My New System Build

Brad

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Brad's Upgrade Thread

Hey Guys...I am building this system as a beginning gaming rig (I used to be really into it, but then I fell out of it, now I want to get back into it again). I need this system to be pretty powerful, but I want it to remain quiet as well. The fiance doesn't like the loud fans, but they don't bother me, so that is what I am shooting for, the fans to be quiet.

I should be building this in the next couple months, slowly getting the parts as I have the money. Let me know what you think!

Case:
Thermal Wizard Series Mid-Tower Case (basically a cheap case with a thermometer on it) **INSTALLED**

Motherboard:
ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe **INSTALLED**

Video Card:
eVGA 256-P2-N553-AX Geforce 7600GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail **Installed**

Processor:
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ Manchester 1GHz HT Socket 939 Dual Core Processor Model ADA4200BVBOX - Retail **Installed**

RAM:
Kingston ValueRAM 2GB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered System Memory Model KVR400X64C3A/1G - Retail **INSTALLED**

HDD:
Maxtor 300GB L01S300 16MB Buffer Serial ATA (SATA) -**INSTALLED**

Sound: Onboard **Insalled**

PSU:
Antec TruePower 2.0 430W PSU **INSTALLED**
 
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madmatt

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Sound: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi (XtremeMusic) -- less than $99.00
Video: NVIDIA 7900 series -- not badly priced for the lower end model
 

Brad

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Sound isn't that important to me right now...I can adjust for that later and that video card is way out of my price range.
 

mlakrid

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DO NOT get the 6600 there are MUCH more powerful video cards out now for just slightly more..

At a minimum get a 6800GT
I would also go with a better Mobo.. (I am biased towards ASUS) but either a Neo Platinum or Asus mobo would kick that Epox in the ARSE...

Also, Why would you buy such a nice processor and a lower-end video card?

Just my $.02...
 

Brad

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Well, a big part of what I do is folding, so I want the machine to be good at that. Also, I am willing to get a higher end video card, but I can't spend over 125 for it. I just want something for now so I can use the computer when I get it, and then as I get more money, I will upgrade the video card.

On the ASUS front, I just had an ASUS **** the bed after less than a year of owning it. I am pretty jaded on their products now, so I want to get something other than ASUS
 

mlakrid

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Brad said:
Well, a big part of what I do is folding, so I want the machine to be good at that. Also, I am willing to get a higher end video card, but I can't spend over 125 for it. I just want something for now so I can use the computer when I get it, and then as I get more money, I will upgrade the video card.

On the ASUS front, I just had an ASUS **** the bed after less than a year of owning it. I am pretty jaded on their products now, so I want to get something other than ASUS
What board did you have?
Did you contact Asus about the board?

Also, if you spend $100 more now you can get the 6800GT now:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.asp?DEPA=0&type=&description=6800GT&Submit=ENE&Ntk=all&N=0&minPrice=&maxPrice=&Go.x=0&Go.y=0

I have never had an Asus product go bad before... ever, I am TRUELY suprised...

If you are going to continue folding you should also consider upgrading to two 1GB sticks of memory...
 

Brad

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I had an A7N8X-E Deluxe. Right, this configuration is to get the computer off the ground, I will be upgrading it throughout though. Do you suggest that I just get 1 GB stick instead of 2 512s?
 

falconguard

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isn't the folding a product of the CPu and independent of the amount of RAM?
I'd also have to agree with Matt though spend the Extra 99 for an x-fi, don't need the Platinum. It can make a difference in the amount of sound off loaded to the Cpu during games.
 

mlakrid

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Brad said:
I had an A7N8X-E Deluxe. Right, this configuration is to get the computer off the ground, I will be upgrading it throughout though. Do you suggest that I just get 1 GB stick instead of 2 512s?
Buy up to 2GB ram,

pairing the DIMMS...

2 sets of 512 is fine for cheapness sakes...

but 2x1GB is easier...

:)
 

Brad

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Well, I went out and bought an ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe. Is that a good board? I also bought a case as well.
 

mlakrid

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Brad said:
Well, I went out and bought an ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe. Is that a good board? I also bought a case as well.
Yes it is... If I were going to buy an AMD powered board that would eb the one I would buy

Congrats!
 

kcnychief

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There isn't much going on, only one HD, onboard audio, you should be fine. If you got a case with a PSU paired with it, I'd probably question it. But Antec=Quality.
 

Brad

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kcnychief said:
There isn't much going on, only one HD, onboard audio, you should be fine. If you got a case with a PSU paired with it, I'd probably question it. But Antec=Quality.
The case did come with a PSU, but I junked that one. I might sell it on Craigs List or something, but I just wanted to see if 430 would be enough with the dual core 64 and video card.

Thanks for the help
 

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