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Well, I picked the components I think will be okay. I just wanted yo run them by you guys to see if you have any suggestions for better parts.

Processor: AMD Athlon 64 4000 Socket 939

Video Card: XFX Geforce 6800GS PVT42GUAD7 Video Card
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814150118

Optical Drive 1: ASUS Beige 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM IDE DVD-ROM Drive
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827135138

Optical Drive 2: Sony's DRU800A Internal Double/Dual Layer & Dual Format DVD Burner
DRU800A
http://www.sonystyle...ductSKU=DRU800A

RAM: Corsair TWINX Dual Channel 1024MB PC3200 DDR 400MHz Memory(2x512MB)
http://www.tigerdire.....u=C13-5102 PT

Hard Drive: WD Caviar SE16 SATA Hard Drive 400 GB, 7200 RPM, 16 MB Cache WD4000KD
http://www.westerndi...asp?DriveID=159

Sound Card: Creative Labs SoundBlaster Live 24-Bit PCI Sound Card

Mother Board: K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI Socket 939 Motherboard
http://www.tigerdire...9&sku=M452-2808

Case: Thermaltake Swing Black ATX Mid-Tower Case with Front USB, Firewire and Audio Ports
http://www.tigerdire...p?EdpNo=1580911

Power Supply: Thermaltake Silent PurePower TT-420AD(DUAL FAN) 420W Power Supply
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817153006

Cooling Unit: ThermalTake Smart 120mm LED Case Fan
http://www.tigerdire...2&sku=T925-2009

Thx in advance
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Instead of the 4000+ cpu you might want to think about the 3800+X2 the x2 is a good overclocker its at the lower end of the speeds the core is capable of whereas the 4000+ is allready maxed out. And dual core is the way to go if you have the money.

And instead of a single 400GB drive try two 200GB it should be a bit cheaper and it actually gives better performance to split the disk space you want over two drives. If you want to be fancy you could set your self up a striped raid array and the mobo you have picked has two sata raid controllers so that should be easy(has good instructions as well).
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What I've heard about the dual core processors is that they actually can't split up one task and have each core work on one half of the task seperately. So if this is true, I wouldn't be gaining anything for running games. Maybe you can clear this up for me. EDIT: The X2 4200+ is only about $60 more than the regualr 4000+, so either way, I might aswell spend the extra money.

For te hard drive I'll probably just get one 200 gb hard drive, I don't really need that much storage.

Do you think I need another cooling device, other than the two 120mm case fans I alrdy have?

Edited by NoReMaC, 22 November 2005 - 07:43 PM.

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Your right they cant split the task up that would kinda defeat the point of multitasking half the time but the cores in the X2s are singly very fast(faster than any game needs to run on full with a good gfx card). And x2s have the advantage of true multitasking so you can run another usually processor intensive process at the same time as a game.
Two 120mms is plenty for any system really, a fan controller is an idea though they dont always have to run at full speed and turning them down can make 120s very quiet and still have good airflow.
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Alright, so I guess I'll go with the X2, and I'll look into some fan controllers. How exactly would I pick out a fan controller? I know it would have to be able to control 2 fans, but thats about all I know.

Also, would I need to get a different motherboard to support the X2?

Edited by NoReMaC, 23 November 2005 - 03:22 PM.

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I'm having trouble picking out I power supply. I'm not really sure of what I actually need. I guess I would need one that supports dual core processors, but I don't know what kind of power I'll need from it. Can anybody point me in the right direction?
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Normal PSUs and normal 939 mobos are all that is needed for X2s. Something like a 500W antec will do you fine.
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Does Ultra have good power supplies? They seem to be cheaper than Antec.
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Yeah, the modular ones get decent write ups but i doubt they are cheaper they are usually pricey, there are cheaper antecs and they are basically free with antec cases.
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