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Building a New Computer...Help

by linie182 / October 24, 2005 10:50 AM PDT

I am building a new computer for somewhere around $1000 to $1500. These are the items I have picked out and I was hoping people had any suggestions on changes I could make to get the best performance out of my computer without changing the price too much.

Case: Thermaltake Tsunami VA3000BWA Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower

Power: Antec SmartPower 2.0 SP-450 ATX12V 450W Power Supply

Processor: Intel Pentium 4 640 Prescott 800MHz FSB 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 EM64T

Motherboard: ASUS P5AD2-E Premium Socket T (LGA 775) Intel 925XE ATX

Graphics: SAPPHIRE 100106-RD Radeon X850XT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16

RAM: Kingston HyperX 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM Unbuffered DDR2 533 (PC2 4300)

Hard drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 ST3250823AS 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache Serial ATA150

I already have a Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS, which I will use in this computer, and all the optical drives, so these are the only things I need suggestions about.

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change the video card and your fine
by ozos / October 24, 2005 11:49 AM PDT

don't get a Radeon X300-X850

they lack SM3.0/FP32 and hence will not give you the best value (if your gonna pay that much, why should you have to settle with not having features offered by nVidia? just change the X850XT to a 7800GT, it'll be faster and cost around the same...and it's got SM3.0/FP32)

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put in 2 sticks of 1g or 3 sticks of 1g total3ggood
by lawrephord100 / October 25, 2005 9:01 AM PDT

put in 2 sticks of 1g or 3 sticks of 1g total3ggood

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by Ray Harinec / October 26, 2005 3:42 AM PDT

The 2 512's give 1 GB and with Dual Channel mode will satisfy the memory bandwidth cappability of the P4. What's the extra memory for???

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by damasta55r / October 25, 2005 3:40 PM PDT

Don't forget windows or arctic silver if needed. Other than that it looks good.


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