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AnaMayShun

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I was here like 2 months ago about building a computer. And I think I'm ready to buy the parts and build it. Here is a list of all the parts I want to get. I want to run it through this message board, to make sure everything should be compatible. And if I missed something that I may need. I've included the prices also. I appreciate any help given.

LITE-ON 16X DVD±R DVD Burner W/ 5X DVD-RAM Write Black ATAPI/E-IDE Model SHM-165P6S RTL - Retail $34.50

SONY Black IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1615/B2s - OEM $19.99

APEVIA (ASPIRE) X-CRUISER-BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $69.99

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000KSRTL 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Retail $269.99

ViewSonic VX922 Black/Silver 19" 2ms LCD Monitor - Retail $259.99

MSI K9N Neo-F Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 550 MCP ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail $76.99

ATI 100-714400 All-In-Wonder Radeon X1800XL 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail $198.99

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail $121.99

Creative Inspire P7800 90 Watts 7.1 Speaker - Retail $86.00

ARCTIC COOLING ALPINE64 CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink - Retail $12.99

Logitech Media Elite 967559-0403 Black USB + PS/2 Wired Standard Keyboard - Retail $26.98

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM $5.99

CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Unbuffered Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400PRO - Retail $276.00

AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ Toledo 2000MHz HT Socket 939 Dual Core Processor Model ADA4800CDBOX - Retail $352.00

Microsoft Windows XP Home With SP2 - OEM $89.99
Subtotal: $1,902.38
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The socket 939 processor won't work as you've got in the list an AM2 motherboard. The two are not compatible.

Maybe something like this:
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819103739 ($389).
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The socket 939 processor won't work as you've got in the list an AM2 motherboard. The two are not compatible.

Maybe something like this:
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819103739 ($389).


Which socket is better? the 939 or the AM2? I didn't notice the socket when i chose the board. I was just looking that it matched the processor X2. Thanks for pointing it out.
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Socket AM2 is a little more expensive but much better because it will supported for far longer. other than that they're about equal, just one uses DDR the other uses DDR2.

Yikes nearly $400 for an Athlon 64 X2 4000+? Newegg forgot to drop their prices or something. Get this processor to go along with your motherboard:
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819103751

$270 is a lot for a harddrive. For one thing get an OEM harddrive to cut down on the cost. I'd actually recommend saving nearly $200 and get this hdd:
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822148140

If you really need that ~ 500GB space, get another 160GB harddrive or instead two 250GB harddrives and it will still be cheaper..

If the AIW video card is any signification that you're building a multimedia pc or something that needs the features of an AIW rather than 3d power in games, than that card is a great choice.

Xi-fi? If for what your building this computer for needs it, go for it. I'm just really not a fan of spending that much for a sound card maybe you can find it cheaper somewhere else..

Don't go for the high performance RAM. it's useful to some in overclocking, but you're not going to be overclocking with that mobo anyway. Save some money and go for this pair instead:
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820231018

Edited by MNOB07, 06 August 2006 - 03:58 PM.

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would this work?
ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail $109.99

Edited by AnaMayShun, 06 August 2006 - 04:31 PM.

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That's a 939 board, you should go with the AM2 board you posted originally, along with the 4600+ cpu for AM2
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I just finished ordering my system. Hopefully I didn't forget anything. I ordered from 3 different sites. The total price was $2022.85

www.9software.com
Microsoft Windows XP Professional CD $95.00
Total plus shipping = $99.55

www.mwave.com
AMD ATHLON 64 X2 4600+ (ADA4600CUBOX) DUAL CORE W/512KB X 2 CACHE 90NM (WINDSOR) 64-BIT SOCKET AM2 RETAIL BOXED W/COOLING FAN (3 YEARS WARRANTY) $242.05
VIEWSONIC 19" VX922 1280X1024 TFT LCD (BLACK) $258.95
EVGA 256-A8-N505-AX GEFORCE 7800 GS 256MB AGP DDR3 W/TV & DVI $269.00
CREATIVE LABS SOUNDBLASTER X-FI XTREME MUSIC PCI (Retail) $106.74
Total plus shipping = $942.10

www.newegg.com
CASE ROSEWILL|R6AS5-BK RT - Retail $39.99
PSU ROSEWILL RP550-2 RETAIL - Retail $64.99
DVD BURN LITEON|SHM-165P6S RAM BK R - Retail $34.50
MEM 1Gx2|CORSAIR TWIN2X2048-6400PRO - Retail $276.00
KB LOGITECH|MEDIA KEYBOARD ELITE - Retail $26.98
DVD-ROM LITEON|SHD-16P1S BK % - OEM $17.59
CPU THERMPASTE|ARCTIC SILVER5 3.5G% - OEM $5.99
CPU FAN ARCTIC|ALPINE64 RTL - Retail $12.99
SPKS|CREATIVE Inspire P7800 7.1 - Retail $86.00
MB ECS NFORCE4M-A (V1.1) NF4 4X AM2 - Retail $59.99
HD 320G|ST 7K 16M ATA100 ST3320620A - OEM $189.98 (QTY - 2)
DISCOUNT FOR COMBO #4895 $-7.00
Total plus shipping = $981.20

Total for this system - $2022.85

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Looks like a strong system. I think if I had $2000 to spend on a system right now I would have to go with a Core 2 system. The price to performance ratio is just outstanding on them right now. In some comparisons I've read, the 6400 has performed similarly or even better than the FX-62. Of course, the processor would have cost you about $70 more and the mobo would have been more expensive, but in my mind it would be worth it.

Anyway, I rant. Yours looks like a great rig and good luck with the build.

Oh, here's a link to one of the performance comparisons:

http://www.anandtech...doc.aspx?i=2802
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I hope you still have time to pull out of your order at mwave.com

This video card:
EVGA 256-A8-N505-AX GEFORCE 7800 GS 256MB AGP DDR3 W/TV & DVI $269.00

is not compatible with the mothebroard you're ordering:
MB ECS NFORCE4M-A (V1.1) NF4 4X AM2 - Retail $59.99


The motherboard uses PCI-E x16, but the graphics card is AGP. There will be no way to hook the video card up. I recommend replacing that AGP card with a PCI-E 7900GT or X1900XT.
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I hope you still have time to pull out of your order at mwave.com

This video card:
EVGA 256-A8-N505-AX GEFORCE 7800 GS 256MB AGP DDR3 W/TV & DVI $269.00

is not compatible with the mothebroard you're ordering:
MB ECS NFORCE4M-A (V1.1) NF4 4X AM2 - Retail $59.99


The motherboard uses PCI-E x16, but the graphics card is AGP. There will be no way to hook the video card up. I recommend replacing that AGP card with a PCI-E 7900GT or X1900XT.


Thanks for catching that. i just emailed the company. I guess I was in a big hurry and didn't read everything on that Graphics Card.
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I was having trouble getting all the parts sent to my APO AP address. But everything seems to be good now. So I guess I have to wait 2-4 weeks for the parts to get here. But the sooner the better. Thanks for the help.
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2-4 weeks wow shipping taking that long, you most live in the back of beyond, the shipping here is sometimes unanturally fast ive order stuff using 5 day free delivery and had it arrive next day.
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2-4 weeks wow shipping taking that long, you most live in the back of beyond, the shipping here is sometimes unanturally fast ive order stuff using 5 day free delivery and had it arrive next day.


I'm in the military, and right now i'm stationed in Okinawa, Japan. So it takes a while to get here.
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lol, would you not have been better ordering it in japan half the stuff your ordering comes from the far east anyway(apart from AMD pretty much every manufacturer makes there stuff in eithe Taiwan or China).
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lol, would you not have been better ordering it in japan half the stuff your ordering comes from the far east anyway(apart from AMD pretty much every manufacturer makes there stuff in eithe Taiwan or China).


I guess it would've been better. But I figure I didn't want to shop around. And I should probably stick with stuff i know about for now.
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