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Powerworks
07-17-03, 01:35 AM
ok, this is what I am planning on right now, if you see anything wrong or something that I might could fix, please do let me know.. I'm still taking suggestions..

I am on a $350 budget...

Maxtop CSX-7788KEB (black)w/350w PSU and 2 fans.

GEIL 512MB PC-2700 (333MHz) DDR RAM, 6 Layer Ultra Low Noise Shielded PCB, 32x8 Low Density/Unbuffered

Shuttle AN35N-Ultra

Athlon XP 2400+/2500+ (still deciding)

Prolink GeforceFX 5200 128mb/ XFX GeforceFX 5200 128mb (also stilld eciding)

Any suggestions? I will be using the HDD in my dell and any other fans I need..

CaptNKILL
07-17-03, 01:46 AM
Looks great for the price.

And there shouldnt be much deciding with the 2400\2500. The 2500 is just an awesome CPU. The 2400 is great too, but the extra cache pretty much makes 2500+ future proof. If you ever need more CPU power than it gives, the thing can overclock to 3000+ speed very easily as well.

Also, did you plan on getting more RAM later? Because on an NForce 2 board, you should get 2 sticks rather than one big one, that way you can get Dual Channel mode (double your system memory bandwidth). Personally, I would stay with what you have (a single 512 stick) and then get another 512 later to give you a gig of ram + dual channel mode. This will deffinitly be enough for any apps\games for the next couple years.

Besides that, looks fine.

Powerworks
07-17-03, 05:33 AM
Well.. I just got another $50.. but I think i'm just going to use this to buy another stick of 512mb if possible.. or maybe look at a better vid card.. hmm. does anyone know how good this motherboard is?... I'm going by wal-mart today.. They just got a bunch of new GeforceFX cards in.. I am going to check out their prices and if they're not any better i'm going to come home and order the above tonight..

Thanks for the suggestion ;)

Does anyone else has any input?

EDIT: Also does it really matter if the memory has heat spreaders or not? Because this ram doesn't, i could always buy some that does... but its more expensive =(

Besides, if I have to.. I could use some fans out of this computer.. The one I am buying comes with 2 fans.. I could remove the two from this dell and put those in also.. that would be four fans.. I think that would be enough air..

One more thing.. When it says.. Four IDE devices.. does that mean i could only have 2 hdd and 2 cd devices, or mix and match?

nin_fragile14
07-17-03, 12:24 PM
I would look for a better videocard. The 5200 does support DirectX 9, but it's very slow in new games. (Many benchmarks show it averaging about 12 fps on Splinter Cell). I'd go for a 5600 if you could, or better, a Radeon 9500 or 9600 Pro. It would be about $75 more, but considering a Geforce 5200 will hardly even allow you to play Half-Life 2 and Doom 3, it might be worth the extra cash.

styles-T
07-17-03, 12:36 PM
Originally posted by Powerworks

EDIT: Also does it really matter if the memory has heat spreaders or not? Because this ram doesn't, i could always buy some that does... but its more expensive =(


Depending on if you want to overclock or not. Heat spreader removes heat so when you overclock it things get hotter.Pretty self explanatory. How much more are you talking about in price? 5 -10$.



One more thing.. When it says.. Four IDE devices.. does that mean i could only have 2 hdd and 2 cd devices, or mix and match?

Primary and Seconday IDE. With slaves on both.

Primary (1) with a slave (2). Secondary (3) with a slave (4).
Thats what it sounds like.

:D

Powerworks
07-17-03, 04:31 PM
Ahh ok thanks.. and yes I am planning on using this extra money on a better video card...

After the mobo, cpu, memory, case, and thermal paste, I still have about $100 (since my budget is now $400) to spend on a video card..

Powerworks
07-18-03, 07:29 AM
ok.. heres what I got..

Maxtop CSX-7788KEB
Shuttle AN35N-Ultra
Athlon XP 2500+ (Barton)
Kingston 512mb(2x256mb) DDR400 PC3200
Gainward FX5200, 8X AGP, 128MB(128bit)

Then for thermal paste i got...
Arctic Silver Ceramique 2.7gram (anyone ever used this?)

Thanks to you guys for all the help you gave me in trying to decide! ;)

Gator
07-18-03, 07:38 AM
Definetly get the Barton 2500 cpu, it might have a slightly lower stock speed than the 2400, but the extra cache makes ALL the difference in the world. You'll love it, and it's overclockable too.

I don't like your choice of the GFFX5200 or the Ultra, try to find an affordable GFFX5600 Ultra instead, or maybe even a GF4TI. I know GF4TI doesn't have DX9, but the DX9 support of GFFX5200 is so limited anyway about the only thing that would benefit it 3dmark2k3 :p

Powerworks
07-18-03, 08:15 AM
Too late my friend.. i'm flat broke now :p