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August 27, 2003 12:56:16 AM

im planning to buy a CPU with $400 budget. I plan on buying this components:

Video Card: ASUS V9280TD Geforce4 Ti4200 128MB 128 bit AGP 8X
Processor: AXP 1800+
Memory: CORSAIR MEMORY XMS Extreme Memory Speed Series 256MB 32MX64 PC-2700C2PT
Mobo: ASUS A7V8X-X
Hard Disk: Seagate 40GB 7200rpm
Power Supply: Sparkle Power 300 Watt Switching Power Supply

planning to buy all from newegg. $404 all in all. i can't stretch my $400 budget any further. im buying 10 pieces of this system. Thanks in advance for the input guys...

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August 27, 2003 1:23:43 AM

You can get a refurb Asus A7v8X (non-x) for $54 right now at NewEgg. Better yet, MSI K7N2 Delta-L ($61) or the Shuttle AN35N-Ultra ($56). Either of those will get you into the nForce 2 Ultra 400 chipset. Then, when you wrangle up $80 in the future, you can grab another stick of memory and be able to run in dual channel. Don't be afraid of the refurb, just make sure you have an IDE cable, since you may not get one with the board. Get the AMD 1700+ instead of the 1800+, you could overclock to make up the difference and then some if you wished. With the difference in price, get some PC3200 memory.
-Brett

<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by smitbret on 08/26/03 09:26 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
August 27, 2003 2:17:05 AM

I agree with him, buttttt.. don't get refurb'd. just buy the entire product. Get nforce2 though, the asus a7n8x is an awesome board. DONT GET VIA, just get nforce 2 ;) 
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August 27, 2003 3:01:54 AM

actually...amd is now shipping some tbred A's in their low end chips :frown:

Chances are he will get a tbred A not a tbred B...sad very sad

I am sure this is happening with the 1700+ i dunno about the 1800+


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August 27, 2003 4:20:13 AM

He can't afford a non-refurb. What's wrong with a refurb?
-Brett
August 27, 2003 4:28:39 AM

Nothing's wrong with a refurb, except you take a chance it won't work, it usually doens't come in the original box, and usually comes with just the motherboard, no accessories, cables, case metal thingys whatever they're called, and only has a 30 day warranty.. other than that, there's nothing wrong with a refurb ;) 
August 27, 2003 5:47:05 AM

Just use A7V8X-X,it is a fit mobo for you.And the upper guys are Crazy-OC-Users,that is to say their pieces of suggestion are not for nromal use.If you donnt want to OC,then choose what you think right,OK?;-)
August 27, 2003 5:58:05 AM

Hey that mb ocs pretty good. Sure it isn't quite as fast as the nforce, but you can still get some ok gains. I think you have made all the right choices. You are spending a fair amount of hard earned, but will end up with a good solid rig.
August 27, 2003 12:06:31 PM

XP1800+ $51
Epox 8RDA+ $79
Corsair XMS PC2700 1x256 = $56 (x2=$112)
ChainTech AGX20 Ti 4200 128Mb = $119
Maxtor 40Gb 7200RPM OEM = $60
Fortron FSP350-60BN 350W PSU = $39
Total: $404

This setup does not give you dual channel, but will be ready for it if you upgrade by sticking another 256Mb module in there in the future.

your sparkle 300W might not be good enough, but this fortron Unit should be.

Basically, stick the cpu in, shift the FSB up to 166, and you'll have (effectively) an XP2200+. system.

I note you don't list a case, or a HSF - what are you using for these?

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August 27, 2003 7:20:50 PM

Im not going to use a case 'coz it will be implanted in a cubicle table. I will use the retail hsf. I don't have plans to overclock. I will be using this rig in an internet cafe here in our place 'coz I want the people in our community/city to experience good/decent gaming. Highest configuration here in our place is P4 2.2Ghz coupled with GF4MX and generic mem. My rig(AXP1700+, Abit GF4Ti4200, Micron 256MB DDR, Soyo Dragon+ all brought from newegg) easily outperforms their rig. Seems like ppl here in our place are not aware that there is a "Ti" version of GF4 and even if they did, it is not available here. By the way, I live in the Philippines. I can't take my chances on a refurbs although I am really tempted bcoz of the price.
August 27, 2003 7:20:51 PM

Im not going to use a case 'coz it will be implanted in a cubicle table. I will use the retail hsf. I don't have plans to overclock. I will be using this rig in an internet cafe here in our place 'coz I want the people in our community/city to experience good/decent gaming. Highest configuration here in our place is P4 2.2Ghz coupled with GF4MX and generic mem. My rig(AXP1700+, Abit GF4Ti4200, Micron 256MB DDR, Soyo Dragon+ all brought from newegg) easily outperforms their rig. Seems like ppl here in our place are not aware that there is a "Ti" version of GF4 and even if they did, it is not available here. By the way, I live in the Philippines. I can't take my chances on a refurbs although I am really tempted bcoz of the price.
August 28, 2003 1:41:32 PM

If you've definitely got no overclocking plans, you could get 256Mb Crucial PC2100 RAM and save some cash ($44). I thought you might want it for a Net/Gaming Cafe cos U said you wanted 10 of them...

If you'll use the retail Fan, you'll need the Retail CPU too - so that's $57 from newegg...

so that's saving $6 per pc - $398 each (if you go with my suggestions that is)

even in single channel the nforce2 is better performing than the VIA board, and VIA can be a bit hit & miss in my experience.

Plus the Nforce2 is more upgradable (should support 200FSB bartons, & another stick of RAM gets u dual channel should u need to.)

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August 28, 2003 3:21:04 PM

Donnt u know the ugly drivers about Nforce2?It really hurts your feelings,if you had installed and tested any of them!--I mean every Nforce2 driver is really sucking!Especially in the IDE part!And may crash down with no reason.
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