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Old 04-08-2004, 12:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My future comp:
CAS-KGS01D-BK Black Mid Tower w/ 400W PSU, Side USB2.0
LG 4082B 8X DVD+/-R / 4X DVD+/-RW Black OEM (Not sure yet)
Pentium 4 2.8E GHz "Prescott" 1MB cache
Western Digital 120GB w/ 8MB cache
PC3200 DDR400 256MBx2 CAS2.5 (OCZ400512EBDCPE-K)
Logitech Cordless MX Duo
Samsung SyncMaster 171N 17" Silver (Not so sure yet)
ASUS P4P800-DLX Intel 865PE, 800MHz Dual DDR400
Creative Sound Blaster Live! X-Gamer 5.1
PowerColor Radeon 9200SE 128MB DDR (not sure yet)

well guys, wat do you think of it?
I got few questions though.
about the memory.
I dunno which should I choose cuz it has many type.
especially from OCZ.
It has many type such as premeir, performance, platiunium
gold etc.
can you guys give me some idea about it.

also, I'm thinking to get an LCD.
But, I dunno which brand or type I should choose.
I mean is there any things that I have to check before decide to buying it
like quality and performance.

lastly, wasup with ATI??
I confused with power color, ATI and sapphire.
wat the difference among them?
wat card do you guys thing I should get?
and wat the reason?

tx alot guys..
I know it's bit too long
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Old 04-08-2004, 09:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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As far as I know, ATI is the company that first comes out with these video cards, then their "partners" make a near-duplicate of it. So, companies like asus or power color are just making their version of ATI's product. Have a look here, it might help a bit:

http://www.ati.com/buy/promotions/r360aib/index.html
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ATI make the GPU's and Saphire, Powercolor etc. all use the same GPU and make their own versions (which are almost the same)
I would go with Saphire out of them, because they always have high quality and very few driver probs
a Radeon 9600 Pro/XT would be the best for money vs performance, maybe not 256MB though

I would prefer CRT's as they have a higher refresh rate (better gaming) and are less expensive

Corsair Micro or Kingston memory is always good (Corsair's have their own heat spreaders)
2x256 or 2x512 is enough now, no point going more than 1GB total though
PC3200 (400MHZ) is what you should look for too

cordless mouse + keyboard are not always good, they have higher latency (more noticable in games like counter-strike) and you have to replace batteries or constantly recharge

for a few bux more you might want a SATA drive, Seagate or WD are my choices - I personally like Seagate for being quiet, fast, reliable and usually less expensive than WD

I saw that the 2.8 Prescott doesn't have as much performance as Northwood, it was desighed to be able to run at higher GHZ and lower voltages but has more pipelining and completes less instructions per clock cycle, Northwood is the better one until they make the Prescotts with higher GHZ
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You all beat me to it... =P
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tx for your input apokalipse.
can you give me some wepage where I can read more about Northwood type.
yeah...I'll definitely change my HD to SATA (tx)
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I would recommand more memory or/and a better video card
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2x256 or 2x512 is enough now, no point going more than 1GB total though
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a Radeon 9600 Pro/XT would be the best for money vs performance, maybe not 256MB though
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