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May 25, 2003 1:59:10 AM

Hey guys! I need some help here, I am going to be making a new computer and I have not made one in a while. I would like to know what CPU, MotherBoard,and RAM I should get. This is going to gaming RIG so I'd like to know the best Mobo CPU and RAM to use also I will not be Overclocking. I am looking to go with AMD. Thanks So Much, I hope this message is ok for this forum.

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May 25, 2003 2:10:07 AM

It depends a lot on how much money you´ve got to spend.

Also, if you go AMD, you might want to get an Asus A7N8X and maybe a XP2400+ if you´re on a budget or a 2800+ if you´ve got some money... also, try to get a Radeon 9700 Pro if it fits your budget.

One more thing though, are you sure you want to go with AMD? I´d say the best bet nowadays after the P4 "C" line is a springdale/i865PE mobo - like P4P800 from Asus - and an 800Mhz FSB, HT-enabled pentium like the 2.4C, 2.6C or 2.8C, depending on your budget. Those things perform truly wonderfully, with the 2.8C outperforming the XP3200+, for example. Plus, they´ve got HT, and I´ve had <A HREF="http://forumz.tomshardware.com/hardware/modules.php?nam..." target="_new">very good experiences</A> with HT. So... think about it. If you go Intel, you might even be able to upgrade to prescott later on. :smile:
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May 25, 2003 3:55:13 AM

I have about $2500 - 3000 tops.

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May 25, 2003 5:06:03 AM

With that kind of money you can go with P4 3.0C any of the Canterwood Mobos. Corsair PC 3500 2X512 430+ PSU FX 5900 vid card. Or 9800 Pro. Do you need all new Computer. Or do you have any left from last one. Like monitor etc.
May 25, 2003 8:06:19 AM

Wow ... With that kind of money, definately go for a top-of-the-line Intel system. You 'hardly can spend' that money on an AMD-system. And I've even heard that a 3.0C, which outperforms the 3200+ in most cases, is even cheaper ... Jup, for very-high-end systems, you can better go with Intel ...

Greetz,
Bikeman

<i>Then again, that's just my opinion</i>
May 25, 2003 11:11:57 AM

Ati's radeon series are very good video cards.
9700 and 9800 are top of the line.The nforce chipset is the best Amd platform. Msi and Asus make great boards with it, but there isn't a bad board in the lot. The xp3200 is overpriced ,and the difference between the xp3000 and the xp2800 is not that great. Most amd fans tweak there setups a bit, and I would suggest that you change the multiplier (in the bios) by a little so you get the equivalent performance of the intel chip.Good luck and happy hunting.
May 25, 2003 2:49:06 PM

Top of the line system- Abit IC7-G, 3.0C P4, 2x512MB Corsair LLPT matched memory, GeForce 5900 Ultra.
Nice System- P4 2.6C, P4P800, 2x256MB Corsair LLPT matched memory, Radeon 9700 Pro.
Entry Level- A7N8X, XP2200+, 2x256MB Corsair LLPT matched memory, GeForce 4 Ti4600.
A nice assorment of systems for every budget

eBay, kick ass!

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May 25, 2003 3:03:30 PM

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since right now (I have been a staunch AMD fanboy) AMD systems, well, they suck.

That´s kinda funny coming from someone with your username. :lol: 
May 25, 2003 3:22:16 PM

2500-3000$ that is awesome, so here is my reccomendations:

CHIEFTEC Server Chasis (Aluminum Workstation Tower with Plastic Front Cover) BLACK COLOR w/ 450W Power Supply, Side acrylic window and a Case Fan on Side Window <b>90.00</b>

Abit NF7-S motherboard <b>125.00</b>

Sony DVD+R/RW Recorder Drive Model DW-U10A- BK - OEM <b>315.00</b>

LITE-ON XJ-HD166/XJ-HD 165H 16X DVD ROM Drive BLACK- OEM<b> 33.00</b>

SONY 1.44MB 3.5 INCH INTERNAL FDD DRIVE - OEM-BLACK <b>14.00</b>

(2x)MAXTOR 120GB 7200RPM SERIAL ATA HARD DRIVE <b>358.00</b>

Logitech Cordless Comfort Duo BLACK - RETAIL(keyboard and mouse) <b>77.00</b>

(2x)KINGSTON HyperX Series 184-pin 512MB DDR400 (PC3200) 64X64 DDR RAM modules <b>224.00</b>

Viewsonic G220f 21" CRT Monitor Retail - Perfect Flat <b>479.00</b>

Logitech Z-680 5.1 Metallic Silver Speaker 500Watt THX Certified with Dolby Digital - RETAIL <b>275.00</b>

AMD ATHLON XP 3000 "Barton" 333 FSB PROCESSOR CPU- RETAIL <b>275.00</b>

ATI OEM SAPPHIRE RADEON 9800 PRO 256MB DVI/TV 8X AGP <b>525.00</b>


Subtotal:<b>2790.00</b>

Add shipping and taxes it will probably be about 2850.00, but one heck of a rockin' machine.


Just a computer junky
May 25, 2003 3:31:59 PM

Barton 3000+? Yikes! Why would you inflict that on that poor guy? He just needed help!

Check this out: a P4P800 will cost you <b>exactly the same</b>, about $125. And then, you can get a 2.8C for the same price of the Barton 3000+! And the 2.8C beats the XP3200+, has HT, etc, etc! Oh, come on! Don´t do that to the poor guy! :frown:

There is quite simply nothing good about AMD right now, if you compare them to the "C" processors.
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