Opinions on new system

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  1. Surgie

    Surgie Mein Führer, I can walk!

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    Actually building this for my uncle, wanted to do it for around 1500$ and thats about where I am right now, gonna be a little bit over after cables and finding a hard drive cooler & vid cooler but thats ok. Just wanted you guys opinions and to make sure I didn't overlook something (incompatibilities, etc). The case was something he absolutely wanted, wasn't my idea :o

    Power supply: Antec blue-led 480w - 99$
    http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduct.asp?description=17-103-914&DEPA=1

    Case: Koolance PC2-601 - 229.99$
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?sku=K144-1002 P

    Motherboard: Asus A7N8X Deluxe - 127.99$
    http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduct.asp?description=13-131-436&DEPA=1

    Processor: AMD Athlon XP2800 Barton OEM - 174.00$
    http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduct.asp?description=19-103-376&DEPA=1

    Video Card: ATI Radeon 9700 Pro - 309.00$
    http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduct.asp?description=14-102-237&DEPA=1

    Memory: Corsair XMS 400mhz ddr 2*512MB Chips (1G total) - 283.50$
    http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduct.asp?description=20-145-435

    Hard Drive: Western Digital Raptor OEM Serial ATA (Need cables / uses SATA connector on motherboard) - 147.00$
    http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduct.asp?description=22-144-200

    CD-RW: Lite On 48x24x48x16 CD-RW / DVD-Rom Combo Drive - 63.00$
    http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduct.asp?description=27-106-196

    DVD-Rom: Lite On 16x DVD-Rom - 33.00$
    http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduct.asp?description=27-131-603

    Floppy Drive: Sony Black 1.44MB Floppy Drive - 14.00$
    http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduct.asp?description=21-103-116
     
  2. CompiledMonkey

    CompiledMonkey New Member

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    What does he do that he needs all that power?
     
  3. Surgie

    Surgie Mein Führer, I can walk!

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    Power gamer, plays a ton of FPS games and such
     
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    CompiledMonkey New Member

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    That's a pretty kick ass system. I've been looking at rebuilding my desktop and seeing that for $1500 makes me want too BADDDDD. :drool:
     
  5. Vanilla Tarantino

    Vanilla Tarantino OT Supporter

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    I might recommend going to 333 MHz RAM. In most of the benchmarks I've seen, 333 MHz RAM outperforms 400 MHz RAM since the RAM clock and BUS speeds are synced.
     
  6. Surgie

    Surgie Mein Führer, I can walk!

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    Well going by what he said he wants to upgrade to the 400mhz barton once they come down in price a bit (the one I saw was 445$ @ newegg), so he wanted to go ahead and get the 400mhz ram now instead of getting matching ram now and having to buy ram again later on (when he upgraded the chip).
     
  7. Mugatu

    Mugatu Ask me about market research. OT Supporter

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    :o I wish I had that system
     
  8. Vanilla Tarantino

    Vanilla Tarantino OT Supporter

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    Oh, and the retail version of that motherboard has SATA cables included, so you don't need to buy those.

    I'm not sure if you can use a standard ATA drive if you are using SATA though. May not be a problem, but something you might want to look into.
     
  9. Surgie

    Surgie Mein Führer, I can walk!

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    Alright cool :cool:

    The only things that are ATA are the cd-rw and the dvd-rom, that wd drive is serial ata, not sure what exactly would cause a problem :dunno: :confused:
     
  10. Vanilla Tarantino

    Vanilla Tarantino OT Supporter

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    Oh, my bad, I was talking in terms of hard drives. CD/DVD drives should be fine. I've heard of problems arising from using both an SATA and standard ATA hard drives on that board.
     
  11. Surgie

    Surgie Mein Führer, I can walk!

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    Ahh ok, anything else we'll need to watch out for?
     
  12. Penguin Man

    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    Looks pretty kick ass to me :bigthumb:
     

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