Recommendation on DIY system

disnoid13

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Hello,

Long time reader of Tom's, first time poster.

I've got a budget of about $1000 to build a new machine. Already have monitor and cdrw drive.

Here's what I have (all from newegg.com):

ANTEC Life Style Series Black Case With 380W Power Supply, Model "SONATA" $99.00

AMD Athlon 64 2800+, 512KB L2 Cache, 64-bit Processor - Retail $185.00

MSI nForce3 250 Chipset Motherboard for AMD Athlon 64 Socket 754 CPU, Model "K8N Neo Platinum" (MS-7030) -RETAIL $130.00

GIGABYTE ATI RADEON 9600 PRO Video Card, 128MB DDR, 128-bit, DVI/TV-Out, 8X AGP, Model "GV-R96P128DH" -RETAIL $129.99

Kingmax 184 Pin 512MB DDR PC-3200 - OEM(x2) $164.00

Hitachi 160GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive, Model HDS722516VLSA80 Part# 13G0254, OEM Drive Only $98.50

Grand Total: $806.49

I'm going to use the onboard sound and networking of the MSI and I've got a decent enough set of speakers. My main concern is the memory and how well it will work with the AMD board.

I've gleamed most of this information from reading the boards here, AnandTech, and the reviews on newegg.com.

I've got a little room to play with, maybe another $100 or so, need to get new mouse and keyboard.

Any suggestions, critics, etc. are greatly appreciated. This machine will be for some gaming, nothing too intense, but also for everyday use. This will also be my first DIY system.

Thanks!
 

endyen

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Wait a few days on the chip, prices should come down this week.
As for video you might be better off to get the 9800pro by Ati at $149. Check here <A HREF="http://shop.ati.com/tradeup.asp" target="_new">http://shop.ati.com/tradeup.asp</A>
 

Cybercraig

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Get a better vid card and CPU by going VNF3-250. Mwave still has some for $69.00. :smile:


Abit IS7 - 2.8C @ 3.4 - Mushkin PC4000 (2 X 512) - Sapphire 9800Pro - TT 420 watt Pure Power
Samsung 120gb ATA-100 - Maxtor 40gb ATA - 100
Sony DRU-510A - THAT'S MORE LIKE IT, MSI!