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melsa1
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2003-06-01T20:03:08Z
CS-153-105 Blue turbo x-plider case with 400watt power: $99.00Sale price: $85.00

Asus A7N8X-DX (Deluxe) nForce-2 Chipset Motherboard price: $128.00

AMD Athlon XP-2500+ CPU (BARTON 512K L2 Cache 333MHz FSB) price: $93.00

Corsair 256MB PC2700 333MHz DDR w/ Heat-Spreader Mfg#:
CMX256-2700C2 (FREE SHIPPING)price: $48.00 Two pieces $96.00

OR

Corsair 512MB PC2700 333MHz DDR w/ Heat-Spreader Mfg#:
CMX512-2700C2 (FREE SHIPPING)price: $86.00 $172.00

PREMIUM Cooler Master Thermal Kit Retail Box Part# PTK-001 $7.00


ATI/Sapphire Radeon 9500 128MB DDR AGP 8X - BULK .price: $144.00

WESTERN DIGITAL 120GB 7200RPM 8MB CACHE
(SPECIAL EDITION WD1200JB) $121.00

Plextor 48X24X48 CD-RW EIDE (BEIGE Color) .price: $77.00

SONY BLACK 1.44MB 3.5IN FLOPPY DRIVE $20.00

Lite On 48x24x48x16 CDROM/CDRW/DVD Combo Drive LTC-48161H $65.00

AOPEN FM56-PX 56K VOICE MODEM V.92 & K56FLEX INT
W/ SPK JACK $31.00

Total cost $1039.00
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Jordan
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2003-06-01T20:18:09Z
Excellent choice of HD, CPU and graphics card. I would go for the Asus 52x24x24 CR writer but whats with the CDRW/DVD combo also? Just get a DVD drive to go with the writer. That RAM is only woth it if you plan on overclocking, which if you do you should go for the ABIT NF7-S MoBo over the Asus. Unless you only plan on doing light overclocking.

Jordan
melsa1
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2003-06-01T21:28:11Z
CS-153-105 Blue turbo x-plider case with 400watt power: $99.00Sale price: $85.00

Asus A7N8X-DX (Deluxe) nForce-2 Chipset Motherboard price: $128.00

AMD Athlon XP-2500+ CPU (BARTON 512K L2 Cache 333MHz FSB) price: $93.00

Corsair 256MB PC2700 333MHz DDR w/ Heat-Spreader Mfg#:
CMX256-2700C2 (FREE SHIPPING)price: $48.00 Two pieces $96.00

PREMIUM Cooler Master Thermal Kit Retail Box Part# PTK-001 $7.00

ATI/Sapphire Radeon 9500 128MB DDR AGP 8X - BULK .price: $144.00

WESTERN DIGITAL 120GB 7200RPM 8MB CACHE
(SPECIAL EDITION WD1200JB) $121.00

SONY BLACK 1.44MB 3.5IN FLOPPY DRIVE $20.00

Sony 16x DVD-ROM 40x CD-ROM Drive with Power DVD Software $70.00
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Avus 52x24x52 Internal IDE CD-RW with Nero Software $49.99


AOPEN FM56-PX 56K VOICE MODEM V.92 & K56FLEX INT
W/ SPK JACK $31.00

Total cost
Jordan
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2003-06-01T21:37:57Z
That seems a bit expensive for a DVD rom drive, they are generally cheaper than CDRW drives. You wont notice much difference form one DVD drive to the next. I do think the Asus Mobo is great though if you don't intend to overclock. It's the MoBo i plan on getting... actually your entire set up looks very close to what I hope mine will be. I plan on getting the same RAM too but then I plan on doing a bit of O/Cing in the future.

Jordan
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2003-06-01T21:43:04Z
My satup (hopefully)

Case + PSU - Antec Sonata with 380W PSU

CPU - Athlon 2500+ Barton 333MHz

RAM - X2 Corsair 256MB DDR XMS2700 Platinum CAS2

Mobo - Asus A7N8X Deluxe

Heatsink + fan - Vantec Aeroflow VA4-C7040

Thermal Paste - Shin Etsu G-751 Thermal Paste or Artic Silver Ceramique

Drives - Asus 52x24x52 CDRW + any DVD drive

Monitor - Mitsubishi Diamond Pro 750SB BK 17" - Black

Using current Graphics card, sound card and HD
melsa1
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2003-06-03T21:56:01Z
Jordan you might be interested overclocking etc
http://www.systemcooling.com/mo...ews&file=article&sid=418 
The Test Bed

Motherboard: Epox 8RDA+ nForce2 (2C16 BIOS installed)
Processor: AMD Athlon XP2700+ 333FSB
Heatsink/Fan: Swiftech MCX462+/Mechatronics 53cfm
Memory: 512MB Corsair XMS PC3500 C2
Video Card: Gainward GeForce 4 Ti4200 128MB
Hard Drive: Maxtor Ultra 80GB 7200RPM 8MB cache
Optical Drive: Philips DVD+RW
Case/Fans: Chieftec Dragon/3 Panaflo L1A 24cfm (one front intake, one side intake, one rear exhaust)
Power Supply: Antec TruePower 430W
O/S: Windows XP Pro SP1
Drivers: nVidia Unified driver pack version 2.0 (includes 40.72 detonator drivers for the video card)
Bothware
2003-06-06T11:46:42Z
I suggest :

XP2500+
2 256mb Corsair XMS PC2700 CAS2 ( unless U really need 1Gb )
120Gb HGST 180GXP HDD - excellent performance and very good price
( or 280Gb SATA drives, maybe the Maxtor +9's & use RAID 0 )
Radeon9500 ( any brand )
Don't bother with a floppy drive, I havn;t used one for 7 years or so.
Get a Pioneer / LiteOn DVD-ROM
Get a LiteOn 52x/24x/52x CD-RW
A7N8X-X ( or maybe A7N8X-Deluxe )
ThermalTake Volcano11+
A cheap modem should be about $12
Rounded EIDE cables.

Whatever case you fancy.

Let us know how the build goes.
Jordan
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2003-06-06T11:51:48Z
That's pretty much what I'm going for Bothware. That IBM drive is slightly faster then the WD but I got this when my last IBM failed me after just 1 year. That's the graphics card I would go for too but i'll just wait on that one. One last thing, how do you flash your BIOS without a floppy? Or have you never needed to.?

Jordan
Bothware
2003-06-06T12:16:50Z
You can sort you BIOS from Windows these days .. alternatively boot from a CD.

The last floppy I used was actually a 5" 'proper' floppy about 4 years ago on a BBC Micro .. but its about 7 years since I needed one in a PC.

I bought the first HP consumer 2x CD-R drive a long long long time ago and never looked back.

I also use Compact Flash (these can be booted from 'cos they use ATA interface) card and Secure Digital cards, and these days my main optical drive is a Pioneer DVR-A05 quad speed DVD burner, with 48xLiteOn CD-RWs aswell.