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ttoille

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I Got Paid The Other Day, So...
« on: April 09, 2006, 06:17:22 PM »

I got paid, so time to blow my savings!
Here is what I have so far for the setup, suggestions are wanted on compadibility issues and if I should upgrade/downgrade a certain peice of hardware.

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Lian Li PC-65B Black Computer Case
   http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811112040      $125.00

MSI K8N Diamond Plus ATX AMD Motherboard
   http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813130037      $194.99

AMD Athlon 64 3700+ 1GHz Socket 939
   http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103539      $212.00

OCZ Gold Edition 2GB (2 x 1GB)
   http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820227219      $204.99

Antec NeoHE 430W Power Supply
   http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817103939      $85.75

Maxtor DiamondMax 10 250GB SATA Hard Drive
   http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822144013      $95.00
                                                               (x2)          $95.00
ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon X1900
   http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814102685      $439.00

LITE-ON 16X DVD±R DVD Burner
   http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827106015      $52.99
                                                   (OMFG!!!)
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                                                            $1502.74
                                             (w/o shipping)


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So thats it so far, I hope that ATI card is all its cracked up to be!
I'm very excited and want to order it like right now, but I need some GT advice! So to keep my mind off of this pc, its time for DDR, w00t!

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Re: I Got Paid The Other Day, So...
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2006, 06:33:26 PM »

Well, I'm going to suggest you change a few parts.

Case is good
Mobo is pretty good, I'd go with this though: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813127232
Processor I'd change to the Opteron 144 or 165 depending if you think dual core is worth it... (Remember to get S939) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103600
I'd change the RAM to something that has tighter timings with a lower clock. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145575
Get a more powerful PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817103932
Get drives with more warrenty (Seagate with 5 years) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822148111
Separate Video Card from tuner: 7900GT 256MB & a Hauppauge 150 (Why go ATI on a SLI board anyway?) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814130281
Lightscribe is a worthless technology with expensive disks, save $10 and get a NEC 3550A http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16827152058
« Last Edit: April 09, 2006, 06:42:32 PM by blafrisch »
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Re: I Got Paid The Other Day, So...
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2006, 06:44:31 PM »

i think the third review on that case should tell you not to get it... it runs hot
just because its a lian-li doesnt make it good, although it certainly helps
let me tell you... 80mm fans are alright, but 120mm fans are better than awesome. its so sad that so few cases use them

im working on finding a few alternative suggestions now, ill post em later

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811112101
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811163036
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811163035
« Last Edit: April 09, 2006, 06:51:51 PM by urgannagru »
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Re: I Got Paid The Other Day, So...
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2006, 07:44:17 PM »

I'm back, and full of sweat (ddr).

PC2
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Lian Li PC-65B Black Computer Case
   http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811112040      $125.00

ABIT AN8 32X ATX AMD Motherboard
   http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813127232      $184.99

AMD Opteron 144 1GHz HT Socket 939
   http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103600      $170.00

CORSAIR XMS 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR
   http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145575      $192.00

Antec TruePower 2.0 TP2-550 EPS12V 550W
   http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817103932      $93.99

Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 250GB 3.5" SATA
   http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822148111      $95.00

eVGA Geforce 7900GT
   http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814130281      $319.00


LITE-ON 16X DVD±R DVD Burner
   http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827106015      $52.99

                                                                                  +_____
                                                                                  $1344.46

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humm, now I'm saving a little, that good.

Thoughts:
I didnt switch the dvd drive because I have allways loved lite-on drives, i would save a lil money, but imo, not worth it. though i have heard nothing bad about NEC (nor nothing good.. lol). the reason why i went w/ the ati card, cuz im quality over fps...

i planed to use crossfire in the future... rofl jk!!

but i switched it to the card blafrisch picked out because it looks pretty good, and its cheaper (and i can go sli in the near future!)
i also switched to the seagate because i do like warantys (*sarcasm* i don't fry stuff randomly... lol)

im still not sure about the opertron, i thought they stopped making those... but i have listened to the oc'ability of em, sounds fun (see above comment about randomly frying stuff... lol)

i didnt change out the case because i love the flat basic style of the lian-li case. i also agree w/ what you said about the 120mm fans, they are way better, and the PC80B (i think) is the case that has 1 120mm in the front bezel
« Last Edit: April 09, 2006, 09:36:17 PM by ttoille »
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Re: I Got Paid The Other Day, So...
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2006, 09:14:46 PM »

For reference purposes, I have an NEC ND3520a DVD-RW and it's yet to fail me. Used it for about 8 months in an enclosure along with my laptop and for about a month now it's been in my current PC. I also know of quite a few people who own different variants of the 35xx series and don't have any problems with them either.
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Re: I Got Paid The Other Day, So...
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2006, 09:34:13 PM »

For reference purposes, I have an NEC ND3520a DVD-RW and it's yet to fail me. Used it for about 8 months in an enclosure along with my laptop and for about a month now it's been in my current PC. I also know of quite a few people who own different variants of the 35xx series and don't have any problems with them either.

awesome, thx. i'l think about the switch
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Re: I Got Paid The Other Day, So...
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2006, 11:13:02 PM »

I recommended the 3550A because I personally own the 3500A and love it.  Lite on is a good brand too.  You could find a Lite-on without lightscribe for the same price as the NEC if you like.

You were looking at the All In Wonder X1900 but not because it had a tuner?  You threw me for a loop.
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Re: I Got Paid The Other Day, So...
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2006, 09:19:00 AM »


Mobo it ok .. but if you want a company that supports the Opt better then I would go with DFI.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813136166

and if SLI is not a plan then you can get the

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813136152
(check of dfi street if you dont mine making a few changes and getting a little more * Sli with a Mod to the chip set)

NEC 3550A  is a very good dvd burner. I own 6 DVD burners and 3 are the NEC 3550A.
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