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Building my first....from the ground up


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My computer needs to die so that I have a reason to purchase/build a new comp....Dam it!


What about a dream...

Intel Core 2 Duo E6550
Vista 32 bit
A-data DDR2 667...2 dual channel sets of 2gb= 4gb
WD Caviar 320gb @7200 sata 3.0
EVGA 640-P2-N825-AR GeForce 8800GTS 640MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI E


:)

Generally speaking, I personally wouldn't keep a PSU after a 5-6 year period. Capacitors age, efficiancy takes a leap off a cliff and by this time the PSU is likely to go, taking components with them.
The video card you suggested will probably be your best bet, anything below it, you just wouldn't notice anything significant or worthwhile. After the mail in rebate it's a steal.
The link isn't working now, this is the card you suggested right?
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814161053
James

Edited by james_8970, 05 November 2007 - 06:36 PM.

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I'm not going to edit as you will probably look over it if I do.

I'm not sure if you are planning on using 2 monitors (I think I might be getting confused with another thread). But this card has one VGA slot and another DVI slot.
James

Edited by james_8970, 05 November 2007 - 06:42 PM.

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Generally speaking, I personally would keep a PSU after a 5-6 month period.


WhAt??? You replace your PSU every 5-6 months. I know they age but after the first year I believe they stop aging as fast.
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My edit beat your post :)
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oh ok I was like What the....
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Realistically if I spend $ on the AGP, I should suck it up and keep the system for 2-3 years and then build a new

or

I should just start saving and do a new build in a year or so

Right?

As you said, 2 years ago 650 watts was over kill. If I buy things now, like a psu, who's to say that when I assemble all the parts in a couple years it won't already be outdated.

Too much to think about when I'm broke....Its financially depressing buying a house and having a kid at the same time. However, I am happy!

Does that report mention how large my current PSU is?

Edited by zetakappa700, 06 November 2007 - 01:18 PM.

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Its financially depressing buying a house and having a kid at the same time. However, I am happy!

Yup, thats why I'm saving up now and I'm 18 (I can hardly wait) :)

That AGP card will not last you longer then a 12-18 months, in the most likely scenario (to play new games at minimum specs).
No the report doesn't give enough information regarding the PSU, you'd have to give us a model number or view the sticker on the side yourself.
Realistically, I recommend waiting and rebuiting or buying a new prebuilt system once you have enough money.
Besides, newer technology is just around the corner ready to make anything you buy obsolete, USB 3.0, DDR3, PCIe 2.0, SSD (solid state drives) to name a few.
James

Edited by james_8970, 06 November 2007 - 01:38 PM.

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Realistically if I spend $ on the AGP, I should suck it up and keep the system for 2-3 years and then build a new

I highly doubt that you will be able to last even 2 years with AGP

I should just start saving and do a new build in a year or so

That is probably your best bet. You will probably need $1,000 to get yourself a decent gaming PC. So make your goal $1k and see what you can do.

Does that report mention how large my current PSU is?

No but it is easy to find. It says it on the sticker on the PSU.

PS: If you build within a year 650W should be fine. In a year the PSU requirements will probably not be that much higher. Not to mention they are starting make the components more efficient because the power requirements are starting to suck more power then the refrigerator. Like the Core 2 Duo. The Core 2 Duo is a whole heck of a lot more efficient then its predecessor the Pentium D. Or like the 8800GT that just came out.

Edit: Awww you beat me James. :)

Edited by jackflash1991, 06 November 2007 - 01:43 PM.

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What is new that will be coming out in regards to pcu?
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What is new that will be coming out in regards to pcu?

Do you mean CPU or PSU or GPU?

Edited by jackflash1991, 06 November 2007 - 01:51 PM.

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Previous post was CPU.



Would it help to replace the cpu? If I understand this correctly, I have a 478 cpu socket.

Could I put this in?

Intel Pentium 4 3.0E Prescott 3.0GHz 1MB L2 Cache Socket 478 RoHS Version Processor - OEM
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819116027


btw, I have a compaq presario s6010V with 1gb ram

Edited by zetakappa700, 06 November 2007 - 02:32 PM.

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I really wouldn't bother, we are talking a very small difference for 100$.
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