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Old 08-26-2004, 06:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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OK, so I've had my current computer for about 3 years, and things are starting to get a little old and crusty around here (not to mention that it's a Gateway and I'm a gamer .)

Anyway, after much consideration, I have decided that I want to build my own computer; however, I lack the experience that many of the seasoned veterans of this forum have. Here is a list of parts that I am considering using for my computer:

Case: ANTEC ALUMINUM SERIES SUPER LAN BOY MINI TOWER CASE

Mobo: ASUS "K8V SE Deluxe" K8T800 Chipset Motherboard for AMD Socket 754 CPU

Gpu: ATI RADEON 9800 PRO Video Card, 256MB DDR, 256-bit, DVI/TV-Out, 8X AGP

PSU: Aspire Turbo Case 520W 12V Blue Triple Fan Aluminum Power Supply

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3200+

RAM: Corsair Value Select Dual Kits 184 Pin 1G(512MBx2) DDR PC-2700

HD: Maxtor 80GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive

Sound Card: Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS GAMER Limited Edition PCI Sound Card

Speakers: ALTEC LANSING 251 5.1 Amplified Speaker System

(Note: All from newegg.com, and total price comes to $1,135.48)

I am planning on using my current monitor, keyboard and mouse. Now, am I missing any parts? Are all these parts compatible? If not, any recommendations? Where could I find a book or tutorial on assembling a computer?

Any and all comments/answers are appreciated.
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Old 08-26-2004, 06:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Very good, though I would recommend that if you can you might want to get DDR400 instead of DDR333 Minor detail though
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u may or maynot know, but ill mention a few anyway...

64 Athlon in socket 754 doesnt use duel channel.

3200+ 64 is going to come out in socket 939(compatable with Duel channel ram) twords the end of the year. and it will be cheeper.

so if u use the ram u have selected with 754socket 3200, it will not run in duel channel mode.

and u should get pc3200 ram to fully utilize your FSB(front side bus). i think thy cost the samething anyway.

and 'Western Digital' and 'Seagate' brand harddrives are recomended, more reliable.
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Old 08-26-2004, 06:33 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Here's a great tutorial to building your own computer. It really helped me:

www.pcmech.com/byopc
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If you game you could go with the Corsair XMS Series as that is very good for gaming, thats just a suggestion if you have the money, otherwise its still kickass RAM.
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try to avoid Value ram . . . not that great . . .

and of course, pc-3200 instead of 2700 . . .

also, if you wait, you can get the 3500+ in 939 in a while for a bit cheaper . . .
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I thought Value RAM was still pretty decent?
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I thought Value RAM was still pretty decent?
nope, my fellow gmail man . . . avoid value ram for gaming systems . . .
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Well yea for gaming you dont really want it, XMS is the way to go.
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Your computer is gonna friggin explode if you use cheap stuff I know, because I had the cheap stuff RAM is pretty overrated unless you plan on OCing it
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