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Feedback wanted please

Apr 15, 2007
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It's been a while since I built computers myself so I want to get some of you guys' feedback on this config. I am building budget-concious rigs because I need to build 3 of them and don't want to spend too much money. I just want fast systems that can game pretty well and are under $800.00 a pop.

I spent some time on Newegg putting together this list based on good performance and high quality-to-value components. Overclocking is not something I care about. What I really need is for you pro builders to make sure all of these components are going to play nice together and not give me grief.

Is 420 watts enough to power this rig?
Is this memory going to work on this mobo?
Will this mobo support the 6000+ X2 chip?

Anyway, here is the list of parts I chose.

TIA to anyone that responds.

Titles have links to Newegg...

APEVIA X-Dreamer Mid Tower Computer Case ATX 420W power supply ($59.99)

Seagate Barracuda 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM ($67.99)

ECS NFORCE4M-A (V3.0) Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce4 4X ATX AMD Motherboard ($55.99)

XFX GeForce 7900GS 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 EXTREME ($169.99)

LITE-ON Black IDE DVD-ROM Drive ($17.99)

CORSAIR XMS2 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel($153.00)

AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Windsor 3.0GHz Socket AM2 Processor Model ($229.00)


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Feb 25, 2007
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Perth, Australia
System Name HP Pavilion dv6
Processor Intel Core i7-2630QM
Memory 8GB (2 x GEIL 4GB DDR3 SO-DIMM C9 1333MHz)
Video Card(s) ATI Mobility Radeon HD6570
Storage 750Gb WD 2.5" WD Scorpio Black
Software Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
Looks good to me.


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Feb 2, 2006
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System Name Dinosaur
Processor 939 Athlon X2 4200+ @ 2.64GHz
Motherboard Sapphire RD580
Cooling OCZ HDT-S1284
Memory Corsair XMS 2x1GB CE-6 DDR480 2.5-3-2-8
Video Card(s) Zotac GTS 450 1GB 850/1700/1850
Storage OCZ Vertex 2 60GB + Hitachi 320GB + Seagate 1TB
Display(s) 2x Samsung 740B 17" LCD
Case Antec 300
Audio Device(s) ALC880
Power Supply Antec Truepower New 650
Software W7 Pro X64
The motherboard you have planned for your system is a load of sh!t. You should downgrade the cpu, and get a better motherboard. 420W from a generic power supply is ok.., but you should get a better unit, generics are known for early failure.

Swap your cpu for a 5200+ ($175.00)

And swap the motherboard for the Biostar TForce 550, not bad oc mobo ($79.99) + $10 MIR

And of course pickup a better powersupply,
I leave it to you on that one.

This would shave some more $ off your setup, and provide better tweakability as well. :D

EDIT: I went deal hunting and found a cheaper 7900GS from Foxconn, has a bigger heatsink as well
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814186013 ($129.99 after $45 MIR) very nice!
^^^ lol comes with a usb gamepad
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Jan 12, 2007
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Cairns QLD, Aussie
System Name GaMEr / HTPC
Processor FX8320 4.5ghz so far NB- 2815mhz / X2 255 @ 3.2ghz (Temp till BD)
Motherboard 990FX-UD5 / GA-MA785GPMT-US2H
Cooling XSPC - 240rad 480rad 5 x 120mm out, 6 x 80mm in / H220-edge 1/2" & 2 x 120mm Magma
Memory 4gb PI 6,8,6,18 1T 1706mhz / 4gb Crucial D9's 1400 @ 6,6,6,18,1T
Video Card(s) 3gb HD7950 / Onboard
Storage 2 x 120gb Sandisk ultra plus 2tb WD / 60gb vertex 2 + 2 x 2tb WD Greens
Display(s) 3x24in Dell Ultra (portrait) / NEC 32" FullHD LCD
Case LL PC71A Full tower / Antec fusion black with Imon remote Modded for WC
Audio Device(s) OB / Auzentech cinema 7.1
Power Supply TT 700w TR2 / TT 600w Litepower modded with Noctua S12 fan.
Software 7 Ult / 7 premium x64
Sep 9, 2006
994 (0.24/day)
Processor Intel C2D E6420 (3.2 gHz @ 1.365v)
Motherboard Gigabyte 965P-DS3
Cooling Zalman CNPS9500 LED
Memory 4 x 512mb Corsair XMS2 DDR2 667
Video Card(s) Visiontek HD 4870 512mb
Storage 200gb Maxtor SATA, 400gb WD SATA
Audio Device(s) Audigy 2 ZS
Software Windows XP Pro SP2
Actually... with the amount of money he has, I think he should go down the Core 2 Duo "dark side" lol. Intel.
$800 per machine? It's going to be a bit difficult to fit within that budget until the Intel price cuts come along...


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Mar 1, 2007
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Sydney, Australia
Processor Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300
Motherboard Gigabyte EP35-DS3
Cooling Xigmatek HDT-S983
Memory Geil DDR667 2x1024MB
Video Card(s) nVidia GeForce Gigabyte Turboforce 8800GT 512MB
Storage Western Digital SATA II 320gb
Display(s) Samsung SyncMaster 730BF
Case Antec Plusview II
Audio Device(s) Intel ICH9
Power Supply Antec NeoHE 550w
Software Windows XP PROFESSIONAL SP3
i suggest you get a more powerful psu.. maybe antec NeoHE 500


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Aug 27, 2006
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Processor AMD PII 940
Motherboard Biostar TA790GXB3
Cooling Custom Air
Memory 4GB G.SKILL (2x2)
Video Card(s) ASUS Radeon HD 5970
Storage 2X32GB ST SSd R0 + WD500GB storage
Display(s) Asus 22" Widescreen
Case Thermaltake V9 BE
Power Supply PCP&C 750 Silencer
Yes, you will need more amps on the 12 rail for that GPU.
You don't need 2Gb memory per machine, 1Gb should suffice.
Should be able to find cheaper CPU"S and they don't realy need to be X2 6000, X2 4800 thru 5600 should be enough.
Yes get better motherboards.