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Old 09-18-2005, 04:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Last minute changes?

Here's a list of parts I plan on ordering tonight. Any last minute changes you guys see worth making? My budget is $800, and I have the monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, and OS.

Case: Aspire X-Infinity ATX Mid-Tower Case
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16811144076

Power Supply: Aspire Concord ATX 500W
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16817148010

Motherboard: EPoX EP-9NPA+Ultra ATX
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16813123236

Video Card: eVGA Geforce 6600GT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130214

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3000+ 1GHz FSB Socket 939
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16819103537

RAM: OCZ Performance Series 1GB (2 x 512MB) DDR 400 (PC 3200)
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16820227031

Floppy: Samsung Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16821103203

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar SE WD800JD 80GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache Serial ATA150
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16822135106

DVD Burner: LITE-ON Black IDE DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16827106988

Add 3 more case fans, round floppy cable, SATA cable, 20-24 pin powersupply/motherboard adapter, and a power conversion cable for my video card, and the total comes to $794 after shipping.
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Old 09-18-2005, 06:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Switch from the EPox to an Abit, Asus, MSI, Giga-byte or DFI

If you can't aford to, downgrade your ram. You won't nottice much difference unless you plan to overclock.

All retail motherboards come with ide, floppy, and sata cable.
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I've done a bunch of research on the motherboard, and all the reviews at Newegg seem good. I also found a nice review on my motherboard here: http://www.hardocp.com/article.html?art=NzQ4LDE=

Good catch on the SATA cable, I didn't know for sure if my motherboard came with one or not, so I planned on ordering one just to be safe. After looking a little more, I found out that it comes with two SATA cables.

The RAM... I do plan on overclocking, but not right away. I'll be too damn excited just to get the machine up and running, I won't have time to overclock.

Anything else you guys see that could use some fixing?
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Old 09-18-2005, 09:16 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Stick with the 6600GT but go for a leadtek or gigabyte.
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Just changed the XFX 6600GT to the eVGA 6600GT because the eVGA was on sale this weekend for the same price as the XFX, and from what I've read, eVGA is better.
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Stick with the one gig of ram, thats pretty standard nowadays, and Epox isnt a bad brand. However, if you can afford extra, go for 3200+ or 3500+, because 3000+ is getting a little behind. Also, see if you can get SATA2, its a fasterHD.
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I didn't think $40 was worth the .2Ghz difference between the 3000+ (1.8Ghz) and 3200+ (2Ghz). I think it would be just as easy to overclock. Depending on cooling, I should be able to reach the 3500+ speeds as well (2.2Ghz).
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