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Old 12-31-2005, 05:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Okay, so I am preparing to build my first computer. Tell me what you think of the specs:

Mobo: ASUS P4P800-E DELUXE Socket 478 Intel 865PE ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...N82E1681313149

Processor: Intel Pentium 4 3.2E Prescott 800MHz FSB 1MB L2 Cache Socket 478 Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819116172

Video Card: ATI 100-435601 Radeon X850XT PE 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 VIVO AGP 4X/8X Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102502

Memory: CORSAIR XMS 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...86#DetailSpecs

Power: Antec SmartPower 2.0 SP-500 ATX12V 500W Power Supply 100Vac to 240Vac +/- 10% TUV, UL, CUL, CE, CB, FCC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817103937

CD/DVD: SONY Black 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1615/B2s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827101131

HD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 ST3250823AS 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148065

Case: Antec Performance I P180 Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129154

Fan: Zalman CNPS9500 LED CPU Cooler
http://www.xoxide.com/zalman-cnps9500-led-cooler.html



So I have a few questions. First, are all these parts compatible? Second, the case I have is designed a little weird. Here is a picture of the inside:

Some of the components are switched around and I'm wondering if this will be a problem for me when I build it. I read some reviews that said beginner builders should not use this case as it will cause extra frustration, but supposedly this case allows for better air flow and is very good all around. Thoughts?
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Is this build supposed to be for gaming? If so, you'd be better of with an Athlon 64. The video card could also use some help. Not only is the X850 not so great, it's AGP.
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It's a top-of-the-line AGP, and I don't feel like dishing out extra money for a motherboard with PCI-E support when it's not necessary.

I got a budget.
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You could slack off on the RAM a bit and go for a better video card, you know. Plus, you never answered my original question.

And arguably, the 6800GS AGP is better.
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I couldn't resist the deal on the ram though, it's so godamn cheap.
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So, is this thing gonna be for gaming?
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A little bit of everything, but yes, some gaming. You don't think it's properly equipt? Suggestions are welcome.
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Well, Socket 478 is being pushed out, and at that price, you could get a much better Athlon 64 system.
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here look at this

3700 AMD 64 and Asus K8V-MX Via Socket 754 MicroATX mobo
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...647529&CatId=0

Cooler Master / Hyper 48
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...339&CatId=1187

GAINWARD Power Pack Ultra/2100 Golden Sample Geforce 6800
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16814128193R
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If your going to be strictly gaming, go with AMD. For the same price you have up there, you can get a DFI ultra-d, 3700+, 7800GT, and that RAM if you really want it. AGP is going out and the newer cards are all going to be PCI-e. Everything else looks good though.
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