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June 13, 2002 1:25:24 PM

I am building a new system and will order most of the parts this evening or tomorrow afternoon. I hope to get some advice before I order the parts. I am not sure who has the best price for parts (including NJ shipping) that I can't find at Newegg.

Please let me know if you have any advice to improve upon the following setup / price:

Plan to buy from Newegg

CPU - P4 1.8A 512KB Cache $165
MOBO - ASUS P4S533 $103
HARD DRIVE - Western Digital 120GB 8MB Cache (Internal) $182
PSU - Enermax EG465P - VE 431W $83
DVD Rom - Pioneer Internal 10X SCSI $97
Video Card - Gainward Geforce 4 Ti 4200 4ns. 128MB $199
Sound Card - Voyetra Turtle Beach Santa Cruz OEM $59
Total Newegg Order ($28 Shipping) = $916

Parts I plan to order (Not in stock at Newegg)

MEMORY - Samsung DDR 333 PC 2700 512MB
TV Tuner - Leadtek TV 2000

Parts that I already have

CASE - ATX Full Tower Case W / Slideout tray for Mobo
CD-RW - Teac CD-RW 8 X 16 X 32
MODEM 1 - RCA External Cable Modem
MODEM 2 - US Robotics Sportster 56K (Used for fax)
OS - Windows XP Home
FLOPPY - Unsure of brand
PCI CARD - Unsure of brand (Works with SCSI)
FIREWIRE CARD - Still in box (Don't remember brand)

I plan to use the computer with my monitor, TV, 2 VCR, stereo w/ surround sound, cable box, and scanner. I would like to overclock the CPU and memory.

I plan to use TV In/Out for games, music, and movies.

Thanks for your help.

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June 13, 2002 6:37:35 PM

Why are you getting a SCSI DVD-ROM? I don't think there's really that much of an advantage, especially if you have an older SCSI controller. You can get the Pioneer 106s for cheap, it's a 16x slotload, and is really fast.

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June 13, 2002 8:29:39 PM

Fatburger,

Before it died, I had a SCSI CR-R 32X. It was very reliable and I could copy a CD-R at 16X (CD-Rom speed).

I plan to copy many CD-Rs (especially music CDs).

Could the IDE DVD drive that you recommended be used for CD to CD copying at 16X (CD-Rom Speed) with a less than 5% failure rate?

If so then I would not need SCSI DVD-R.

Please let me know.

Thanks again.

<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by DrChaos on 06/13/02 05:13 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
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June 13, 2002 9:57:17 PM

You had a SCSI CD-RW that only copied at half the rated speed?

I've burned about 150-200 CDs with my Teac 12/10/32 IDE at full speed, not one coaster yet. Teac 40x CD-RWs are real cheap and fast.

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June 13, 2002 10:13:48 PM

Fatburger,

I am sorry if my post was unclear.

The CD-RW that I have is IDE TEAC 8 X 16 X 40 (I think)and the maximum speed for CD-R was 16X.

The 32X SCSI CD-ROM was used as the source. My concern is to find a DVD-ROM that can replicate the performance of the 32X SCSI CD-ROM for direct CD to CD copying.

Do you think that I can record CD to CD at 16X using the Pioneer 16X IDE CD-ROM instead of SCSI with my IDE Teac CD-RW.

Thanks again.
June 13, 2002 11:13:36 PM

Oh, I see what you're saying now. My fault. The Pioneer 106s will be fast enough, it's a great drive. The newer Teacs can pause the burn and resume it again later too. You'll never have a coaster because of a data stream not being constant.

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June 13, 2002 11:24:07 PM

Fatburger,

I am sold on the IDE Pioneer drive that you recommended. The 512kb Cache on the SCSI sounds nice but fifty bucks is fifty bucks.

Thanks again for all of your help.
June 13, 2002 11:51:13 PM

Yeup, don't worry about it. The Pioneer is more than fast enough, and even if it wasn't, it wouldn't be a problem.

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