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 Post subject: This will be my first build
PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 8:31 am 

Joined: Wed Jan 17, 2007 7:42 am
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I am custom building my own computer. I do have somewhat of a budget about maybe $1000 but I am willing to go over. I open to any opinions, recommendations, and ideas. If I leave something out or if these parts aren't compatiable let me know. Also I have read many books on building and a few sites I would be open for you to share some books and sites for me to look at. Thanks

Case: RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WB Black SECC STEEL ATX Mid Tower ... 6811156063

motherboard: ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition Socket AM2 ... 6813131011 I would like wireless because this compter will be a second computer and I would like it on my network.

processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ Windsor 2.4GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 Processor ... 6819103751

hard drive: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive ... 6822144701

dvd burner: SAMSUNG Black 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2M Cache IDE DVD Burner With LightScribe Technology ... 6827151136

graphics card: eVGA 256-P2-N554-AX Geforce 7600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card ... 6814130017

Ram: CORSAIR XMS2 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory ... 6820145153

psu: Thermaltake ToughPower W0117 750 Watt ATX Power Supply ... wer_Supply

monitor: I have a dell trinitron from my old computer but would like to get a 19 inch ... 6824001088

Tell me what do you think? Oh and btw I do a lot of things with my compters like gaming, internet surfing, photos, watch movies, and for school and might be using it as a business down the road. I also want it to be easy to upgrade down the road. Thanks for looking.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 10:27 am 

Joined: Wed Jun 09, 2004 12:45 pm
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Location: California, US
Welcome to SPCR!

Three main problems I see with your system in terms of noise: PSU, Case, and graphics card.

1) Your system will not use more than about 200W maximum, maybe 325W if you're running two 7600GT cards in SLI. That's the max, which probably will NEVER happen. Save yourself some money and get a better quality, lower wattage PSU. Here's a few that are recommended often in these forums: ... 6817151022 ... 6817103938

2) Your proposed case only has an 80mm exhaust fan. You should get one with at least a 120mm exhaust for quiet, efficient cooling. Something like an Antec SOLO would do nicely. If you really want a window on your case, you could look at the Chenbro Gaming Bomb, but I'm not sure how good it really is. Its the only case with a window on SPCR's recommended list.

3)You can easily find a 7600GT graphics card with passive cooling (i.e. no whinny little fan). Here's a few on newegg: ... 6814125025 ... 6814150213 ... 6814121016

The other option is to buy the eVGA card and swap out the heatsink.
Zalman VF700 and VF900 GPU heatinks are usually much quieter than the stock cooling.

Brother's: Antec 3000B, C2D E6600, ASUS P5K, XFX 6850, 4GB DDRe RAM, 160GB Seagate 7200.8 & 2x 2TB Caviar Green, ASUS 16X DVD-ROM, Sony DVD-RW, Corsair 400W, Thermalright HR-01, 2x Scythe 120mm Low Speed Fans
Mine: Antec NSK3480 w/EA 380W, i5-750, Gigabyte P55M-UD4, Sapphire 5750, 4GB DDR3, 60GB OCZ Agility & 500GB Seagate 7200.8, Xigmatek HDT-S964

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 1:06 pm 

Joined: Fri Jan 05, 2007 11:37 am
Posts: 871
Location: North Carolina
I completely agree with stromgald about the noise problems, let me add my opinion about performance:

First off, how much/serious do you plan on gaming? You currently have alot of your budget in a high-end motherboard. From your selection of a 7600GT, I will assume that gaming is not the largest priority. I think a mobo with a single PEG slot will suffice. Something similar to these

If you game casually, I would stay with the passive 7600GT. If you want solid performance, (high settings at medium resolutions), I would recommend a X1950PRO, which is about $200. (of course with a VF900 or Accelero X2 on it)

I also think that you could better spend your money by taking the Intel route. An E6300 will offer slightly less or similar performance than the X2 4600+. I see Intel's future to be brighter then AMD's, so I would give up that fraction of performance for future upgrades. (You could easily make up the difference by slightly OC'ing the E6300) I also missed your CPU cooler. Most people here at SPCR would recommend a Scythe Ninja.

As for your case, may I suggest an Antec Sonata? Or maybe a NSK 4400?

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 7:01 pm 

Joined: Sat Sep 30, 2006 1:39 pm
Posts: 128
Location: NC, USA
Son-of-a gun!

I just ordered that Gigabyte 7600GT on 1/15 after missing the $20 rebate a couple of weeks ago. And now there's a $30 rebate if you buy on 1/16 - 1/31.

My timing stinks!


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