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IranianHobo
05-12-02, 01:23 PM
I might end up building myself a computer this year to congragulate my less then stellar sophmore year. (Big-arsed might there)

I have spent the last hour or so combing through old posts and reviews and figure now is the time for me to post something.

I need help on choosing a casemotherboard, proccesor, and video card. Let me outline really really basically what I am looking for...

Case- Antec Performence Plus Series??? I guess whatever works.
Processor- I am probobly going to go with an AMD card due to price constraints. Dont plan on OCing.
Video Card- Something around $200. I have like some fetish with ATI Radeon 8500s that you should probobly know about. ;)
Motherboard- Abit KT7? Oh i dunno just talking out of my ass by this point.


Heres what I have figured out I plan on...
Memory- Crucial Micron 512MB 64x64 PC2100 DDR RAM at $140.00. Maybe eventually get another pieace and go over the gig mark :D
Sound Card- Hercules Fortissimo II (unless I could get out of it with somewhat decent onbaord sound.)
HD- A Maxtor Liquid Bearing drive at 7200RPM. THe size depends on how much money I have left. And also a 40 gig Seagate 5200RPM drive that I plan on using as my porn depository.
Media Drives- A DVD 16x Toshiba and a 16x TDK CD-RW that I already have.

Thanks for looking over this stuff guys.

m4a2t0t
05-12-02, 01:27 PM
antec cases are really nice and have alot of room for fans

when do u plan on buying this

IranianHobo
05-12-02, 01:32 PM
Originally posted by m0a2t4t
when do u plan on buying this

Once I figure out what I would end up buying I would have to go speak with my parents about it. Past that I could put it together after I take the SAT II's June 3rd. So really ASAP.

m4a2t0t
05-12-02, 02:11 PM
what the price range/limit for everything(case,proc,vid card and mobo)

IranianHobo
05-12-02, 02:22 PM
Around 100 bucks for the case I guess. Around $400 for the other three pieces. If im way off on this tell me please

YARDofSTUF
05-12-02, 02:30 PM
look into a maxtop case for more room and cooling

also around 50 bucks only

m4a2t0t
05-12-02, 02:33 PM
heres the new antec case with a side panel fan
http://www.newegg.com/app/Showimage.asp?image=11-129-106-01.JPG/11-129-106-02.JPG/11-129-106-03.JPG/11-129-106-04.JPG/11-129-106-05.JPG/11-129-106-06.JPG/11-129-106-07.JPG/11-129-106-08.JPG/11-129-106-09.JPG

$95

for the mobo id say either the epox 8kha or 8k3a and a xp processor,whatever speed u fit into ur price range.

IranianHobo
05-12-02, 04:14 PM
I think I am going to go with a MAXTOP CSX-147K case with a 350 watt PSU for 49.00 (YOS thanks for the heads up on the Maxtop's ).


That leaves the mobo and video card as really crucial things to figure out before I finilize with my parents.

m0a2t4t and YOS thank you so much for helping me out with this.

m4a2t0t
05-12-02, 04:56 PM
newegg has a epox 8k3a for $95,has kt333ce and ata133.version 1.0 supports 1500,1600,1700,1800 and 2100 amd xp cpu.i dunno why it doesnt support 1900 and 2000's.
newegg also has a 1800(1.53Ghz) OEM for $104.
and a ATI raedon 8500 128MB DDR for $225,do u do alot of gaming?
u also need a good HSF.
alpha pal8045,thermalright ax-7.very good heatsinks

thats about $475 plus shipping and tax

loop2kil
05-12-02, 05:00 PM
i know u said that u were considering amd b/c of cost but take a look at my post from earlier and see what u can get if u go the intel route. either way u will not go wrong as both are very nice these days. but dont discard intel as a choice based on price as it is not an issue anymore. i have updated the prices there to reflect what www.newegg.com is charging right now.


http://forums.speedguide.net/showthread.php?s=&postid=676949#post676949

A_old
05-12-02, 06:26 PM
Originally posted by m0a2t4t
newegg has a epox 8k3a for $95,has kt333ce and ata133.version 1.0 supports 1500,1600,1700,1800 and 2100 amd xp cpu.i dunno why it doesnt support 1900 and 2000's.
newegg also has a 1800(1.53Ghz) OEM for $104.
and a ATI raedon 8500 128MB DDR for $225,do u do alot of gaming?
u also need a good HSF.
alpha pal8045,thermalright ax-7.very good heatsinks

thats about $475 plus shipping and tax


it should support the others too. dunon why they aren't listed.

IranianHobo
05-12-02, 07:50 PM
Oright, wow this took me a while to get together. Firstly let me thank everyone who helped me on this especially m0a2t4t and el bob.

Before loop2kil's post I had checked intel prices and was considering switching towards an Intel system, seeing the kind of difference that I had occured last time I checked proc's. After seeing his thread and talking to el bob I decided to switch over to an Intel system. And now the system as it is right now:




Case
MAXTOP CSX-147K (Gray) . 2 Fans . 350W Power Supply. 2xFans 7-bay Front USB Connector Mid Tower. $49.00

Motherboard
SOYO P4S DRAGON ULTRA DDR 333 SIS645/961 400MHz FSB SOCKET-478 MOTHERBOARD- RETAIL BOX ATX, 3 X 184-Pin DDR DIMM Socket up to 3 GB, 6 PCI slots, 1 AGP slots, Integrated Audio Subsystem, Supports up to PIO mode 5 and Ultra DMA 33/66/100/133 Two PCI bus mastering ATA E-IDE ports,RAID. $140.00

Processor
Intel Pentium4 1.8A GHz 512K Socket 478 Processor 400MHz Processor Bus
Specifications:
CPU: 1.8A GHz
Type: Pentium 4
Cache: 512K
BUS: 400 Mhz
Socket: 478 Retail (Box with Heatsink and Fan)- $185.00

Video Card
GAINWARD/CARDEXPERT GeForce 3 Ti200 64MB (NVIDIA GeForce3 Ti 200 GPU), Power Pack Golden Sample, ( 4ns 64MB DDR. ). TV-Out. GF3TI200 TI450. Retail box. $124.00

Memory
CORSAIR MEMORY CMX512-2700C2 PC2700 DDR RAM 333MHz w/ Heat Spreader - OEM 64x64, Non-ECC, 184-Pin, CAS 2.0 -Unbuffered Requires DDR supported Motherboard - Lifetime Warranty. $186.00

Hard Drive 1
MAXTOR 80GB 7200RPM Model # 6L080J4 - OEM, DRIVE ONLY D740X Series Ultra ATA 133 2mb Cache Buffer 8.5 ms Seek Time - 3 Year Manufacturer Warranty 80.0 gb 7200 rpm. $110.00

Dump Hard Drive
Seagate 40 GB 5400 RPM. To be transfered from current comp.

CD-Rom Drive
Samsung SC152LEB 52X CD-ROM Retail Superhigh speed CD-ROM Drive! Average access time is just 80 mm/sec.
Specifications:
Interface EIDE / ATAPI
Drive Type Internal Type
Disc Diameter 80 mm / 120 mm
Buffer Memory 128 KB
Loading Type Motorized Tray Type
Drive Mounting Horizontal / Vertical
MTBF 125,000 POH(25%)
Supported Disc formats: CD-R/RW,CD-DA,CD-ROM/XA,Video-CD,CD-I, Multisession Photo CD,CD-EXTRA. $23.00

Floppy Drive
SAMSUNG 1.44MB FLOPPY DRIVE Model# SFD321B/LEB - OEM, DRIVE ONLY 1 Year Warranty. $7.00


Total:
$824.00 + Shipping is just about $50.00

I spoke to my dad about it and he's grumpy about it but gave his consent on the condition that I start it after school ends. I could probobly do it now but I dont want to get him REAL pissed off so we'll see what happens.

Please tell me what you think about the system as it stands right now. All prices are from newegg.com.

kieofwoo
05-12-02, 08:29 PM
seeing as you already have a cd-RW and a DVD, do you really need the new CD player?

similarly you must have a floppy drive already?

IranianHobo
05-12-02, 08:37 PM
Originally posted by kieofwoo
seeing as you already have a cd-RW and a DVD, do you really need the new CD player?

similarly you must have a floppy drive already?

I am passing my current computer onto my little bro. I am going to take my CD-RW and my dump drive with me, but even the little man needs to use the floppy and cd every now and then.

loop2kil
05-12-02, 09:14 PM
everything youve picked out looks good. I know some won't agree with me here but i would suggest getting the 128mb gainward gf3. its only $25 more and will 'future proof' the deal a little better. being as your dad seems to be the one flipping the bill here, getting the card with the extra 64 mb of ram, will not necessarily give u more performance now but games will soon be coming out that have '64mb vid card recommended' and u will have it covered and then some. this might help ease the need to have to upgrade as soon.

kieofwoo
05-12-02, 10:21 PM
Originally posted by IranianHobo


I am passing my current computer onto my little bro. I am going to take my CD-RW and my dump drive with me, but even the little man needs to use the floppy and cd every now and then.

ahh of course, we all need to use our floppies now and again :D