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February 20, 2004 12:48:39 PM

Hi Guys, Well I posted a few days ago on having ABS build a CPU.After seeing the limitations of their parts available. I decided to bite the bullet & try it myself! Can you please check over these parts & let me now if something won't work or I'm missing something? BTW, I will be getting that type of harddrive, but I'm getting the Retail version locally.

I've got a few questions right up front here.
The floppy dive is only OEM-what else do I need as far as cables or anything else goes?

I intend to have a dialup & an earthlink connection. I ordered the phone modem & they will provide the cable modem, but do I need any NIC cards with this motherboard? If so what brand is good please?

Is the 350W Fortran enough for power?

CHIEFTEC Server Chasis (Aluminum Workstation Tower with Plastic Front Cover) SILVER COLOR w/ Side acrylic window and a Case Fan on Side Window **Now with 2 x Front USB2.0 and 1 x Firewire IEEE1394 ports** Model AX-01SLD RetailWeights Only 18LBs!

Case Type: Workstation Tower
Color: Silver
Material: Aluminum
Drive Bays: 5.25'' x4,3.5''(External) x2, 3.5''(Internal) x4
Expansion Slot: 7
Front Ports: USB2.0 x2,IEEE1394 x1
Power Supply: N/A
Cooling System:2 rear Mounted Fans and 1 side panel Fan
Motherboard Compatibility: Standard ATX
Dimensions: 473x205x522mm
Special Features: more info>
N82E16811125222 $65.00




Lite-On DVD-RW/+RW Drive, Model LDW-411S, Retail
Specifications:
Write Speed: 4X DVD-R, 4X DVD+R, 4X DVD+RW, 2X DVD-RW, 40X CD-R, 24X CD-RW
Read Speed: 12X DVD-ROM, 40X CD-ROM
$98.00



Lite On 52X CD-ROM, Model LTN-526, Retail
Specifications:
Read Speed: 52X CD-ROM
$17.00


SAMSUNG SFD321B/LEB 1.44MB 3.5inch Floppy Disk Drive, OEM Driver Only
Interface: 34 Pin Standard Floppy Connector
Features: Easy to Install, Just Plug & Play, For IBM5 & 100% Compatible Computers
$6.25


Western Digital Special Edition 80GB 7200RPM IDE Hard Drive, Model WD800JB, OEM Drive Only
Specifications:
Capacity: 80GB
$68.00


Corsair XMS Extreme Memory Speed Series, 184 Pin 256MB DDR PC-3200 - OEM
Specification
$68.00 X 2
$136.00


3NET Internal 56K PCI Fax Modem, Model AMI-IA56 - Retail
$10.50


ABIT nForce2 Chipset Motherboard for AMD Socket A CPU, Model "NF7-S" -RETAIL
Specifications:
Supported CPU: AMD Duron/Athlon/Athlon XP Processors
Chipset: NVIDIA nForce2 SPP + MCP-T
FSB: 400/333/266MHz
RAM: 3x DIMM for DDR333/266/200 Max 3GB, 2x DIMM for DDR400 Max 2GB
IDE: 2x UltraDMA 133 up to 4 Devices
Slots: 1x AGP 8X/4X, 5x PCI
Ports: 2xPS2,2xCOM,1xLPT,SPDIF Out,6xUSB2.0(Rear 2),2xIEEE1394a Header,Audio Ports
Onboard Audio: nVIDIA SoundStorm APU(Dolby 5.1) + 6-Channel AC97 CODEC
Onboard LAN: 10/100Mbps
Onboard SATA/RAID: 2x Serial ATA, RAID 0/1
Onboard 1394: 2 Ports by Cable
Form Factor: ATX more info>
N82E16813127166 $94.99

Fortron FSP350-60PN 350W ATX12V Power Supply with 120mm Fan, P4 and AMD ready - Retail
Specifications:
$42.00

AMD Athlon XP 2500+ "Barton", 333 FSB, 512K Cache Processor - Retail
Specification
$80.00

SAPPHIRE ATI RADEON 9600 Video Card, 128MB DDR, 128-bit, DVI/TV-Out, 8X AGP, Model "ATLANTIS RADEON 9600" -RETAIL
$102.00

Subtotal ยป $ 719.74

Thanks so much for your time, in looking this over, it seems so ovewhelming to me & I'm sure I'll have many more questiions!!! OK, Have a happy!

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February 20, 2004 3:11:03 PM

Looks good. Why the dialup and cable modems?
February 20, 2004 3:21:06 PM

You may as well get 512mb of ram. Great otherwise!

XP2000, 256ddr 2100ram, GF4 MX440, XP Pro
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February 20, 2004 3:25:42 PM

"Hi Guys, Well I posted a few days ago on having ABS build a CPU"

Its called a PC not a CPU. The CPU would be the AMD 2500+ yer getting. Sorry man, but it gets to you after a while. So if one more person knows the correct terminology, it's that much better. PC stands for Personal Computer and CPU stands for Central Processing Unit.

Yes everything looks good. Good prices too.

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February 20, 2004 4:17:14 PM

LAN card is included with that mother board.
February 20, 2004 6:08:04 PM

If you plan to play games, get a Radeon 9600 PRO and 512 Megs of ram.

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February 20, 2004 6:33:58 PM

In the quest to find good prices, I think I've noticed that you're buying this stuff from newegg (as many of our prices are the same as the ones listed there). If this is true, you might as well get the Sapphire card with 256 megs of RAM (newegg has it for 3 bucks more). Anyone know why this may be foolish (i wonder why it is so very close in price..hmm...)?

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February 20, 2004 7:41:52 PM

The RAM on the card with 256mb is probably cheaper quality RAM. And you wouldn't really need the 256mb of ram anyway...

My Rig:
AthlonXP 2000+ 1.677ghz
GeForce Verto FX5200 128mb DDR
Maxtor 7200RPM 80GB, Stock 40gb
Kingston 384MB DDR
Cendyne 52x24x52 CD-RW
Lite-On 4x DVD-RW
Go EMachines...:( 
February 20, 2004 7:42:21 PM

Never expected such fast replies. Thanks!

I'm probably going to up the video card to 9600XT cause I do like games. I did plan on ordering 2 sticks of 256 MB memory for a 512MB total.

Also, from advice on another board I was told that the DVD burner Lite-On LDW 811S model (New Egg) is an 8x not 4x, for $123.00-Retail so I'm going with that one.

Hardware Boss- Both modems are because sometimes I visit my mom for a couple of weeks at a time, I bring my PC & they don't have cable connection.

savethesquirrels-You're right I never even thought about it. PC it is!

Thanks for all the advice. I'm sure you'll be hearing from me when I actually start building it & have a million questions! :) 

phoebe
February 20, 2004 7:54:50 PM

Quote:
PC stands for Personal Computer and CPU stands for Central Processing Unit.

Then why the hell do some games still call the player played by the AI the CPU? So if I have a P4, will it play better than a P3? So when they say that AMD is good for gaming, does that mean that when I get an AMD, games would be harder?

POST is way overrated, the black screen and beeps should be enough for most people.
February 20, 2004 8:15:57 PM

>Also, from advice on another board I was told that the DVD
>burner Lite-On LDW 811S model (New Egg) is an 8x not 4x,
>for $123.00-Retail so I'm going with that one.

It is (I have one), but don't get too excited, there are hardly any 8x DVD discs to be found (and no 8x DVD+Rs at all), and if you find them, they tend to be expensive. By the time they get common, its quite possible you may want throw the DVDR away and get a double sided DVDR instead. it just stinks to have to recode a DVD movie to fit on a single sided 4.3 GB disc, it takes forever. By comparison, burning it (even at "only" 4x) only takes a very short time. Unless you main purpose is to create data DVD's, don't worry about 4x versus 8x much.

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