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#1
Currently, I'm thinking of building this computer:
Monitor: Acer AL2216Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor with HDCP support 300 cd/m2 700:1 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009094
$219

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115037
$189.99

GPU: MSI NX8800GTS 512M OC GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127325
$209.99

OS: Vista OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116488
$99.99

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128337
$90 + $ 8 shipping (save $60)

Hard-drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD502lJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152098
$91

Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021
$129.99 ($40 mail in rebate if I get by 15th

Memory: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1000 (PC2 8000) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231145
$85

PSU: PC Power & Cooling S61EPS 610W Continuous @ 40°C EPS12V Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, cUL, CE, CB, TUV - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703005
$109.99, $20 rebate if bought by 16th.

Dvd drive:
ASUS Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 14X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135156
$35


Total cost is $1370 (taxes + shipping factored into equation)



Any suggestions on better deals / things I should know?
this will be the first time that I'm making a computer from parts, so I don't want to regret anything.
 
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change the hard drive to a samsung f1.

why that psu?

what do u do with ur pc?
 

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That's why I posted here, for advice =).
I honestly don't know why i chose that psu, do you have any suggestions in that area?
I'll be using the pc to game for the most part.
EDIT:
currently, my total accessable funds for this computer are $1379, and my build takes $1377 of those dollars. any suggestions where I can cut a few corners and save some money? (FBi, a cheaper PSU recommendation? Any suggestions for a cheaper MOBO?)

I've switched out the harddrive with what FBi recommended.

I'd just like to have a bit of money left over to buy some games to play on it >.<
 
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I probably won't, when I chose that, I chose it because I was thinking of doing two cheaper cards in SLI, but that never happened. do you have a suggestion for a good pc35 MOBO?
and thanks for the psu suggestion
 
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The DFi bloodiron and the gigabyte p35's are good, cant remember the exact model number but they are good and the overclock well and are cheaper.
 
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hm, looks like a good one. like how it supports the E8400 out of the box. one second, i realize the links i gave don't work lol. copy/pasted from a post on another forum, and the links were truncated.
 

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look at my first post again, i edited it to include my changes
 
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I think it would be smarter if he would wait for the 4800 series to launch. It's not too much longer till their out, June 23, mark that on your calender Reynardin.
by that , do you mean wait for it and buy THAT instead of an 8800? I was thinking of making this a project over the next week or so, putting the computer together and all. I'm not really all that keen on waiting another 10 days, unless the advantages of doing so are undeniable.
 

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hmm ok. Any other advice?

Also, I'm still not really sure whether I should go vista or xp...
 

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vista for gaming
 

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I like using XP more than Vista. I have different each time with Vista. Your best bet might be to find some one on this forum with the same setup and make your mind up that way.. Or even another forum..

XP for gaming for me for sure.
 

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I like using XP more than Vista. I have different each time with Vista. Your best bet might be to find some one on this forum with the same setup and make your mind up that way.. Or even another forum..

XP for gaming for me for sure.
not if you want DX10 its kinda hard to do that on XP when it doesn't support it
 
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For the PSU i'd go for a corsair 620, its modular, quiet, reliable, powerful.
I agree you should wait 10 days, prices of the other cards will go down after 48xx came out. And for the mobo would a ABIT ip-35 pro be too expensive? i love that board.
 
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Yeah vista for sure. The 4870 looks like its going to be better than the 8800 512 by a decent amount, but it will cost $100 more, and immature drivers and possible unavailability and such usually make buying a card immidiately upon launch not the best value. Although the 512 will handle anything atm, it may start struggling later this year (when I say struggle I mean unable to max out effectively), so if you got some patience you will work out better by waiting likely, however, your patience could be tested, and the gts is a sure thing.........
 

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keep in mind that I only have $1380 to spend at the moment, and I'd very much like to have some money left over to pay for games..
 
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Did you see these combo deals w/ the e8400? That p5q p45 looks like a damn fine deal to me. Definately will support the e8400 out of the box, leaves room for raid and cf in the future (the gigabyte does not), 8 sata ports, better oc most likely. It would be $40 more w/ the deal than the ds3l, but to me that looks worth it. The only thing is its untested (not reviewed yet), but being from asus, should be solid.
 

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not if you want DX10 its kinda hard to do that on XP when it doesn't support it
Yeah i really miss DX10 Umm NOT!. And whats the point having DX10 if there's a chance of it not being stable... I'm just saying like Vista might work out sweet for him like it has for many others.

Stability comes before DX10 for me.. Maybe he can borrow a copy of a friend and not try activate it and find out if it's stable enough for his liking ?..
 
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Yeah i really miss DX10 Umm NOT!. And whats the point having DX10 if there's a chance of it not being stable... I'm just saying like Vista might work out sweet for him like it has for many others.

Stability comes before DX10 for me.. Maybe he can borrow a copy of a friend and not try activate it and find out if it's stable enough for his liking ?..
There's a pretty slim chance of vista being unstable w/ his specs. There's no reason for it not to work. Dx10 is not fully developed b/c everyone whines about vista, which hopefully will stop so we can start moving forward, but I don't want to get into one of those debates again. Let's just say he shouldn't have anything to worry about w/ vista and there really isn't any reason not to, and dx10 will hopefully soon become a very good reason to not do xp.
 

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Yeah i really miss DX10 Umm NOT!. And whats the point having DX10 if there's a chance of it not being stable... I'm just saying like Vista might work out sweet for him like it has for many others.

Stability comes before DX10 for me.. Maybe he can borrow a copy of a friend and not try activate it and find out if it's stable enough for his liking ?..
umm could you point me towards the unstable things in vista? like what a sA setup that doesn't have drivers for Vista? HE IS GETTING A NEW PC NOT AN 8yr OLD DELL IT WILL WORK WITH VISTA....