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Hey guys I am new to this forum and looking for a little help in my first new build. I just received a government grant of $2500 for this semester that can only be spent on school related things (like a computer <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Thumb">). So here is my info<br><br>
1) My computer knowledge level: Decent-Good<br><br>
2) I will use this computer for:Schoolwork (Excel,MAT-LAB,ANSYS,Auto-CAD,Civil-CAD), Gaming (BF2)<br><br>
3) Hardware needed:<br>
-CPU: I would like a Dual Core<br>
-Motherboard:<br>
-RAM<br>
-Video Card<br>
-Hard Drives:2 or 4 (only if the increase in performance/reliability justifies the cost)<br>
-PSU<br><br>
4) Hardware that can be salvaged from last computer.<br>
-Case: Thermaltake Armor VA8000SWA Aluminum SuperTower (Already purchased for the new build)<br>
-Hard Drive: Seagate 160GB Ultra ATA/100, 7200 rpm, 8MB Cache, 3.5-inch Drive<br>
-Optical Drives: Sony 40X12X48 CD-RW, Sony DRU720A 16X8X6 DVD+-RW/+-R<br>
-RAM: DDR 1GB PC3200 C2 Patriot Single Module 400MHz CAS 2.3.2.5, DDR 1GB(2x512MB) PC3200 CL 2-3-3-6<br>
-Video Card: ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB DDR, AGP 8X/4X<br>
-Sound Card: Creative Soundblaster X-Fi Xtreme Music PCI<br>
-Aftermarket CPU Cooling: Zalman Reserator-1<br>
-PSU: Antec PP-412x 400W<br><br>
5) Preferred budget to stay within:$1,000-$2,000<br><br>
6) The absolute max I am willing to spend is: $2,500<br><br>
Thanks guys
 

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The X-Fi, Zalman W/C, Optical Drive, and the TT Armor you can keep.<br><br>
For the rest, how about a Q6700 Kentsfield? Its quad core and about $1000, you can spend another $1000 for a nice 2x1GB set of RAM, G.SKills are good, along with maybe an Asus or DFI but since DFI doesn't have any C2D boards out yet go with an Asus <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
Since you do gaming maybe get a 7950GX2 or an X1950XTX or you can wait for the 8800GTX.
 

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When is the 8800GTX expected to be out? I had been looking at 2 Asus mobo's, the M2 Crosshair and the M2N32-SLI Deluxe (both of course being the AM2 socket).
 

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If your looking into AM2 then go with the DFI M2R/G motherboard. The 8800GTX is expected to be out next month.
 

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I agree with Jackz with what to keep and what to get. Either that or an fx-62 if ya wanna stay amd. Personally, I would trade your graphics card for a descent pci-e card, and wait untill the new directx10 cards come out. And if you plan to go with the highest dx10 card, make sure you look into power supply wattage you need before buying one. Good Luck with the build, Mike
 
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