OTs opinion on new computer specs b4 buy?

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  1. john80

    john80 The only constant is change

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    OT, I need teh opinions of the more skilled ppl in here. Specs on comp to order, any thoughts/criticisms/advice?

    Also, best liquid cooling?

    Processor AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ Dual-Core Processor
    Motherboard ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe Socket 939 NVIDIA
    Video Card 1 Nvidia Dual Geforce 7800GT 512MB
    Video Card 2 Nvidia Dual Geforce 7800GT 512MB
    Sound Card Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 4 Pro 7.1
    Hard Drive 1 Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB 10k RPM
    Hard Drive 2 Western Digital Caviar RE2 WD4000YR 400GB 7.2k RPM
    Ram 1 CORSAIR XMS 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM
    CPU Fan Thermaltake CL-W0037 92mm Liquid Cooling
    Case Fan 1 AeroCool Streamliner-Black 140mm
    Case Fan 2 AeroCool Streamliner-Black 140mm
    Case Fan 3 Thermaltake X-blower A1869 80mm Fan Kit
    Cooling ZALMAN RESERATOR 1 Plus Fanless Water Cooling
    DVD-RW HP DVD Burner W/ LightScribe Model DVD740vi
    CD-RW PLEXTOR CD-RW E-IDE/ATAPI Model PX- W5224TA-IBP
    [FONT=&quot]Power Supply FSP Group FX700-GLN ATX12V/ EPS12V 700W [/FONT]
     
  2. Chadder007

    Chadder007 OG Diamond Member

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    7900GT's instead FTW
     
  3. koretex

    koretex *insert something clever here*

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    If you are going to get the 4800 just get the FX-60...seriously
    scrap the 7800GTs and get 7900GTXs
    Fuck that lame ass Audigy4 and get the X-Fi...anyone will do
    get duals of the Raptor and put them in RAID0 for insane speed
    on that XMS make sure you get the good stuff with CAS2
    Fuck HP and lightscribe the discs are absurd expensive and greyscale printing is so 1980s just get a Plextor drive and Verbatim inkjet DVD-R discs with a $100 Epson CD/DVD printer and have full color
    For power supply get PC Power and cooling 850 or 1KW FTMFW!
     
  4. Pet3R

    Pet3R Active Member

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    -Ditch the 7800GT's and get two 7900GT's for the same price. (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814130281)
    -Audigy 4 Pro will do just fine, but the X-Fi would be better. (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16829102190)
    -If you can afford it, get the FX-60 instead of the X2 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103608) - The X2 will do you good in the long run, and some benchmarks show that the X2 can keep up with the FX 60, and in some cases, even beat it.
    -Get two 150GB WD Raptors in RAID 0 setup: (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822136012) - If you need more than 300GB, add a WD2500JD 250GB (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822144154)
    -Seriously, just get the Plextor PX-712AL DVDR/RW Writer. 2 of these babies, and you're set. (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827131352)
    -The PSU you listed is pretty good, but go for a PC Power and Cooling if you have the money, or are willing to fork out that much. (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817703001) - this 510W PSU will do the job fantastically.
     
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  5. dew

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    dont get that mobo get an abit fatality and you wont regret it, i dont.
     
  6. john80

    john80 The only constant is change

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    ~3500 :(
     
  7. john80

    john80 The only constant is change

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    thought about it but the name doesn't entice me enough to buy...

    as for the 7900..didn't know they were out already. :)
     
  8. Pet3R

    Pet3R Active Member

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    7900GTx2 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814130281 - $600 (Same price for a pair of 7800GT's, and performs better with 24 pixel pipelines vs. the 7800GT with only 20 pixel pipelines)

    Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16829102190 - $175 (You don't really need the Audigy 4 Pro unless you need to do music editing, recording, and etc. The X-Fi is cheaper and better)

    150GB WD Raptor x 2 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16829102190 - $362 (Cheaper than your hdd setup, and a LOT faster)

    Plextor PX-712AL DVDR/RW Writer - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827131352 - $150 (Your optical drive setup has a DVD-RW and a CD-RW.....why do you need a CDRW? You'd be better off with two Plextor PX-712AL's, or one Plextor PX-712AL and a cheap DVD-ROM so you can do a direct copy of DVD's from the DVD-ROM to the Plextor PX-712AL).

    Total: $1287

    Keep the rest of your setup.
     
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  9. lowfat

    lowfat 24/Mac/SciFi/PC Crew OT Supporter

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    :ugh2: ABit has nothing on Asus boards.
     
  10. sowapowa

    sowapowa New Member

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    If you are going to use liquid cooling, I guess that means you are going to overclock and try to hit a ceiling.

    Maybe you should get dfi ultra sli d instead of the asus board. The dfi board will be able to reach a very high htt while the asus board may not. Also, the asus board has a lower max vcore. A lot of these dual cores oc really well around stock volts then require a crazy jump in volts for like 200mhz more.

    Are those 200mhz more worth adding the cost of water cooling for you?
     
  11. john80

    john80 The only constant is change

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    Thanks! :hsd:
     
  12. James Bond

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    gdam, I didnt pay that much foir my first PC back in 98.

    but it is a nice setup
     
  13. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    why would you pay $175 for a sound card?
     
  14. Pet3R

    Pet3R Active Member

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    The Sound Blaster X-Fi makes a difference in sound quality vs. a generic sound card or onboard sound card. And it's apparent that john80 wants top-notch products.
     

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