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intake

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So my computer broke down and i decided to build a computer instead of getting one thats already built. I just need some feedback on the stuff i chose as my parts. This is my first time building a computer on my own and i dont really know much about them so i tried my best to see whats compatiable. I will mostly be using this computer to watch movies and play counter-strike. Let me know how it is.


Processor $210.00

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819103751

Motherboard $149.99

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813131568

Hard Drive $89.99

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822136003

Video Card $102.99

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814121008

Memory $102.99

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820145440

Sound Card $125.99

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16829102005

Monitor $279.99

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16824001085

Tower $109.99

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811129157


I dont really understand what the SLI is but someone told me you would need 2 video cards to get the best peformance out of it.
If i do decide to get 2 video cards would they have to be the same video cards or can i have 2 different cards?

Also, for the CPU Fan, would it be a better choice if i kept the original one that comes with the CPU or should i get a new fan?

Thanks for the help in advance.
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For the video cards, it depends on what you plan on using the machine for. If your into heavy gaming, I'd say sure, get another card. Also, I heard a lot of bad things about processors that come with cases... namely they just stick a cheap one in that fails in a couple of months. You probably would want one in the 500-600watt range anyway.
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A few things:
The CPU you chose is the AM2 socket so you will need an AM2 motherboard.
IMO there's no point buying a soundcard as onboard sound is usually good.
With the money you save from the soundcard you could get a 7600gt video card which is alot better than the GS.

Usually i'd say power supplies that come with cases are pretty bad, but Antec make good quality power supplies so that should be ok.
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AMD cpu stock fans are usually good, but getting a zalman cpu cooler never hurts, antec psu's are usually ok although again a custom psu never hurts. To run SLI as i understand it unless something changed recently, you need two SLI capable, identical cards and for SLI you will definately want a new psu in the 500 watt or higher range
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Just want to say something here.
SLI is when you put 2 Nvidea cards together and then insert the dongle inside the case in order to connect them. Crossfire is SLI however its for ATI/AMD graphics division.
Don't buy SLI though, its a marketing gimic by both Nvidea and ATI that you'll see major performance increases, when you will not. You will have to spend 2x the amount of money to buy two cards and then get a more PSU to support it. Not to mention you'll only see a 20-30% increase. Instead of buying two different cards, buy 1 cards that costs 2x as much as one of the two cards you were initially set out to buy. Only use SLI as an upgrad route, or else if your buying the highest end cards and want the most performance available when its not out on market yet. Otherwise, STAY away from SLI and Crossfire, they are marketing gimics.
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