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 Post subject: New computer, need help.
PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2004 1:19 am 
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Just wanted an opinion on the rig I'm in the process of building. Maybe someone can suggest a case to me (No PS needed, I have an Antec 480 Watt.)
ASUS "P5AD2 Premium" 925X Chipset Motherboard
Intel LGA775 Pentium 4 550 3.4 GHz Processor
Corsair DDR2-667 XMS2-5400 RAM (2 Gigs)
ATI X800 XT Platinum (I want to find an Arctic Cooling heatsink/fan for it, the one I have on my 9800 Pro is simply phenominal, where to find one would be great info.)
Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS Platinum Pro
RAID 0 Array - 2x Western Digital 250 Gig HDs

Also - What should I do with my old system?

ANTEC Life Style Series Black Case With 380W Power Supply "SONATA"
Intel "D865PERL" i865PE Chipset Motherboard
Intel Pentium 4 2.8E GHz 800MHz FSB, 1MB L2 Cache
Kingston DDR-500 Hyper X RAM (2 Gigs)
MSI ATI RX9800PRO with Arctic Cooling Heatsink/fan
Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS GAMER
RAID 0 Array - 2x Maxtor 120 Gig HDs


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2004 1:49 am 
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Made of money?

-Why that Motherboard? I had it for about a week before pawning it off to a buddy in college (losing $35 in the process). You know you're paying, like double for some stuff you may not need? The P5GD2 isn't that expensive.

-What's with the 2 Gigs? Not outlandish anymore, but questioning it's worth to you. Is this part of a render farm for Industrial Light and Magic? I can't find the end of a Gig yet (or rather, hit it enough to double up to $1000 worth of ram).

-If this all is really in your plans, then you might as well go all the way. You need some Atlas 10's (Maxtor) and a couple 740GD raptors.

-You'll benefit greatly from a new power supply. They now have 24 pin connectors for the 925x boards, and that 480 only has 20 pins. The board comes with an adapter, but why skimp?

-I have no idea what to do with your old one besides keep it. I don't see why you're upgrading from that thing though. It's still very solid. What you have lined up is very expensive.


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 Post subject: Re: New computer, need help.
PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2004 7:02 am 
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ZeroAlex wrote:

Also - What should I do with my old system?



Give it to one of the poor buggers out there who are still running Slot-1 generation Celeron technology? (Like me) ;D


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Abit BX-6, Celeron 1400... it's not old school. It's old crumbly condemmed school


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2004 7:37 am 
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wow your old system is still pretty kickass. you can donate it to me if you wish. as for a case recommendation, i recommend antec cases since their cases are pretty sturdy and it also provides great cooling. antec power supplies are great and i have one too.


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 Post subject: Re: New computer, need help.
PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2004 10:05 am 
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ZeroAlex wrote:
Just wanted an opinion on the rig I'm in the process of building. Maybe someone can suggest a case to me (No PS needed, I have an Antec 480 Watt.)
ASUS "P5AD2 Premium" 925X Chipset Motherboard
Intel LGA775 Pentium 4 550 3.4 GHz Processor
Corsair DDR2-667 XMS2-5400 RAM (2 Gigs)
ATI X800 XT Platinum (I want to find an Arctic Cooling heatsink/fan for it, the one I have on my 9800 Pro is simply phenominal, where to find one would be great info.)
Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS Platinum Pro
RAID 0 Array - 2x Western Digital 250 Gig HDs

Also - What should I do with my old system?

ANTEC Life Style Series Black Case With 380W Power Supply "SONATA"
Intel "D865PERL" i865PE Chipset Motherboard
Intel Pentium 4 2.8E GHz 800MHz FSB, 1MB L2 Cache
Kingston DDR-500 Hyper X RAM (2 Gigs)
MSI ATI RX9800PRO with Arctic Cooling Heatsink/fan
Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS GAMER
RAID 0 Array - 2x Maxtor 120 Gig HDs


Your upgrade as you've drawn up will NOT be worth the investment.

If you're going to upgrade anything, get a new videocard --> GeForce 6800 GT
If there's anything you need like more storage space, then go for it.

Most of the componants you're upgrading to are only marginally better than what you have and seem rather excessive and not particularly practical.


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 Post subject: Re: New computer, need help.
PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2004 10:59 am 
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MoboMoFo wrote:
Your upgrade as you've drawn up will NOT be worth the investment.

If you're going to upgrade anything, get a new videocard --> GeForce 6800 GT
If there's anything you need like more storage space, then go for it.

Most of the componants you're upgrading to are only marginally better than what you have and seem rather excessive and not particularly practical.


Agreed. Not much I can add to that.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2004 4:03 am 
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I'm trying to build a rig that will last me a long while, as I'm on my way over seas (And it is a royal pain in the ass to get computer parts at decent prices in Europe). I've taken suggestions into suggestion, and changed it up a bit (though I'm an ATI person, not NVIDIA). What I need, however, is ideas for a tough, well cooled case in which to put this. (As for the Raptors, I'm not interested in something that small, since I keep images of all the CDs and DVDs I own on my hard drives.)

MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum Mobo
Intel LGA775 Pentium 4 550 3.4 GHz Processor
Corsair TWIN2X1024-4200 DDR2-533 XMS2-4200 RAM, 1 gig (later 2, I'm sure.)
ATI X800 XT Platinum (Anyone know if the V.3 VGA Cooler will work on this, since its roughly the same size as the 9800 series?)
Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS
RAID 0 Array - 2x Western Digital 250 Gig HDs (I do need that much storage, though I might just run the storage array off my Athlon via remote access.)


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2004 7:09 am 
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Lol then you are not very smart if you want it to last you a very long time.
you have no 64-bit, no SM 3.0. Also that CPU is not exactly next-gen, as a socket 478 board is cheaper and more effective at the same clock speed... It will last you maybe through next year, and then you will not be able to do some things to their fullest, 64-bit windows, games on SM 3.0 , and the like. You have to specify how long is long.... 2,3,4,5 years??? if it 3 or 4 years you should get a 64-bit chip, even an Intel chip is fine, but you will regret it if you dont...


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