Hi, I'm building a new system from scratch and I'd like some suggestions/opinions. Here's what I've come up with so far -- the components are followed by their prices (and shipping/tax are already accounted for):
Case - Antec P160WF
PSU - Enermax Noisetaker EG425P-VE-SFM
Mobo - ASUS A8V Deluxe (K8T800 Pro)
CPU - Athlon64 3000+ 939pin (1.8 GHz OCed to 2.6)
Heatsink - Thermalright XP-120/XP-90
RAM - 2 X 512MB PC3200, I'm not sure on the exact brand ATM
Monitor - NEC/Mitsubishi Diamond Pro 930sb (WITHOUT SV)
DVD Burner - NEC ND-3500A
HDs - WD740 (Partitioned)
Mouse - Logitech MX1000
Now, my budget is around $1500 (including all shipping, I've gotten free shipping for a lot, though), so I don't really want to spend more than that. There are a few sacrifices I've had to make. But I'd be very willing to reallocate funds between components. For example, spend less on the case and more on the CPU, or get an MX510 instead of MX1000. So what do you all think?
Edit: Oh yea, I'll be using Windows XP. Also, I'm using the system primarily for gaming, but I'll be programming/compiling, and also using 3D apps for MOD making. Thanks again.<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by poopspray on 11/19/04 05:15 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
Thanks for your input. I'm definitely taking that NEC drive over the Lite-on. Why not? They cost the same and the NEC is dual layer AND faster.
As for the onboard sound -- it looks alright, seems to support front/rear/center (which is necessary for my Zalman Theatre 6 headphones), and seems to support A3D and EAX. I'm a tad hesitent to go with it as it only supports the old A3D and EAX APIs (1.0 and 1.0-2.0 respectively), as far as I know -- please inform me if I'm wrong. I don't know how much difference this will make with new video games, etc., but I suppose I can always buy a new sound card later.
Yeah, I'll probably go with a different case as well. That one's price isn't right for the performance. Also, what PSU wattage should I be going for here? I've been looking at and Aerocool AeroPower II 450w for around $55. Is that enough?
I had originally planned to hold off, but that presents three problems.
First is that I'd probably have to wait until after Christmas break, and I'm going nuts waiting (you would too if you were on a 400MHz computer...that's right -- 400 whole MHz!).
Second, and I could be wrong on this, PCI-E boards are going to be a tad expensive.
And third, well, I really can't afford a 6800 GT (PCI-E) card, and I don't want to settle for a 6600 GT (PCI-E) because even the 6800 GT (AGP) performs far better. Thus, the reason I'm going for AGP. Most boards won't offer PCI-E and AGP in tandem, and if they do, they'll probably a) be expensive or b) will have skimpped on some other features/components. I don't know though really.
I know I could just wait longer and/or spend more money, but I'm trying to get it before the holidays and for a reasonable price.
I'd get an nForce3 chipset motherboard. I've heard good things about the Gigabyte board and a few others.
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I hate to ask, but I've been reading reviews/price comparisons for hours and I'm tired -- so, why should I opt for nForce3 vs a K8T800 Pro board? Looks like the onboard sound is actually better on that Gigabyte, so that's one reason. But what makes it better?
Sidenote: turns out the Aeropower II doesn't have a SATA power connector. So I got an Enermax Noisetaker EG425P-VE-SFM instead. Better features it looks like anyway.
<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by poopspray on 11/18/04 10:56 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
Via chipsets were the reason people thought amd chips were buggy. There have been a long list of compatability problems with via chipsets. I doubt that via and soundblaster have ever taken the time to make thier products work right together. There is also an issue between via and certain nvidia graphics cards in winxp.
-- This thread makes that board (both the SNXP and SN Ultra) out to be pretty bad. I don't know what's accurate and what's innaccurate, but I'm kind of put off by it now. Also, Gigabytes aren't compatible with Thermalright's XP heatsink series -- which isn't horrible, but still a let down.
Thanks! That is some sweet news. I'm definitely going to OC.
Ok, I think I've made up my mind.
I'll change my first post to reflect my decisions. If anyone has any final suggestions I'd like to hear them. Thank you guys so much for your input. I changed my rig pretty substantially with your help. I'll probably still make some changes but not any big ones.