New PC this summer, opinions appreciated!

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???
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  1. 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
  2. Yes, Good Suggestion AMD_Man.............how about the Soyo P4 Ultra Board ? with the Kt333 chipset

    Measure Twice, Cut Once!!
  3. 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
  4. 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!!
  5. why ABit BD7 over the Asus P4B266???
  6. Okay, i've read the mainboard review and i am changing to the Abit BD7 board, it saves me about 50bucks:-D
  7. 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...
  8. 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
  9. Why you would want to use anything so disgracefull as a VIA chipset is beyond me.

    What's the frequency, Kenneth?
  10. 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:
  11. 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?
  12. 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
  13. 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$,
  14. 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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