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Hi im working on my first PC and im trying to keep it under $1,100. (monitor included) And the ideal setup of parts looks like it will exceed that. So i need some help trimming down my selection. Now a friend of mine who was helping me pick parts said running 2 250 gb hdd's was better than running 1 hdd with comparable size for much less price...he mentioned something about RAID, but i quickly became confused. So my question is: is it better to run 2 hdd's or does it not make a difference?

Questions 2: I definitely want 2gb of RAM but my friend suggested this product: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820146093
Which, at 200 dollars was more than i had alotted to spend in that area. Does anyone know where i can get that much RAM for a lower price?

Question 3: This is a gaming rig, so the video card is crucial. Right now im looking at http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814130032
But it too seems rather expensive at $270. Anyone have suggestions for something comparable but maybe a little bit cheaper?

Thanks in advance
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Look thru newegg more for the same type of memory, they have other 2x1 gigabyte kits which are cheaper. Here are some:

Corsair 2x1gb - $147.99

Patriot 2x1gb Dual Channel - $144.99

Mushkin 2x1gb - $170 with a $20 mail in rebate available

Kingston 2x1gb - $156

Anything cheaper then $145 and you will be buying crap, if you need even cheaper i suggest cuting your purchase from 2gigs to 1.

As for the Video card, the 7900GT is a very good card and thats why it is pricey, if you are a big gamer (you seem like you are since you said its a gaming rig your buildin) I suggest sticking with that card if you can afford it you wont regret it and there isnt really another card like that you can get for cheaper.

If you wish you could take a look at the Evga 7600GT but this card is significantly worse.

Edited by jigga211, 19 July 2006 - 08:21 PM.

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Thanks for the RAM suggestions.

I have come to my decision on my system if you could overlook it and point out any potentioal problems id appreciate it.

Case- $58 Sunbeam IC-SS-SVBK Black/Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Processor- $300 AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Windsor 2000MHz HT 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 Dual Core Processor

Video Card- $140 eVGA 256-P2-N554-AX Geforce 7600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card

Memory- $150 G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM Unbuffered DDR2 667 (PC2 5400) Dual Channel Kit System Memory

Hard Drives- $200 Western Digital Caviar SE WD3200JB 320GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive

Burner- $31 NEC Black 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2M Cache IDE/ATAPI DVD Burner

Motherboard- $175 ABIT AN9 32X Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI MCP/SPP 190 ATX AMD Motherboard

Power Supply- $200 OCZ GameXStream OCZ600GXSSLI ATX12V 600W Power Supply 100 - 240V

Edited by cbm487, 19 July 2006 - 11:19 PM.

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I would go for the corsair or patriot ram over the Gskill myself, Your PSU is a very expensive one thats not bad but something to bear in mind you could get one alot cheaper and it would still be good, maybe an enermax or an antec.
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