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looking for comments, suggestions, on a new PC build, Overclocking is not a major concern

yes there are a few things missing, no need for a CASE, HD or more RAM atm

the bugget is around $550

I was looking to make something, that would be upgradeable, thats one of the reasons its an SLI mobo

not sure if I really need it, or the dual core. mainly a gaming and home PC,

 

wanted a 7950GT but went with the 7600GT cause from what ive seen the $100 extra isnt worth the performance

 

any improvements, suggestions, ideas are wellcome

 

http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?...N82E16813128301

GIGABYTE GA-K8N Pro-SLI Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard with 1394b - Retail $99.99

 

http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?...N82E16814143049

BFG Tech BFGR76256GTOCE GeForce 7600GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail $139.99

 

http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?...N82E16817371002

Antec True Power Trio TP3-550 ATX12V 550W Power Supply with Three 12V Rails - Retail $99.99

 

http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?...N82E16819103562

AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Manchester 2.0GHz Socket 939 Processor Model ADA3800BVBOX - Retail $162.00

 

http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?...N82E16827106055

LITE-ON 20X DVD

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looking for comments, suggestions, on a new PC build, Overclocking is not a major concern

yes there are a few things missing, no need for a CASE, HD or more RAM atm

the bugget is around $550

I was looking to make something, that would be upgradeable, thats one of the reasons its an SLI mobo

not sure if I really need it, or the dual core. mainly a gaming and home PC,

 

wanted a 7950GT but went with the 7600GT cause from what ive seen the $100 extra isnt worth the performance

 

any improvements, suggestions, ideas are wellcome

 

http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?...N82E16813128301

GIGABYTE GA-K8N Pro-SLI Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard with 1394b - Retail $99.99

 

http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?...N82E16814143049

BFG Tech BFGR76256GTOCE GeForce 7600GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail $139.99

 

http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?...N82E16817371002

Antec True Power Trio TP3-550 ATX12V 550W Power Supply with Three 12V Rails - Retail $99.99

 

http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?...N82E16819103562

AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Manchester 2.0GHz Socket 939 Processor Model ADA3800BVBOX - Retail $162.00

 

http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?...N82E16827106055

LITE-ON 20X DVD

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You should try to find a x2 4400+ Cause it got 1mg of l2 cache and you can overclock it to get to the level of a fx-60... And for the Graphic card, you should take a x1950 xt 256, or a x1900 xt... Its about 260 $ and its clearly better than any 7600 gt..

 

For the Cpu : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16819103626

For the Graphic card : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16814142085 --- x1900 xt 256

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16814161047 --- x1950 xt

LOL! Instead of a $160 processor, you've suggested a $260 processor... and instead of a $140 video card, you've suggested a $210 video card and a $255 video card. It'd be great if everyone could just add another 50% or so to their budget just like that, but I'd be willing to bet he said "$550 budget" because that's how much he has to spend. <shrug>

 

If it were me, I'd do a build like this:

DFI nf4 Ultra Infinity SLI ($73)

AMD 3700+ SanDiego 2.2GHz 1MB L2 Cache ($77)

eVGA 7950GT 550/1400 ($200 after $15 MIR)

(DVD and PSU same)

 

That totals ~$490. Under budget and (IMO) better performance for the types of things you'll be using it for. I just did a build with that motherboard and I was very impressed with it. It's a VERY solid but still cheap motherboard, plus it's still a very good overclocker if you decide to go that route. For 939, you really can't beat DFI. For the cpu, dual-core just doesn't make sense for what you're doing. A faster, cheaper, better overclocking single-core cpu with more cache makes a lot more sense. Not only will it perform the same or better in games, but it's HALF the price and probably OCs better too. If you want more info on these comparisons, check one of the 78 million "single-core vs. dual-core" threads around here :P With the money saved on the motherboard and cpu, I'd get a beefy video card (the 7950). That will make the most difference in games, it provides the best upgrade path (another in SLI), and it's 100% transferrable if you ever go to an AM2 or Core2Duo setup, so it makes the most sense to put the biggest chunk of money there.

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yeah thank, didnt know were to put the thread.

 

not going with the 3800

 

thinking a AMD Athlon 64 FX-55 $239 or the X2 4800+ Toledo $242

 

and really no need for the SLI mobo

 

ASUS A8N5X Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16813131569

 

and what do you think of this PSU

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16817159040

 

and for the GFX I want something Good but cheap to last about a 1-2 years till i can upgrade to a DX 10 card

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Well, I think that Asus board is a really bad idea. Asus is doing well on their crossfire boards, but their nf4 boards were really nothing special. For a dollar more, I think you'd be crazy not to get the Infinity that I linked. That's a much better board and has the added bonus of SLI, even if you don't plan to use it right away.

 

For the processor, I already said I think dual-core is a waste for your budget and your use. I still think your best bet is the 3700+. The FX-55 is a fast chip and would overclock like a dream if you have aggresive cooling, but it's a VERY expensive chip again. You're talking over THREE TIMES the price of the 3700+. I just don't think that's worth it for the small improvement in games you'd see at stock speeds.

 

For that power supply... I have a CoolMax PSU for one of my smaller rigs and it's not bad, but it's no Antec. Going from a 550 Antec to a 500W CoolMax is a BIG difference. The CoolMax will probably do you fine for a 7600GT and a single-core cpu, but if you plan to go dual-core or big-vgu, I would go for something better like that Antec, or maybe a Tagan 480 for a little less money.

 

It seems like your desires have changed a LOT since your first post. You should really start by figuring out what you're trying to do with this thing. It sounds like for video you just want something to bridge the gap until you can get a DX10 card. If that's the case, just save your money and get a 7600GT or something like that. But what is your plan for the CPU/MB/RAM? Do you plan to keep that a while, or do you see yourself upgrading that when you go DX10?

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cool thx i was looking at the DFI nf4 Ultra Infinity myself but it had a a lot of bad reviews and made me think twice

 

It seems like your desires have changed a LOT since your first post.

yeah I was thinking get the better CPU now, then upgrade ram and GFX later

 

but i do see what your saying

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cool thx i was looking at the DFI nf4 Ultra Infinity myself but it had a a lot of bad reviews and made me think twice

I promise you, the DFI is a much better board. I just built a machine with that board and it was VERY easy. People get intimidated by DFI because of all the options they have, but that board (and my SLI-DR too) worked for me without even going into the BIOS. Just plug things in, boot up, and no problems.

 

yeah I was thinking get the better CPU now, then upgrade ram and GFX later

Yes, but what I was trying to ask is do you think you will upgrade your cpu/mobo/mem again when you get a new graphics card, or do you plan to keep them for a long time? That makes a big difference in the recommendations.

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