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Help W/ Building An Amd Desktop


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#1 AnaMayShun

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Posted 25 April 2006 - 11:14 AM

I have never built a computer before. I own a Gateway Desktop and a Dell Laptop. I want to upgrade my desktop. But I want to try and build one. And I want to make sure it'll last for a long time. So i'm looking for some help in doing so.

I'm looking at:

AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ For $460.00

XFX Geforce 7600GT For $172.99

ABIT AN8 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard For $108.99

CORSAIR XMS 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR For $188.00

Thermaltake Tsunami VA3000BWA Case For $108.99

Western Digital Caviar SE16 320GB For $130.00

Creative SOUND BLASTER X-Fi Platinum Sound Card For $159.99

LITE-ON 16X DVD±R DVD Burner For $45.99

Logitech Internet Pro Desktop Black Wired Keyboard For $17.99

I'm probably not going to get that high of products, because the total is at $1392.94. My price range is between $1000 and $1500. And I know I need a monitor. So I'm going to have to downgrade on some items without losing to much quality. What else i'm going to need? Maybe a plain CD Rom/CD-R?

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Posted 25 April 2006 - 12:04 PM

AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ For $460.00

This is pretty high end you could go for a slightly slower one and save yourself some money. Theres no point in buying the newest stuff if its overpiced.

XFX Geforce 7600GT For $172.99

This is a really good video card if your planning on doing any sort of gaming or large scale graphics. If you arn't scale it down a bit.

ABIT AN8 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard For $108.99

Good Motherboard, the ASUS boards are my prefered choice.

CORSAIR XMS 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR For $188.00

2 Gigs will scream, and your mobo supports another 2gb when 2 gets outdated (not for awhile)

Thermaltake Tsunami VA3000BWA Case For $108.99

This looks fine, a little 'nice' but thats just me.

Western Digital Caviar SE16 320GB For $130.00

If you want to save some money here wait a little bit till you see deals on lower sized HDDs and buy two.

Creative SOUND BLASTER X-Fi Platinum Sound Card For $159.99

Theres no need to get a sound card, your mobo has a built in one that will do just fine, unless your a DJ

LITE-ON 16X DVD±R DVD Burner For $45.99

I've got one of these and its perfect.

Logitech Internet Pro Desktop Black Wired Keyboard For $17.99

This is fine.


You're not going to need another CD rom, when burning cds or dvds you can just hotswap. You are going to need a monitor, speakers/headphones and a copy of Windows XP pro SP2 if you don't have one already.

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Posted 25 April 2006 - 03:05 PM

I agree with Mofficer except for Win XP Pro. I have found Pro offers no advantages over Home that an individual can use.

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Posted 25 April 2006 - 03:51 PM


AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ For $460.00

This is pretty high end you could go for a slightly slower one and save yourself some money. Theres no point in buying the newest stuff if its overpiced.

XFX Geforce 7600GT For $172.99

This is a really good video card if your planning on doing any sort of gaming or large scale graphics. If you arn't scale it down a bit.

ABIT AN8 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard For $108.99

Good Motherboard, the ASUS boards are my prefered choice.

CORSAIR XMS 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR For $188.00

2 Gigs will scream, and your mobo supports another 2gb when 2 gets outdated (not for awhile)

Thermaltake Tsunami VA3000BWA Case For $108.99

This looks fine, a little 'nice' but thats just me.

Western Digital Caviar SE16 320GB For $130.00

If you want to save some money here wait a little bit till you see deals on lower sized HDDs and buy two.

Creative SOUND BLASTER X-Fi Platinum Sound Card For $159.99

Theres no need to get a sound card, your mobo has a built in one that will do just fine, unless your a DJ

LITE-ON 16X DVD±R DVD Burner For $45.99

I've got one of these and its perfect.

Logitech Internet Pro Desktop Black Wired Keyboard For $17.99

This is fine.


You're not going to need another CD rom, when burning cds or dvds you can just hotswap. You are going to need a monitor, speakers/headphones and a copy of Windows XP pro SP2 if you don't have one already.


Thanks. I'll go and make some changes to my choices. I talked to one of my friends and he suggest i go for the AMD 64 or something like that. So depending on the price, i may look at that.

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Posted 25 April 2006 - 08:09 PM

HI AnaMayShun, I just didn't see a Power supply, it may be the most important piece for all to run well.
Just a suggestion for you


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16817153031
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