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Old 02-17-2006, 08:21 PM   #1
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Bought my computer parts

should be pretty nice especially since I am not really into video games...
might have to get some CS Source or BF2 to pawn a few friends.

CASE: Cooler Masters Case and PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119068
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817171007

Motherboard: MSI K8N SLI-F
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/Produc...uctCode=241190

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3200+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103535

RAM: OCZ Enhanced Latency 512MB
(might upgrade to 1GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820146889

Video Card: XFX Geforce 6600GT
(128mb)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150098


HD: Seagate Barracuda 160GB 7200rpm 8mb cache
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148103

DVD ROM: NEC ND-3550A 16X Double Layer DVD±RW
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/Produc...uctCode=172512

I am going to get XP Pro, and I think a lite version or something, I forgot what my friend said.
There is also a firmware hack to burn dvds at max speed, taking away the regulation
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Old 02-17-2006, 11:17 PM   #2
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Hmm. Nice x86 hardware. Very nice
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Old 02-18-2006, 12:12 AM   #3
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thats cool, I remember about 2 years ago when I built my computer, I used newegg for a lot of parts also. Seems like a pretty good setup.
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Old 02-18-2006, 03:50 AM   #4
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Hmm. Nice x86 hardware. Very nice
what is x86?
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Old 02-18-2006, 05:31 AM   #5
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^^^It just denotes a CPU architecture originally developed by Intel. Most PC's, whether Intel or AMD equipped, are x86. The name comes from the earlier processors which model numbers ended in "86" (as in 386, 486, etc.). They employ CISC design, as opposed to the RISC design typical in Macs. (It has to do with how the processor executes instructions/commands.) But both are so far advanced nowadays that there isn't a whole lot of real world difference between them. Nothing the average person needs to know, but you can Google the terms if you really wanna get geeky.

Nice setup for a rig, by the way. IMHO, 2 things I would keep an eye on: The PSU has gotten a couple of iffy reviews; I would go with Antec or Enermax if it gets flaky. And the heatsinks provided with AMD processors are crap if you'll be doing a lot of cpu intensive work; you may want to change that out in the future
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Old 02-18-2006, 11:46 AM   #6
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^^^It just denotes a CPU architecture originally developed by Intel. Most PC's, whether Intel or AMD equipped, are x86. The name comes from the earlier processors which model numbers ended in "86" (as in 386, 486, etc.). They employ CISC design, as opposed to the RISC design typical in Macs. (It has to do with how the processor executes instructions/commands.) But both are so far advanced nowadays that there isn't a whole lot of real world difference between them. Nothing the average person needs to know, but you can Google the terms if you really wanna get geeky.

Nice setup for a rig, by the way. IMHO, 2 things I would keep an eye on: The PSU has gotten a couple of iffy reviews; I would go with Antec or Enermax if it gets flaky. And the heatsinks provided with AMD processors are crap if you'll be doing a lot of cpu intensive work; you may want to change that out in the future
I think it should be fine. A lot of people are idiots... the first negative review was:

"Pros: It worked-for about two months...
Cons: Came with my case. Started to cause my system to reboot every 5 minuets. Also there is no fan on the bottom to suck heat out of case -gets verry hot and is noisier than hell!
Other Thoughts: Want to screw up a 4000 dollar dream machine! buy this one!"

Obviously this guy is an idiot.
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Old 02-18-2006, 08:30 PM   #7
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Nice setup Brien... an aftermarket Heatsink+ fan would be a good thing to add to it also.

let me know if u need help pickin one out.

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Old 02-19-2006, 03:29 AM   #8
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what would you suggest? also, what is so bad about the one that they give you?
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Old 02-19-2006, 07:34 AM   #9
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Unless AMD's design has changed recently, the heatsinks they provide are all aluminum. Better aftermarket sinks employ either all copper construction or a copper slug where it contacts the cpu core, which equates to better heat transfer and dissipation. And the fans they use are typically innefficient and break down easily. This is especially critical if you're planning to overclock the cpu. Even so, I still say AMD over Intel FTW!
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Brien my heatsink is fine for my AMD processor when I built my comp around 2 years ago. And I used to play games non-stop, and even overclock it sometimes.
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Old 02-20-2006, 08:51 AM   #11
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Just keep an eye on temp, if the bios allows it set a temp limit. 80C should be the absolute max I would let it get to. The AMD fans are a bit on the cheap side but I havn't had one not work out of the box, they do break easily and may not last (YMMV). A case fan is recommended, just watch your airflow. You don't want to add fans which couteract each other.

Power supplies, I always hear a lot of crap about power supplies. For a while there seemed to be no end to power supplie failures. It was like 1 in 3 would fail. But they have gotten better. They fail far less than they used to. I never noticed a great difference in power supply quality with different brands. In fact my last 2 power supply failures were enermax. Best advice, if it works and is stable use it, if not replace it.

Hard drive. I would have gone with serial ata. It does make a difference. Although the barracuda is a good drive.

The Nec 3550 is a good drive. I have had my best success with nec drive. The only time I end up replacing them is when I upgrade. Be careful with firmware hacks, they are the fastest way to turn a good burner into a lump of crap.

All in all I think you will probably be quite happy with your setup.
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Old 02-20-2006, 02:50 PM   #12
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It is a serial ata.
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Old 02-20-2006, 02:52 PM   #13
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Just got most of my parts minus the motherboard, ram, and dvd rom.

Newegg pwnt Zipzoomfly.
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Old 02-20-2006, 03:50 PM   #14
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the link you posted for the drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148103 took me to this
Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 ST3160812A 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive - OEM

that's not serial ata it's not even ata133. But like I said the cuda is a good drive.
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Old 02-20-2006, 04:05 PM   #15
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oh wow, i messed up on my ordering... haha oh well. it is all good
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