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  1. balls New Member

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    So I'm finally getting a new computer which I hope will bring me up to date with some more recent games (I've been playing Wolfenstein for the past 2 years). I didn't want to spend that much money, and I'm not looking to make an OMGWTF1337 machine. So anyways, here are the parts I have picked out. Any comments or suggestions are more than welcome. Thanks.

    EVGA 122-CK-NF63-TR LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188019

    EVGA 256-P2-N751-TR GeForce 8600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16814130085

    Intel Core 2 Duo E4400 Allendale 2.0GHz 2M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16819115014

    Patriot eXtreme Performance 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16820220144

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s HDD
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16822148140

    RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WBP Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16811156062

    Operating System will be Windows XP SP2. Not quite ready for Vista, but when I am, I'll be set with a DX10 card.

    I already have a sound card I'm reusing from my current system, in addition to my optical drive.

    Thanks again.
     
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    Heres a good quality AMD alternative (just thought I'd mention this in all fairness to both partys and not to appear as a fanboi of just one side - also, this setup should compete with a more expensive E6600 setup and be future compatible with AMD's Phenom):

    ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard + AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Windsor 3.0GHz Socket AM2 Processor Model ADX6000CZBOX - Retail Combo Special - Great motherboard coupled with Intel's E6600 equivelant and current competition

    Sapphire Technology Limited 100208L Radeon HD 2600XT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card - Retail - equal in performance to a 8600GT and no need for a MIR

    Patriot eXtreme Performance 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) - didn't change/same memory, good price and excellent bang for the buck value with this memory

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s HDD - Same as above...

    APEVIA X-CRUISER-BK/420 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 420W Power Supply - Retail - Better quality case for the same price but this pretty much is a personal taste choice area so...

    Anyhow, thats a decent AMD/ATi alternative just for you to keep in mind. Nothing wrong with the C2D setup you chose and no real need to switch.
     
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    If you game, might want to consider better vid card than that.
     
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    Thanks for the advice, and I think I might go through with a better card.
     
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    Good idea! At minimum, I'd recommend an 8600GTS or a GDDR4 based HD2600XT. Have you decided on which direction you'd like to go as far as the main setup is concerned?
     
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    If you go the AMD path the M2N isnt the greatest choice, the Crosshair is the muts nuts and really is no other alternative, stable, reliable, and fast. Stock or OCd.
     
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    I'm gonna go Intel I believe, but I'm gonna do the GTS as well.
     
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    The Smilodon blows away anything Apevia has to offer...I own both cases
     
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    that is a very good 700 dollar build there, and i think u will enjoy it, plenty of power, u will be able to run crysis pretty well if u are wanting to play that game.. I don't know if u could max it, but u would be damn close with a decent res.
    :toast:
     
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    Some changes that would do you a LOT better.

    "Downgrade" the motherboard to something like a Gigabyte GA 965P DS3 Rev 3.3, and Upgrade the CPU to the E4500; it will do you MUCH better, overclocking etc.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128012

    However with the GPU, reconsider... its very weak and we arent going to be using DX10 for a while. And you DONT have vista.
     
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    freaksavior To infinity ... and beyond!

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    honestly i would ditch the patriot ram, i've always been told it's crappy ram

    now http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231087

    it's a tad bit more but if you overclock, you will have much better luck with this than the patriot

    edit: unless you want to go sli, i would go the ds3 mobo instead as well
     
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    I wouldn't go for the 8600 either...

    theres some nice dx9 cards cheap ATM.

    If u go with ATI get crossfire board and u can use the old dx9 card as a physics card in the future
     

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