New Computer Advice

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#1

Here’s what I’m looking at getting:

Asus P5B Socket 775 Intel 965 Express + ICH8 Chipset Dual-Channel DDR2 533/667/800
$150

Asus Extreme EAX1300Pro/TD ATI Radeon X1300Pro(600MHz) 256Mb DDR2(800MHz) 128Bit
$88

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB SATA NCQ 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache (OEM)
$117

Corsair DDR2 PC2-5400 667MHz Value Select 2GB KIT (2X1024MB) 240-pin Unbuffered DIMM (VS2GBKIT667D2)
$188

Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 2.13 GHz (1066MHz) 2MB L2 Cache Socket 775 Processor
$280

LiteOn SH-16A7S 16X DVD-Writer, Black, SATA, OEM
$45

Antec New Solution NSK6500 - Mid tower - ATX - power supply 430 Watt ( ATX12V 2.0 ) - USB/FireWire/Audio
$120

Total = $1126 CAD (after taxes)

I tend to use VMware quite a bit, so I definately want at least 2 GB ram (currently 1 GB is not cutting it).

I’m not heavily into gaming - I tend to play RTS strategy games mostly (e.g. Age of Empires III). Is the video card sufficient for this? The X1300 is a “Vista-ready” card, so that’s not a problem.

Inicdentally I’m going to try to get everything from Canada Computers in Waterloo (local to me).

Have I missed anything? What are people’s general impressions of this system? Any advice to give?

Thanks in advance :slight_smile:


#2

I wouldn’t go with the value select, it’s worth the couple of extra bucks to buy the good modules.

430W PSU might be a little lite for some games, try it first, but if you have problems I would look into that first.


#3

If you want I can have a look at it tonight when I get back home…
//Danne


#4

I agree, dont get the value ram, and look for a nice CL timing, 3 or 4 would be nice although quite pricey and 3 might not even be out yet for that high a frequency… it always manages to come later and makes youw anan get it and spend more cash… how lovely is marketing…


#5

I’m a bit confused as to how powerful a PSU to get. I’m not looking at using SLI at all. I’ll probably get an additional SATA disk down the road. Is a 430 Watt PSU sufficient? Would getting a 500 (or 550) Watt one make a big difference?


#6

There are graphics cards out there that the manufacturers suggest 450W. The price of the PSU that I suggested is a good one, especially if you figure that you’re saving about seven bucks in shipping on top. It may seem like a little over kill, but it will give you some head room for future installations. The PSU is one of the components that you can over size and actually benefit from.


#7

Here’s what I managed to put together over at ncix.com

Better motherboard, better sound chip and LAN.
Faster Memory (PC6400) and a good brand in general…
Faster and a slightly more silent HDD by Hitachi
Same CPU
Faster Video Card including hardware support for H.264 1080p no HDCP-support though…
Cheap case with a good finish and easy to work with in general (including good airflow).
Seasonic PSU, really silent and offers good case ventilation by utilizing a 120mm fan.
Forgot the DVD though :wink:

//Danne



#8

Wow, thanks! I was actually looking at the DS3 board - it seems really sweet.


#9

…so did you get anything in the end? :slight_smile:
//Danne


#10

I’m going to wait a bit still. Busy with exams atm :frowning: