I'm buiding my 1st comp. Have had others build em for me in the past but they are no longer available. I feel pretty confident in building my system, and after some exhaustive research on THG I've settled on the following components. Prices listed below are the range of prices I have been able to find using THG Price Search.
CPU- AMD Athlon XP Barton 3200+ $179-239
MOBO- ASUS A7N8X-E Deluxe nForce2 $91-109
RAM- Corsair TWINX 512MB (1 Stick) PC3200 400MHZ 2-3-3 $129-149
GPU- ATI 256MB DDR AGP 9800 PRO $299
CASE- ANTEC P160 $105-124
Power- ANTEC True Power 480W $109
HD- Barracuda ST3160023A 160MB 8MB Cache $99
DVD- Plextor PX-708UF $179.99
CD- LG (Can't remember the model) $45
TOTAL $1273 or so...
I'm thinking in order to save some money I could get the ENERMAX CS-1251 case with a 350Watt power supply for around $69
GPU instead of the 9800 Pro I can drop down to 9600XT 256mb DDR for $159
Those 2 moves would save $296 for a total price of
Is the extra money worth it? Or am I better off saving the money.
What components are better for the money out there?
Also thinking of getting 2 Barracuda 80MB drives 8MB cache for $49 each. Total would be used instead of the single 160MB drive.
System is to be used for gaming, music/mp3s, net surfing, MS Office. Not much higher level apps.
Any help or recommendations would be greatly appreciated!
arite i think u should go for investment. the setup ur looking at is going to be really limited in the near future. I personally go for the triple As. AMD, Abit, and ATi.
Mobo: ABIT "KV8-MAX3" K8T800 $139
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3000+ $223
GPU: ATi x800 pro these should go down to 400
RAM: Crucial 2x256mb pc3200, in actual fps performance, low latency is almost unnoticeable, dual channel will benefit u more $94
Case: Antec Sonata $99 (comes with an antec 380W)
HD: doesnt matter much unless ur looking to setup raid and stuff
dvd: NEC ND-2500A $69
you also might want to consider a new monitor if ur current one doesnt have good refresh rates, no point in blistering fps if ur monitor only displays 75 new images a second.
ur total is 1123 if u go with the 160gb hd. now this winds up being less money and a lot faster.
Since gaming is listed as one of your first priorites, do not downgrade to the 9600 pro/xt line. I just moved up from the 9600 pro to the 9800 pro. It's a noticible improvement and will be needed for new games.
The 9800 pro's nowadays often come with the same core (GPU) used in the 9800 XT. And with a free proggie (Rage3d Tweak) and 10 minutes of time, can be (over)clocked at speeds equal to, or faster than the XT. So, in effect you have a 9800XT with 128MB of ram for $200 or less. The extra ram is not worth an additional $100.
Forget the Desktop Barton @ 3200 @ approx $200. For 1/2 the price or less, the mobiles (I use a 2600+-see my sig) will reach the same speed with a simple adjustment in BIOS. The mobile will not come with a HS+F, but a Vantec Aeroflo a heatsink + fan unit @ $25 is definatly sufficient for cooling at 3200 speeds (that's what I'm using on mine now to good effect).
The issue for you maybe whether to go for the AMD 64 line.
I wouldn't suggest the Antec psu @ $109. If the case/psu combo satisfy's your objectives and saves money, good. Otherwise, the Fortron 530 watt at $75 is a very highly thought of psu (my next purchase) for less money, more power, and perhaps higher quality.
TWINX is a matched pair sold together, may not be able to buy just one. Some purchase one stick of 512MB with the intention of adding another later for 1 gig dual channel. You can also purchase 2 X 256 MB and run in DC now, then add a third stick of 512 to the other slot. The first pair operate in DC as one, and work with the other 512 MB fine.
Good Luck w/your build
Mobile XP 2600+ (11X200)
Abit NF7-S v 2.0
Maxtor 60GB ATA 133 7200RPM
512MB Corsair Twinx 3200LL
BBA 9800 Pro
Enermax Noisetaker 420 watts
as i said, the 64 bit platform is a much better investment and the x800 pro will get u fps that the 9800xt cant touch. the xp platform is pretty obsolete now, im running an oc'ed 2500+ at 2.2ghz on the abit nf7-s and im not happy with it. look at far cry because it is where the future of gaming is headed, even the x800 pro cant get 100fps, what do u think a 9800 pros going to do
I'd pass completely on any K8T800 chipset boards. You can get the MSI K8N Neo Platinum, with nForce3 250GB, for a similar price to the board you mentioned.
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