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January 4, 2004 1:03:41 AM

i am looking at purchasing a new pc. mostly for gaming purposes. any comments or suggestions?

Aluminum X-SuperAlien CASE 500W & Window (SILVER)
Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor @ 3.0GHz 800MHz FSB
ABIT IC7 I875PE 800MHz FSB DUAL DDR AGP8X
Intel Certified CPU Fan & Heatsink
1GB (512MBx2) PC3200 DDR400 Memory
80GB 7200 RPM ATA 100 HARD DRIVE
ATI RADEON 9800 PRO 128MB DDR AGP 8X W/ TV-OUT & DVI
16X DVD ROM (BEIGE)
CD-RW 52X24X52 (BEIGE)
Creative Labs SB Audigy-2 ZS 7.1
Creative Labs GigaWorks S750 7.1
Windows XP Professional
19" NEC Accusync LCD Monitor


<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by ssmith on 01/03/04 09:09 PM.</EM></FONT></P>

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January 4, 2004 1:19:20 AM

so. the ABIT IS7 I865?
January 4, 2004 9:22:06 PM

If your putting it together yourself.. tell me what you think of that super alien case.

p4 2.8 533fsb
intel mobo
1gb rdram pc 800
radeon9800 pro
120gb seagate s-ata
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January 4, 2004 10:14:27 PM

change it to AI7, it is an updated IS7, which had some brake down problems.

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January 5, 2004 1:08:22 AM

would i be better off with the p4 3.0 or the amd64 3000+ ?
January 5, 2004 1:14:08 AM

if you run no server, that would be a matter of name preference, caz they will perform about the same with amd64 kicking some more numbers in FP stuff.

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January 5, 2004 1:19:18 AM

it is going to be a gaming machine. see any other changes that i should make? is the case or anything else an overkill? i am not familiar with proper cases and such.
January 5, 2004 1:29:30 AM

yeah, instead of DVD and CDRW get one unit, save money and space. with AMD you will save some on mobo as well. CRT is a better choice for gaming though, even you'll looze some desktop space to LCD.

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January 5, 2004 1:30:26 AM

A64 3000+. More upgrade options later on, better performance now. However, if you do a lot of video editting stuff, definitely get the P4. Also, HT is nice, if you're into multitasking. You really can't go wrong either way, but I'd go for an A64 3000+.

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January 5, 2004 1:35:27 AM

forgot to ask: have you ever built a PC?

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January 5, 2004 1:55:50 AM

Agreed, get a CRT for gaming, SSmith. Better colors (mainly for photo and video editting) and no ghosting (19" LCDs ghost HORRIBLY--makes me nausiated). You also get a higher resolution, meaning you actually gain desktop space (in theory). Oh yeah, a good 19" CRT will cost a LOT less than a good 19" LCD.

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January 5, 2004 1:57:07 AM

no. never built a pc. actually looking at buying this with the equipment listed.
January 5, 2004 1:59:24 AM

well, then you'd be better off with Intel setup, honest suggestion.

PS: and please, don't pay attention about "upgrade path", that stuff is a joke. no body would "upgrade" a 3GHz CPU to a 3.5GHz i a half a year or so, you know what I am talking about.

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January 5, 2004 2:00:38 AM

is the p4 3.2 that much better than 3.0 ?
January 5, 2004 2:04:52 AM

no it's not (that is if you would see 200MHz difference in a game on a 3+GHz CPU) for $100.

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January 5, 2004 2:13:21 AM

would a NEC ND-1300A dual format dvd-rw/dvd+rw + cd-r/rw drive do all that is needed? cd-roms, dvds, burning..so forth
January 5, 2004 2:26:41 AM

which crt monitor would be the best for gaming? 18 to 20 inch range.
January 5, 2004 2:30:55 AM

that is up to you, make some search on google.com to see what is out there and what is better than the other, as long as you are happy, it really makes no difference. I usually take a loooong time to get something, but after I get it, I don't ever "remember" what I have, as long as I could save a buck or two.

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January 5, 2004 2:46:27 AM

""which crt monitor""

you will be better off if you will take a look at them, the one that you will like the most is yours to take, caz in reality 19 inch can produce more than the 21, and the most impartant thing is eye strain, find the one that is calm to look at, not too flashy or bright and has no "visual" vibration of the image (if you'll look calmly and curiously you will notice that even it is "stable" it still reflects some frequency hard to notice on "quick hand")

example: I worked with 5 PCs on my desk at a time, and there were 17 inch ViewSonics ones that I was working on all the time, ignoring 19 NECs and 21 Sonys like a plaque, caz they were giving me eye/head pain, even they "looked" better.

like right now I am working with 15 inch LCD on Thinkpad on the road and Dell 17 inch at home and after a day of "looking" at LCD my eyes are becoming "blorry" (stuff like lights on the road kind of spreads/dowbles), with CRT I have no such problem even after working day and playing UT whole night. even LCD's text "looks" better.

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January 6, 2004 3:08:55 AM

speaker choice? willing to spend a little $$$ if needed. any suggestions for gaming machine?
January 6, 2004 3:48:13 AM

just a little more than klipsch promedia ultra 5.1
January 6, 2004 4:44:35 AM

half a grand + - in different places

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January 6, 2004 4:50:59 AM

talking about $50 to $60 difference...

like $350 to $400 or so
January 6, 2004 5:00:46 AM

no, I am talking half a grand <A HREF="http://bizrate.lycos.com/,mss__cat_id--483,prod_id--113..." target="_new">here</A>, with $90 difference (500-410) if you know what I mean. Normal places to buy from have them for around 470. Hope that helps.

PS: for that kind of money I would get an ht system with much more decent sound than those pathetic settlelites.

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January 6, 2004 5:05:28 AM

would the 7 channels sound that much better than 5 channels? would klipsch be a better quality than creative?
January 6, 2004 5:33:04 AM

hehehe, dude, hehe, I can tell ya when you can hear the difference, that's when the bullet gonna fly by yer ear, so the speaker on the side can help the front and rear side ones "to help you hear bullet fly slower, so you can catch the flight", kapish;?

on the serious note, it is all hipe, just like 64 bit for home use right now (means 'useless', if you know whara mean)

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