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New Gaming Rig, Need feedback on Part List


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AdInfinitum

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Hey everyone, Im putting a new PC together, my first built one actually, and wanted to know and suggestions on my current parts list and know if they are all compatible. I intend to use this as a higher end gaming rig, with some OCing, so in intend to put a Water Cooling system in. Also, if there are any parts that would do a better job for only marginally more money, or almost as good for less, I would love that kind of feedback too. Thanks for looking! :tazz:

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3400+

Motherboard: Asus K8V SE Deluxe VIA Socket 754 ATX Motherboard

Power Supply: Thermaltake Purepower 460W Standard ATX 12V 2.0

Chassis: Thermaltake Armor VA8000 Armor Case (Been told its more conveinint to have same PSU make as the chassis)

Hard Drive: Maxtor / 80GB / 7200 / 8MB / ATA-133 / EIDE / OEM / Hard Drive

Memory: Corsair TWINX Dual Channel 1024MB PC3200 DDR 400MHz Memory(2x512MB)

Graphics Card: XFX GeForce 6800

Sound Card: Audigy 2 ZS

Optical Drive: Asus CD-S520 / 52x CD-ROM / CD Drive
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very good looking specs...i would recommend getting a SATA instead of an ATA harddrive and if you wanted a dvd burner they are cheap- overall good get- what type of PS?
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Alright, Ill switch to a Sata, I think ive actually seen a couple spots on the forums showing what makes them better. And what about the PS? The power supply is that thermaltake listed.
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good move :tazz: is it a 420W or 450? for ur PS
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Well, I suppose its neither, its 460W
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Oh thats fine :tazz: Sometimes people go under what they need and it causes problems but your perfect...all in all it looks like a great system ;)
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Oh thats fine :tazz: Sometimes people go under what they need and it causes problems but your perfect...all in all it looks like a great system ;)
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Good to know, I have a few panels and what not for fan controllers and Cooler Master Musketeer, so the last thing I want is to not have enough power. Also, thats the thing that people say you should splurge on :tazz: . Thanks for the help, and any other commentary is welcome!
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I personally would have gone for a Socket 939 board. but that's just me. :tazz:
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Are there any advantages of that socket and thus mobo over the one I chose? I never recognized a whole lot of difference between socket numbers except if the mobo number matched the cpu number.
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Hi AdInfinitium. Definately go with a Socket 939 motherboard, as it will be way easier to upgrade your processor when you want to. Regards,

-spudZ :tazz:
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Alright well for the sake of upgradeability, I switched this sucker to a 939. This raises the price as I opted to go for the 3700+. Any way, here is what I changed to...

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3700+ / 1MB Cache / 2000MHz FSB / Socket 939

Motherboard: Asus A8N SLI Deluxe nVidia Socket 939 Motherboard


The Mobo costs a little more too, but the features included outweighed its counterpart by a fair amount, and for 50 bucks more, I can deal. I have one question though, Ive seen a fair amount of stuff on Raid. I've looked it up, but havnt had a whole lot of luck comprehending it and how it relates to my personal computer. Anyway, the mobo has raid modes of 0, 0+1, and 1. Anyone care to tell me about it? Thanks
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Hi AdInfinitium. RAID is when you connect to hardrives, and you can set it up in different ways:

-RAID 0 is when the data you save to the hard drive is stripped in pieces and is spread across both hardrives. The only disadvantage is that if one of the drives won't boot, they both won't.
-RAID 1 is when the data is copied and mirrored to both hard drives. Basically, this is like a back-up hard drive if the one drive won't boot.
-RAID 0+1 is when two RAID 0 stripes are created, and a RAID 1 mirror is created over them. Used for both replicating and sharing data among disks.

That basically sums it up. Regards,

-spudZ :tazz:
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Well then, im assuming this would ease the workload on the computer? If im shelling out the extra cash for the mobo, I like to take advantage of everything. So, id like to learn if its worth doing raid and if the process of doing it is terribly complicated. Is there anything like this you could tell me about?
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