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Old 06-11-2004, 04:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I plan on ripping out my current CD, DVD and hard drvies, so no need for those.

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I'm trying to stay under $1000, so i dont have a lot of extra cash (shipping) to mess around with. I have a few questions. Is the built-in power supply of the Diablo ATX Mid-Tower Case (450w) enough to support everything? Also, are there any parts I can replace that can give me better preformance per dollrar without lowering the preformance much? And lastly and most importantly, do you see any conflicts between the parts listed, or is it all compatible? Thanks!

Edit: New setup based on advice of others, thanks for catching that mobo/cpu problem
120mm SmartCool fan x2 -20
Athlon 64 3200+ -270
ASUS "K8V SE Deluxe" K8T800 for AMD Socket 754 CPU -123
Corsair 184 Pin 1G(512MBx2) DDR PC-3200 -187
Sapphire RADEON 9800 Pro 256MB -257
SL450 450 Watt ATX12V -70
VAR II SX600II -50
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Old 06-11-2004, 05:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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why is everyone going for a ATI radeon instead of a Nvidia

i have got a 5700 Ultra
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Old 06-11-2004, 11:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
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ATIs are better than NVidia. System looks good, although I would go with a pentium. You may want to get an SP-97 Thermalright cooler to keep temps stable. (Note, these are expensive, at least 50 bucks). You may not need that much RAM either, but obviously it's your call.
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Old 06-12-2004, 12:01 AM   #4 (permalink)
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you cant use that mobo with that processor that mobo is for athlon xp not 64
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Yah your going to want to find a compatible motherboard. www.tigerdirect.com www.newegg.com. THose are the best places to buy from. I would say do this though.

amd xp 3200+ $187

gigabyte motherboard socket A $104


corsair 2x512) 1024mb pc3200 memory $180
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Get a socket 754 mobo. Socket 754 is the socket designed for the Athlon 64. I am getting the Asus K8V Deluxe for my Athlon 64 3200+. That motherboard has excelent reviews.
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where do you look for reviews
in one maggazine they give good review to one mobo, in another they give it to another one.

it makes you so confused
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Old 06-12-2004, 10:46 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Ok, made some modifications based on your suggestions. I'm wondering, is the 9800 prop 256mb worth the extra 100 bucks over the 128? Also, is my power supply good enough to feed my computer, and is my cooling good enough? Thanks!

120mm SmartCool fan x2 -20
Athlon 64 3200+ -270
ASUS "K8V SE Deluxe" K8T800 for AMD Socket 754 CPU -123
Corsair 184 Pin 1G(512MBx2) DDR PC-3200 -187
Sapphire RADEON 9800 Pro 256MB -257
SL450 450 Watt ATX12V -70
VAR II SX600II -50
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128MB is fine for all current games, but in the future you will want 256. You will also want at least five fans in your case if you want to run a high-end system. My Thermaltake case I am getting has 7 fans. Since you are getting the 9800 Pro, 450watts will be enough power in the power supply.
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