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Old 03-31-2006, 10:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Building a new computer (help with what parts to choose)

I'm going to be heading off to college in the fall and I want to upgrade my computer so I can have for atleast a few years in college. Here is my current system.

Evga Geforce 6600 gt Pci express 128mb
Asus P5GDC-V Deluxe LGA motherboard
p4 2.8ghz LGA processor
Antec Lanboy Case
Western Digital 80 gb IDE hard drive
Corsair 1 GB XMS memory

This is what I want to upgrade to

CORSAIR XMS 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Dual Channel Kit System Memory - 286 $

Intel Pentium 4 651 Cedar Mill 800MHz FSB 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 EM64T Processor - 277 $

XFX PV-T71F-YDF9 GeForce 7900 GTX (665MHz) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - 529 $

I would just like some input if theres anything I can change or things that I can buy for cheaper but do the same thing.

also I would like to get a new hard drive, can anyone give me recommendations for new SATA Hard drives? I want to go to 350 gb or more if possible. I've heard that the 16mb cache Hard drives don't work with intel processors. Is this true?

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Old 04-01-2006, 12:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Sounds good.

I don't know about XFX... heard their cards are either great or duds, no middle of the road. Stick with eVGA.

You should probably look at getter a better PSU (unless you are running a 500W+ already).

Hope you have good fans in your case... Intel runs hot.


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Old 04-01-2006, 05:04 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah, looks good. I'm using the case for my new build, the Antec Super Lanboy.
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Never heard about the problem with Intel procs and 16mb cache hard drives. Found this WD hard drive that looks like what you might want. I perfer Seagate, but the price difference would make me think twice.

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Old 04-01-2006, 11:02 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I have a 16mb 250gb WD hd with my P4 system...Go with the hard drive suggested above or this:

I personnally would keep that processor you have, buy a decent heatsink fan like a Big Typhoon or Zalman 9500 and overclock the thing to like 3.2, shouldnt be a problem.

I would just add 2 more 512mbs of ram to go with your current 2x 512, makes more sense and less money...get the exact same ones, thats what I did and it runs great, also better speed, (I believe) with 4x512 memory.

Also, i think you would be quite content with this video card:

IMO thats too much money for that card, when you can have a kickass card for $200 + cheaper..but its up to you.
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