Deciding between two different setups or...

Praxis1452

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Qty. Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
1 Antec Performance I P180 Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Model #: P180 $114.99 $114.99

1 DFI LANPARTY UT nF4 Ultra-D Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Model #: LANPARTY UT nF4 Ultr $129.99 $129.99

1 POWERCOLOR 1900XT512OEM Radeon X1900XT 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - OEM
Model #: 1900XT512OEM $499.00 $499.00

1 Antec TRUEPOWERII TPII-550 ATX12V 550W Power Supply - Retail
Model #: TPII-550 $89.99 -$10.00 Instant $79.99

1 AMD Opteron 165 Denmark 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Dual Core Processor Model OSA165DAA6CD - OEM
Model #: OSA165DAA6CD $335.00 $335.00

1 OCZ EL Platinum Revision 2 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model OCZ4001024ELDCPER2-K - Retail
Model #: OCZ4001024ELDCPER2-K $166.44 $166.44

1 NEC Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive - OEM
Model #: FD123
1H-302 $8.89 $8.89

1 Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Model #: WD2500KS $110.00 $110.00

1 SONY Black IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1615/B2s - OEM
Model #: DDU1615/B2s $22.00 $22.00

1 NEC Black IDE/ATAPI DVD Burner Model ND-3550A - OEM $37.99 $37.99

1 Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
Model #: ARCTIC SILVER 5 $5.99 $5.99

1 Scythe SCNJ-1000P 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink - Retail
Model #: SCNJ-1000 $54.99 $54.99 (comes with a fan. 23.6dba I think and 45cfm otherwise it would be $40)
Subtotal: $1,565.27

Doesn't look neat since I kinda just copy and pasted the printer friendly version from newegg. I was hoping to buy it all from one retailor or should I shop around the internet. I don't know about anyone else but I feel safer with something big such as newegg. Also I was going to wait till AM2 came out but I've read that 939 will be good enough to last me till the next socket. Was also wondering since the DFI SLI-DR and Ultra are about the same I should just save the money and not go SLI right(I might depending on how low the 7800gt price drops if I buy it)?

Was wondering if I should change some of this setup as in take out the x1900 xt. Go for a 7800gt. Get the SLI-DR. Get the 170 Opteron with the 10x multiplier. And a $50 sound card. Is the Power Supply good? I read that Seasonic and Fortron were good brands but they were more expensive than $100 for a good wattage.

This would be my first build and I am looking to overclock. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Should I just get some Corsair XMS 2x1gb that has a $40 rebate so it goes for around 200 with 2-3-3-6 timings. And how much do timings matter and work in overclocking.

Thanks =)
 

jc9970

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Great job on the part selection ;). I honestly don't see the point in waiting.

*edit* One small suggestion, I definitely recommend you go with a 2x1GB set for your memory.
 

Bobthelost

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Nice setup, think the hitachi 7k250 is a touch faster, but not by much at all.

The PSU is fine, i'd prefer a seasonic 500W for that but it's horses for courses.

Stick with the 1900XT, i would.
 

Praxis1452

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If I stick with the 1900xt should I get a crossfire supported board? The nForce 4 chipset is better though right?
 

fire400

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the thing about getting a seasonic... is that if you are not going with a quite setup, it would be a waste to get a retail cpu fan and everything else that isn't quite. if you are going to the extremes of a quite sea psu, you might as well go quite everything.
 

TheNewGuy8

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this is very similar to a build i'm looking at. the parts look great - I second the 2x1g mem suggestion, not 4x512.

anyone have any benchmark links on hand as to how much better the x1900xt is over the 7800gt? is it worth the $230?
 

alimoalem

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there are benchmarks here . it compares it to the 7800GTX 512mb SLI/non-SLI, 7800GTX 256mb SLI/non-SLI, x1800XT, 1900xt, 1900xtx.

Praxis, don't get the $160 per gig ram. go with a 2x1 gig ram kit that's at around $200. the corsair you asked about is good

stick with the Western Digital hard drive

you don't need a 550w power supply. even if you get a 500w you're safe.

get the x1900xt and don't think about SLIing 2 7800GT's. don't get a crossfire board either.

ram timings do matter but you probably won't notice it
 

Praxis1452

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So the revision would be a 500W Fortron and a Hitachi T7K250 Sata II and I was thinking of G-Skill 2x1gb Pc4000 Ram so that I can run a 5:6 divider or around that since I wanna try to overclock the 165 to 2.7ghz(300x9). That's gonna make me go overbudget and I kinda am already so what parts can I take out? The video card is what its coming down to so anyone have a suggestion? Should I wait for the G71 to come out?