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kirk geiger Mar 17, 2006, 04:26pm EST Report Abuse
I haven't upgraded my computer for a few years now, it is capable of playing half life 2 but not the extent that I want. I am hoping I can build a machine for under $1,000 that will last me another 3 or 4 years. After doing some research this is what I have come across.
I am looking for some advice/construction criticism please.

My major concerns:
- Is 1gb of ram enough? Do I need 2gb?
- Will this MoBo work with this hard drive? I am new to the SATA, I am still using IDE.\
- All items are compatible?



Case: Lian Li PC-G50B
(http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16811112104)

MoBo: EPoX EP-9NPA3ULTRA Socket 939 (http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16813123258)

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Venice 1GHz HT 512KB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16819103537

Video Card: eVGA 256-P2-N386-AX Geforce 6800GS 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16814130267

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar RE WD1600YD 160GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA150

Power Supply: FSP Group (Fortron Source) AX450-PN, 12cm FAN, version 2.0, 2 SATA, PCI Express, 450W
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16817104954

RAM: CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model VS1GBKIT400 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16822136009

Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS SB0350 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16829102178



I know I might be asking a lot, but I am asking you guys because YOU know more than ME.

Thanks in advance,

Kirk


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will harding Apr 13, 2006, 11:21am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Time to upgrade my gaming machine. Suggestions?
I just did a new gaming machine for about $1000. athlon 64 3700, abit kn8 ultra, 512 megs super talent at 400 mhz., nvidia 6600 GT 256 megs, 80 gig harddrive at 7200 rpms. It counter-strike 1.6 at 60 fps with all stock settings, and scores around 1600 on 3d mark 06 (but im not sure on that.)

***AMD Athlon 64 3700***
***Abit KN8 Ultra***
mothow Apr 13, 2006, 11:36am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Time to upgrade my gaming machine. Suggestions?
IF you get a DFI NF4 Ultra D and Kingwin KT424 BK WM case you will the dam near the same setup as me..lol and mine flies.But id say it looks good but id get 2gigs of ram .something like the Adata PC3200 2x1024 for $135 and a 7600GT instead of the 6800GS.The 6800GS are hard to find and cost more plus the 7600GT is faster .Not by much but its still faster
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820211014
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814150140

ASRock Z97 Extreme 4 / i7 4790K / Corsair H80i / 4x4GB Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer DDR3 1600 / 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black / 240GB Mushkin Chronos Deluxe SSD / 2x Evga GTX 670 FTW 2GB in SLI / Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty / Corsair HX1000w
Adam Kolak Apr 13, 2006, 11:42am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Time to upgrade my gaming machine. Suggestions?
I am building a $1000 PC for my bro next month, all together the parts below equal $997 including shipping as of April 9, 2006, which was the last time i checked. Its kinda stripped down except for GPU but i think this about the fastest PC you can build today for under $1000. Note i already have OS for it so i didnt include that. And im using onboard sound which kinda sucks. And stock cooling, which probally has to be upgraded. But for under $1000 this aint a bad PC, and the 3000+ can probally hit 2.4Ghz with that memory and board without getting to hot:

DFI Lanparty UT NF4-D s939
Athlon 64 3000+ Venice socket 939
Antec SmartPower 2.0 500Watt
Coolermaster Centurion 5 w/window
XFX Geforce 7900GT Extreme (or swap this for a X1800XT 256)
G.Skill 2GB DDR400 kit 2.5-3-3-6
Onboard Sound/Onboard Lan
WD Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 16MB cache OEM
NEC 16X DVD+/-RW OEM
LITE-ON 16xDVD 52xCDR OEM
Cooling: stock cpu+gpu heatsinks, stock case fans

Estimated Total: $997.44

And if you dont believe that the above is under $1000, then add it up yourself, because it was under $1000 if purchased at a ZipZoomFly and Newegg (which ever has the part cheaper) last i checked.


Adam Kolak
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BrinNutz Apr 13, 2006, 11:54am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Time to upgrade my gaming machine. Suggestions?
Go with 2gb of RAM if you want to upgrade for future, I just did..but it also cost me about 280 bones...lol

Adam Kolak Apr 13, 2006, 11:57am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Time to upgrade my gaming machine. Suggestions?
Heres a 2x1GB G.Skill kit for $140:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820231047
Its even got sleek red heatspreaders!

Adam Kolak
Moderator, Hardware Analysis
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DFI LP P35-T2RS | Xeon Quad @ 3.2Ghz | 4GB DDR2-1000 | 8800GT 512MB | See Profile
Beavis Khan Apr 13, 2006, 12:08pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Time to upgrade my gaming machine. Suggestions?
If you're willing to go with a steel case, you could save ~$50 on case + psu by going with something like the Antec Sonata II, which includes a 450W PSU.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811129155

I'm sure it's not the best 450W PSU in the world, but it runs my X2 3800 and 7800GT without any hiccups. The case is also great...not top end, of course, but very solid.

And, you could funnel that $50 savings into an upgrade to 2GB of RAM - definitely would recommend that.

____
"For every complex problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong."

- H.L. Mencken
Adam Kolak Apr 13, 2006, 12:10pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Time to upgrade my gaming machine. Suggestions?
Nice suggestion with the Antec Sonata II with 450W PSU. If I read that correctly it looks like that PSU has dual +12V Rails, not bad for the price.

Adam Kolak
Moderator, Hardware Analysis
adam@hardwareanalysis.com
DFI LP P35-T2RS | Xeon Quad @ 3.2Ghz | 4GB DDR2-1000 | 8800GT 512MB | See Profile


 

    
 
 

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