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I did these in another thread, but they still apply here. And seriously, an 8600 with that cpu? That's like putting a mazarati engine in a Chevette!

 

Parts Needed:

 

INTEL SYSTEM

Case: Rosewill R6426-P BK ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail - $26.99 (w/$5 off and free shipping)

- PSU: Antec EA650 650W ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail - $69.99 (w/$30 off and free shipping) * On the OCC Recommended PSU List*

- Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-EP43-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail - $84.99

- CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 Wolfdale 2.53GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail - $119.99 (w/free shipping)

- Memory: OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail - $55.99 (w/$20 off and free shipping, price doesn't including $20 rebate )

- Video Card: SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail - $159.99 (w/$10 off, but it has a rebate every other week so wait and get it while the rebate is on)

- Hard-drive: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM - $74.99 (free shipping)

 

 

Total Intel System (inclulding discounts but NOT including rebates): $592.93 + shipping

 

 

AMD SYSTEM

Case: Rosewill R6426-P BK ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail - $26.99 (w/$5 off and free shipping)

- PSU: Antec EA650 650W ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail - $69.99 (w/$30 off and free shipping) * On the OCC Recommended PSU List*

- Motherboard: JetWay HA04-Extreme AM2+/AM2 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail - *Currently combo priced with CPU*

- CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ Brisbane 2.7GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail - *Currently combo priced with CPU* $180.00 for both the CPU and Mobo ($25 discount for combo deal).

- Memory: OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail - $85.99 (w/$10 off and free shipping, price doesn't including the $30 rebate)

- Video Card: SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail - $159.99 (w/$10 off, but it has a rebate every other week so wait and get it while the rebate is on)

- Hard-drive: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM - $74.99 (free shipping)

 

 

Total AMD System (inclulding discounts but NOT including rebates): $598.94 + shipping

 

Optional:

DVD Burner: ASUS Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 14X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVD

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Only reason I put in an 8600GT is b/c I'm trying to save some money. I'll probably upgrade later on.

Almost Finalized Rig!

 

1-Motherboard ~GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813128345 102.99

 

2-Case ~The NZXT LEXA: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16811146038 99.99

 

3-RAM ~CORSAIR 4GB(2x2GB) 240-Pin SDRAM DDR2800 (PC2 6400)DualChannel http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...-L1C-_-20145184 54.99

 

4-CPU ~C2D E8400 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819115037 164.99

 

5-CD Drives ~ASUS Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E818A3T - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16827135176 22.99

 

6-Hard Drive ~HITACHI Deskstar 7K160 HDS721616PLA380 (0Y30006) 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16822145162 40.99

 

7-Power Supply ~Antec Neo Power 500 500W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817103940 54.99

 

I have pictured this from start to finish and the only problem now is XP recognizing the SATA. In other forums they say XP does not recognize it right away and has to set it from AHCI to IDE when installing OS. They also said you can change it from IDE to AHCI after your done installing the OS. Is this possible or do I have to go Vista. I'm pretty stubborn on changing my OS so yeah, it's only for gaming though.

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XP will recognize the SATA adapter straight away, unless you plan on running RAID (which I take it you're not). Nice choice on the PSU and motherboard, looks like a good build to me :)

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I'm not talking about the SATA Adapter. I don't plan on using IDE, just straight with SATA DVD/Hard Drives. What should I do. Can't wait to build this xD

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Anybody? And to save some time asking questions I'll just go ahead and ask it right now if everything I chose is compatible. Here's the final list.

 

1-Motherboard ~GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813128345 102.99

 

2-Case ~The NZXT LEXA: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16811146038 99.99

 

3-RAM ~CORSAIR 4GB(2x2GB) 240-Pin SDRAM DDR2800 (PC2 6400)DualChannel http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...-L1C-_-20145184 54.99

 

4-CPU ~C2D E8400 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819115037 164.99

 

5-CD Drives ~ASUS Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E818A3T - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16827135176 22.99

 

6-Hard Drive ~HITACHI Deskstar 7K160 HDS721616PLA380 (0Y30006) 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16822145162 40.99

 

7-Power Supply ~Antec Neo Power 500 500W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817103940 54.99

 

Totals out to 541.93 and 572.24 w/ shipping

 

 

I plan to install XP with this build btw.

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I finally got tired of my Dell system that I paid 1000+ bottlenecking my upgrades and wanted to start over. This time I plan to build my computer, which I hear saves a lot of money. Looking for some advice on this, all comments are appreciated. This rig equals to about $555 w/o tax and shipping.

 

1-Motherboard

2-Case

3-RAM

4-CPU

5-CD Drives

6-SATAHard Drive

7-VideoCard (Already got that down, XFX 8600GT Factory OC'd 256mb)

8-Soundcard (Already got that down, Razer Barracuda Soundcard)

 

 

1-ASUS P5K DELUXE/WIFI-AP LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail 169.99

2-The NZXT LEXA 99.99

3- OCZ Platinum Revision-2 2048MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz Dual Channel Memory (2x1024MB) 44.99

4-Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Processor 169.99

5-Lite-On PLDS DVD-ROM/CD-RW Retail Combo Drive - 52x32x CD-R/RW, 16x DVD-ROM, Black 24.99

6-Western Digital Caviar SE 160GB Hard Drive - 7200, 8MB, SATA-300, OEM 44.99

try this one on for size and see how you like it...!!

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWi...tNumber=7243754

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You shouldn't have to worry about whether or not XP recognizes the SATA drives...Just install SP3 (I think after SP2, the drivers are integrated...I've never had a problem and I have always used SATA hard drives). I installed Vista SP1 with a SATA burner, I'd imagine if that works, it would work perfectly fine for XP SP3.

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Alright that sounds pretty good to me Nate and nice guide on how to build a computer, will keep that in mind. This build will rock my socks off lol. Thanks.

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