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December 11, 2003 3:34:10 PM

hows this look? It will be mostly for gaming any suggestions or comments?

Intel® Pentium® 4 3.2 GHz, 512K Cache, 800MHz FSB
MSI® Intel® 865PE Chipset Motherboard with Dual Channel DDR
2048MB Corsair™ PC3200-XMS DDR400 CL2 Extreme Memory with Heat Spreader
ATI® Radeon™ 9800 XT
74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740GD 10,000rpm SATA/150, 8MB Cache

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December 11, 2003 3:38:16 PM

Yes if you have a large budget. If you want even more performance from your HD you can get 2 identical SATA drives and run them using RAID 0, make sure your mobo supports it.
If you wan't to skimp a little you can take a P4 2.8, a Radeon 9800pro and only 1 gig of RAM.

Is 2^33634943-1 prime? (more than 10Mil digits @73.31%) I will know in 10 days when <A HREF="http://www.mersenne.org" target="_new">Prime95</A> finishes checking!
December 11, 2003 3:59:18 PM

ya I have a fairly large budget, just making sure everything looks kosher(and fast :) )
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December 11, 2003 4:13:40 PM

If you're spending that kinda money go with I875 chipset instead of the i865. I would also second getting a second raptor drive and striping them togeather. The 2048mb of corsair may be a bit overkill, if you aren't going to oc stick with the 3200 if you oc go up to 4000.

Shadus
December 11, 2003 4:34:34 PM

Since you seem to have an extreme desire to critize anyone who cares to spend alot of money on a pc my question is: Are you envious?

Shadus
December 11, 2003 4:52:40 PM

No, not really. I suppose I would call it mad to buy a sports car that can drive 200mph when mostly you are going to drive around at 30mph but nonetheless people still do spend ridiculous amounts of money on new 200mph sports cars. I'll try and keep my mouth shut in future.

<A HREF="http://www.anandtech.com/myanandtech.html?member=114979" target="_new">My PCs</A> :cool:
December 11, 2003 4:57:22 PM

so how do i spend the money to buy a 200 mph sports car and drive it 200 mph?
December 11, 2003 5:31:30 PM

Pick an 875P mobo instead. Also I am a bit concerned about the memory. Recently someone posted an article which mentioned some problems Intel's chipset had with large amounts of memory. I am not sure though and I can't find the article either. If someone here knows he can inform us but I would stick to 1GB if I was you, which is a well tested option :)  Unless of course you absolutely need the 2GB.
December 11, 2003 6:18:48 PM

Nah speak up, we're all a bunch of opinionated bastages anyways :) 

Just pointing out that if someone has the money and that is what they really want its no worse of an investment than anything else. Shrug.

The answer: Puters, car, and women.
The question: What costs you the most money?

Shadus
December 11, 2003 6:19:20 PM

most people who buy a car that can go 200mph want it cause it can go 0 to 60 in under 5sec, not cause it can do 200mph. Just like this guy wants his computer to do everything with the eye candy turn on full.

<font color=green>P4 2.6c at 3.25, P4P800(soon to be P4C800 dlx-e), OCZ pc 4000, 2X raptors in a raid, and ATI 9700 pro 390/324.</font color=green>
December 11, 2003 6:31:43 PM

No kidding, some 'people' buy Segways. If a person wants a big e-penis, who are we to oppose him?

To the original poster: I would go for the works. P4EE, titanium case, Vapochill, LASERs instead of LEDs, etc. etc. You will have THE best gaming comp that money can buy. Don't forget good headphones and speakers. I hooked up an ampli. to my comp and two MONSTER speakers. Quake never sounded so good. Can't carry the damn things to a LAN party, but thats where the headphones come in. I went with some AKG professional something.

<font color=blue>If the <font color=yellow>laurel</font color=yellow> is to big for your head, it becomes a hoola-hoop, and you have to keep your butt really busy.</font color=blue>
December 11, 2003 7:01:24 PM

Quote:
The question: What costs you the most money?


Hmm, my answer is: beer! After that the women are usually free, I'm in no fit state to drive and the last thing on my mind is 'puters.

<A HREF="http://www.anandtech.com/myanandtech.html?member=114979" target="_new">My PCs</A> :cool:
December 11, 2003 7:18:50 PM

:smile: I spend, if you avarage it all out, about 10 dollars a week. ~520$ +/- 200$, a year. That's about the money I would spend on a 'puter. Given the choice of beer or computer, I would go for the beer.

<font color=blue>If the <font color=yellow>laurel</font color=yellow> is to big for your head, it becomes a hoola-hoop, and you have to keep your butt really busy.</font color=blue>
December 11, 2003 7:34:03 PM

what would be the performance difference between the 865pe and the 875p? would i be able to tell?

e-penis lol I like that one
December 11, 2003 8:29:17 PM

It's a nice system, but I think you could do a more with your budget elsewhere. I don't know what kind of monitor or speaker system you have, but they are very important if you plan on playing games... you could have the best soundcard in the world and it will sound like crap on crappy speakers!!

Will you really use all of that memory? You may want to trim that back a bit... there's nothing wrong with 2GB of RAM, but I doubt you'll use it unless you are running a citrix server, SQL Server, or something like that (in which case the graphics card is entirely unnecessary!!!)

The 9800XT really doesn't perform all that much better than the 9800 Pro.

As for the processor... If you are intent on having the latest and most expensive componants, why not go with the Extreme edition?!?!?! :D 
December 11, 2003 8:40:42 PM

i had to draw the line somewhere that damn thing is too expensive... im thinking about the ultrasharp 2001fp for a monitor.
December 11, 2003 8:55:51 PM

dude get an audigy 2 24bit soundcard and the new gigaworks 700watt 7.1 speaker system!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i swear man the powerful soundwaves comming from that system WOULD actually kill you if you got shot in quake 3 or whatever your fancy (play et its awsome) but i have the corsair XMS twinx DDR400 1 gig and dude its one of my prized possesions corsair performance is beyond the best!
id say my e-penis is like 9 gigs long

Asus A7N8X Ultra Delux w/ AMD XP2800+Barton
Corsair XMS Twinx DDR400 1gig
Geforce 4 TI4600 128ddr
Audigy 2 Platinum
Samsung Silent 7200rpm 80gig
WD Secondary Crap 5200rpm 40gig
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