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Building new system...opinions welcome

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March 16, 2003 10:51:50 PM

I'm building a new system and would appreciate any help or opinions you could offer. My goal was to stay under $500, but I went $50 over budget. I haven't hit the "buy" button yet, because I want your input. I don't use my computer for gaming or high powered graphics programs, usually MP3's and MSOffice programs (no overclocking). I admit, this system maybe a little overkill, but I like AMD and I want something that I won't have to upgrade next year. Here it is...

MOBO - MSI K7N2G-ILSR (integrated video/audio/Lan)
CPU - AMD Athlon XP 2500 1.83Ghz "Barton" (w/ factory heatsink & fan)
RAM - Apacer DDR PC3200 512MB (2 sticks 256MB)
HD - Maxtor 80G w/8MB cache
Case - Enermax CS-3051L-B3A 350W P/S Mid-ATX

All items from NewEgg.

What do you think? Anything you'd change?

Milkman1426
March 17, 2003 2:03:25 AM

Check if the Maxtor comes with a 3-year warranty, if not get a Western Digital 800JB instead.
March 17, 2003 3:14:50 AM

To save some money, swap the barton for a Tbred. Performance differences are minimal, and you could proly get a higher clocked tbred for less.

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March 17, 2003 12:25:16 PM

Looks good... you might want to buy PC2700 memory instead of PC3200 as the Barton runs at 166Mhz FSB (PC2700) and running the FSB/memory async (166/200MHz) doesn't give a great performance increase.

My dual-PSU PC is so powerfull that the neighbourhood dims when I turn it on :eek: 
March 18, 2003 2:28:15 AM

Thanks for the advice. A person can really learn alot on these boards.
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