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New PC this summer, opinions appreciated!

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March 31, 2002 3:47:44 PM

Im building a new game PC this summer, around june i think. And have put together a list of parts. Nothing is final yet and i find myself constantly making changes as new components and prices appear.

Here is what i got so far:

Intel Pentium 4 1.8 GHz Boxed PC400
Socket PGA478, 512kB "Northwood"

Asus P4B266 motherboard for S478/P-4 (DDR)
I845D, ATA/100, ATX Retail, USB2.0

DDR-DIMM PC2100 512MB DDR CL2.5
memory 184-P (for DDR-PC266MHz)

Western Digital Caviar 40GB IDE 7200RPM
ATA/100 harddrive 2MB cache WD400BB

Asus DVD-player IDE 16x/48x (DVD-E616)
Retail

Chieftec Dragon Medium Tower w/door black
Kabinett m/340W DX-01B-D P4 / AMD

Creative 3DBlaster GeForce4 Ti4400 128MB
AGP, DDRAM, TV-Out, DVI, Retail


I've got an old creative soundblaster PCI128 soundcard that i'll be using along with my old 17" monitor, speakers, keyboard and mouse.

I live in Norway and i've seen that the difference in price between the US and here are quite dramatic. So a AMD system would'nt be much cheaper than an PENTIUM4 setup in my case.

What do you think about this setup???
March 31, 2002 6:04:18 PM

If you really want to use DDR, I recommend the ABit BD7 over the P4B266.

AMD technology + Intel technology = Intel/AMD Pentathlon IV; the <b>ULTIMATE</b> PC processor
March 31, 2002 9:30:34 PM

Yes, Good Suggestion AMD_Man.............how about the Soyo P4 Ultra Board ? with the Kt333 chipset

Measure Twice, Cut Once!!
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March 31, 2002 9:33:37 PM

huh? He's talking about the P4, there is no KT333 for the P4.

AMD technology + Intel technology = Intel/AMD Pentathlon IV; the <b>ULTIMATE</b> PC processor
April 1, 2002 1:26:27 AM

Sorry, I got my self mixed up with the New Soyo Ultra Board thats gonna be the 333 chipset, My fault.... But soyo does have a P4 board out, the Fire Dragon i think....did you look into that.

Measure Twice, Cut Once!!
April 1, 2002 1:42:17 PM

why ABit BD7 over the Asus P4B266???
April 1, 2002 2:19:00 PM

Okay, i've read the mainboard review and i am changing to the Abit BD7 board, it saves me about 50bucks:-D
April 23, 2002 3:48:35 PM

whatever board you get, make sure that intel isnt going to require you to need another mobo when U go to upgrade
(will the newer P4 (ie 533fsb) chips run on your picked board or will a new one B needed...)

There are no stupid questions... just lots of inquisitive idiots...
April 23, 2002 4:44:48 PM

Intel Pentium 4 1.8 GHz Boxed PC400
Socket PGA478, 512kB "Northwood" - <font color=red>Good call</font color=red>

Asus P4B266 motherboard for S478/P-4 (DDR)
I845D, ATA/100, ATX Retail, USB2.0 - <font color=red>Go with RDRAM for best performance. I recommend an Abit TH7II-RAID</font color=red>

DDR-DIMM PC2100 512MB DDR CL2.5
memory 184-P (for DDR-PC266MHz) - <font color=red>Samsung PC800, Crucial PC2100 or Corsair PC2700</font color=red>

Western Digital Caviar 40GB IDE 7200RPM
ATA/100 harddrive 2MB cache WD400BB - <font color=red>You'll want more than 40GB eventually</font color=red> :tongue:

Asus DVD-player IDE 16x/48x (DVD-E616)
Retail <font color=red>Asus drives are generally loud. Go for the Pioneer slot-load instead</font color=red>

Chieftec Dragon Medium Tower w/door black
Kabinett m/340W DX-01B-D P4 / AMD <font color=red>Decent case</font color=red>

Creative 3DBlaster GeForce4 Ti4400 128MB
AGP, DDRAM, TV-Out, DVI, Retail <font color=red>Make sure you don't even bother installing the drivers Creative gives you. Get drivers from nVidia</font color=red>

<font color=blue>If you don't buy Windows, then the terrorists have already won!</font color=blue> - Microsoft
April 25, 2002 12:51:37 AM

Why you would want to use anything so disgracefull as a VIA chipset is beyond me.

What's the frequency, Kenneth?
April 25, 2002 4:49:31 AM

Crash have you worked on any 266a yet?



:smile: <b><font color=blue> I took an I.Q. test today...It came back negative.</font color=blue></b> :lol: 
April 25, 2002 12:02:31 PM

I think 1, but it might have been a KT266. Anyway, the guy is talking P4, and DDR SDRAM is not performing for the P4 yet. Need dual channel.

What's the frequency, Kenneth?
April 30, 2002 10:18:35 AM

actually, i've decided to dump the P4 and go for a AMD system instead.

Asus A7V333 mainboard for Socket A DDR
VIAKT333, ATA/133, ATX, USB2.0, Retail

AMD Athlon XP1800+ 1.53 GHz 266 MHz bus
Socket A (Palomino) processor

Thermal Integration CPU-fan A/7/370
TI-V77L

DDR-DIMM PC2100 512MB DDR CL2.5
Memory 184-P (for DDR-PC266MHz)

Maxtor IDE ATA-133 40GB 7200RPM
DiamondMax Plus D740X

Asus DVD-player IDE 16x/48x (DVD-E616)

Chieftec Dragon Medium Tower m/dør Silver
Kabinett m/340W DX-01SL-D P4 / AMD

Creative 3DBlaster GeForce4 Ti4400 128MB
AGP, DDRAM, TV-Out, DVI

Logitech MouseMan Dual Optical
Retail USB&PS-2

windows98se
April 30, 2002 10:34:01 AM

i am changing the asus dvd-player:

LG DVD-spiller IDE 16x/48x (DRD-8160B)
Retail

also, i might change the geforce4 4400 for a 4200, it depends on the price of the new cards, and man! prices are changing fast! the athlon xp1800+ has dropped something like 20$ since i started planning my system. not only graphics cards, but memory, cpu's and mainboards! bottom line...im trying to keep it all under 1000$,
April 30, 2002 11:00:51 AM

I would suggest get a ASUS' Video card instead of Creative Lab's Video card. I think Asus video card have better quality. My Creative video card's TV out stop working after half a year.
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