please help with new PC build

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  1. 99SH

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    My current PC is a couple of years old, so I'm looking to build a new one. I was wondering if OT could help me out with getting up to speed with the new stuff.
    Here are my current PC specs:
    3.2ghz P4
    1gb RAM
    74gb raptor HDD
    ASUS P4P-800E MB (with built-in sound)
    ATI X800XT all-in-wonder video card
    Antec Sonata case

    I am running Windows XP media center edition on my current PC, so I would like to keep it. But, I don't like the ATI card, so I was thinking of buying a new motherboard with PCI-E and getting a new PCI-E video card (like an 8600-8800 GT) and a seperate TV tuner card (like an ATI TV-wonder 650). I would like to try an nvidia card for the primary video.
    Also, I would like to buy a motherboard without built-in sound or video, so that I can also purchase a decent sound card. The last new sound card that I bought was a Soundblaster Audigy platinum, and it had plenty of driver issues. Would it be a mistake to buy another Soundblaster card?

    I would like to keep the current hard drive and case, so I guess I just need help with the MD and CPU selection, but I am not current with the latest details. I am not a big gamer, the only games I play are BF2 and BF 1942, so I don't need the greatest stuff.

    I could just really use some help with picking a good MB (brand and features, along with no sound or video), CPU (i guess dual-core nowadays) and memory (I believe DDR800 is still very expensive, so I could use some options.

    Please be gentle
    thanks
     
  2. Kelex

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    Gigabyte P35-DS4 Rev 2.0
    Intel Core 2 Duo
    2 X 1GB Corsair RAM
    XFX or EVGA 8800GT
    Corsair 520HX Power Supply
    Hauppage WinTV-PVR

    Onboard audio is fine.
    Creative SB X-Fi sucks, but them at EAX > *, so might as well get one if you have the extra cash.
     
  3. P07r0457

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    the sackriding of that gigabyte board needs to stop.
     
  4. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I just fired up that exact same board today, and it was a walk in the park setup.

    Not one single problem, the whole way through.

    The layout of the board leaves absolutely nothing to be desired, and it recognized

    DDR2 1066 memory without having to adjust anything.

    The driver disc installs automatically, reboots included.

    All in all, a very good experience.
     
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    Agreed. It's a great board but we're "sackriding" it. Of course when others talk of lian li, corsair ram, PCP&C that's not sackriding. :rolleyes:
     
  6. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    :werd:

    I can't wait until my Q6600 comes in. G0 stepping ftw.

    I wanna see how well that board can hold it at a mild overclock to maybe 3ghz.
     
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    what have people stopped going for xeons?
     
  8. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I would love to put together a nice dual proc build with xeons.

    I poke around in Supermicro now and then to see if they have a board that I like, but so far nothing that I would use.
     
  9. 99SH

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    Thanks for the replies so far. I've been comparing chipsets on the Intel site and the P35 looks like the best bet. So I'm going to take a look at that Gigabyte board. I definitely don't need top of the line
     
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    I haven't kept up with this stuff too much, so I could be totally wrong. The only 8800GT cards I can find are PCI Express 2.0, and it looks like the P35 chipset is not 2.0 compliant. Is this true or am I totally off? thanks
     
  11. Kelex

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    2.0 is backwards compatible.
     

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