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#1 Jay8604

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Posted 24 October 2006 - 12:57 PM

So... I'm a first time builder and I am pretty excited about putting together my first machine. On the other hand I would really like to avoid those expensive and time consuming set backs that so many new builder experience, especially since Iím buying all my parts online. Here is a list of all the parts that I plan on purchasing. If ya'll could take a look over it and make sure that all my parts are compatible with each other and let me know if thereís is something I'm missing. Thanks folks! (I'm buying all of these parts from Tigerdirect.com, the part number is the first thing for each item incase you need more info, and they are the only things I have so far considered to buy with the exception of mouse, keyboard, monitor, and printer)

MBM-P5N32SLI-E6600 :: Asus P5N32-SLI SE Deluxe NVIDIA Socket 775 ATX Motherboard and an Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.40GHz OEM Processor

P450-7870 :: XFX GeForce 7600 GT XXX Edition / 256MB GDDR3 / SLI / PCI Express / Dual DVI / HDTV / Video Card

A406-1028 :: Xion II Black ATX Mid-Tower Case with Clear Side Front USB and Audio Ports and 450-Watt Power Supply

TSD-250KS :: Western Digital / Caviar SE 16 / 250GB / 7200 / 16MB / SATA-300 / OEM / Hard Drive

M17-7502 :: Microsoft Windows XP Pro Edition OEM Version & Service Pack 2

C13-2022 :: Corsair Dual Channel TWINX 2048MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz E.P.P. Memory (2 x 1024)

L12-1076 :: Lite-on SHM-160P6S / 16x8x16x DVD+RW / 16x6x16x DVD-RW / 8x DVD+R DL / 4x DVD-R DL / 48x24x48x CD-RW / Black/Beige Faceplates / Internal / DVD Writer

L12-1104 :: Lite-on SHD-16P1S / 16x DVD-ROM / 48x CD-ROM / Black / Internal / Drive

ULT31799 ON :: Ultra Black 3.5" Floppy Drive with Built-in 6-in-1 Flash Card Reader

T156-2314 :: TrendNet / TEW-623PI / 300Mbps / 802.11n (Draft N) / PCI / Wireless Adapters

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Posted 24 October 2006 - 05:15 PM

Looks alright to me. Just watch using low end PSU's with high end GPUs. Check the XFX or GeForce 7600 GT power specs on line, and make sure that the PSU has the correct ampage for the card.
Is this for gaming? If it is, don't forget your logitech G5 or G7 mouse and a decent keyboard.
Also, sound quality (even for 'decent' on board sound) can be pretty low, so maybe look at getting a sound card (ie - Sound Blaster Audigy).
If you're planning on OC'ing, don't forget to get yourself an aftermarket cooler for your CPU &/or GPU....

Hope that helps! :thumbsup:
[CPU]Intel E6600 Core 2 Duo @ 3.19GHz
[MoBo]ASUS P5N32-SLI Premium (nForce590)
[RAM]4GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2-800 CL4 @ 710MHz
[GPU]XFX 8800 GTX 768MB [SLI] @ Stock
[PSU]CoolerMaster 1kW
[Audio]ASUS Xonar D2
[Case]Antec Nine Hundred
[OS]Windows Vista Ultimate 64
[LCD]SAMSUNG 226BW
[Other]WC'd CPU & SLI

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Posted 25 October 2006 - 05:14 AM

T156-2314 :: TrendNet / TEW-623PI / 300Mbps / 802.11n (Draft N) / PCI / Wireless Adapters

Whoa! Don't get any Draft-N stuff. The final N specification won't be out until sometime 2008, and the Draft-N is riddeled with problems. Just stick with 802.11g.
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Posted 25 October 2006 - 05:16 AM

Good point. I guess I failed :thumbsup: doh. LOL
[CPU]Intel E6600 Core 2 Duo @ 3.19GHz
[MoBo]ASUS P5N32-SLI Premium (nForce590)
[RAM]4GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2-800 CL4 @ 710MHz
[GPU]XFX 8800 GTX 768MB [SLI] @ Stock
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Posted 25 October 2006 - 07:02 AM

T156-2314 :: TrendNet / TEW-623PI / 300Mbps / 802.11n (Draft N) / PCI / Wireless Adapters

Whoa! Don't get any Draft-N stuff. The final N specification won't be out until sometime 2008, and the Draft-N is riddeled with problems. Just stick with 802.11g.


Except that Draft-N looks pretty fine.

#6 Jay8604

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Posted 25 October 2006 - 11:55 AM

Well Im running a small network at home right now with 802.11n and i have yet to have any problems with it. Not to mention it's lightning fast... Have you heard of any particular problems with it so far?

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Posted 25 October 2006 - 01:43 PM

The biggest show-stoppers are the compatibility issues. There is no guaranty that one piece of Draft-N stuff will be compatible with another. It won't be compatible with the final N standard. You won't be able to upgrade it to the final N standard trough firmware updates, but you'll have to get new hardware.

Then there is the whole Bad Neighbor issue. It will jam any other wireless network in range. So if your neighbor has problems with his wireless network, it is probably your fault. It also interferes with a lot of other wireless devices.

There are a lot more smaller issues ranging from power consumptions to not being able to achieve even half of what 802.11n is supposed to achieve in performance and range.
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Posted 25 October 2006 - 03:05 PM

Ok well, I did a little more research and decided i liked the (TC3J-2082 :: Ultra Blue Aluminus ATX Mid-Tower Case with Clear Side, Front USB, Firewire and Audio Ports With Ultra X2 550-Watt Power Supply) Case better, and it comes with a better PSU. Any Recomendations on this one? Good choice? Also I realized it would be a smart idea to pick up some fans so I added a (ULT31756 :: Ultra Blue/Titanium 120mm Ball Bearing Fan) as well as a socket 775 CPU cooling fan.

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Posted 25 October 2006 - 04:04 PM

Being that Vista is being released next month I would wait, in fact, until after Christmas.

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Posted 25 October 2006 - 07:19 PM

I would advise agaisnt using a case/psu combo. Also, I think you should switch out that video card with this...

E145-7892 || EVGA GeForce 7900 GS KO / 256MB GDDR3 / SLI / PCI Express / Dual DVI / HDTV / Video Card

It's $50 more but worth every penny. It'll be alot faster than your 7600, and EVGA is the best brand to get for Nvidia, especially on account of their excellent warranty program which covers overclocking.

Edited by Detox, 25 October 2006 - 07:19 PM.


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Posted 27 October 2006 - 10:15 AM

Here's a nice review of several 975x boards: http://www.tomshardware.com/2006/10/11/fou...for_core_2_duo/

Also, have you considered something using the nForce 590 chipset? (Asus P5N32-SLI Premium/WiFi-AP )

And, unless you're into hard core overclocking, a cheaper brand of RAM will do just as well (such as OCZ).

Finally, draft N will work OK for you as long as you stay with the same manufacturer for all of your components. If you start changing to different manufacturer's, then you may face serious compatibility problems!

Edited by usasma, 27 October 2006 - 10:25 AM.

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