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Challenge - "Build" me a computer

 
 
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      8th Sep 2005
Memory : Crucial Ballistix 1GB kit (512MBx2) DDR PC3200 2-2-2-6 UNBUFFERED NON-ECC DDR400 2.8V
64Meg x 64 @ 106

DVD : Samsung TS-H352AWBGH 16x48x @ 15.22

Power Supply -- Tagan TG480-U01 480W ATX2.0 SLi Compliant Silent PSU (CA-000-TG) @ 59

Processor -- AMD (Venice) Athlon 64Bit 3000+ Socket 939pin 512k L2cache 90nm Retail Boxed Processor @ 96 -- Ebuyer

MotherBoard -- Asus A8N-SLi Deluxe nForce4 SLi @ 99.50 -- Ebuyer

==376

So far, which leaves me with a measly 224 to spend on the rest (including the graphics card!) if I push the budget to 600.

Again I think I need suggestions. I either streamline the stuff I've listed already (which have already been pulled down significantly from the specs you suggested for a gaming system) or I find the rest for that minute 220.

Cheers.

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      8th Sep 2005
Graphics: X800XL - About 200

Case: Antec Sonata - About 75

Hard Drive: SATA-II about 55

 
EVGA 680SLi Motherboard, Intel E6600 LGA775 3.4GHz OC'd, ATI Radeon HD 5850 1024Mb, 4Gb Corsair XMS C4 2x Matched Pairs, Samsung Spinpoint's 740Gb RAID 0 SATAII, Antec Three Hundred Case, Windows 7 Home Premium.
 
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heres the spec of a computer i am building at just over 600

AMD athlon64 3500+ - 160
Asus A8N sli deluxe - 100
crucial 1gig - 80
samsung 160GB SATA2 - 60
Samsung DVDRW - 30
Tagan 480W - 59
Nvidia 6600GT or X800XL ( i chose the 6600GT as its cheaper and he was on a budget)
Alpine EZ COOL case - 40

obviously you could get an
AMD athlon64 3200+ - 110
and 512MB ram ( for the time being!)

to save you money

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How do you install the SATA drivers without a floppy drive?

You should buy a 1Gb matched pair of RAM so you can rest assured they will match.

The X800XL absolutely OWNS the 6600GT

 
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yer i know ... but this guy is on a budget and we have to make sure he stays around it ... you can pick up a 6600GT for around 120 now ... and double it up later in SLi
 
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Originally Posted by Edison
On the SLi front - GMan; our Admin at work says that if you are going SLi make sure the two cards are from the same batch, any slight differences will prevent SLi working... is that true or is he trying to bull**** me?? he reckons the market is so competitive that often the batches have slight tweaks including different firmware and BIOS versions etc etc. Sounds believable!
i've never heard of that but it does sound possible, cards will have different BIOS and firmware but should be compatable

 
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      10th Sep 2005
Xfx GeForce 6600GT PCI-E 128MB DDR3 TV+Dual DVI 080376 41

AMD (Venice) Athlon 64Bit 3000+ Socket 939pin 512k L2cache 90nm Retail Boxed Processor 088105 299

Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe S939 NF4 SLI ATX - Sound 2xgln 1394 USB2 SATA 082818 115

Corsair (TWINX1024-3200C2PT) 1024MB (2 x 512MB Matched Pair), DDR400 / PC3200, non-ECC, Unbuffered, CL2, Lifetime Warranty, Silver Heat Spreader

For 407.60


Samsung DVD - 15

Samsung HD 160GB SATAII - 61

For 483 so far


I've reset the budget to about 550 so I now have approx 70-80 for everything else I need. So far I can see just the power supply and case but I'm guessing there are hidden extras. This is a system being built completely from scratch - I'm not salvaging anything from my old PC and I have no tools etc. from previous builds (this will be my first one!).

I know a powerful supply is needed to keep noise down and ensure all the components above work properly but beyond that I need your help.
I have no real idea about cases. I tried to find the alpine ezcool but couldn't. Again, at a guess, I would say I should be looking at well ventilated cases that fit all the components I have chosen but thats about it. Any advice (with a link to the product)?

Fingers crossed I'll have this ordered before midweek (I've booked a week off work on the 23rd to build it...maybe a little over the top but its a good excuse to laze around).

Thanks for the continuing support everybody.

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get a cheapie case for now and a tagan, enermax or antec PSU 400W +

 
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a WEEK lol ... should take you a day at the most ...

owell atleast u can use the time to get down to some gaming!
 
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heres a decent case, the sonata II Piano black case, it comes with a 450W antec PSU, costs 81.08 plus about 12 postage

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/acatalog/Antec_Cases.html (6th one from the bottom)

you have budgeted for a copy of XP or another OS ?

 
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