keyboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16823107120

Logitech Value Optical Mouse
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826104181

Thermaltake SViking Case With Side Panel Window
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811133142

Thermaltake TR2 W0070 430W Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817153023

$1,310 total

Whew, those are all the links. Fifteen parts to the computer. I think that's everything I need. I'm building it from the ground up.

Could someone help critique the build? I'm pretty sure the PSU is more than enough, and that the computer will suit all of my needs. The only thing I'm unsure of is compatability all around, and whether or not I need anything else (i.e., screws or cables that wouldn't come with the hardware).
My System
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CPUMotherboardOSMonitor
AMD A64 3200+ Venice ASUS A8N5X nForce4 Windows XP Home 17" CRT .27dp 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech Black Quietkey Aspire CONCORD 500W Thermaltake SViking Microsoft Optical 
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AMD A64 3200+ Venice ASUS A8N5X nForce4 Windows XP Home 17" CRT .27dp 
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Logitech Black Quietkey Aspire CONCORD 500W Thermaltake SViking Microsoft Optical 
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post #2 of 11
u dont need a dvd burner and a reader. the burner can read too... save yourself $20. And u might wanna buy black versions of the drives. If you care about looks, which later on you will, your gonna kick yourself for not having matching drives. Unless you have a lot of space, a crt monitor isn't really a good choice. Most lcd's now are comparable to crt's. you can probably buy your mouse and keyboard in a set for a cheaper price. And unless your a die hard audiophile you can probably do without the sound card. I didnt look but almost all modern onboard soundcards support 7.1.

If you plan to do any overclocking, which you probably will since your here you might want to look into better ram. 1 gig is good enough for most applications nowadays. Unless your playing bf2. So you could go the other route and get 2 x 512 of better ram. Other people will probably be able to help you out on what kind of ram more than me. ive heard g skill, geil and ocz are good places to start looking. Good ram will probably be in the $150 range for 2 x 512 sticks. Let me know how that looks now.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
allendale e6400 gigabyte ds3 palit 9600gt sonic 2x1gig g skill ddr 800 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
37 raptor and 250 gig xp pro 22" lcd logitech cordless 
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ocz gamextream 700w antec p182 g7 
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allendale e6400 gigabyte ds3 palit 9600gt sonic 2x1gig g skill ddr 800 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
37 raptor and 250 gig xp pro 22" lcd logitech cordless 
PowerCaseMouse
ocz gamextream 700w antec p182 g7 
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post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
I want dual drives, this way I can copy a DVD directly, rather than having to burn the disc to my HDD first.

I'll consider black versions, not a big deal now. Functionality before aesthetics.

I have plenty of space. CRT is best for me. Too expensive to buy a good LCD (i.e., 8ms or less to avoid ghosting).

Keyboard & mouse are $11 total in my setup - that doesn't bother me. I make that in 20 minutes.

I love my music. I use my computer as my stereo. Love a good sound card.

I'll probably OC - but why would I need better RAM for that?

I want 2 GB RAM. My cousin made a jump from 1 GB to 2 GB - made a huge difference, especially since I'm not going dual-core yet.
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CPUMotherboardOSMonitor
AMD A64 3200+ Venice ASUS A8N5X nForce4 Windows XP Home 17" CRT .27dp 
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Logitech Black Quietkey Aspire CONCORD 500W Thermaltake SViking Microsoft Optical 
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CPUMotherboardOSMonitor
AMD A64 3200+ Venice ASUS A8N5X nForce4 Windows XP Home 17" CRT .27dp 
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Logitech Black Quietkey Aspire CONCORD 500W Thermaltake SViking Microsoft Optical 
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post #4 of 11
well with 2 x 512 sticks of good ram. You are able to push your fsb up higher without running a divider. You can also run tighter timings.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
allendale e6400 gigabyte ds3 palit 9600gt sonic 2x1gig g skill ddr 800 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
37 raptor and 250 gig xp pro 22" lcd logitech cordless 
PowerCaseMouse
ocz gamextream 700w antec p182 g7 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
allendale e6400 gigabyte ds3 palit 9600gt sonic 2x1gig g skill ddr 800 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
37 raptor and 250 gig xp pro 22" lcd logitech cordless 
PowerCaseMouse
ocz gamextream 700w antec p182 g7 
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post #5 of 11
I say spend a little extra money and get dual 74GB Raptors and RAID 0 them. Now thats fast.
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Core i7 2500k ASRock P67 Extreme4 Gen 3 AMD 7970 16GB DDR3 
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Intel 520 256GB SATA DVD Burner Windows 7 64 bit Deal U2410 
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Adesso Mechanical Silverstone OP650 Logitech G700 
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Core i7 2500k ASRock P67 Extreme4 Gen 3 AMD 7970 16GB DDR3 
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Intel 520 256GB SATA DVD Burner Windows 7 64 bit Deal U2410 
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post #6 of 11
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Not looking for blazing fast, slight-capacity drives. I plan to use the computer for general, everyday tasks (AIM, MMJB, Firefox, spreadsheets, wordpad) and gaming (console emulation + RTS games (AoE III), on occasion FPSs like BF2:SF, F.E.A.R. [might try this one], or some MMOs (WoW) and RPGs (Diablo 2 - hopefully 3 if it comes out)).

So there'd be no reason for me to get dual RAID-0 drives.
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CPUMotherboardOSMonitor
AMD A64 3200+ Venice ASUS A8N5X nForce4 Windows XP Home 17" CRT .27dp 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech Black Quietkey Aspire CONCORD 500W Thermaltake SViking Microsoft Optical 
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AMD A64 3200+ Venice ASUS A8N5X nForce4 Windows XP Home 17" CRT .27dp 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
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post #7 of 11
maybe look at getting a 3700+ or 4000+ for the extra 512k on the L2 cache. 3700 isn't much more than the 3500, couldn't hurt.
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Opteron 165 CCBBE 0610DPMW Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe EVGA 7900GT 2GB OCZ EL Platinum 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
36Gb Raptor Raid-0, 200Gb Maxtor Xp Home 19" Flat screen CRT Saitek Eclipse 
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Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
36Gb Raptor Raid-0, 200Gb Maxtor Xp Home 19" Flat screen CRT Saitek Eclipse 
PowerCaseMouse
OCZ Powerstream 520w Super Flower, with extension Some MS Optical 
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post #8 of 11
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What exactly does increased k do on the L1 and L2 caches? Heck, what do those things do, anyway?
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post #9 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by Patrice Mersault
What exactly does increased k do on the L1 and L2 caches? Heck, what do those things do, anyway?
One way i understand it is L1 and L2 cache are ram that are the easiest accessible to the cpu so they are the fastest and most efficient. I believe having a larger L1 L2 cache will give a slight performance increase. Thing is two cpu's identical, besides one being a 512k and the other 1mb, overclocked to the same speed the 1mb L2 will be a ways ahead of the 512k.
OpterOWN
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Opteron 165 CCBBE 0610DPMW Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe EVGA 7900GT 2GB OCZ EL Platinum 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
36Gb Raptor Raid-0, 200Gb Maxtor Xp Home 19" Flat screen CRT Saitek Eclipse 
PowerCaseMouse
OCZ Powerstream 520w Super Flower, with extension Some MS Optical 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Opteron 165 CCBBE 0610DPMW Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe EVGA 7900GT 2GB OCZ EL Platinum 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
36Gb Raptor Raid-0, 200Gb Maxtor Xp Home 19" Flat screen CRT Saitek Eclipse 
PowerCaseMouse
OCZ Powerstream 520w Super Flower, with extension Some MS Optical 
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post #10 of 11
On the LCD and needing 8ms for no ghosting...
Mine runs 12ms and no ghosting in BF2.
Very nice system BTW
    
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X4 965 ASUS M4A79 Deluxe 9800GTx2 2x2G OCZ Reapers 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
500G WD Black LiteOn CD/DVD R/W Win7 64 22'' ws Acer AL2223W 
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