Sanji's Guide to Computer Parts and Builds

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Jan 25, 2007
You have good points, maybe they belong in a built guide, and I am not sure you made #2 clear, it really needs drawings to point out what the differences are. Very good information.

True Ballardite test: Is your turn signal on and are you wearing a hat?


Feb 10, 2007
Hard drive section finished up.

Next up OS!

Then finishing the mobo section!

Then completing cooling!

Then updating every single mail in rebate and updating prices!

Then Apr 22nd Intel price drop and processor releases!

Cursed times. Stop moving so fast :D.


Aug 14, 2006
I sure hope not. There's 2 Sanji threads going on here.....Builds and Parts. Both are useful, both deserve Sticky status :)

Keep it up man!


Feb 10, 2007
Guide is not dead! Updates coming in the future. After the eventful fun of putting together my own rig (and almost frying my motherboard!) I am ready to fix up this guide again.


Oct 12, 2007
I am looking to build a new system, I am interested in overclocking but unsure about it or how to do it. I would like to go as far as i can using a koolance 1100 watt liquid cooling system.

I would like to keep this under $2,000 (meaning not go over if at all possible.

This computer will be multiuse (gaming, work, video editing, image editing and audio authoring)

Games I play are Joing operations, Starwars night of the old republic, splinter cell, far cry, and others.

I usually use it at over 1152X864 or more, but no less than 1152 if possible.

I currently do not use multi monitors but I have and will plan on in the future.

I had origonally thought of using the ASUS L1N64-SLI WS Dual L (1207FX) NVIDIA nForce 680a SLI MCP SSI CEB AMD Motherboard


AMD Opteron 2344HE Barcelona 1.7GHz Socket F Quad Core Processor Model OS2344PAL4BGE -

However i have been told that currently the mobo does not support quad cores and may support the new AMD PHenoms due out in a few weeks. I have seen some threads for bios tweaks that may allow the current AMD Opteron 2344HE Barcelona's to work, but I am not sure. the talk of b1 and b!...any how.. with that said I think i will look at a set up like this.

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Brisbane 2.6GHz Socket AM2 65W Black Edition Processor Model ADO5000DSWOF - Retail$129.99

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ Windsor 2.6GHz Socket AM2 65W Processor Model ADO5200CZBOX - Retail$119.99

ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition AM2 NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail$174.99

CORSAIR 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C5 G - Retail $249.99

ASUS EN8600GTS/G/HTDP/256M GeForce 8600GTS 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail$169.99X2=$339.38

Thermaltake Toughpower W0133RU ATX12V / EPS12V 1200W Power Supply $379.99

Exos-2, Black [10mm, 3/8"] $244.99

CPU-330 Need $49.99

CHC-120-V06 $39.99

CHC-120-V06 $39.99

VR-AS39 $29.99

VR-AS40 $29.99

GPU-180-L06 X2 Need $31.99 X2= $63.98

RAM-30-V06 (Dual DDR/DDR2/SD) [6mm, 1/4"] Need $49.99

Shutoff Valve, 10mm Pair w/ L-Bracket Need $29.99

AeroCool XtremeTurbine-Black 120mm Case Fan - Retail $15.99 X3= $47.97

Nozzle Pair, G 1/4" Swivel Angled [6mm, 1/4"] $12.99X3

Nozzle Pair, G 1/4" Barb [10mm, 3/8"] $7.49X3

Tubing Splitter, Y 13/10-6mm, Quad $24.99 X3

Tubing Splitter, F 10-6mm (Metal) $10.99 X3

Universal Nozzle Body [no nozzles] $4.99 +
Nozzle Pair, G 1/4" Barb [10mm, 3/8"]
$7.49 +
Nozzle Single, G 1/4" Barb [10mm, 3/8"]
$3.74 X2= $32.44

Radiator, HX-362 Single 120mm [no nozzles] $29.99 +
Fan, 120mm Blue LED
$12.99 +
Nozzle Pair, G 1/4" Swivel Angled [10mm, 3/8"] $14.99= $57.97

The biggest qusetion is on memory and CPU's.

Most of these parts are on newegg and koolance. I dont see the use of dual SLI with top of the line VGA's at the moment so i went with older models with SLI to make up for it but would consider ONE tops of the line VGA. Not sure what the benefits would be so that would be nice to look at. I dont need the newest or the best I am mostly looking for compenets that compliment each other and allow for a varied work load as I do use this machine heavily in various areas, games, and image,video,audio authering and ofcourse in data transfers.

I am not sure on the memory and what works. WHat I picked is not listed on the recomended memory for the mobo, but it seems to have worked well for others, and I currently run windows XP and am not sure when or if I will upgrade to Vista soon, so i cant see using more than 4 gigs, but if i can get 8 gis to run under xp would like to if that makes sense and is worthwhile.

This will all go into my current full tower case. As at the moment i dont see a reason to upgrade the case.

Mr Cipher

Oct 19, 2007
Great idea - however prices will change and manually updating your growing database must be a pain. Stores maintain updated databased though...Maybe if we list a few good US, Canadian, and Overseas websites that people often use, individuals can price their systems/components accordingly and thus save you work.

I found that all the information anyone needs for a build is out there, and it we can link it all rather than re-writing it, it may also save time/effort. Other than my original build post in the "new computer" section, every time I wanted to know something I typed the component into the forum and I got dozens, literally dozens, of threads discussing the components. (Particularly antec 900 vs. thermaltake armor)

Not trying to crap on your efforts, but rather trying to offer constructive thoughts.

I'll help find links to all info sources too if you want (yeah I DO put my $$ where my mouth is! :)

Other than that, man this is fantastic keep it up.