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2002-11-17T15:41:24Z
Hey guys,
First off I am glad that i found this site cuz it has great reviews of things i am interseted in. Your posts have helped w/some of my decisions thx.

Anyway i have been thinking about replacing my current dell (xps 450, P3 450 mhz,526mb ram, pny geforce 2, cdr cdrw) w/ a new system. I have always enjoyed tinkering w/stuff and electronics in general. i have done all my system upgrades in the past: hd installs,ram upgrades, cdrw installs and even processor upgrades. (Does anyone remeber when a 486 sx 20mhz was considered good and a 486 100mhz dx was an exciting upgrade ? all those hours playing F15E strike eagle and Mechwarrior 2..ahh,
but i digress.

When i started considering building my own system i planned on using an intel mb...3 yr warranty, major established company, hek they make the proccesor i am going to use. but after looking over their product line... and FIGHTING my way around their website, unsuccesfully i might add i decided that intel is out. i then checked out asus. their site rocks, easy to browse and their pdf files that have everything right their are great. i was really leaning towards the p4t533 (specs here: http://www.pchardwareforum.com/...tion=newthread&forumid=7 )
but i dont like the fact that you have to use 232 pin rimms.
after some looking around and reading here i picked gigabyte for a mb: GA-8IHXP

I am now seriously considering the following setup (links to prices attached):
Case: Ahanix DBox $95.00 http://direct.mwave.com/mwave/P...ack=ProdCASE-AHANIX.hmx? 

MB: GA-8IHXP $165.00 from googlegear
http://www.googlegear.com/jsp/P...l.jsp?ProductCode=240612 

DVD rom: sony DDU1621 $45.00 from googlegear
http://www.googlegear.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp? 
ProductCode=172434

DVDrw: NEC Multispin ND-1100A due for rls late nov/dec

Power Supply:Enermax EG465P-VE(FMA) $90.00 MWave
http://direct.mwave.com/mwave/d...FMA+&UID=&CID=&Back=&n=1 

Video Card: ATI Radeon 9700 Pro $330.00 MWave
http://direct.mwave.com/mwave/s...SCriteria=369550&bop=and 

Ram: Samsung MR18R162GDF0 512mb PC1066 ECC x 2 339.00 ea from memorysuppliers.com
http://www.memorysuppliers.com/sam51pcecc53.html 

Hard Drives: Maxtor Diamond max9 80mb 7200 rpm 8mb cache ATA 133 part numer 6Y080P0 (raid 0 array) 139.98 x2 (raid 0 array) from staples of all places (i dare you to find this drive)
http://www.staples.com/Catalog/...&bcClassName=Hard+Drives 

Sound: HerculesFortissimo III 7.1 $42.00 from new egg
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewp...p?description=29-116-116 

Floppy: Teac 1.44 15.90 from MWave
http://direct.mwave.com/mwave/s....hmx?UID=&CID=&Back=&n=1 

CPU: P4 2.4 533 fsb BX80532PE2400D $192.00 Googlegear
http://www.googlegear.com/jsp/P...il.jsp?ProductCode=80646 

Thats it. drives to be setup in raid 0 array. what do you guys think? what would you do for your ultimate system and ....

How Much is Too Much

Thanks,
musashi
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The_Punisher29
2002-11-17T15:52:06Z
MikeL_HH
2002-11-17T16:25:32Z
Your setup looks good but why a floppy drive? And does the DVD-RW also do CDs? Did you have a particular set of speakers in mind? For mid-high range speakers I would highly recommend the Altec Lansing ATP4. Or, if you want high range, I recommend you check out Logitech Z560 or the Altec Lansing 641.
Icebane
2002-11-17T18:30:55Z
Man, there is NO too much when it comes to computers... Whatever you get it will be outdated within 2 years anyway.
Commander
2002-11-17T18:46:43Z
more like 3 months :rolleyes: And get better than RAID 0, all that does is disk striping, it will make your access quicker, but if one hd dies, you'll be screwed.
Icebane
2002-11-17T18:52:30Z
But in 3 months your CPU and Graphics card will still run the better games... In 2 years, there is not a hope in the world!
The_Punisher29
2002-11-17T19:25:28Z
My Radeon 7200 still run BF1942... if I can even say run :rolleyes: more of walk BF1942...
Commander
2002-11-17T19:36:58Z
Hey Hey! My 32Mb TNT2 ran RTCW!!! that was with my Duron 700 with 64mb or 128mb ram i think. I ran it in 16-bit colour and it ran pretty smoothly Damn good for a TNT2 but now i got a gf4 mx440 It will run anything Just gotta kinow how to tweak em.
Icebane
2002-11-17T19:49:03Z
Yeah I hink a Geforce 4 MX 440 will be the way to go... Radeon 8500LE are too hard to find, Radeon 9000 are apparently crap and I can't find a Radeon 9500pro... Plus, paying $700 for a Video card NO matter how good is stupid. Unless you have the momney to waste ofcourse
Commander
2002-11-17T19:54:35Z
hmmmmmmm i've read the reviews on the radeon 9700 pro. It's whips the pants off a ti4600 and it's 8x compatible, so it's gotta be good and it'll last a fairly long time i think. But of course i aint got that money to spend. Have to wait till i get a permanent job first.
Icebane
2002-11-17T20:01:26Z
But $700 is WAYYYYY TOO MUCH!
Commander
2002-11-17T20:07:49Z
agreed. But once i get a permanent job, i'm gonna build a superbox. Prolly come to like $3500. Then i won't have to upgrade for a year or so. I'll get a radeon 9700 and the new Hammer chip from AMD
Icebane
2002-11-17T21:08:26Z
$3500 is alot of money... I have a permanent job and afyter bills and food and other shi7 you a $0 left for computer parts!...

I think soon I will buy a new mobo and processor, I have a 1.4 gig which is great, but it could be faster!
Commander
2002-11-17T22:09:18Z
easy: i still live @ home. Still get hand-outs from the parents and eat all their food. Works great Or if i do move out, i'll prolly live with one of my mates. I got it all sorted
Icebane
2002-11-18T00:33:54Z
i still live at home... But I hate asking for money.. Plus most of it goes to fuel!!!
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