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Old 07-25-2004, 01:38 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Kangaroo
The Athlon FX is an amazing processor but it also means that you will need registered memory... adds a lot to the price.

For college I would definitely suggest using RAID -1 (mirror) then you won't lose any of your work. Also spend a bit more money on software for protecting your system, just make your you have 1GB+ of memory for the software to work with.

Personally I would get something like:
  • AMD Athlon 64 3500 64Bit (32 Bit compatible) CPU Socket 939 or better
  • 1Gb (2 x 512 Mb) Corsair TwinX, DDR500, PC4000PT, Cas 2
  • 256MB ATI Sapphire Radeon X800 XT VIVO Platinum
  • SATA 2x 200Gb Seagate Barracuda (7200rpm,8MB) - they are nice and quiet using onboard SATA controller.
  • Asus A8V Deluxe WIFI G, VIA K8T800PRO, Socket 939, Dual DDR400, GB LAN, 1394, SATA RAID

Then you will need a case, monitor, software etc. Personally I would choose an extremely quiet case with stealth fans... I get so annoyed by the constant humming sound.

Hope this helps a little.
Actually 939 Athlon 64 FXs don't require registered memory, only socket 940 processors do .

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