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Here's what I'm thinking:

AMD 4800+ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103544
ASUS A8N32-sli deluxe http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131568
G. Skill ZX http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231032
X1900 XTX http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814103175
Sunbeam Nuuo http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817709003
NEC 16x DVD burner http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827152058
Hitachi T7k250 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822145088
Monitor- undecided
Case- friends choice

How does this sound? This kid just needs to play CoD2. I didn't get extreme RAM because he won't be overclocking. I got the 4400+ because it has the 2x1mb cache, but isn't as much as the 4800+. Hard drive is fine, he said all he needed was 150. The reason for the x1800 XT is because he just needs to last over to DX10.
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post #2 of 34
Ditch the 4800+ and get a 4400+, with the extra money get another Raptor HDD and put that beast in RAID

You can easily OC the 4400+ up to 4800+ speeds

Also, replace the Asus with a DFI if you plan on using that RAM, Asus board can be finicky with A8N mobos
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Looks good. I am going to suggest you go with 2x 7900GT. There are quite a bit more powerful than 1 7900GTX. I would not worry about the fact that you cannot upgrade to SLI 7900GTX because when DX10 cards come out, the 7900 will be obsolete.

Also, you can get 2x 250GB SATA harddrives and put them in RAID 0 to have a much faster harddrive setup than one Raptor, for about the same price, and about 7x the storage.

For the NUUO, you want to go with the newer, revised one. Here it is:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817709003

The revised version is SUNNU550-US-SV.

For that quality of a rig, you may want to go for a sound card. X-Fi is popular.

I just want to throw out there the option of a Intel build. The Core Duo is Intel's new mobile processor that compares Mhz for Mhz with an AMD. Because it is a mobile chip, it creates very little heat. Meaning that if you put it on a desktop it can be overclocked like mad. A stock T2500 (2.0Ghz) matches a X2 3800+ in all benchmarks, and even beats a X2 4400+. The T2600 (2.16Ghz) is about $416 and can easily match the performance of the X2 4400+ in some. Where this chip would shine is its overclocks. These chips currently hold the world superpi record.


Here are some gaming benchmarks of a stock 2.0Ghz core duo. You can get the 2.16Ghz model, and OC to 3.0Ghz - 3.5Ghz




Note that at stock settings, and even mild overclocks, the 4400 and 4800 X2 are going to be much better. But if you get this core duo up to about 3.0Ghz - 3.5Ghz it will beat the X2 overclocked.
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One thing I should say is that I'm not going to extensively OCing this computer. My friend is parinoid about frying anything and probably won't let me even touch it after it's build. That why I went with the 4800+ and the 7900 GTX. However, I may drop back to a 7900 GT because, the problem is, he want's this to last till he's out of college...and he's a junior in high school now. There's no possible way this will happen, with AM2 and DX10 coming out, along with Conroe.

I'll grab the X-Fi, and are you sure DFI is worth it even though I'm not OCing? I may drop back on the RAM too if it needs to be tweaked a fair amount.
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Originally Posted by kevin_tsoi2000
One thing I should say is that I'm not going to extensively OCing this computer. My friend is parinoid about frying anything and probably won't let me even touch it after it's build. That why I went with the 4800+ and the 7900 GTX. However, I may drop back to a 7900 GT because, the problem is, he want's this to last till he's out of college...and he's a junior in high school now. There's no possible way this will happen, with AM2 and DX10 coming out, along with Conroe.

I'll grab the X-Fi, and are you sure DFI is worth it even though I'm not OCing? I may drop back on the RAM too if it needs to be tweaked a fair amount.
If you are not OCing, stick with the 4800, ASUS board, and you can lower the memory. I would go with SLI 7900GT.
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hmm well thats a toughy, does he want this futureproof or for just the time hes in junior high or w\\e, i would go with dual 7900GT's and a 32 Lane mobo like u have, and grab 2 gigs of good OCZ or XMS, G.Skill or somthing with good timings. also i would get that newer PSU as posted. or try this!

FX-57 - 800
Asus A8N32 SLi Deluxe - 220
G.SKILL Extreme Series 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR - 150
7900GTX - 500
and 400 on PSU, Case, DVD and HDD.. should be more than enough
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how about monitor, mouse, keboard, speakers?
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im guessing he already has those considering he didnt post them either..
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post #9 of 34
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$2000 is for the computer. I think he has his own monitor picked out.

Edit\\\\ HOLD UP!!!!!! CHANGE IN PLANS!!! He want's a monitor, no sound card needed.
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I'd have to recommend the ASUS A8R32-MVP, and a single Powercolor X1900XT. This is extremely stable, should have as good as, if not better performance than 2 x 7900GT's in SLI with far fewer setup headaches. The Retail version of the X1900XT has a lifetime warranty, and is over $200 cheaper than the two 7900's.

I'd agree that a 4400 would be preferable to the 4800 for price/performance ratio, but I'd also say an Opteron 170 would save you close to $50 over the 4400+, and a mild OC on that would give better performance than the 4400+ or 4800+ with rock solid stability. Even the WORST 1xx Opty's are good for a minimum of a 400MHz OC, usually @ stock vCore.

I'll back pauldovi 100% about a pair of 250GB SATA in RAID 0. 74GB total capacity is a rig these days is laughable. I used to have a pair of 36GB Raptors in RAID 0, and my OS + my games would fill that to the brim. I replaced the two Raptors w/ a single WD2500KS, and have no regrets. The mild difference in load times is totally forgivable for the massive increase in storage.

I also agree about the addition of a soundcard. Just make it a Creative of some ilk, as they're the only ones that support hardware acceleration. May as well get benefits on both ends, right?

I'd also recommend this G.SKILL Memory instead of the other set. Great track record for stability, and a lot cheaper as well. You'll never see any real-world difference with the latencies. I really have to wonder, though.... If you're leery of OCing this rig at all, why did you spec PC4000? wouldn't you be better off with the PC3200 variant with the lower latency?

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