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July 3, 2003 11:14:41 PM

Hello all, I'm new here. I've planned to build a system strickly for gaming. I've got all the parts I want picked out but I'm new at this. This will be the first computer built by me and I would like to check with you guys before I order these parts to make sure all of the parts will work together. I've checked over and over again but I need your help just to be safe. Everything looks solid to me. Here are the parts:

Cases (Computer Cases, ATX Form)
Lian-Li PC-68+USB2 Elegant, 12-Bay, Aluminum Cases / Chassis, Color: Silver.
Specifications:
Material: Aluminum
Form Factor:MID ATX Tower
Bays:four 5.25, three 3.5 and FIVE hidden.
Expansion Slots:7
Fans:4 80mm fans
Power Supply: Power Supply Sold Separately.
Dimensions: 492(L)x210(W)x450(H)mm more info>
N82E16811112026 $146.00
$146.00

CD/DVD ROM Drives
PIONEER INTERNAL ATAPI 16X DVD-ROM MODEL DVD-120 - OEM, DRIVE ONLY
Specifications:
Interface: ATAPI EIDE
Data Transfer Rate:
DVD-ROM: 8910~21600Kbytes/sec. (6.6X - 16X)
CD-ROM: 2586~ 6000 Kbytes/sec. (17.2X - 40X)
Average Random Seek Time: DVD-ROM 85ms CD-ROM 80ms
Average Random Access Time: DVD-ROM 95ms CD-ROM 90ms
Horizontal or Vertical Mounting Capabilities
MTBF: 100,000 POH (20% duty)
Horizontal or Vertical Mounting Capabilities
OEM Pack (see pictures for details) more info>
N82E16827129125 $36.99
$36.99

Hard Drives
WD WESTERN DIGITAL "SPECIAL EDITION" 80GB 7200RPM EIDE HARD DRIVE MODEL # WD800JB - OEM, DRIVE ONLY
Specifications:
Size: 80 Gigabytes
Interface: IDE ULTRA ATA100
Seek time: 8.9ms
RPM:7200
Cache 8MB
OEM(Drive alone) 3 Year Manufacturer Warranty more info>
N82E16822144122 $83.00
$83.00

Memory (System Memory)
CORSAIR MEMORY XMS Extreme Memory Speed Series, Low Latency (Twin Pack) 1GB(2 x 512MB) 2x(64MX64) PC-3200LLPT With Platinum - Silver Heat Spreaders.Retail
Specifications:
Speed 400 MHz
Organization 2 x 64M x 64
Memory type DDR
Part number: TWINX1024-3200LLPT more info>
N82E16820145436 $296.00
$296.00

Motherboards - Intel
**This item is NOT REFUNDABLE, exchange for same exact item only!!**
ASUS Motherboard for Intel Pentium 4 / Celeron Processors, 800Mhz FSB Model# P4C800 DELUXE Retail w/ ASUS AI Features
AI feature: AI Audio, AI Overclocking, AI NET, AI BIOS
Supported CPU:p 478 Pentium 4 / Celeron HT Ready
Chipset: I875P Canterwood + ICH5
FSB:800!/533/400 MHz
RAM:D ual Channel DDR PC2100/2700/3200 Max 4GB
IDE:Ultra DMA 100/66/33 Max 4 Devices
Slots:AGP 8X
Ports:2xPS2,1xCOM,1xLPT,4xUSB,1xLAN,1xFirewire and Audio
Onboard Audio:ADI AD1985 SoundMAX 6-channel CODEC
Onboard LAN:3COM Gigabit 10/100/1000Mbs
Onboard Firewire:VIA 1394 Controller
Onboard SATA: 2 x Serial ATA
and Onboard Raid: Promise 20378 RAID - RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1, Multiple RAID 1 x UltraDMA 133 support two hard drives more info>
N82E16813131449 $188.99
$188.99

Power Supplies
Antec P4 ATX12V 400 Watt Power Supply With 2 Fans - Retail ATX12V Form Factor, 2.03 compliant for Pentium 4 (backward compatible with previous Pentium versions) and AMD systems L5.9" x W5.5" x H3.4" +5V Stand-By & Logic On/Off Additonal Fan for cooling, built in. Smart Fan Feature (Thermal Controlled Variable Speed Fan) SL400 is a 400 Watt 6-output, fan-cooled ATX (Baby AT or PS/2 Size) power supply designed for personal computer or industrial applications. Its ATX12V and ATX 2.03 compliance allows its use with the latest Pentium 4 processors while its backward compatibility ensures its usability with any system. more info>
N82E16817103912 $59.99
$59.99

Processors
Intel Pentium 4 / 2.8CGHz 512k socket 478 Hyper Threading Technology 800 MHz FSB - RETAIL
Specifications:
CPU: 2.8GHz
Type: Pentium 4 Northwood
Cache: 512K
BUS: 800 Mhz
Socket: 478
Retail box (with Heatsink and Fan)
3-year MFG. Warranty- more info>
N82E16819116161 $270.00
$270.00

Sound Card
Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Platinum (Model SB0240P) - RETAIL
Audigy 2 Internal Drive: All the analog & digital ports you'll need for simple desktop connectivity including a super-fast SB1394 FireWire port
DVD-Audio: The only PC solution to enable the Advanced Resolution era of 24-bit music fidelity w/192kHz in stereo & 96kHz in 5.1
106dB SNR:
Sound support: 6.1 surround sound/Gaming
Multiple 24-bit/192kHz DACs for ultra-quiet 106dB SNR
Audigy 2 chip & EAX® ADVANCED HD
Comes with Remote,5.25" Front Interface panel, Software and Games Bundle
and built in Dolby Digital EX decoder more info>
N82E16829102155 $167.00
$167.00

Speakers
Creative Labs Inspire 6600 6.1 Speaker - RETAIL
6 satellites and 1 subwoofer
Satellite Power: 8 Watts (RMS)
Subwoofer Power: 22Watts (RMS)
Total Power Output: 120 Watts (RMS)
Frequency Response: 47Hz - 20kHz more info>
N82E16836116117 $96.00
$96.00

Video Cards
Gainward Nvidia GeForce FX 5900 Ultra , 8X AGP(Golden Sample), 256MB(256bit) BGADDR, dual monitors display, one DVI port + one CRT port + one DVI adapter for CRT display + VIVO (video in and out) + one VIVO cable + one S-video TV out port + Win DVD+ CD driver + manual. Direct X 9 support + Golden Sample. Deluxe retail package. Retail. more info>


Will all of these parts work well together without compatibility issues? Thanks.
July 4, 2003 2:21:14 AM

Sounds good to me..
but why don't you want a Radeon9800Pro instead of FX5900?
July 4, 2003 3:19:59 AM

Thanks for the reply. The 9800Pro 256mb and Fx5900 don't have that big of a price difference. The Fx5900 beat out the 9800Pro in most benchmarks on the Fx5900 review on this site, and won overall in the benchmarks. I guess another reason I'd take the GFX over the 9800Pro is b/c I've always stuck with Nvidia cards, I've never owned an ATI.
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July 4, 2003 4:25:18 PM

I just picked up a 9800pro 128 two weeks ago for $340 because its much cheaper than the 256, has almost the same performance, and it looks (at least to me) like the image quality is superior to the fx. For me playing a game at 140fps with better image quality is preferable to playing at 150fps with slightly lower quality, especially since my monitor refreshes at 85hz and makes the fps equal. (and my eyes have an even lower refresh rate)
July 4, 2003 5:03:11 PM

Your gonna love your new machine. I too, would probably go with the Radeon 9800 pro though but either will kick @@@.

...patiently waiting for 10Ghz processors and immersible virtual reality.
July 4, 2003 9:02:28 PM

Great system... for a first attempt I think thats pretty damm fine !

Enjoy !

Tim

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July 4, 2003 11:32:29 PM

no hard feeling but try to post a less (alot less) detailed SPEC sheet..... it's much easier to read lol

Proud Owner the Block Heater
120% nVidia Fanboy
I'd get a nVidia GeForce FX 5900Ultra... if i had the money and if THEY WOULD CHANGE THAT #()#@ HSF
July 5, 2003 3:25:03 AM

Nice looking puter you have there. I would not change anything. Vid card you like Nvidia buy it. Since money is not a problem for you. If you are overclocking your Cpu change the heat sink fan. if not OCing stick with stock heatsink.
July 5, 2003 9:17:56 AM

The ATI cards definitely have a much better image quality. I'd go with the 9800pro...
July 5, 2003 2:37:29 PM

In a simpler way, ur configuration wud look something like this:

Processor: Intel P4 2.8Ghz<b>c</b>
Motherboard: ASUS P4C800
Graphics Card: Gainward FX 5900 Ultra Golden Sample
Memory: Corsair PC3200 2*512MB
Hard Disk: WD Special Edition 80GB 7200rpm
Power Supply: Antec 400W
Case: Lian-Li PC-68+ Elegant, Silver
Optical Drives: Pioneer 16X DVD-ROM
Sound Card: Creative Audigy 2 Platinum
Speakers: Creative Inspire 6600 6.1

Very good configuration. But i heard its better to go with the PC3500 memory as these perform better with the Canterwood boards. Do check out more reviews for this.

Many congratulations!!

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