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 Post subject: Check out my first build in 4 years!
PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2005 8:40 pm 
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Hey guys its been a while since I've built a machine. This is my first post but I frequent this forum for great information. Anyway, here is what I am uprading from:

Abit Kt7a mobo
Athlon thunderbird 1.33
Crucial 256mb
WD 80 gb ide
SB Live value
Voodoo 3 3500 video card (uhhh yea...)
generic case and psu

Here is the setup I currently have thrown together. The price MUST be kept under $900 and that includes monitor and shipping! Let me know if you guys would switch things around a bit and why...like I said its been a while for me. I'd appreciate any help/suggestions! thanks! ps all these items will be purchased from newegg...their service is unmatched imo.

CoolerMaster Cavalier 3 mid tower case black $60.50
CoolerMaster RealPower 450w ps active pfc 82.99
NEC ND-3520A dvd/rw, oem 52.00
Corsair Value Select 1gb (2x512) ram 91.00
Acer AL1715 17"LCD (12ms response, dvi) 214.00
MSI RS480M2-IL ATI Radeon xpress 200 mobo 92.50
Athlon 64 3000+ (socket 939 90nm) 146.00
Connect3d Radeon x600Pro 128mb pcie 98.00
Logitech mouse 21.00
LiteOn Keyboard 6.25
I plan on using my 80gb wd ide for a while... free

Total including shipping 871.17
(shipping is only .99 on most products right now)

tell me what you think!! Im torn between ati and nvidia chipsets...


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2005 8:44 pm 
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looks good

p.s. that DVD burner is sweeeeeeeeeeeeeet!!!!!! i love it


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2005 8:59 pm 
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Will my older 80gb WD ide drive keep up with the rest of the computer?

How about the video card? Good enough to play HL2?

What do you guys think of the ati radeon xpress 200 chipset? Anyone know if it will have future dual core support?


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2005 9:07 pm 
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im gonna let others answer that, i dont like getting into the card and chipset debates. as i see HL2 running on my roomies g4 justfine of course more is always better but..... as long as the hard drive is up to spec, as in a normal 7200 rpm, 2 or 8 meg buffer etc etc it will do just fine for you
go to like www.anandtech.com and www.motherboards.org among others and do a search for your board or chipset you should find plenty of reviews. or just type in the model into a search engine like google or yahoo.com and youll pull up lots of info for it :)


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2005 8:41 am 
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for that i'd get a board with the Nforce3 Ultra chipset like this one. i've had that board for a while with a 3500+ in it and it rocks. highly recommended.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2005 4:54 pm 
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but its an agp board... I would like to keep things pcie.


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Everything looks great! I like MSI MoBo's, they have good customer support too. You'll be having fun soon buddy!


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2005 5:45 pm 
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pretty good specs. the dvdburner is awesome in performance and you can check out www.crucial.com just in case you change your mine about corsair. corsair is good too, either one crucial or corsair would be good for your system.

i remember the thunderbird cpus, hell ill still sport that. the thunderbirds were awesome back then and still is. i would still use the thunderbirds for computers that i need for as a regular workstation, not for gaming.


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