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June 8, 2006 1:37:33 PM

I would like to stick around $550 without taxes and shipping costs...

$75 ECS Extreme KN1 Lite
$140 AMD Opteron 144, 1.8GHz
$180 TwinMOS PC3200 DDR-DIMM 2Gb (2x1 Dual Channel)
$170 Sapphire Radeon X1800GTO 256MB GDDR3

Would these parts work together? Are there any better stuff for the same amount of money or less?

What does the X1800GTO compare with in the GeForce 7-series? And how fast can it go on GPU and memory?

I am thinking of overclock it when I get it, to about 301x9MHz=2709MHz. So I would stick with DDR400 at 1,33x... Will this work is it going to be too hot?

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June 9, 2006 2:58:45 AM

Cpu:AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Orleans 2000MHz HT Socket AM2 $132.00
MB:BIOSTAR TFORCE4 AM2 Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce4 ATX $74.99
Mem:G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 $169.99
Video:SAPPHIRE Radeon X1800GTO 256MB GDDR3 Pci-E $185.00


Total $562 which i belive would be better
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June 9, 2006 11:21:44 AM

Costs the same:
- Sapphire Radeon X800GTO 512MB GDDR2
- Asus Radeon X1600PRO 512MB GDDR2
- Sapphire Radeon X1600XT 256MB GDDR3
- Sapphire Radeon X1800GTO 256MB GDDR3
- XFX GeForce 6600GT 256MB GDDR3
- Gainward GeForce 7600GS 256MB GDDR3

Cost little more:
- XFX GeForce 6800XT 512MB GDDR3 eXtreme
- Asus GeForce 7600GT 256MB GDDR3 (560/1400MHz)

Which one should I buy? I am only playing at a resolution of 1280x1024 (19" flat-screen).

The rest of the parts(haven´t bought anything yet):
- AMD Athlon 64 3800+ 2.4GHz Socket AM2, 512KB, BOXED w/fan
- MSI K9N Platinum, nForce 570 Ultra, DDR2 ,Socket-AM2
- Corsair Value S. PC5300 DDR2 1024MB Kit w/two matched...
- Western Digital Caviar SE16 250GB SATA2 16MB 7200RPM
June 9, 2006 4:08:26 PM

Nvidia Grforce 7800GT would be better and you can get cheap amd's cpu's at ncix.com the 3800 is $161.58 just letting you know that. :D 
June 9, 2006 7:05:57 PM

I would recommend a DFI, Epox or ASUS motherboard.

ECS sux :-(


Good luck :-D
June 9, 2006 7:29:34 PM

ECS is like the cheapest crap on the market when I was building PC's for people they would buy these boards and well 1/20 was DOA ... Stick with Quality and it will give you less trouble
June 9, 2006 10:25:53 PM

So which one is it? The Opty system or the 3800+? As far as the graphics go, I would get the Sapphire X1800GTO if it's in the same price range as the others. It's the best performer of the bunch
June 9, 2006 10:28:19 PM

I would say find the right stepping Opty and overclock that sucker you will not regret it I just got mine and I am very happy with my 2.9ghz first stage of OC'ing ..
June 10, 2006 12:17:16 AM

I think I am going to buy this one:-

- Sapphire Radeon X1800GTO 256MB GDDR3
- AMD Athlon 64 3800+ 2.4GHz Socket AM2, 512KB, BOXED w/fan
- MSI K9N Platinum, nForce 570 Ultra, DDR2 ,Socket-AM2
- Corsair Value S. PC5300 DDR2 1024MB Kit w/two matched...
- Western Digital Caviar SE16 250GB SATA2 16MB 7200RPM

If someone doesn´t have any other thoughts about it?
June 10, 2006 12:33:15 AM

I built a system very similar to that for a friend last week. I like your choices but you can try looking into the price-per-gigabyte ratio of HDD's because I'm under the impression that at the moment 300-320GB discs are better value
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