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#1 nyiddle


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Posted 22 October 2006 - 08:54 AM

Well it's been ages since I got a new computer so I decided to finally get up the money to get a new one. My budget is $2000, and here are the builds I've come up with thus far. Of the three, tell me which is the best. The last is a bit of a money-saver just because people recommended parts that were better than others that were cheaper. Money isn't really my concern, but whatever.
Tell me which of the three is the best, performance-wise.
Also, if you guys could, any parts that can be replaced or anything that isn't compatible with anything else would help, too.

Thanks in advance,

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Posted 22 October 2006 - 10:55 AM

I'm no expert, but I pick door #2. I notice you don't have any case fans, if you forgot, you might want to get a couple. But they sure look nice! :thumbsup:
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Posted 22 October 2006 - 11:22 AM

I'm no expert, but I pick door #2. I notice you don't have any case fans, if you forgot, you might want to get a couple. But they sure look nice! :thumbsup:

Wow, I'm complimented.
This is my first time ever building a computer just from parts, I used to get Dells and Gateways until I realized that they usually have a lifespan of 1 1/2 to 2 years, and in the odds they survive longer parts start failing and it's more money having to get a guy to come over to fix it and all that junk. So worst comes to worst I can always just return or get a new part to replace stuff.

I noticed a problem in the 1st build; The processor wasn't compatible with the mobo. Someone pointed it out in comments so I fixed it.


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Posted 22 October 2006 - 03:53 PM

I didn't really like your 3 builds, so I made one myself. I think Cosair is better than Kingston and that with your large budget, you should get a Raptor harddrive and more storage (my build has 790GB of storage). Also, you might want to add extra fans for you case. I don't know exactly how many it can hold, so you'll have to find out yourself.

E6600 - $315

GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 - $143

CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 6400 - $280

Western Digital Raptor X WD1500AHFD 150GB 10,000 RPM - $230
(This is for all your programs and games)

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB (x2) - $190
(This is for storage)

eVGA 01G-P2-N592-AX GeForce 7950GX2 1GB - $500

APEVIA (ASPIRE) X-CRUISER-BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $70

RAIDMAX RX-630A ATX12V/ EPS12V 630W Power Supply - $108

SAMSUNG Black 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R... - $29

Total: $1865


ZALMAN CNPS9500 LED 92mm 2 Ball Blue LED Light Cooling Fan with Heatsink - $64
(CPU HSF if you want to overclock)

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Posted 23 October 2006 - 07:46 AM

A couple of suggestions:

Also, search for reviews of the DFI Infinity mobo (there's one comparing it to the MSI in the above article). Also look for any tests showing the comparison of the Abit board to the others.

Some points to consider:
-975x chipsets limit you to ATI Crossfire SLI.
-There's several different southbridge chipsets available - check the features before buying
-Some folks have issues with the SATA RAID implementation on the Asus boards.
-The Foxconn and Intel boards are solid performers - but not very good for overclocking
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