First time building my own pc

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WitheringIntuition Posted: Fri, Jun 20 2008 8:44 PM

So I need suggestions! This is my first time building a pc. I'll be using it mainly for games (like Cod4 and Conan) and I have a limit of about $1250 (not including a new monitor, which I need help choosing too). I plan on buying these parts within the next two weeks and then getting a friend to help me assemble it but I'm still undecided on some things like I have no clue what memory to get (or if the listed motherboard is the best for the money). Also I don't know if everything will be completely compatible (looks good to me so far but still). So help me out here!

*Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

*ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard

*EVGA 512-P3-N801-AR GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

*AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ Windsor 3.2GHz Socket AM2 125W Dual-Core Processor Model ADX6400CZBOX

*Antec NeoPower 650 Blue 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply

*Western Digital Raptor X WD1500AHFD 150GB 10000 RPM SATA 1.5Gb/s Hard Drive

*SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model SH-S203N

*Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English for System Builders 1pk DSP OEI DVD

*Logitech X-530 70 Watts 5.1 Speakers

*Possibly an Acer AL2216Wbd Black 22" 5ms LCD

Not sure about the keyboard and mouse and all that jazz yet...

Thanks to all in advance.

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Can't see the page. i think you posted the secure link...

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Super Dave replied on Fri, Jun 20 2008 10:17 PM

Welcome to our forum, Witheringintuition! Try again with the link, as the one in the original post doesn't work.

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Thanks. Sorry about the link, I just edited my original post with everything in it

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Super Dave replied on Fri, Jun 20 2008 11:13 PM

I know you have a budget and are considering a Raptor, but have you met MR. VELOCIRAPTOR yet?

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That looks nice but for the price I was thinking I could just get a 150gb Raptor plus another bigger but slower drive that I could use to store my music/movies on? I've been told that using the Raptor primarily for games would make everything a little faster.

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Super Dave replied on Fri, Jun 20 2008 11:39 PM

Take a look at THIS hard drive comparison that was written a few months before the introduction of the Velociraptor, Withering. Hopefully the info will help you decide what is best for you (and your budget)!

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I looked through those charts and it seems that the Barracuda 7200.11 faired pretty well through out the tests. I was thinking (if I don't get the original 150gb Raptor) I could just a 36gb Raptor (for games) and a 750gb Barracuda 7200.11(for music/movies)? Altough the Barracuda seems to get mixed reviews... wish I could afford that Velociraptor...

 

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Super Dave replied on Sat, Jun 21 2008 12:56 AM

Those charts show both the Barracuda 7200 and the Samsung Spinpoint F1 outperforming the Raptor, so I am puzzled as to why you would still want to purchase a Raptor. For about the same price as the 150 GB Raptor you could purchase a better-performing Samsung Spinpoint F1 and get a whole 1 TB of storage capacity. Look HERE. But that Velociraptor is a whole different story!

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