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Deal or No Deal?

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Hello, I'm buying a new machine and just wanted some opinion on if I've found a decent deal or not... I've done a lot of looking around but because it's been so long and much has changed as far as hardware since I last shopped for a new machine I thought I'd better ask before I seal the deal.

OS: Windows XP Professional X64 Edition w/ Free Upgrade to Windows Vista Business 64 Bit
CASE: Hot New! X-Cruiser Mid-Tower 420W Case W/ WINDOW, MultiMeter Display & Control (Black Color)
POWER SUPPLY UPGRADE: NZXT PF-500 500Watt Power Supply
COOLING: CoolerMaster Liquid CPU Cooling Fan System Kit + 2 Extra Case Fans
CPU: (Sckt775)Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6600 CPU @ 2.4GHz 1066FSB 2x2MB L2 Cache EM64T
MOTHERBOARD: (Quad-Core Supports) Intel DP965LT P965 Chipset LGA775 Supports Core 2 Duo CPU FSB1066 DDR2/800 Mainboard w/GbLAN, USB2.0, IEEE1394&7.1Audio
MEMORY: (Req.DDR2 MainBoard)1GB (2x512MB) PC6400 DDR2/800 Dual Channel Memory (Corsair Value Select or Major Brand)
VIDEO CARD: NEW!!! NVIDIA GeForce 7950 GX2 1GB 16X PCI Express Video Card
LCD Monitor: NONE
HARD DRIVE: Single Hard Drive (320GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD)
Data Hard Drive: NONE
Optical Drive: (Special Price) 16X DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW DRIVE DUAL LAYER (BLACK COLOR)
Optical Drive 2: NONE

Price: $1662.00

Also, any advice is welcome and thanks in advance!

Edited by Habu, 23 December 2006 - 03:53 PM.

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Seems a bit expensive to me, the new dx10 8 series is out and they are much better than the 7950 and the gx2 is a royal pain on power supplies and heat too. Ild probably build my own with that much cash but ild at least expect a dx10 graphics card for my money. The PSU isnt powerful enough either even with the upgrade and its not one of the best brands(good but not the best) so i would edge even more on the side of caution you could maybe get away with that wattage or similar on a Antec or enermax but i wouldnt try it with that ild go for at least 600W.
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Heres my latest build cost for an example. Almost all of it bought from Newegg.

Aspire X Q-pack case - $80
Gigabyte GA 81945GMF MB - $98.50
Intel 631 ceder mills 3.0 CPU - $181
WD sata 250 Gig HD - $90
OCZ gold DDR2-667 dual channel 1 Gig kit - $109.99
Thermotake 430 watt PS - $39
SB Audigy SE sound card - $70
NEC 3550a DVD-RW - $32
Floppy drive - $12
Windows XP SP2 OEM CD - $84

Total = $726.49 + shipping( around $100)

I also got a rebate on the memory, and have added some styff since i can't leave things alone. Added a lighted 120mm fan and now a Lite-on DVDrom. I already have a Samsung 19 " LCD, Altec Lansing 2.1 speaker system, Labtec keyboard and MS optical mouse. It's runing good but i havent put it on-line yet as i am modding the wiring right now so no wiring shows in the case. Also thinking about building a clear plastic upper case for it and add some flashing lights for night time action, hehe.

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Alright guys... Thank you so much for the input on that other system. I'm going to wipe the slate clean after looking at the price benefits of buying separate parts and piecing a machine together myself. That site, Newegg.com is an awesome place to do just that and I wouldn't have found it without your help.

So anyway, tonight I did some cruising at Newegg and I managed to put together a cheaper system. Check it out and let me know what you think. I wouldn't mind slashing the price even more to get it closer to $1000 but I don't know what areas to touch without suffering a noticeable drop in performance. I'm killing myself over the video card because the 8 series is so much more $$ and this system isn't really for a hardcore gamer. And I did my best to match everything as far as compatibility but with my knowledge of hardware I can't guarantee that (I'm a software guy, programmer). I'm pretty sure its all fine, but to be safe I'll post it here and let you guys pick it apart. I'll try to make it easy to read and provide links. Again, thanks for the help!

APEVIA X-CRUISER-BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
[ $69.99 ] = $79.99 - $10.00 Instant

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro CPU Cooler - Retail
[ $29.99 ]

Kingston HyperX 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model KHX6400D2LLK2/2GN - Retail
[ $268.49 ]

ASUS P5B Deluxe Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
[ $176.99 ]

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
[ $94.99 ]

COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power RP-600-PCAR ATX from factor 12V V2.01 600W Power Supply - Retail
[ $84.99 ] = $89.99 - $5.00 Instant

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6600 - Retail
[ $317.00 ]

BIOSTAR V7953GT52 GeForce 7950GT 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
[ $279.99 ]

Total: $1,322.43

I'm actually buying this machine for my dad. He's retiring from the military after 30-some years so I thought I'd get him something nice... He loves to play games like battlefield and stuff but the Dell he has now just doesn't cut it... On the games he can actually play there's slow load times and choppy graphics.. I've considered upgrading his existing machine but what fun is that? That one will go to mom. :whistling: Anyway, enough talking... I appreciate your help guys.

Edited by Habu, 26 December 2006 - 05:14 AM.

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