hey im building a new comp for my friend and i wanna get some more opinion/critisizm from people more knowledgable then me. OK first cost is around $800-$950 USD. its going to be used for gaming, surfing and music. the best game that is going to be played is Need For Speed Underground (1,2). He WILL NOT be playing top of the line games (doom farcry etc)
This is what im thinking (~$930 USD)
Kingwin mutant X gaming case, with 430 watt psu ($62)
Samsung CD-RW drive ($33)
Artec DVD_ROM drive ($30)
Maxtor 80 gig 7200 rpm 8 mb cache hdd (SATA) ($70)
Corsair DDR400 PC-3200 512(2x256) RAM ($90)
AOpen NForce 2 Ultra 400 AMD socket A ($85)
Athlon XP 2800 Barton 333 FSB 512 cache CPU ($135)
EVGA FX5700 Ultra 128 GPU ($165)
ViewSonic 19" CRT-Monitor ($180)
Again i dont need a top of the line system for this. this doesnt include a keyboard and mouse because he owns one already. Thanks in advance!
actually now im thinking, i would be more confrotable getting a Athlon XP than a mobile. It retail box and i like the idea of getting retail more than just oem. will the axp o/c with the hardware that im getting? is so, to what speeds?
Well the ram really all depends. If you're planning on upgrading the thing, one 512 would be a good thing. But if you're not planning on upgrading much, then 2 256's would be all right too. The Cpu.. Probably not. I was just saying that its an option. 2800 runs at like 2.25 and from what I've read, the 3200 runs at like 2.4 or something. So overclocking would be cheaper, but its up to you.
The moblile aslo has better front side bus. 333 for 2800 and 400 for 2500 o/ced..
As I sit up in my bed looking at all the stars, I begin to wonder... WHERE THE HECK IS MY ROOF!?<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by karamazov on 09/23/04 07:28 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
About the cd rw and dvd rom would be just a little more expensive I belive. I'de have to look. and the other stuff he wants should only be like 3 or 7 dollars more.The usb can be solved by either buying the oringnal board. Cause I didnt really check compatiblilty for that stuff.. I can tell you the specs of my computer (which isnt bad) If you want. But it aslo only has 2 usp ports and you need a video card and a harddrive and a moniter.. But yeah. You could also just buy an extra usb card..
As I sit up in my bed looking at all the stars, I begin to wonder... WHERE THE HECK IS MY ROOF!?<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by karamazov on 09/23/04 07:32 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
The xp-m will run at 220fsb 440 double data rate (DDR) without problem. They will do that with a multiplier of 10.5, and some have been known to do 220 X 12. I ran mine at 220 X 11 for gaming.
The stock speed of the xp3200+ is 11 X 200, or 2.2 ghz, the xp2800+ runs at 2.08 ghz.
I'm not all that happy with Acer/aopen. I would recommend the Abit NF-7S board instead.