Gaming Rig, whaddya think?


Nov 14, 2004
The following I?ve pretty much decided on, however I am open to any and all suggestions!
The computer will be used primarily for gaming, Doom3, Farcry, BFV, CS:S, Half life 2, etc.

Coolermaster ATC-110
AMD 3500+ (Winchester)
Zalman CNPS7000B-AlCu
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum
EVGA or BFG 6800GT
WD 74GB Raptor (System)
WD 160GB (Storage)
Creative Audigy 2 ZS
Sony 16x DVD-ROM Drive
1GB (2x512) RAM

What I?m not sure about is the RAM, PSU, or DVD burner

For the RAM, I need some help deciding between these:

Corsair XMS Extreme Memory Speed Series, Low Latency (Twin Pack) 184 Pin 1GB(512MBx2) DDR PC-3200 - TWINX1024-3200LLPT

Crucial Ballistix 184-Pin 512MB DDR PC-3200- BL6464Z402

OCZ EL Platinum Revision 2 Dual Channel Kit 184-Pin 1GB(512MBx2) DDR PC-3200

As for the PSU, I?m leaning towards the Antec 480W, TRU480. Right now, I really don?t have any idea what a good PSU is. Help!

And the DVD burners I?m considering:

Sony DRU710A 16x Dual layer

Pioneer DVR-A08XL Dual Layer

Overclocking the system, is it something I should consider/attempt? What are your opinions? Also, what do you think about waiting for nForce 4?

Again nothing is set in stone; I want every suggestion and comment!

Thanks in advance!


Golden Member
Jun 27, 2004
that's a really nice system. why not look at the NEC3500A? i love my NEC2500A (flashed to 2510A). and i think NEC drive is cheaper than the other 2.


Mar 2, 2004
unless you want pci-e and/or sli, stick wtih nforce 3. nforce 4 has the primary benefit of pci-e and sli. other then that, it's not much more.


Moderator in SFF, Notebooks, Pre-Built/Barebones
Aug 23, 2003
RAM: PDP 1GB (512MBx2) PC3200 XBL $221 @ Newegg - This RAM is confirmed to have TCCD ICs, the same that more expensive OCZ, Corsair, and GSkill have. CL2.5 at FSBs 275MHz and up.

DVDRW: The Pioneer or the NEC 16X drives are the best on the market; you cannot go wrong with either one.

PSU: Lots of choices, but stick with Antec, Enermax, Fortron, OCZ, etc. OCZ Powerstream are arguably the best on the market, but they command a premium. Many Enermax have seperate 12V rails for the motherboard and peripherals, and they are more reasonable in price. Antec and Fortron are old standbys; they will run most systems without an issue.