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December 29, 2004 3:10:20 AM

What will computer be used for mostly:
-Graphic design
-Web design
-Mild 3D
-Video editing
-Audio editing
-Mild Gaming I mostly only play counter-strike and games that sponsors send out for me to test
-Run multipule gaming servers at LAN

I also plan to overclock it a little.

Which case would you think is better and if I got the Cavalier would the 350 watt power supply be sufficient? Also I am not sure if thats a good powersupply I am getting, is there another would you would recommend in that price range. Another thing is the cooling fan for the cpu do you know any better in that price range or do you think that ones good enough.

Any advice is welcome! :D 


1x Cooler Master Wave Master Case without Power Supply
LINK: http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduct.asp?description=1...

OR

1x Cooler Master Cavalier 3 Silver/Blue ATX Mid-Tower Case With Side Window
LINK: http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?descripti...

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2x Xper Aluminum Hard Drive Cooler with two 60mm Cooling Fan, SILVER
LINK: http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduct.asp?description=1...

2x CoolerMaster Blue 80mm Neon LED Fan
LINK: http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduct.asp?description=1...

1x COOLER MASTER Round, 18-Inch, Floppy drive cable, Booted, 2-Connector
LINK: http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduct.asp?description=1...

2x COOLER MASTER ROUND, 18-Inch, ATA133/100/66 IDE Cable
LINK: http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduct.asp?description=1...

1x ABIT "IC7-G MAXII ADVANCE" i875P Chipset Motherboard for Intel Socket 478 CPU
LINK: http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduct.asp?description=1...

1x BFG nVIDIA GeForce 6800 Video Card, 128MB DDR, 256-Bit, TV-Out/DVI, 8X AGP
LINK: http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduct.asp?description=1...

1x Antec 480W Power Supply with Blue LED Fan
LINK: http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduct.asp?description=1...

1x Intel Pentium 4/ 3.2 GHz 800MHz FSB, 512K Cache, Hyper Threading Technology
LINK: http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduct.asp?description=1...

2x Geil Value Series 184 Pin 512MB DDR PC-3200
LINK: http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduct.asp?description=2...

1x NEC 1.44MB Black Internal Floppy Drive
LINK: http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduct.asp?description=2...

2x Western Digital Raptor 36.7GB 10,000RPM SATA Hard Drive, Model WD360GD
LINK: http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduct.asp?description=2...

1x Logitech Elite Keyboard USB/ PS/2 104keys
LINK: http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduct.asp?description=2...

1x Logitech Blue Performance Optical Mouse PS2/ USB
LINK: http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduct.asp?description=2...

1x Lite-On Black 16X DVD-ROM, Model SOHD-167T
LINK: http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduct.asp?description=2...

1x NEC 16X Double Layer DVD±RW Drive, Black
LINK: http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduct.asp?description=2...

1x Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS Platinum PCI Sound Card
LINK: http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduct.asp?description=2...

1x Arctic Silver Premium Silver Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound
LINK: http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduct.asp?description=3...

1x Cooler Master JET 4 CPU FAN for Intel P4 478
LINK: http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduct.asp?description=3...

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December 29, 2004 5:52:03 AM

I personally don't like Coolermaster, there are so many better companies than them like Zalman.

<A HREF="http://www.newegg.com/app/searchProductResult.asp?Submi..." target="_new">Intel recommended type cases for 3Ghz or 90nm</A> and <A HREF="http://support.intel.com/support/processors/pentium4/sb..." target="_new">Why?</A>

You might want a 400W PSU with that card just to be safe, go with antec psu.

You might want to rethink about getting a Pentium 4 socket 478 platform, it's days are over and you will be limited with upgrading capabilities, either go with Pentium 4 LGA 775 or Athlon 64 socket 939 Nforce 4 with PCI Express.

If still want socket 478 and you plan to overclock you should get <A HREF="http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc.asp?descripti..." target="_new">This mobo</A> in any case, Asus makes better motherboards than Abit.

Enjoy your future system.



<A HREF="http://www.clancas.net" target="_new">clan CHAOS</A>
December 29, 2004 9:26:04 AM

This system is gonna make some noise... Hope most of the fans are temperature controlled cause even when they are all quiet all together they will be loud, especially the Coolermaster (I believe) running at full speed.

If you're going to do a lot of video and audio editing I would also add a bigger HD. You can use the raptors for editing and a big one for more permanent storage, prevents you from having to burn DVD's all the time and you'll have 80 gigs of storage filled up quite fast especially I you have broadband internet.
I assume you have your reasons for using a dvd-reader AND burner though you would only need them if you need to use both of them at the same time. That also is the only reason to buy 2 IDE cables I guess.
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December 29, 2004 11:03:40 AM

Sounds like quite a nice setup, it is a little outdated as PeteRoy. But to be honest all a socket LGA775 platform would offer would be DDR2 (very expensive and not much faster than DDR) PCI express (not really needed yet but most hi end graphics cards will be PCI express by mid 2005) and a hotter CPU that is slower than the northwood clock for clock.

An Athlon64 setup will give you better performance and better upgrade options in the future, but it will end up quite a lot more expensive.
December 29, 2004 11:07:27 AM

P.S. The motherboard you are getting is overpriced, an Abit IS7 will deliver nearly exactly the same performance and feature for half the price. Also you might want to conside SATA drives, they are not any faster but PATA connections are being phased out so in the future it could pose a problem when you upgrade again(also the cables are nice and thin which makes the case look tidier).
December 29, 2004 11:37:29 AM

Raptors are sata. The IDE-cables are for the optical drives for which there are round ide-cables on the list.
December 29, 2004 2:15:34 PM

If you're going to overclock get a MO stepped 3.0C instead of the 3.2C. There are a lot of the MO CPU's out in the channel and the 30 capacitor chips have been known to hit 3.75ghz on stock voltage running much cooler than a 3.2C ever will. Of course, with the kind of editing you're going to be doing, I would consider a 3.4C and run it all stock with the exception of the Zalman 7700 Al/Cu. You can figure your power supply draw <A HREF="http://www.jscustompcs.com/power_supply/" target="_new">here.</A>

Abit IS7 - 3.0C @ 3.6ghz - Mushkin PC4000 (2 X 512) - Sapphire 9800Pro - TT 420 watt Pure Power
Samsung 120gb ATA-100 - Maxtor 40gb ATA - 100
Sony DRU-510A - Yellowtail Merlot
December 29, 2004 2:20:01 PM

Sorry didnt notice the raptors listed there, I only saw the PATA cables. My bad. Should be very nice indeed.
December 30, 2004 12:41:48 PM

here's an antec case I got my eye on. comes with a 400watt psu. looks to have decent cooling and it looks nice if it isn't too expensive for you. this power supply runs 63(shipping included) at newegg. here's a link

<A HREF="http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc.asp?descripti..." target="_new">clicky</A>
December 30, 2004 10:44:38 PM

I have that exact case except it came with a 300 W PSU that I have now upgraded to a 480W antec true blue.

I love this case and I'm gonna be keeping it for a long time to come.

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