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December 24, 2003 3:08:43 PM

I am ready to order this today. What do you guys think?

Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor 2.6GHz, 800MHz FSB $170
Abit IS7 $95
Antec P160 case $112
Antec True Blue Power Supply 480W $84
Corsair TWINX1024-3200C2PT $211
Seagate ST3160023AS-RK 160gb SATA $140
ATI Radeon 9600 Pro 128 MB $189
Plextor PX-708A DVD Writer $204
Windows XP Professional Full Version OEM $140
Logitech MX Trio Cordless $74
SONY MPF920 Black 1.44MB 3.5INCH Floppy Disk Drive, OEM $9

I am not averse to saving money somewhere, like the DVD Writer. I need one but is there anything just as good and cheaper? (Retail version only)

I am hoping after Prescott arrives, I will wait for a year or so and swap in a new mobo and keep these components.

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December 24, 2003 3:14:25 PM

And I will be using the on board sound and ethernet (on the Abit IS7).

Is there any difference between on-board 10/100MB LAN and Gigabit Lan, when it comes to just surfing the web and telecommuting?
December 24, 2003 3:17:42 PM

Ram you want at least PC3500. Antec check out 1080AMG comes with 430 True Power.
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December 24, 2003 3:18:48 PM

Their True Power is their best.
December 24, 2003 5:06:30 PM

Corsair's web site suggests different modules.

http://www.corsairmemory.com/corsair/products/guides/Ab...

I am not going to overclock and neither am I going to play lots of games. Do I need the 3500?

I will check out the Antec Case. I thought of P160 case purely based on looks and removable mobo tray. Is the 1080 quiet like the Sonata? It seems to have 5 fans!
December 24, 2003 5:10:29 PM

Newegg has Kingston HyperX Series Dual Kits 184 Pin 1GB(512MBx2) DDR PC-4000 for $295. How much better would this be compared to the corsair XMS3200 or 3500?

Also do I need to keep the Cas Latency in mind when looking at memory? (for the Kingston 4000, it is 3-4-4-8-1T)
December 24, 2003 5:40:13 PM

As far as DVDr goes you might want to look at the Pioneer A06U. DVD -r|-rw/+r|+rw, CD -r|-rw all in one that's about $150-160 for the retail version on Newegg I think. I've had no complaints with mine so far. I know nothing of the Plextor but if you wanted to save $40 I don't think you'd be very dissapointed.

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December 24, 2003 5:47:26 PM

Thanks for the tip. Actually Plextor has a $50 off rebate on this DVD Writer and that will bring the price down to about $154.
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December 24, 2003 9:17:21 PM

There are different kinds of RAM companies. For example, Crucial might lable a RAM that does Cas 2.5 as Cas3, simply for added stability. Similar "Performance" RAM for the enthusiast market would be marked as Cas2.5. The problem is that 865/875 chipsets have a bit less latency in the memory controller than others, so that RAM that might work at Cas2.5 on other boards only works right at Cas3 with the 865/875 boards. So Crucial would be in the clear, but at slightly less performance, while enthusiast brands might have stability problems at their lower response times.

So do you need PC3500 if you buy Corsair? Probably not, but it would add just a bit of extra stability just in case.

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December 24, 2003 11:30:04 PM

The best memory modules for achieving excellent timings at DDR400 are those that contain Winbond Rev B chips. Corsair's XMS PC3500 memory module still contains these chips. Mushkin PC3200/PC3500 Level-II and OCZ EL PC3500 Platinum Limited Edition also.
December 25, 2003 7:38:26 PM

If I buy Retail version of the Seagate SATA hard drive, will it come with all the cables needed? I have seen retailers selling this drive what they call power cable, data cable, etc.

Darn newegg has tax and shipping to NJ. What other retailer is a good bet?
December 26, 2003 5:44:00 AM

Everything to me actually looks really good. One thing you might want is another cd/dvd drive so you don't have to record to your hard drive. For about 60 dollars you can get a 48x24x48x16. You can use it for dvds as well. Also for a graphics card you might want to look into the sapphire 9600 xt or the 5900 non-pro.
December 26, 2003 5:56:33 AM

I got an IS7 last week. The motherboard will come with 2 SATA cables and a molex to SATA "Y" adapter for power.
December 26, 2003 11:51:29 AM

What is the difference between the ATI 9600XT and the Sapphire 9600XT? I see that they have a fan on them. I want to keep the computer as quiet as possible.
December 26, 2003 3:33:56 PM

The original ATI/Sapphire heatsink fan should be good enough, I don't think it's noisier than you cpu heatsink fan.
December 26, 2003 9:46:31 PM

That antec is a performance case-so will be noisy;but you can always watercool.The only real quiet cases are the antec sonata and lian li's pc6070(at least $158 more like 180-200 without PSU but better than the sonata by far,as it should be at more than double the price).
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