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Old 03-26-2005, 05:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello. I am looking into getting a new gaming system and need some help with this new technology. I am currently running a Dell 8200 1.8 GHZ, 1 GB RDRAM, Radeon 9800 Pro 128, Santa Cruz Turtle Beach Audio, Logitech THX 5.1 Surround.

I am hoping to keep the Radeon for cash reasons and of course the Logitech.

This unit will be used as a gaming rig strictly. I am looking into the Intel Hyperthreading or the AMD 64.

So I need correct motherboard, processor, soundcard, Memory that will work well with the current video card.

Recommendations?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-26-2005, 05:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Defenitly AMD if you're going to be gaming. Get a socket 939 mobo for an AMD socket 939 processor - (3200+ or higer, preferably the FX-55, lol). Make sure it has an AGP slot for the Radeon 9800. Also make sure it has 4 RAM slots for future additions. Get at least 512MB of RAM and it must be PC3200. The mobo will probably have built in 5.1 or better surround, but if it doesnt, and 5.1 card will do. For a mobo I would suggest this one.
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Yep defiantly go AMD for a gaming only rig. AMD > Intel for that (and most of everything)

Get a 3000+ or 3200+ whinchester and OC it.

Keep your vid card and sound card as well.

Look at the SKT 939 AGP Gigabyte's and Abit and MSI boards, as they are the best.

Ram will depend on how much you have to spend.
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Old 03-26-2005, 06:04 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I will definately go with the 1gb ram, but is it worth the extra money (money vs. speed) to go with a 10,000 rpm hard drive?

Are those processors you guys are talking about the 64 bit?

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Old 03-26-2005, 06:41 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I will definately go with the 1gb ram, but is it worth the extra money (money vs. speed) to go with a 10,000 rpm hard drive?

Are those processors you guys are talking about the 64 bit?

Thanks for the replies
10k hd is overkill, you don't need it, just get an 80gig WD sata for ~$61

also, how much is your budget
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yeah the processors are 64-bit

its not worth the mony for 10K hds, but if ya got the money, do it
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Just look t the majority of the signatures on this board to get an idea of a decent (or better) gaming rig. Oh, don't look at mine unless you want a good laugh, but it can handle most games at lower settings.
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10k hd is overkill, you don't need it, just get an 80gig WD sata for ~$61

also, how much is your budget

About 1K, should be able to do what I want with that.
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Old 03-27-2005, 09:41 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Let me know of any errors.

http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduc...factory=BROWSE

Arrow Micro 8" 4-Pin Power Cable Splitter
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WD Caviar Series 80GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive Kit, Model WD800JDRTL, Retail
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Gigaram Memory 184-Pin 1GB DDR PC-3200, Model GR9053-1GB/400/SA - Samsung Retail

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GIGABYTE "GA-K8NS Ultra-939" NVIDIA nForce3 ULTRA Chipset Motherboard For AMD Socket 939 CPU -RETAIL
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AMD Socket 939 Athlon 64 3500+, 90nm, 2.2 GHz, 512KB L2 Cache 64-bit Processor - OEM
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Microsoft Windows XP HOME Edition With Service Pack 2 -OEM
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edit:
do you want to keep or video card or do you want a new one (you could get a new one if you want)

(all prices include shipping)

TT dream case, 115
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduc...factory=BROWSE

NEC 3520a dvd-rw, 54
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduc...152-035&DEPA=0

amd 64 3200+ winchester, 190
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduc...103-502&DEPA=1

dfi lanparty ut ultra-d, 143
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduc...136-152&DEPA=1

Corsair XMS memory 1 gig (2x512mb), 168
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduc...145-450&DEPA=1

WD sata 80 gig, 58
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...135-106&depa=1

Fortron bluestorm, 96 (should be back in stock tomorrow)
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...104-934&depa=0

you can also go with the ocz modstream 520 or neopower 480 for your power supply

total is 822 (quick brain math)

which leaves that, $183 (if you want a new video card that is), and adds up to $1005 plus shipping

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...130-214&depa=1

but then again, you'd want that win xp home sp2 (94 +ship)
if you want to cut back, you could get a ocz modstream for $70 AR

however, if you're giong to stay with your 9800pro, then you're fine
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