New System - Thoughts / Critisism

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  1. McClane

    McClane Who Killed Marilyn?

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    Cables

    Antec Cobra A26 Round 133 ATA Cable, Model "77226" -RETAIL
    Specifications:
    40-pin 80-conductor cable, ATA133/100/66/33 26" round cable (16" + 10") with two device connections, one motherboard connector.
    N82E16812105001
    $12.00 x 3 = $36.00

    Antec Cobra F16 Round FDD Cable, Model "77216" -RETAIL
    Specifications:
    Highly flexible 16" round cable with one device connector, one motherboard connector
    N82E16812105003
    $7.00 x 1 = $7.00

    Hard Drive

    Western Digital 120GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive, Model WD1200JD, OEM Drive Only
    Specifications:
    Capacity: 120GB
    Average Seek Time: 8.9 ms
    Buffer: 8MB
    Rotational Speed: 7200 RPM
    Interface: Serial ATA
    N82E16822144151
    $106.00 x 1 = $106.00

    Memory

    Mushkin 184 Pin 512MB DDR PC-3500 Level One - OEM
    Specification
    Manufacturer: Mushkin
    Speed: DDR433(PC3500)
    Type: 184 Pin DDR SDRAM
    Error Checking: Non-ECC
    Registered/Unbuffered: Unbuffered
    Cas Latency: 2-3-3
    Support Voltage: 2.5V-2.75V
    Bandwidth: 3.5GB/s
    Organization: 64M x 64 -Bit
    N82E16820146298
    $98.00 x 2 = $196.00

    Motherboard

    Asus K8T800 Chipset Motherboard for AMD Socket 754 CPU, Model "K8V Deluxe" -RETAIL
    Specifications:
    Supported CPU: Socket 754 AMD Athlon64 Processors
    Chipset: VIA K8T800 + VT8237
    FSB: Hyper Transport
    RAM: 3x DIMM for DDR400/333/266(ECC) Max 3GB
    IDE: 3x UltraDMA 133 up to 6 Devices
    Slots: 1x AGP 8X, 5x PCI
    Ports: 2xPS2,1xCOM,1xLPT,1xLAN,8xUSB2.0(Rear 4),2xIEEE1394(Rear 1),SPDIF Out,Audio Ports
    Onboard Audio: AD1980 6-Channel
    Onboard LAN: 3COM 3C940 10/100/1000Mbps
    Onboard SATA/RAID: 4x Serial ATA Ports; RAID 0,1(2 SATA)/RAID 0,1,0+1(1x ATA133 & other 2 SATA)
    Onboard 1394: VIA VT6307, 2 ports
    Form Factor: ATX more info
    N82E16813131473
    $142.99 x 1 = $142.99

    Processor

    AMD Athlon 64 3400+, 1MB L2 Cache, 64-bit Processor - OEM
    Specification
    Model: AMD Athlon 64 3400+
    Core: ClawHammer
    Operating Frequency: 2.2GHz
    FSB: Integrated into Chip
    Cache: L1/64K+64K; L2/1MB
    Voltage: 1.5V
    Process: 0.13Micron
    Socket: Socket 754
    Multimedia Instruction: MMX, SSE, SSE2, 3DNOW!, 3DNOW!+
    N82E16819103427
    $404.00 x 1 = $404.00

    Video Card
    Still debating between ATI / Nvid. Both make me go :eek3: & :ugh: for different reasons. :dunno:
     
  2. Penguin Man

    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    Looks awesome. I would go with an ATI video card, after my bad experience with the nVidia one in this machine (big driver issues with Linux, mostly just pissed me off, probably won't buy an nVidia video card again). Also might be worth spending a little more to get brand-name RAM (maybe go with slower stuff and spend the same amount for brand-name :dunno: ).

    Other than that, awesome system :bigthumb:
     
  3. McClane

    McClane Who Killed Marilyn?

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    Brand name? Whats wrong with Mushkin :o
     
  4. Penguin Man

    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    I'm probably just out of the loop, haven't heard of Mushkin :o
     
  5. McClane

    McClane Who Killed Marilyn?

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    Leb_CRX OT's resident terrorist

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    Mushkin is definitivally a good ram company, or so i'm assuming from reading all the great experiences people had with it on hardforum.com, anything from great customer service (one guy called to complain that he couldn't overclock as much as he'd like to with them, they told him to send them back and they sent him two new sticks that would overclock more :eek: to just great performance ratings...I wish some computer stores up here would carry them :hs:
     
  7. Keyzs

    Keyzs OT Supporter

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    Yes you do need different cables. And the one you have selected will work and won't be such a waste as the cables you have listed.

    I have heard that Mushkin is quickly becoming the prefered memory....
     
  8. Orgazmo

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    Haven't heard of Mushkin!?!? This is unheard of, you should slap yourself about the head with a large trout! Mushkin is one of if not the best, I run Mushkin in my XP 2800+ machine and Corsair in this 64 FX machine, both brands are very good.
     
  9. McClane

    McClane Who Killed Marilyn?

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    Thx for the comments. I really wanna buy this comp as I want a new one right now, But I think I should wait really. The Slot 754 is going to die soon, only 1 more chip coming out for it, and it doesnt support dual channel DDR either...

    Plus AMD's roadmap for 2004 has some really nice chips coming out, I think I should at least wait till June-ish 2004.
     
  10. Orgazmo

    Orgazmo Guest

    Heh, not as bad a deal as I got, Only gonna be two cpu's then my socket is done...just the FX-51 and FX-53 and then they go to socket 939 or some shiz.
     
  11. Pioneer

    Pioneer Are you annoyed? You will be.

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    Via chipsets suck the big one
     
  12. Orgazmo

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    they sure do
     
  13. McClane

    McClane Who Killed Marilyn?

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    Thats another reason I decided to wait actually...for nForce3 :hs:
     
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    Quick Silver Charging...

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    Where did you find the Mushkin sticks for $98 :eek3:

    Mushkin 184 Pin 512MB DDR PC-3500 Level One - OEM
    Specification
    Manufacturer: Mushkin
    Speed: DDR433(PC3500)
    Type: 184 Pin DDR SDRAM
    Error Checking: Non-ECC
    Registered/Unbuffered: Unbuffered
    Cas Latency: 2-3-3
    Support Voltage: 2.5V-2.75V
    Bandwidth: 3.5GB/s
    Organization: 64M x 64 -Bit
    N82E16820146298
    $98.00 x 2 = $196.00
     
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    Your motherboard will come with at least 1 sata cable.
     
  16. diranged

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    1) Socket 754 is not going away any time soon -- trust me. It will be here for a LONG time.

    2) Socket 754 will never have Dual channel DDR support because it does not have the neccesary pins to do so -- that is what Socket 940/939 are for. Dual Channel DDR is not neccesary for a fast computer, it just helps. I wouldnt make it a huge decision point unless you know for a fact you need it.

    3) The VIA chipset is by far the fastest and most supported chipset for the AMD64 platform -- though the nForce3 chipset is close behind it.

    I have two nForce3 systems (one Shuttle Athlon64 -- 754pin system, one ASUS SK8N 940 Pin Opteron 2.0ghz system) and they both run 32bit Windows awesome. 64Bit Linux (SuSE 9.0 Pro AMD64 - Patch CD 1) runs awesome as well now that it supports the onboard SATA controller. FreeBSD 5.2 fully supports the nForce3 chipset as well as the VIA chipset.

    Basically by getting a 754 system you are only limiting yourself to Single channel DDR -- which is not a HUGE loss. You do save yourself ALOT of money and you get the options to run some great OS's... Tell us how the system performs when you get it -- and whether or not you have any problems with it.
     

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