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Well, here it is ladies, and gentlemen. I've finally Ordered my dream system.

Motherboard
Update JetWay 939GT4-SLI Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard
- $139.99


Processor
AMD Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego 1GHz FSB 1MB L2 Cache Socket 939
- $272.00

System Memory
OCZ 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered Dual Channel Platinum System Memory Model OCZ4002048ELDCPE-K
- $257.00

HardDrive
Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 ST3200822A 200GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive
- $100.25

Video Card
eVGA 256-P2-N376-AX Geforce 6800GT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card
- $314.00

Power Supply Unit
Antec TRUEPOWERII TPII-550 ATX12V 550W Power Supply 115/230 V UL, TUV, CB, FCC CLASS B, CUL
- $105.00

DVD Burner
NEC Black 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2M Cache IDE DVD Burner
- $39.99

DVD Drive
LITE-ON Black 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model SOHD-16P9SBLK
- $19.99

Case
Thermaltake SHARK VA7000BWA Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
- $159.00

Monitor
SAMSUNG 990DF-Black 19" CRT Monitor 0.20mm Dot Pitch D-Sub
- $199.99

Keyboard
Saitek PZ30AU Black 104 Normal Keys 4 Function Keys USB Wired Standard Eclipse Keyboard
- $47.00

Mouse
Logitech MX518 931352-0403 2-Tone 8 Buttons 1x Wheel USB + PS/2 Optical Mouse
- $39.89


TOTAL: 12 ITEMS $1,709.01

 

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Hi,

Looks like a great unit. My only apprehension would be the Jetway motherboard, but am willing to wait and see and hope you prove that my apprehension was unfounded. Hey, thanks for posting back and let us know how the build goes.
 

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Oh. thats cool.

Thats looks like a sweet system.

But few things what i would change:
DFi lanparty motherboard
Fortron psu
Antec lanboy case
amd64 3800+
 

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The Jetway is a selection I made out on a limb, I figure it was reviewed very well by anandtech, possibly even better than the DFI, so I went for it to save some money and take a chance.

I feel SLI still needs to be perfected by companies, so getting a LANparty isn't my choice just yet. I want to wait to see when companies start makingthem better, and more reliable.
 

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In exception to the mobo, I'd have to agree with these fine gentleman in saying that your system is going to be pretty pimped.
However, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that instead of trying to build this entire system by your lonesome, you take it in to a professional. Do some research on who the best 'computer repair person' is in your area, and find out about how much it would cost for them to assemble your PC for you. I'd be willing to bet that the price wouldn't go over more than $160. If you ask me, that is completely worth the assurance that everything will work fine and you won't kill your cpu or mobo or anything.
Not that you couldn't figure out how to do all that work yourself, but it would likely be a migrane-inducing affair for you to try and build it from the ground up... having had no previous hardware experience. Start with smaller tasks like replacing your RAM or GPU. Good luck!
 

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Eh, I've already got a work surface ready, and a antistatic wrist band. I've been reading up a lot on building this beast, and it would take a lot of fun out of my experience to get a pro to build it.
 

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Well, nevermind then... if you've got the right setup, lots of spair time, and plenty of enthusiasm, building your first computer could end up being a fun activity. Still, though, I think you should change over to a nice MSI or Asus motherboard. The computer is more dependant on the mobo's design and architecture than most expensive hardware, and it is way too risky to go with a brand that isn't mainstream yet. Trust me, I know what I'm talking about (having used both DFI and Asrock motherboards, which eventually screwed me over). Also, if I were you I'd set aside at LEAST $200, so that if you kill something (or just need to buy a beter part), you have reserve money set aside, so that you can still feed your desperately hungry children and wife (or just yourself). Have fun, and good luck!!
 
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