What does OT think of this computer setup?

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  1. Chris

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    $50 for a 40GB drive is a terrible deal IMO. At Fry's Electronics i got a Maxtor 160GB for $50 after rebates. Look for a better deal...theres got to be one.

    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=20-145-440&depa=1
    That RAM is the same price as what you spec'd, but it runs at CAS2.5 (Faster than the Kingston at CAS3.) I would go with that.

    If you don't game and you only use your PC for light multi-tasking...why the 256MB 9800 card? Unless you are doing pretty intense video editing apps then that card is overkill IMO. (if your editing is intense enough you definetly can use it...but i don't know many detals about what you do so i'm jsut guessing)

    Do you really need a floppy drive? Won't save you much money...but I don't see the need for one today really. BIOS flashing and the like can be done by other more efficient methods. But that's totally up to you.
     
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    Penetration OT Supporter

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    I'd go for SATA drives, and a 6600GT can be had for around the price of the video card, I'd choose that over the 9800. But like the other guy said, the 9800 is overkill for not gaming, a lower 9x00 series should do the job fine. Do you really need a dvd + cd burner seperately? And make sure to get a QUALITY name PSU, that is one of the most important parts.
     
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    Penetration OT Supporter

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    You'll need to get the AGP version of the 6600, unless you get a mobo with a PCIX slot. I have the thermaltake 420 PSU powering a 9700 pro, 2 sata drives, a few fans etc and it holds up quite well.
     
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    6600gt, sata hdd, better mobo, corsair ram.
     
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    I haven't heard of that company, but the specs seem decent
     
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    no, get an intel d915pcyl

    albatron is crap.
     
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    tuner I know you're thinking bacon and eggs.

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    go with a Asus P4P800-SE
     
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    no, get a seagate 160gb if you can spend the cash. otherwise a seagate 80gb.
     
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    yes, get ddr2 and a lga775.

    why would you buy an old out-dated chip?
     
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    if you wanna stick with ddr, then get the d915gagl, but definitely get the lga775.
     
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    will that fit in a mid-tower ATX case?
     
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    yes, it'll fit in a mid-tower atx case.
     
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    eek, why do you insist on an abit (very picky mobo) and a last-generation p4 chip?

    and i wouldn't do a thermaltake psu. Not a great company. Sparkle and fortron is what you should be going for.
     
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    Fee Boba Fett Likes the Nips

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    if you dont game why do you need a $119 video card?
     
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    Maybe it's just what fits in his budget :dunno:

    Chris,
    Like he says though you might just better off waiting a little bit if $1000 is your absolute budget and wait till the LGA 775 Intel chips come down in price and you can afford a mobo with PCI-Express.

    Or you might want to look into the AMD 64 bit chips and mobo setups, i'm not sure what you can do price range with those (not and AMD guy).
     
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    but you can get the 775 chips for the same (sometimes less) price. And the motherboard difference is negligible. oh, and a 6600GT PCI-E is cheaper than the AGP version.
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    Everyone has different preferences, but I'd go with an AMD Athlon 64 rather than the Intel p4.

    AMD Athlon 64 3500+ 512K 2.2 GHz (939) 90nm or
    AMD Athlon 64 3200+ 512K 2.0 GHz (939) 90nm

    MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum

    You'd have to go with an AGP vid card with this mobo, though.
     
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    Dominion I believe you have my stapler.

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    Yea I setup a MSI K8N Neo2 Plat system for under 1100. Good system too.

    Some pointers. IF you'd like to go intel....ASUS has some lower end 775 boards that support AGP and DDR (P5p800 off the top of my head, but that one doesn't have raid, like you'll need it)

    Also the ASUS a8v is pretty cheap right now as well.

    Seagate is a bad Hard drive. The company is ok on support and RMA, but I've had two hard drives in my system since early 2000's (forget the year I first built my system)
    One was a 80gig WD drive, the other was a 60gig Seagate. I've always the 60 for storage and the 80 as my main drive. So I format that 80 alot, but I've only formated the 60 once or twice. The 60 gig drive has gone bad on me 4 times since then. It's no problem I can get it replaced, but still I've lost my data 4 times. That system has been my server for the past year and a half or so, but the point remains...I don't trust Seagate drives. Maxtor and WD are the two brands you want to look at for hard drives.

    Antec, Powmax (to an extent) and enermax are some of the best PSU companies. If you buy a PSU local, or just wantto get a feel of them remember. The heavier a PSU is, the better it is. Heavier PSU's mean better and tougher components on the insides. People call in for tech support all the time using Sparkle and we tell them to replace the PSU and the system is working. I don't trust sparkle AT ALL.

    But you can build a good a64 AGP system for under 1100 with a good sized HD (mine I built had a 200gig main drive, SATA) And for what you're doing 512 megs of ram should be fine. But if you'd like more the value sets of Dual Channel are cheap enough. And beings you don't game I'd go with a FX5700LE or something like that. Good video card (even for gaming, that's what I use at home untill I get my new system and there isn't a game I can't play, haven't tried HL2...but I'm pretty sure I could play it)

    I think that's it for recommendations on a new system...good luck...let us know what you end up buying :)
     
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    on the seagate note, they had some bad years. But any of their SATA hdd's are top-notch. Better than the normal WD's and Maxtors. They have a 5 year warranty to help improve their image and show how much they back their product.
     

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