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about to buy new comp...should i make any changes?

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July 23, 2003 10:29:22 AM

k here it all is

Antec Lanboy w/380W TruePower PSU upgrade (like $35AUD more for the better PSU)
AMD Athlon XP 2500+ Barton
Gigabyte GA-7NNXP
Corsair 512MB TWINX-3200-C2 (400MHz) DDR RAM
Sapphire/Gigabyte 128mb Radeon 9600 pro
Seagate 80G SATA-150 8mb cache
Asus 52x24x52 CD-RW
BenQ 16x DVD
Creative Inspire 2500 2.1 speakers
17" Philips 107X flat monitor
Logitech MX500 optical mouse
Microsoft multimedia internet keyboard
1.44 FDD beige
Thermaltake DuctingMod
Thermaltake Smart & Silent Volcano 9

i plan to a lil bit of overclocking...a lil bit... im not gonna go nuts... anyways that adds up to about $2100 AUD (say $1400 US) but in the US stuff is way cheaper... even after converting currency... but i prefer to buy things in my own country for warranty's sake. Anyways this rig is mainly for gaming, bro might use it for some C++/Java programming, but that doesnt use much. Yep that's it... just tell me if i should change anything...

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July 23, 2003 12:23:37 PM

I suppose the obvious thing to point out is that AMD are just about to change socket type so this board will have limited upgrade potential in the future.

Good CPU choice for overclocking but I would suggest the Thermalright SLK-900 heatsink and a decent 92mm fan - this way you can overclock loads plus this heatsink will be OK for future upgrades on this socket - up to 3200+ when it is cheap enough :) 

From what I have read the 9500 pro is better than the 9600 pro and maybe the 9700 non-pro would be an even better choice but with Doom 3 and HL2 on the horizon now is not a good time to buy a low end card if you want to play these games in the future (and others that will inevitably license the game engines) Unless you can wait I think it would be worth saving some cash in another area and getting a 9800 pro - for example do you really nned an optical mouse?

Most of that is obvious stuff but as ever with PC hardware there is always something better on the horizon.... and there has never been a worse time to buy with all the technology changes going on at the moment with CPU sockets and GPUs and games. I would recommend anybody to wait until September / October but that isn't really an option for most people.

4.77MHz to 4.0GHz in 10 years. Imagine the space year 2020 :) 
July 23, 2003 2:38:39 PM

From what I've read Liteon 52x24x52 is the better CD rewrite.Thats the one I bought.
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July 23, 2003 4:54:19 PM

Is you monitor a LCD ? Make sure it has good response time, because if not, after 30 min of gaming you'll have headache !

Have you considerred buying a P4 with 800Mhz FSB ? I'm a big fan of AMD but imo Intel is a better solution these days...Dunno how big a difference it will make in price.
July 23, 2003 5:40:44 PM

Although intel is will have platform support longer than amd...it will only be for about 2 new models...so, if you are going to overclock nothing wrong with sticking to amd...

So easy to fry yet tastes so good...
Silicon: The other, other, other white meat :evil: 
July 25, 2003 12:17:21 AM

the 9500 pro is faster..but it also runs harder and hotter casue its jsut a downgraded 9700 pro

AMD Barton 2500+
A7N8X Delux
Corsair Matched 256x2 PC3200 w/ Platinum Heat Spreaders
Saphire Radeon 9600 pro
Thermaltake X3
Thermaltake 420 PS
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