So who wants to help me build a computer? :x:

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  1. Tk

    Tk Well-Known Member

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    Money is tight, but I can see spending a decent amount on this baby... right now I've got the major shit figured out. I want a Pentium 4 3.0ghz+, min. of 1gb ram (ddr), umm... graphics card has to be the shit.... sound card doesnt matter that much but might as well have a decent one.... ill start with a 80gb hard drive, simply because ive got two 40gb's sittin here and i dunno if they work on not, so if they do then they will go in there as well. ummm... lan card, dvdrom, dvd r+/-, and whatever else.

    heres what I have so far..... if you think the parts are shitty, suggest something else.... if you can find me a better price for any of these, let me know. i use pricegrabber to find most of this shit so hopefully you wont think im too retarded.



    Case - $53 + $15.99
    ENERMAX Black 10-Bay ATX Mid-Tower Case with Temp Display and 350W
    Power Supply, Model "CS-30881TA-B3A" -RETAIL
    http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproductdesc.asp?description=11-124-071&DEPA=1

    Motherboard - $99 / $102.94
    Intel D875PBZLK Motherboard
    (Pentium 4, Socket 478, 875P Chipset, ATX, 4GB DDR, 800MHz FSB)
    http://www.pricegrabber.com/search_getprod.php/masterid=717830

    Processor - $226 / $236
    Intel Pentium 4 w/ HT Technology - 3.2C GHz Processor
    (3.2GHz, 512KB, 800MHz, Socket 478)
    http://www.pricegrabber.com/search_getprod.php/masterid=849924

    Memory - $264.98
    Corsair 1GB PC4000 DDR DIMM Memory
    http://www.pricegrabber.com/search_getprod.php/masterid=1088730

    Video Card - $262.99
    ATI Radeon 9800 Pro Video Card
    (256MB, AGP 8X, DVI, 2D/3D w/ TV-Out)
    http://www.pricegrabber.com/search_getprod.php/masterid=2687119

    Sound Card - $111.50
    Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS Gamer
    http://www.pricegrabber.com/search_getprod.php/masterid=1551871





    holla
     
  2. DAN513

    DAN513 OT Supporter

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    That all looks like some good stuff to me. One word of warning, if you want to overclock at all, the Intel board will not let you do that. If you can live without that, you've chosen one of the most stable boards out there.
     
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    Tk Well-Known Member

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    ya i dont really care... 3.2 ghz = plenty for me....

    but if i were to overclock, which board would you suggest? ...and how fast could i beef that processor up if i did?
     
  4. john80

    john80 The only constant is change

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    if u wanna overclock get an ASUS or ABIT board...
    also get a new hard drive...2 hard drives that "might" work aren't smart for a new system. you can get 120gb hds for pretty cheap and partition them. :)
     
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    Tk Well-Known Member

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    heh, a good idea, but if they do work, theres extra space.... if they dont, i just unplug them and throw them away. wheres the harm in that? :dunno:
     
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    i am building an intel system also. i went with an asus board so i can have an overclock option. i have never OCed but i just want to try it out and learn some stuff.

    check out the board that i got. i read alot of reviews before i decided on that one.

    http://forums.offtopic.com/showthread.php?t=1292496
     
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    For a board suggestion, I've heard that a lot of the ABIT nForce2 boards are great for overclocking.
     
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    Here are my $0.02...

    Mobo: I personally have the P4P800 E-deluxe as well, and I am very happy with it.

    Videocard: I got the 128MB version, but than again, I am not a gamer, I got the 9800PRO just because it was on sale and cost the same as 9600XT 256MB, I went with the 9800 Pro of course. I doubt that extra RAM will help you much, you need a fast GPU to take advantage of it.

    RAM & CPU: If you don't want to overlock, then PC3200 is all that you need. If you do want to overclock, then I wouldn't recommend the 3.2C, I would recommend 2.8C or 3.0C. Personally I got the 3.0C and I got it OCed to 3.6Ghz with a Zalman cooler. But stay away from Prescott is what I would personally recommend.
     
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    They are, and probably the amount the best for AMD, he's getting an Intel though... :)
     
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    well im not SET on an intel, just what I found that i thought would work good. ill look at what you guys have been suggesting :)
     
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    what kind of specs am i looking for for a new hard drive? are the 7200's still 'fast'?
     
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    Well SCSI drives comes with 15000rpm, and SATA comes at 10000rpm, but honest, you will be happy with 7200rpm drives. I have no problem with it. I have 4 160 GB WD on my XP box, and 2 Seagate 40GB on my linux box.
     
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    Tk Well-Known Member

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    What should i look for when looking for a case / power supply? 450w going to cut it? idk.... i always just got whatever but im not sure with such a powerful processor what i'll need.
     
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    With my Athlon XP 2700+ and ABIT NF7-S, I've noticed that 450 watts is more than enough. Then again, I don't have too many other things aside from those and the 9600XT using the PSU.
     
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    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    For the same amount of money, I'd go with an AMD 64-bit chip and an Asus or Abit mobo. Just my preference though :dunno:
     
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    Tk Well-Known Member

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    well i ordered the case, 4 fans, and ive got to get a power supply. they are pretty generic right? like i mean, i can buy any one of them and install it into the case with ease?
     
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    As long as the case is ATX and the PSU is ATX (which most are), you should be fine for compatibility. Just check that the power supply has any special plugs that you might need, like that little four-pronged one that some mobos use for processor power.
     
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    doesnt look bad but ive never heard of the brand.....

    what models were the asis and abit boards you guys got further up in the thread?

    EDIT: sorry, this is Tk posting from my girls dorm room... obviously logged in under her account.
     
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    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    I've got an Asus A7N8X-X (with a 2500+ Barton, not overclocked at the moment, but maybe sometime in the future). Pretty good board, I like having on-board sound and LAN and I haven't really had any problems with it. I'd recommend the deluxe though, it has better on-board ethernet (actually has two ports on-board, one 3Com and one nForce).
     
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    Tk Well-Known Member

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    do i have the option to turn off the onboard sound? if so, i might get this one.

    what did you pay for it?

    plus that intel board has 800mhz fsb, whereas the asus has 400mhz fsb. hmmmm.......
     
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