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I'm planning on building my own computer, and I want it to be beastly. I've come up with a list of parts, but I want to double check to make sure they're all compatible.
So, here goes:
Will it work, and does it sound epic or what?
Also, I might get 4 of the 2gb RAM sticks. This thing will haul ass. Pardon my language, I'm just excited. I can also 'borrow' XP from my school's computer class, with it's code and everything. Some of these parts will be a Christmas present, so it won't be too bad of a sink.
It's not that i need a new computer, I just need something to do, and this is a project I'm willing to sink some cash into.
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Well, it all looks nice but I'd take into consideration a couple of things.
Windows XP does bad management on more then 2 gb of ram. And also, I'd think over the Videocard. an X2600 is quite nice but 1. The X2900 is already out and will outpreform it even more. Keep in mind that X1600, X2600 and so on are the mid-range cards. 2. Depending on what you're planning to do with a system like that (and I presume playing a fair amount of games too?) I'd go for an Nvidia card. And at the moment the 8800 GT is one of the best price/preformance cards around.
A final technical issue; keep in mind that when using multiple ram sticks that they preferebly should be paired. Though that's a matter of assembly.
I would just go for 2 of those Ram sticks and spend the money save from those other 2 sticks on a better videocard. For instance this one
Additional memory isn't nearly as expensive as a good videocard and with 4 gb of ram you should be set for quite some time
ok, i've picked out a new video card, but not the one suggested.......
and new processor. and mobo.
with these changes, the price is at about $936 American. not bad, considering it's better than the system i have at about half the cost. i may just sell it for a good amount.
also, with the new mobo and processor, will the heat sink still fit?
To make sure the parts are all compatibel and working together, try some of those configurators you find in a web shop. I would provide one, but i only know german ones and i guess that wouldn't be much help for you.
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I would drop the cash for the evga 8800gts vid card. What power supply ru thinking? I would get at least a 700 for all that. Your case is too much, you can get better cheaper. I know it looks cool, but thos extra leds in the fans do produce heat. Another thing to get is liquidsilver grease for your proc. You should also consider how those ram chips are placed in parallel. Look for a MB that spaces the ram channels instead of having them right next to each other. RAM get hot, especially 2G+. Just some thoughts. I've been buildng my own computers for 15+ years.
XP can't really handle more than 3 GB of RAM. Either use Vista (not recommended) or skip on some of the RAM (just 2 GB is fine for Win XP, really).
Vista 32bit can't handle more than 3GB either, needs to be 64 bit vista for lots of ram. I found out the hard way as I have a computer with 4GB of ram and 32bit vista. There is a hotfix from microsoft but then you still get ram addressing problems for any games made before vista.
I wouldn't recommend Vista for games unless your prepared to do a lot of work to make things run smoothly.
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If you want a high performance card I'd suggest the Nvidia 8600 GT, it works well with either XP or Vista, and will handle literally anything you throw at it, from games to video streaming, read the details on the back of the box, it handles things better than the 8800.
As for RAM issues, as has been mentioned above, XP, or Vista 32 bit won't like having more than 3GB, although as Fifth Horseman said, 2GB is more than enough, especially if you're only running XP.
I run XP myself and it works comfortably on 1GB, but if you've got the money to burn then the more the better, only thing RAM will really do is decrease loading times, and allow the Windows to process more information.
Either way, the choice at the end of the day is entirely yours, its your machine and the only person that can really decide if it works well is you, because that will depend on how you intend to use it. But overall it doesn't look like you picked too bad a bunch of hardware to bolt together.
Good luck to you with it!