First Build, any suggestions?

Nobi125

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This will be my first time building my own computer and wanted to run it by some people for some suggetsions. My budget is around $2000. I also plan to upgrade the video card for DX10.

Here's what I'm looking at:

- ASUS A8N-SLI Premium Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail $166.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131540


- AMD Opteron 170 Dual-Core 2.0GHz Processor Retail $405.00
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=80107-R&affiliate=yahoo

- Mushkin eXtreme Performance 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 500 (PC 4000) Dual Channel Kit System Memory – Retail $229.00
($199.00 after $30.00 Mail-In Rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820146397

- Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic 8 (7.1) Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card – Retail $115.00 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16829102188

- Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive – OEM $105.00 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822144701

- ASUS Black 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E616A BLACK – Retail $23.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827135136

- ASUS Black 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 5X DVD-RAM DVD-ROM: 16X max. (CAV) DVD-RAM: 5X DVD-ROM 40X CD-R 32X CD-RW 40X CD-ROM 2M Cache E-IDE/ATAPI DVD Burner – Retail $47.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827135061

- ENERMAX Liberty ELT500AWT ATX12V 500W Power Supply 90V~265V (Auto Adjusted) UL, cUL, TUV, CB – Retail $109.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817194003

- Thermaltake Tsunami VA3000BWA Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $99.99
($89.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811133132

- Microsoft Windows XP Home With SP2 – OEM $93.95 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16837102059

- Logitech MX518 931352-0403 2-Tone 8 Buttons 1x Wheel USB + PS/2 Optical Mouse – Retail $38.89 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16826104178

- Saitek PZ30AU Black 104 Normal Keys 4 Function Keys USB Wired Standard Eclipse Keyboard – Retail $46.95 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16823175103

- eVGA 256-P2-N517-AX Geforce 7800GT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 VIVO PCI Express x16 Video Card – Retail $314.00 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814130249


Total without rebates or tax: $1796.74

EDIT: New Case: COOLER MASTER Wave Master TAC-T01-E1C Silver All Aluminum Alloy ATX Mid Tower Case without Power Supply - Retail $129.50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811119023
 

sc00ter

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Looks pretty awesome to me. I was never a big fan of that case, but to each his own.
 

Dan17

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Very nice. Though I have seen a couple reviews where they said there was like a dark spot on the eclipse keyboard, I believe it is due to one of the support pegs in it that blocks out the light...but may'be this is just an isolated incident.

...Dan
 

DeathFromBelow

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The keyboard is fine. The supports are mostly hidden under the keys.

Nice build, looks great. I have to agree with Sc00ter about that case though.
 

ZacharyS

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I have that case and it's pretty sweet. The only thing I don't like about it is the firewire hook up (it's not one thing, it's a bunch of little wires you have to hook up, so I didn't >_>) and the PSU. Make sure you put the PSU in the case before anything else, and if you need to take it out, you have to take _everything_ but the IDE drives and stuff out...

It's a very cool case, especially with the fans and their locations :D
 

Nobi125

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Oh, I had changed the case to the Coolermaster Wavemaster and never updated my word file with the build in it.

How's the Wavemaster?
 

Nobi125

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So no one has any experience with the Wavemaster?

Or can someone recommend a better case?
 

seniorpaul

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Choosing a case is pretty much a personal preferance. The wavemaster is a fine case.
 
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i'd suggest a power supply that already has 24 pins. fortron 500ax the blue storm. i have it it's silent, and nice.
 
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