Building a computer, want some input

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  1. Playboy

    Playboy Part time arrogant bastard

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    Well after I fried my last one (98SE! :ugh: ), I'm in the process of rebuilding a new one. I've set aside about $1k to work with. I've broken it down to the following; Opinions and suggestions of all sort are welcomed.

    mobo
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    Shuttle AS45GT/R

    http://us.shuttle.com/specs.asp?pro_id=94


    processor
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    Intel Pentium4


    fans/cooling
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    AMD MCW50000 Water block

    http://www.swiftnets.com/products/mcw5000.asp#7

    (plus must buy other parts, ie tubing, cooling, etc)

    350w PSU

    heatsink --- ? (which one of the listings below)
    http://www.dansdata.com/coolercomp.htm

    video
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    (thinking ATI radeon 9700 256bit)

    sound
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    (thinking Soundblaster Live)

    ram
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    at least 2 sticks of 256mb ddr

    hard drive
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    Western Digital 80GB 72rpm

    anything else that i'm missing that i should add on? thanks

    *disclaimer: i am not a hw prof by any means, this is being helped compiled by my hw die hard buddies
     
  2. Kabuko

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    Why're you buying a heatsink if you're getting a water block? Also, why are you getting a water block (nothing wrong with it, I'm just wondering about your reasons for it). Another question: are you going to be overclocking? I've been considering another computer myself, and find that in the sub-$1000 range the AMD is probably going to be a better choice for me, and still I can only manage to squeeze in a ti4200 8x for my video card and 2100XP for my cpu (this is not including a monitor too...). Have you tried pricing it out already? Because I'm thinking that with the 9700 already eating up a couple hundred, the HD another 100, ram another 150 to 200, mobo 100-150, etc., etc. everything adds up pretty quickly (you might be over $1000...)

    Things you're missing:
    Case
    Optical Drive (CD/DVD/CDR(W))
    Mouse/Keyboard
    All the other hardware you're going to need for watercooling (piping, radiator, tank, pump, etc.)
     
  3. Playboy

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    I have alread bought the case.
    I bought a CDRW and am buying a DVD driver after
    Mouse and keyboard as well as monitor has been bought.

    The waterblock might be for oc'ing purposes only. If I decide not to, then I'll skip the WB altogether.

    I have not priced out anything as of yet so I'm going to do that once I have all my components in order and then revise it.
     
  4. Playboy

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    well i ditched the waterblock. Here's my revised list.


    mobo
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    Shuttle AS45GT/R

    http://us.shuttle.com/specs.asp?pro_id=94

    $120


    processor
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    Intel Pentium4 2.4Ghz $190


    fans/cooling
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    Alpha PAL 8942 Heat Sink $38

    Vantec Tornado 80mm fan $17

    2 way HI/LOW fan switch $5

    Antec True Power 350w PSU $50


    video
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    gainward ti4200 650ultra/golden sample 64mb 3.3ns $140

    sound
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    audigy2 $108


    ram
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    Corsair XMS DDR400 512MB $188

    hard drive
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    Western Digital 80GB 72rpm limited edition 8mb cache $130

    storage
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    generic floppy drive $10

    Pioneer 119 DVD drive $53

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    total $1049
     
  5. fifidong

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    everything
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    MAC

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    total $whogivesashit
     
  6. Riiiiiiight....

    Riiiiiiight.... AVAST!!!!

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    All your choices are great and I agree with all your choices, but here is a comparable AMD system that you may want to look at. I left off the Audigy 2 as, the onboard sound for Nforce 2 motherboards is supposed to be very good. I also chose the Nforce 2 because it supports the dual channel DDR and is currently the fastest chipset available for AMD processors. Also the Epox board is one of the best overclocking Nforce 2 Motherboards, as well as being one of the cheapest. The SLK 800 is currently the best heatsink out for the AMD processor. With the vantec tornado it will easily keep your processor cool enough to overclock quite a bit. Although you will definitely want to have a switch on that fan as it is very loud(rated at 56db at full speed). I couldn't find a decent priced fan switch off of newegg so I left that off as well.

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    AMD ATHLON XP 2400 OEM $179
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProdu...e=0&propertycode=&propertycodevalue=4159,3928

    Thermalright SLK-800 $44
    http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduct.asp?DEPA=&submit=Go&description=SLK+800

    Vantec Tornado 80mm fan $21
    http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduct.asp?DEPA=&submit=Go&description=Vantec+Tornado

    Epox 8RDA+ nForce2 $132
    http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduct.asp?DEPA=&submit=Go&description=8rda+

    CORSAIR XMS 256MB pc3200 $101 X 2
    http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduct.asp?description=20-145-415

    Western Digital 80GB 72rpm limited edition 8mb cache $109
    http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduct.asp?DEPA=&submit=Go&description=SPECIAL+EDITION+80GB

    GAINWARD Ti 4200, 3.3ns Power Pack Golden Sample 128MB DDR $199
    http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduct.asp?DEPA=&submit=Go&description=Ti+4200+128mb+3.3

    ENERMAX 350W Power supply $53
    http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduct.asp?DEPA=&submit=Go&description=ENERMAX+EG365P-VE+FM

    PIONEER 16x DVD $52
    http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduct.asp?DEPA=&submit=Go&description=DVD-119
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    Total Shipped $991

    Edit: Just realized that the Epox board I originally chose only had 2 channel sound. I edited in the board that has the 6 channel Dobly Digital 5.1. :o
     
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2003

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