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Spec list for 1st pc build, check please

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December 20, 2003 4:20:27 AM

I've narrowed down my list for a new comp to the follwing;

Duron 1.6GB @266
MSI K7N2 Delta-L
Kinston HyperX PC2700 CL2.5 512M(2X256) for dual ch.
Sapphire Radeon 9100 128M 4X AGP Bulk
Antec SLK2600AMB Retail w/300W PSU
CD/DVD.....yet to pick(35.00 range)
Floppy..... " " "
40G hdd(55.00 range)
Speeze "WhisperRock" Model 5F263B1M3G

My goal is to build a cp that will be able to post ~>6000 on 3DMark01se Bench and offer fairly good upgradability for the next few years. Please say something if I'm missing something or your experience would cause you to use a dif mfg.

Thank you

I meant to also post my limit ~$500.00
<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by arthurh on 12/20/03 01:23 AM.</EM></FONT></P>
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December 20, 2003 5:56:17 AM

Hmm, the video card...The 9100 64MB card has 250MHz RAM, the 128MB card has 200MHz RAM...it was easy in the past to tell people to find a 64MB card because it was faster, but with today's games using more video memory, that's a tough pick!

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December 20, 2003 7:58:38 AM

Humm... A 300W should be plenty for your current system, but if you are planning to upgrade you might want to go ahead and invest in a more powerful one for the future if you have the funds.
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December 20, 2003 8:15:02 PM

Hello Crashman, the Sapphire Radeon 9100 I'm looking at is 128mb, DDR 400 core speed, Max Res. 2048X1536 60hz, TV-Out, 4Xagp, Bulk for 69.00
They also have a 9200, same spec except DVI/TV-Out, 8X agp, & 85hz refresh for 73.00
Then a 9000np same as above except 128-Bit, 4X agp, 75hz refresh, and core speed of 500mhz.

I also upgraded my case to Antec "Sonata" w/380psu.

My total cost w/sh ~500.00

What do you think about the vid above?

Thanks
December 20, 2003 8:41:43 PM

Make sure that the memory of the Radeon 9100 is clocked 250 MHz (500 MHz DDR). Many 128 MB R9100s come with slower memory (like 200 Mhz/400 MHz DDR).

250 MHz meory is much better than 200 MHz. 128 MB VRAM is completely useless with R9100.

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December 20, 2003 9:34:30 PM

Well thats for that info. It turns out that the 9100 & 9200 have a core speed of 400mhz, however, the 9000 has a core speed of 500mhz. All three have 128mb DDR***. So...I guess its the 9000. Do you think I'll be able to bench ~6000 w/3Dmark01?

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December 20, 2003 10:25:59 PM

9100 (250 core / 250 (or 500 DDR) memory) is the best for you. The second best option is Radeon 9000 PRO and the 3rd is Radeon 9200 (NOT the "se" version).

I can get 7043 with AXP 1800+, nForce2, Radeon 9000 (non-Pro) and 2 x 256 MB DDR. Radeon 9100 (500 MHz DDR memory) is a much better card than my Radeon 9000 NP. I think you should get more than 8500 with Radeon 9100 and Duron 1.6 GHz

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December 20, 2003 11:27:05 PM

The 9100 128MB is faster than the other cards listed. When I said 200MHz I was talking real clock speed, so yes that's DDR400. The 64MB card came with DDR500, which offers greater performance in many apps but might not have enough RAM to do others at higher settings.

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December 21, 2003 4:02:03 AM

Yes, 9100=revised 8500, 9200=revised 9000(AGP 4x->8x). So 9100 should be noticeable faster than a 9200 or 9000.

XP1900+
MSI KT3 Ultra 2(KT333)
512 MB Samsung PC2700
AIW 9700 PRO(Catalyst 3.8+DX9)
WD 80.0 GB @ 7200 RPM
LG 19"
LG 32x10x40x CDRW
Windows XP SP1
(Built: September 2002)
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December 21, 2003 12:58:49 PM

Great. The Sapphire 9100 128mb is the one I'll order. Thats for everyones input on this.
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