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Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by JdPower, Jul 27, 2006.

  1. JdPower New Member

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    Alright this will take a while but I don't care. If I stuck it out with good`ole socket A for this amount of time I can hold on for a little bit longer :toast: . My first opinion I was going to get a new motherboard, processor and video card. However I decided to do the whole thing... Opinions are welcome on everything and are greatly appreciated!

    Processor
    Decided to go with AMD since I have been with AMD forever. Just a AMD Fanboy ;)
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ Toledo 2000MHz HT Socket 939 Dual Core Processor
    64 bit Support: Yes
    Hyper-Transport Support: Yes
    L1 Cache: 128KB+128KB
    L2 Cache: 2 x 1MB
    Multi-Core: Dual-Core
    Operating Frequency: 2.2GHz
    Process Type: 90 nm
    Series: Athlon 64 X2
    Virtualization Technology Support: No
    Vista Ready: Yes
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103546
    PRICE: U.S. $260.00

    Motherboard
    Well i wanted a motherboard that is easy in overclockability and compatable to what I want to do. All I do it troll the forums and play FPS games. So I decided to go with the DFI Lanparty UT CFX3200-DR Socket 939 ATI CrossFire Radeon XPRESS 3200. SLi didn't apeal to me and Crossfire did. Simple as that. Plus I am a ATi fanboy! haha.
    AGP Slots: None
    CPU Type: Athlon 64 X2/Athlon 64 FX/Athlon 64
    DDR Standard: DDR 400 (PC 3200)
    Dual Channel Supported: Yes
    FSB: 1000MHz Hyper Transport (2000 MT/s)
    Maximum Memory Supported: 4GB
    Number of DDR Slots: 4x 184pin DDR
    PCI Express x1: 2
    PCI Express x16: 2
    South Bridge: ULi M1575
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813136009
    PRICE: U.S. $205.00

    Video Card(s)
    My favorite part! Well since this system is going to be an all out bitchin system I said screw it! I am going to spend the money and go big! Haha so I decided to go with a crossfire setup! This card with be the "Mother" card as they call it on the crossfire setup.
    HIS Hightech Radeon X1900 CrossFire Edition 512MB 256-bit GDDR3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814161170
    PRICE: $470.00
    then it will be assisted by the "Daughter" card...
    HIS Radeon X1900 XT Crossfire Ready 512MB GDDR3
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1904391&CatId=0
    PRICE: 345.00

    Memory
    I currently have 2gigs of Corsair XMS series low latency ram so no need to purchase any. Maybe a gig but I dont think its really necessary to... ?
    Cas Latency: 2
    Heat Spreader: Yes
    Manufacturer Warranty: Lifetime
    Timing: 2-3-3-6
    Voltage: 2.75V
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145574
    PRICE: $101.00 (incase I need one more gig lol)

    Hard Drives
    I currently have a 160GB Seagate Baracuda HD but I want this HD as more of a backup HD. I want to get the Western Digital Raptor 74GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive.
    Average Latency: 2.99ms
    Average Seek Time: 4.5ms
    Average Write Time: 5.9ms
    Cache: 8MB
    Features: Enterprise-class Throughput - With WD's Ultra/150 Command Queuing technology that optimizes the sequence of data transfers to the hard drive from the host, resulting in higher performance in enterprise applications. Rugged - Enterprise-class mechanical platform with high-end bearings and actuator. Unsurpassed Reliability - 1.2 million hours MTBF
    Form Factor: 3.5"
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822144366
    Price: $190.00

    That about sums up the componets. I have everything else needed like CD/DVD/RW ect. drives. Now the case was hard to decide because of how many they're out their! I wanted something with a great design (attractive), and great cooling.

    I found the Thermaltake Kandolf LCS - Liquid Cooled System. This case is a full ATX Tower with Water cooling!!!!!!!!
    Go to: http://www.xoxide.com/thermaltake-kandolf-lcs-vd4000bws.html for all the details on the case!
    PRICE: $290.00
    This case has ALL the cooling needs I will ever have. This case has a integrated water-cooling system features a powerful yet silent P500 pump to keep the coolant flowing. A 360 x 120mm radiator features triple 120mm cooling fans to pump the air flow to max. A solid copper acrylic capped CPU water block is included.
    The cool thing is that the water cooling system is upgradable! I could water cool my chipset and can even water cool duel video cards. I know that the HIS 1900 and 1900XT run HOT! I could water cool them with this...
    http://www.thermaltake.com/product/Liguid/All-In-One/cl-w0086/cl-w0086.asp
    PRICE: $225.00

    Power Supply
    Now I know I need an extreme power supply for this thing to run all componets. I don't know if any kind of watts would be over kill. I think 650 watt PSU would be plenty.
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2212307&CatId=1483
    PRICE: $155.00

    Summary
    Water Cooled AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+Toledo, DFI Lanparty UT CFX3200-DR ATi Crossfire Express 3200, Water Cooled HIS ATi Radeon X1900 Crossfire Edition and HIS ATi X1900XT running Crossfire, 2/3GB Corsair XMS Series Low Latency Ram, Western Digital Raptor 74GB SATA HD, w/ Seagate Barracuda 160GB SATA for backup, Cased In watercooled Thermaltake Kandalf w/ 650watt PSU, w/ Windows XP Pro SP2.

    TOTAL: $2,241 :eek:

    Like I said it will take me some months to purchase all the componets and probably prices will drop so thats a price if I wer to buy everything now. And by the time I build it and get it running something better will be out. But this suites my needs! Feedback is welcomed and appreciated! Thanks for lookin!

    Jd
     
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    why don't you go AM2?
    the prices are almost the same, except that you will have to buy some memory
    i would wait for the DX10 to buy the graphics card
    if you don't have the money yet i will save it and buy everything at the same time, because prices are dropping
     
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    I was thinking about going AM2 but they don't have any ATi chipsets for the MOBO I am not that anal about ATi but I'd rather stick to that. I do have a Nvidia chipset now with my crappy socket A mobo. If I were to buy the memory it would be the 800mhz and for 2gigs of that its freakin expensice... 496.00 to be exact! I dunno. When are the DX10 graphic cards coming out?
     
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    when you got the money the memory will be cheaper, the ATI board should be avaiable and DX 10 too, if i want a top of the line system i would wait or buy a conroe
     

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