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My future gaming machine- need comments.

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Hi there, I'm building a new computer within the next 2 months and so far have picked out these components (prices are in NZD. $1NZ is worth about $0.60USD.)

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3200+ = $528 pp.co.nz

Motherboard: MSI K8N Neo Platinum: $264 ascent.co.nz

RAM: 2x Corsair 512MB PC3200 DDR (400Mhz) CL2 Memory with Platinum Heat Spreader: $452 pp.co.nz

OS: Windows XP Professional = $281 pp.co.nz

Monitor: Samsung Syncmaster 172X = $1008 ascent.co.nz

Graphics card: Gigabyte GeForce 6800 GT video card, 256MB DDR3, GeForce 6800 GT, 8XAGP, VIVO, DVI: $825 ascent.co.nz

PSU: Antec 550w ATX dual fan: $250 ascent.co.nz

Optical: Sony CRX320A Retail 52x32x52x 16xDVD Internal IDE: $128 pp.co.nz

Case: Antec Super Lanboy ATX case: $223 ascent.co.nz

Mouse: Logitech MX510: $108 ascent.co.nz

Keyboard: Logitech Elite Keyboard: $96 ascent.co.nz

Hard Drives: 2x Western Digital Raptors WD740D 74GB 10000rpm: $886 ascent.co.nz

Misc storage: Sony MPF920B, 1.44MB, Internal, Floppy Disk Drive, Black: $20 ascent.co.nz

Audio output: Zalman ZM-RS6F Theatre 6 5.1 Channel Surround Sound Headphones: $91

Sound Card: SB Audigy 2 PCI OEM: $156 pp.co.nz

Anyway, what do you think? I'm basing this around Doom 3 and running it really well. I'm currently deciding whether to keep the 2 raptors or just have 1, using it for Windows and games, and use another bigger hard drive for files and applications. Dunno how much effect not having the 2 raptors would have on loading times and game performance.

EDIT: Oh shit, wrong forum. Can someone please move this to the "Everything else" forum? thanks.

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Let me know how you like that Super Lanboy case, I've been thinking about that case myself.


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I'd be getting the Dell 2001FP LCD with that. No ghosting, 21 inches, sexy. And cheaper IIRC.

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Zygar said:

This is NZD remember. It works out to about $3327USD.

Yeah, I mean in america everyone has that kind of money to toss around.

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Well, we sold our old house and are nearly finished building our new one, and this computer just comes as part of the house cost. Therefore we pay it off with mortgage I believe. Even if we don't, my parents know that I need a decent computer and are willing to pay that much if some components (aka: screen) don't need upgrading later on.

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Someones got money to burn... hey there goes a burning bill in the wind now.

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