ABIT NF7-S (was going to get the 8RDA+, but decided I want S-ATA) <b>125.00</b>
Athlon XP 2000+ <b>65.00</b>
ATI OEM RADEON 9500 128MB DDR Black BULK <b>155.00</b>
Total b4 shipping from newegg is 721.00, w/shipping it is 760.00
so I could get a little more harddrive space, but not sure I need it. My main goal is to be able to play Delta Force Black hawk down well, and some of the newer DX9 stuff that is on tap in the near future. I also really want a BLACK pc, cause I have never had one before and I like black. A better HSF for the CPU is going to be needed as well. So that eats into my 800 dollar budget too. Keep that in mind when you post suggestions. I appreciate it guys.
* I'm noticing a lot of folks recommending against using the black pcb version of this 9500. Check the NewEgg user reviews. Between the black and red PCBs it appears as though the red PCB is the better choice.
* I would substitute the 2200+ with a 2100+. Folks are recieving TBred-B chips from NewEgg on a regular basis with the 2100+. Not sure about 2200+. TBred-B allows some room for any possible future overclocking - could save you from a cpu upgrade down the road. The speed difference between 2200+ and 2100+ is negligible.
So here is what I ended up with due to some budget cuts that had to be made:
CASE RAIDMAX 268FB BLK 350W MID TOWER <b>33.00</b>
MB MSI K7N2 Delta-ILSR Retail <b>135.00</b>
CPU AMD 2200+ ATHLON XP <b>75.00</b>
ZALMAN CNPS3100+ CPU FAN+HS <b>25.00</b>
PANASONIC FD 1.44MB BLK <b>7.00</b>
MSI DVDROM 16X BLK <b>30.50</b>
CDRW MSI DRAGONWRITER CR52-A2 Black <b>42.00</b>
CORSAIR PC2700 VALUE RAM 256MB (x2) <b>59.00</b>
SAMTRON 17" CRT FLAT <b>119.00</b>
ATI OEM RADEON 9500 128M DDR <b>149.00</b>
BLACK MULTIMEDIA KEYBOARD <b>7.00</b>
A4TECH 5 BUTTON OPTICAL MOUSE <b>13.00</b>
Subtotal:694.50 (+5$ FOR OEM CPU 1YR. WARRANTY)
So for a mid range gaming pc for under 800 dollars shipped I think I did well. I would've loved to get lite-on's, but they were A) out and B) too much more money. Also SATA Adapters are the next thing on my list and I should be able to get them next month. I just got 2 40GB IBM deathstars for free from my dad, so if they work I may use them for SATA Raid once I get the adapters. I am using the Maxtor 40GB for making an external HD for my girlfriends laptop. So now I just have the extra 20GB hd, unless the IBM's don't work then she is getting the 20GB maxtor and I am keeping the 40GB one. Again after seeing the post on the 9600pro, I think the 9500 was a good (though budget enforced) choice. I really wanted a 9700np or pro, but it wasn't in the budget and nethier was the 9500pro unfortunately. I will let you know how it benches when it gets here.
So I was going through my old computer stuff I had just lying around and I found a Sunon 120x120x25 2400RPM 69CFM fan. The one that comes with the Zalman is a 92x92x25 nad does at best 53CFM. The Zalman at full speed is 37DB and the Sunon is 35.5DB, so I am going to use my 120MM fan over the top of the CPU HSF. If the Zalman with the 92MM is .26 c/w on high then the 120MM ought to be more like .24 c/w and get better cooling. This should be a good quiet solution and still allow for some overclocking.
<A HREF="http://www.rage3d.com" target="_new">http://www.rage3d.com</A> has info and some links. Basically, you can temporarily modify it to 9700 spec simply by using a hacked driver. You can unlock the clock generator by patching the BIOS, and then overclock it to 9700 speed.
If it's 100% perfect after extensive testing, you can then change a resistor on the surface of the chip and flash it with 9700 Pro BIOS to make those changes permenant.
<font color=blue>Watts mean squat if you don't have quality!</font color=blue>