Need help reviewing parts list for my next gaming machine

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  1. GunShow

    GunShow You had best unfuck yourself

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    Could anyone please critique my parts and let me know what if anything you would change. My goal is to build a bad ass gaming rig and not exceed a $2500 budget.

    Thermaltake VA3000 Dream Tower Black VA3000BWA ATX Case with Transparent X type side panel window -RETAIL $99

    ASUS "A8V Deluxe" VIA K8T800 Pro Chipset Motherboard For AMD Socket 939 CPU -RETAIL $134

    eVGA nVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra Video Card, 256MB GDDR3, 256-bit, Dual DVI/TV-Out, 8X AGP, Model "256-A8-N345-AX" -RETAIL $439

    Cooler Master Real Power 120mm fan 450W Power Supply With Active PFC, Model "RS-450-ACLY" -RETAIL $70

    AMD Socket 939 Athlon 64 4000+, 2.4 GHz, 1MB L2 Cache 64-bit Processor - Retail $649

    Corsair XMS Extreme Memory Speed Series, (Twin Pack) 184 Pin 1GB(512MBx2) DDR PC-3200 - Retail (2x's) $387

    Samsung Black 1.44MB 3.5inch Floppy Disk Drive, Model SFD321B/LBL1, OEM Drive Only $9

    Seagate 200GB 7200RPM IDE Hard Drive, Model ST3200822A-RK, Retail $142.50

    Lite-On Black 52X32X52X16 Combo Drive, Model SOHC-5232K, OEM Bulk Pack $37

    Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS PCI Sound Card, Model "SB0350" -RETAIL $91

    Logitech Z-5500 5.1 Digital Speaker System w/Digital Hardware Decoder -RETAIL $269

    Total $2327


    Also is having 2 gigs of ram worth the additional $193 for my rig? Thanks for any potential advice. :mamoru:
     
  2. MP

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    since yer going all out like that you should up the gpu to pci-express & get a compatible mobo
     
  3. Goonigoogoo

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    Vey nice machine, things i would change:


    Western Digital Raptor 74GB 10,000RPM SATA Hard Drive, Model WD740GD ... for your HDD, 2 if you want.

    MSI "K8N Neo2 Platinum" NVIDIA nForce3 ULTRA Chipset Motherboard For AMD Socket 939 ... for your mobo, i have this one and it is pretty awesome.

    Also you can opt for a 6800GT and OC it to 6800 Ultra specs, from what i've read.

    Keep in mind that on any new machine the bottleneck is always the HDD, you will notice a big difference between a 7200 and a 10000 RPM one.
     
  4. MacAlert

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    No PCI-E for AMD Athlon64 chips besides the SLi motherboards.
     
  5. If you're planning on listening to music with the Logitech Z-5500 5.1 Digital Speaker System I'd pass on it. The sound quality and imaging are absolutely HORRENDOUS.
     
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  6. GunShow

    GunShow You had best unfuck yourself

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    Speakers are primarily for gaming purposes as I am not exactly an audiophile, but I am open to any other suggestions.
     
  7. I'm still struggling with this dilemma. I actually purchased those Logitech speakers last year and had to lug them all the way back to CompUSA. I suppose they are decent 'gaming' speakers (Playing mohaa, it sounded like my room was literally getting shelled) but the sound QUALITY is remarkable UNGOOD, even for gaming imo. It's just not pleasant to the ears or realistic and the sub is extremely muddled. I could not imagine listening to music on those speakers as it would insult my sensibilities. It's genuinely excruciating.

    I've currently got a basic altec lansing 3 piece speaker system (cost about $40) which sounds a thousand times better. Not kidding.

    I've been considered setting up a reciever and a pair of quality bookshelf speakers for my machine but I haven't found the right combo yet.

    Anyway, hope that helps. I would listen to any speakers first before buying. Almost no aspect of a computer system iis more subjective than speakers. There's no accounting for taste.

    Good luck.
     
  8. MP

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    what's wrong with an nForce4 SLi board? :dunno:
     

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