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Hello everyone.

I've been in need of a computer system, that means the whole thing, brand new monitor, keyboard, mouse, mouspead, tower... Everything.

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Newegg.com - Computers, Computer Parts and Electronics
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CD/DVD Burners (RW Drives)
Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 NEC Black IDE DVD Burner Model ND-3550A - Retail
Model #: ND-3550A BK RT
Item #: N82E16827152055

$43.99 $43.99

ATX Computer Cases
Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 ASPIRE X-Plorer ATXB8KLW-BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Model #: ATXB8KLW-BK
Item #: N82E16811144102

$58.00 $58.00

Floppy Drives
Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 NEC Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive - OEM
Model #: FD1231H-302
Item #: N82E16821152005

$9.89 $9.89

Internal Hard Drives
Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 Western Digital Caviar SE WD2500JD 250GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM
Model #: WD2500JD
Item #: N82E16822144154

$98.00 $98.00

Monitors - CRT
Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 SAMSUNG 997mb-TwoTone Silver-Black 19" CRT Monitor D-Sub - Retail
Model #: 997mb-TwoTone
Item #: N82E16824001068

$179.99 $179.99

AMD-compatible Motherboards
Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 ASUS A8N-SLI Premium Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Model #: A8N-SLI Premium
Item #: N82E16813131540

$166.99 $166.99

Video Cards
Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 eVGA 256-P2-N525-AX Geforce 7800GTX 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
Model #: 256-P2-N525-AX
Item #: N82E16814130248

$439.00 $439.00

Sound Cards
Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail
Model #: 70SB046000007
Item #: N82E16829102188
** This item is warranted through the product manufacturer only. what's this?

$121.99 $121.99

Power Supplies
Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 Antec TRUEPOWERII TPII-550 ATX12V 550W Power Supply - Retail
Model #: TPII-550
Item #: N82E16817103931

$89.99 -$5.00 Instant
$84.99

Speakers
Logitech THX Z-5300e 280 Watts RMS 5.1 Speaker - Retail
Model #: 970102-1403
Item #: N82E16836121121
** This item is warranted through the product manufacturer only. what's this?
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$135.99 -$6.00 Instant
$129.99

Fans, Heatsinks (Case, CPU, Chipset)
Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 ASPIRE CF4SL-UBL-LED 80mm Blue LED Light Fan - Retail
Model #: CF4SL-UBL-LED
Item #: N82E16811998101

$6.00 $6.00

Keyboards
Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 Saitek PZ30AU Black USB Wired Standard Eclipse Keyboard - Retail
Model #: PZ30AU
Item #: N82E16823175103

$46.95 $46.95

Mouse
Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 Razer Copperhead Tempest RZ01-050100-R1M1 Blue 7 Buttons 1x Wheel Gold plated USB 2000 DPI Laser Engine Gaming Mouse - Retail
Model #: RZ01-050100-R1M1
Item #: N82E16826153105

$78.99 -$15.00 Instant
$63.99

Memory - System
Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 OCZ 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered Dual Channel Platinum System Memory Model OCZ4002048ELDCPE-K - Retail
Model #: OCZ4002048ELDCPE-K
Item #: N82E16820227210

$40.00 Mail-in Rebate

$227.44 $227.44
Mouse Accessories
Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 Steel Pad 5L 20030 Mouse Pad - Retail
Model #: 20030
Item #: N82E16817114706

$38.00 $38.00

Processors
Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Manchester 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Dual Core Processor Model ADA3800BVBOX - Retail
Model #: ADA3800BVBOX
Item #: N82E16819103562

$296.00 $296.00

Power Strips
Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 CyberPower 1090 10 Outlets Power Surge Protector - Retail
Model #: 1090
Item #: N82E16812120408

$19.99 $19.99

Subtotal: $2,031.20

Shipping: $119.55

Total: $2,150.75

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Remeber, when judging take not of the following.

I need all of those things. I compete in the CPL and various e-sports leagues, and need the best mousepad and mouse and keyboard and monitor.

All constructive criticism is appreciated.

Just remember, again, keep in mind that this is for a student/hardcore gamer who nees a total desktop and wants to spend no more than $2000.

Thanks for your time.
 

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Looks good, but same thing, go for a 7800GTX rather than the 6800GT or for $500 you can do 7800GT SLI....
http://labs.anandtech.com/search.php?q=7800GT&price=yes

Also, I dont see a harddrive on there....
How about a Raptor:
http://labs.anandtech.com/alllinks.php?pfilter=462

That XMS is crap! Get OCZ

You can save a lot of money by getting different keyboard/mouse that work just as well and don't cost so much....

Might want to consider that Antec PSU might not be SLI certified. I have one and I love it, but it only has 4 power ports... Might want to look into that.
 

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before you get ocz though I would check their compatibility list for your motherboard, I know personally my titanium ram is not as compatible with my a8n-sli deluxe board as I would like it to be and doesnt run quite as fast as it should, still good ram just not maybe the best for that board.
 

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Thats a 230 ups not a power supply. He has a 500 watt one on the list but its just not very realiable. Oh btw i would get the two 6800gt's because its just so cool to have sli
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Grab a 7800gtx, and maby a dual core, how about a 4400+. If you are going to oc you may want ram that is rated for a higher spaeed than pc3200. Ocz makes some pretty nice ram, take a look at their platnum series. Once again if you have a lot of time to play with your oc than a DFI SLI-DR expert may be a good choice, especiaaly seeing that it has a lot more voltage/ram settings to squeze that last drop of performance out of your system. This is not to say that the Asus is not a good board, it is a very good one. Some food for thought-D&C
 

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Man, thanks so much for the help!

Truly great advice.

Heres some info:

I can't go with a x2 4400+. It's $200 more.

I've chosen to go with the EVGA 7800 GTX.


I'm not really going to be overclocking, because I believe with that computer I should be able to run anything without having too. Though, in the future, in about 2-3 years, when I have to start overclocking, I will. I think that mobo will do just fine.

Last but not least. Corsair XMS memory. Is it that bad? Please explain thouroghly if I should not get it and why. Then, link me to what you think would be the best memory I get.

I'm still itchy on whether I am going to overclock this computer as soon as I get it.

I'm not scared to, I'm scared of having to add $300 more because my overclocking wants.

So, if you can replace the following things (i.e the parts that are overclockable) within that system setup I have, please do so and I will consider it. e.g, memory, proc, psu, gfx, hd,.....

Thanks a million.
 

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First, good choice to go with the GTX.
Then I think the only other thing that I would worry about is the PSU maybe. Be positive that it will be good enough to run that system. A lot of problems can be avoided by getting a quality power supply.

This is the memory I would get:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...C-pr1c3grabb3r
And if you order it tonight with that $40 rebate (expires at the end of the night), that's a deal that can't be beat.

Also, just out of curiosity, what is that mouse pad you're getting? What are the benefits of it?
 

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Originally Posted by Bluecow003

First, good choice to go with the GTX.
Then I think the only other thing that I would worry about is the PSU maybe. Be positive that it will be good enough to run that system. A lot of problems can be avoided by getting a quality power supply.

Also, just out of curiosity, what is that mouse pad you're getting? What are the benefits of it?


It's a better mousepad in the sense that it allows for better pricision and control. I've personally used of 15 different mousepads.

Some are plastic type, like the Steelpad S & S. It works wonder, especially if your a low sens. user.

The 5L is worth every penny.

I also think that power supply will do. I mean, it has 500 watts, and its from antec. Isn't that good enough?

EDIT: Is that memory actually better than the one I had first mentioned?

2ND EDIT: I've decided to go with this SLI Cert. Ready 550 Watt Antec PSU instead:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817103931
 

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Thanks for the info on the mousepad. I guess I never realized that the mousepad is that important.

The memory I mentioned is very good stuff. Overclocks very well and with that rebate is really a tremendous deal. If I was going to get a 2GB kit, that is the kit I would get. Everyone that uses it seems to love it. Also, Corsair is getting out of the high performance RAM business from what I've been hearing. I think for the price and the performance, the OCZ 2GB Platinum can't be beat. Either the ram you chose at first or this one will do very well. Just wanted to point out a very good deal and to open the floor to another recommendation.

I think that PSU you changed your mind to will do very well. I think it will be worth the extra $20 or $30.
 

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It's a better mousepad in the sense that it allows for better pricision and control. I've personally used of 15 different mousepads.

Some are plastic type, like the Steelpad S & S. It works wonder, especially if your a low sens. user.

The 5L is worth every penny.

I also think that power supply will do. I mean, it has 500 watts, and its from antec. Isn't that good enough?

EDIT: Is that memory actually better than the one I had first mentioned?

2ND EDIT: I've decided to go with this SLI Cert. Ready 550 Watt Antec PSU instead:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817103931

Good choice on switching to that PSU; it will be a lot more reliable; especially if you plan on getting SLI in the future.

I also would of recommended the 7800GTX, but it seems everyone else has already said that.

Just though I might add the Razer Copperhead is worth every penny in my opinion, so stick with it
. Though I'm sure, there are many people that would tell you it's an incredible waste of money. Also, you probably would rather have speakers, but I would prefer some quality 5.1 background-sound reducing headphones over the speakers that you picked out. Just a thought, though.
 

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Originally Posted by Hyrox

Good choice on switching to that PSU; it will be a lot more reliable; especially if you plan on getting SLI in the future.

I also would of recommended the 7800GTX, but it seems everyone else has already said that.

Just though I might add the Razer Copperhead is worth every penny in my opinion, so stick with it
. Though I'm sure, there are many people that would tell you it's an incredible waste of money. Also, you probably would rather have speakers, but I would prefer some quality 5.1 background-sound reducing headphones over the speakers that you picked out. Just a thought, though.

Copperhead ROCKS. <3.

Anyhow, about the speakers. I'm a big e-sports athelete/gamer, and I already have headphones. Steelsound 5h's. Free from www.gotfrag.com in a contest I won.

Also, in my opnion, and many of the competiive gamers, 5.1 or surround sound head phones in general are not good. They can confuse you.
 

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Originally Posted by Smitty099

So now I have a question...did changing your mind of gfx card give you enuf lee-way to get a 4400+ Dual Core instead...if so then most games right now won't take advantage of it...BUT...I'd say any NEW games that come out will deffinately take advantage of the Multi-Thread capabilities of a Dual-Core...Just my opinion...TY


I don't think its worth it.

Almost $200 more for 1 more MB of cache and 200 more mhz that I can easily achieve by overclocking? No thanks.

BTW. I've changed my WHOLE SETUP. LOOK AT IT AGAIN ON THE FIRST POST.

If you can see, I have decided to go with a 3800 + x2 dual core, a 250 GB wd HD SATA and an x-plorer case.
 

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That system looks awesome man!!

So do you play 1.6? or any CS S?

Im guessing 1.6 lol

looks like you went $100 over your budget =X
 

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I think you might want a more high quality case.
For a few bucks more, go with some better fans for case cooling. The quieter the better. Antec makes some real good and quiet fans ( 120's).
7800GTX's are the way to go if you've got the funds.
 

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Originally Posted by lenzo

I think you might want a more high quality case.
For a few bucks more, go with some better fans for case cooling. The quieter the better. Antec makes some real good and quiet fans ( 120's).
7800GTX's are the way to go if you've got the funds.


More high quality case?

Isn't the one I have fine? I have heard aspire is a good company.

And about the fans, that case, which I think is fine, and I like because it matches the lighting on my mouse and keyboard, only accepts 80 MM fans, hence the aspires that I think are of great quality and match the cases lighting.

And yes, the 7800 GTX is what I'm going with. An EVGA for that matter.
 
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