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Good Case/Motherboard?


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Mega Robo-Dino-Ninja

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I'm building a PC for the first time and I'm relatively sure of most of the parts, i just need to figure out a good motherboard for all the stuff. Also I want a case that has good cooling, but nothing spectacular, I'm not really overclocking anything. I also need to get a good power supply, 400 watts or greater probably, once again nothing spectacular, I'm not building a rig.
I've picked out my parts on NewEgg so links to parts on the site would be appreciated.
For the motherboard I'm wanting something with built-in audio and ethernet, I'm using a Gig of DDR Ram so the extra system strain shouldn't be a problem (also I need something with two PS/2 ports for mouse/keyboard).
For the case and PSU, I'm trying to stay in an affordable kind of range, so nothing outrageous.

My build so far:

DVD-Burner: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827152058
CPU: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819103535
RAM: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820145440
HardDrive: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822148040
Graphics Card: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814122203

My Initial Thoughts on a good Case/Motherboard
The case seems a little overboard on the cooling and might make an average system underheat, so maybe something toned down.

Case: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811119068
PSU: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817171007
MotherBoard: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813128268

Any reccomendations would be appreciated.

Edited by Mega Robo-Dino-Ninja, 05 December 2005 - 07:52 PM.

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jrm20

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Seems like a pretty good system.


What kind of games will you be playing, and what detail rate would you like to play them at.

Edited by jrm20, 05 December 2005 - 08:28 PM.

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I play a lot of RTS games like AOE III or EEII. Also some older shooters like halo for PC and Medal of Honor AA. Oh yeah, and half-life 2. But for games like half-life 2 i'm not planning on using high detail. Also, did you see any compatibility issues?

Edited by Mega Robo-Dino-Ninja, 05 December 2005 - 08:32 PM.

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Yes everything is compatable. I recommend getting a little better video card. Its the 128 bit version of the 6600 and its only 128 mb.
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Try looking at the 6800 GS or another card with a higher core clock and memory clock speed
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What graphics card would you recommend, and I need a motherboard with a CAT 5 port for ethernet.
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That motherboard has integrated lan. I was going to suggest the 6800gs but I was waiting for a response. The 6800gs is perfect man and it is fast. Only $209 I believe at newegg.com Great deal!!
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Yeah if you cant afford that 6800GS any of the x800s are better than the 6600 by a long shot and are usually slightly cheaper than any of the 6800s, the x800GT is the cheapest its better than the 6600 but is about the same price.
Motherboard i would reccomend something from MSI or ABIT, there is nothing wrong per say with the gigabyte board but its doesnt jump out as exceptional like the MSI and Abit boards do.

And check out the non value version of that ram, when i bought mines i went for the normal stuff over the value as it was only like 10 quid more and had a better guarantee and slightly quicker timings and the ram sinks.

Your hard drive seems expensive for a 80 gig sata 1, but its more difficult for me to judge american prices, the cost per GB gets smaller the closer your drive gets towards 200GB.

The case looks fnie there are other cases from that range like the 530s that are newer and i think look better, if you cant find them dont bother its still a good case.

All the nf4 boards have 1 gigabit lan port, but the ultras have 2 gigabit lans(handy if you lan or have more than one network or have a router connected ethernet but want to have a cmputer connected straight to your pc but not the router directly).

Edited by warriorscot, 06 December 2005 - 06:28 AM.

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At TigerDirect.com, you can get a GeForce 7800 GT w/ CoD2 and Ultra-V 600W PSU for $300 USD.
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