Building a new computer

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Right now I'm getting the parts list together for my new computer, and it would be a great help if you could take a look at the list and make any suggestions. I'm open to any improvements for this gaming rig, but I don't want to spend much on a graphics card right now, given that DX10 just arrived, and the cards for it will soon be affordable. I was thinking about getting two 250 GB HDD in a raid 0, because it’s the same price as a 500 GB.

Here's my list:

    Thermaltake Circle RH-F030-2SW Silver SECC 0.8mm (Chassis) Aluminum (Front Panel) ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail : $84.99

    OCZ GameXStream OCZ600GXSSLI ATX12V 600W Power Supply - Retail : $129.99

    GIGABYTE GA-965P-S3 LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail : $118.99

    Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6600 - Retail : $316.00

    BFG Tech BFGR76256GTOCE GeForce 7600GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card – Retail : $139.99

    CORSAIR ValueSelect 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 533 (PC2 4200) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model VS2GBKIT533D2 – Retail :$189.99

    Two Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive – OEM : 2 * $79.99 = $149.98

    RAZER DeathAdder RZ01-00150100-R2M1 Black 5 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Optical High Precision Gaming Mouse – Retail : $59.99

    Ideazon FANG Gamepad – Retail : $28.99


Any input would be much appreciated, especially in regards to memory. Is it worth it to spend more on something like XMS series performance RAM, or will the value memory be enough?
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I think you may find this article helpful:
http://www.techspot.com/reviews/hardware/corsair_xms_vs_value_select/
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On the HDD's, I recommend getting 2 different brands. In the unfortunate case that you got a drive from a bad batch, you have 2 of 'em. Also, it's easier to tell what drive is what in BIOS & drive mgmt. when you have different brands.

And DO NOT get the Razer mouse. I got one of those and the software was causing issues on my computer and then it wouldn't even track the mouse movement right. I called them, emailed them, filed BBB complaints. Under no circumstances could I get a reply from them. I ended up smashing the mouse to *plum* with a hammer and mailing it to them.
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I would get a sexy iMac or Mini instead, and you can dual boot Windows. Refrb. Sexy imacs
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I would look into another case that has a little more air flow and maybe getting a mobo that has two PCIx16. If you going to be a big gamer you might end up doing SLI or Cross Fire.
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if you are building a workstation and not for gaming, then i seconded ynyfrik's suggestion of getting a mac rather than a PC. you'll save yourself from troubles and focus on doin the job done instead. get a mac (with OS X leopard coming this april) and youll see you have actually leaped in advance leaving the copycat vista behind in dust.
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Quote:
I'm open to any improvements for this gaming rig


So a Mac would not be beneficial. Although I don't think a Mac is beneficial in any instance.

People take those commercials to seriously.
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But there so funny :lol:
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500gb of storage is a little excessive, you may put your money to better use by going with more memory.
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Since this is a gaming rig. I would suggest upgrading your video card from the 256MB size to the 512MB size. Go with something like th Geforce 7950 or 7900 series since you're going to wait for the DX10 cards. You will see much better framerate in games than with a 256MB video card.
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500GB of storage is not excessive at all. I've had 480GB for about 3 years now (4x120GB) :D
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I bout a 250 about a month ago and its already got 120 used on it. When I start taking pictures again I have a feeling there wont be alot of space. I might have to get a 320.
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Ok, thanks for all of your help so far. Even though I'm on a very tight budget, I agree that a 7600 was a little weak. I'm also going for some components that are more overclockable, so I'm resigning myself to spend more money on that.

Can anyone recommend a good CPU cooler? My current pick is out of stock for two weeks, and I'm not sure I can that that long.

Here's where I stand now.

    Thermaltake Circle RH-F030-2SW Silver SECC 0.8mm (Chassis) Aluminum (Front Panel) ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail : $84.99

    CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply - Retail : $169.99

    GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail : $126.99

    Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe 1.86GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6300 - Retail : $187.00

    SAPPHIRE 100176L Radeon X1950PRO 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card - Retail : $184.99

    CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400 - Retail :$210.00

    Two Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive – OEM : 2 * $79.99 = $149.98

    RAZER DeathAdder RZ01-00150100-R2M1 Black 5 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Optical High Precision Gaming Mouse – Retail : $59.99

    Ideazon FANG Gamepad – Retail : $28.99

    NEC 18X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write Silver E-IDE / ATAPI Model 7170A-0S - OEM : $32.99

    Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer 70SB073A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail : $69.99

    Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM : $5.99

    COOLER MASTER RR-PCH-S9U1-GP 92mm CPU Cooler - Retail : $39.99

    Total : $1343.88


I was really aiming at the $1200 dollar mark for this rig, so It not a fun thing to keep adding more to the cost.

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