Building a new computer

Well hows this for a gaming computer? I need help chosing a good motherboard.

<b>Case</b> Chenming Model# 601AE-SL (Silver) w/ Side Panel Window Front USB 2.0 - Retail

<b> Cpu </b> AMD Athlon XP-2800 2.083GHz 512K 333MHz CPU Retail

<b> Ram </b> [1.gig] . 2x. PC2700 512MB DDR

<b> Motherboard </b> some GOOD mobo with Lan

<b> Hard drives </b> Western Digital Raptor 360GD 36.7GB SATA 10K rpm 8MB Hard Drive -or- HD-W1200JB Western Digital WD1200JB 120GB ATA100 7200rpm 8MB Hard Drive

HD-W2500JB Western Digital WD2500JB 250GB ATA100 7200rpm 8MB Hard Drive

<b> Sound stuff </b> Sound Blaster Audigy 2 6.1 Sound Card

Creative Inspire 6600 6.1 7pcs Speaker System, Retail

<b> Video card </b> ATi 9800 pro 256mb

<b> Drives </b> HP DVD Writer DVD300XI Internal IDE DVD+RW/+R/CD-RW Retail Kit

<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by justaddwater on 05/22/03 01:27 AM.</EM></FONT></P>
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  1. I'm a big fan of AMD but have you considered a p4 2.6 2.8 FSB 800 and HT? Intel is really on top these days. WIth a nice ASUS or ABIT board you'll be flying.

    You should get pc3200 ram cas2( 400Mhz )if you go for intel

    I would get the 120GB, serial ATA100 is nice but i'm running tight with my 40GB so i think a 36GIG is small.

    Suggestion save money and get a radeon 128meg instead and get a nice é fast p4 with fast ram too
  2. For a MB I'd recomend a <A HREF="" target="_new">MSI K7N2 Delta-L</A>.

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  3. Yeah, the MSI mobo is quite good. As for hard drives...
    Forget about the WD Raptor. It's small and expensive. You don't need a server-class hd for gaming.
    The WD1200JB should be enough. Save the $ for a Sony DRU500AX which burns
    all recordable formats DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, CD-R and CD-RW.
  4. Yes, maybe Ganache has a point there...

    Intel´s really a highly interesting alternative these days. I´d choose a P4P800 or P4C800, if possible, with a 2.8C anytime over the XP2800 on nForce2. It supports HT, it has 800Mhz and is on par with the XP3200 on a number of occasions - plus, it costs less than the current state-of-the-art processors.
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