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February 21, 2005 3:52:48 AM

My wifes system went down. It was an amd1.2 ghz system and she was barely getting by with it. She doesnt really need such a high end system. The most intensive thing she really does is play ffxi. The system I configured for her is:

Thermaltake Black Highest Xaser III Super Tower
MSI K8T NEO2-F
SAPPHIRE ATI Radeon X700 PRO Video Card, 256MB
Antec 550W Power Supply
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ 2.0GHz, 512KB L2 Cache 939-Pin 64-bit Processor
CorsairXMSDDRPC3200C2PT512MB Seagate 120GB Barracuda 7200RPM SATA with NCQ Hard Drive AOpen Cool Gray, Black, Beige 52X32X52X16X Combo Drive

I dont think I'll be o'cing it and if I do it wouldn't be anything extreme. Think this is a decent system and any suggestions? Im trying to keep the price around 1k total.

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ATI Radeon 9700Pro
Maxtor 80gig ATA/133 8mb
SLK800U/Tornado combo
Lite-On 52x24x52 CDRW
3Dmark01=16500

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February 21, 2005 4:27:10 AM

I would go for the Nforce (K8N series) board and the 6600GT in either AGP or PCI Express form. JMHO. Other than that you should be ready to rock!

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February 21, 2005 5:05:07 AM

I will agree with cyber on the nforce board. I like single chip chipsets, because they create less heat.
I'm not so sure about the video card though. The gt may win more benches, but nvidia's drivers seem to be better at that. When I go pci-exp, it will either be with an x700p or an 800xl.
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February 21, 2005 6:08:36 AM

I agree with Wusy, probably more power in that PSU than you need unless you have something else cooking there. Personally I would go for ATIs x800xl card if you can afford it, good price/performance ratio :smile:

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February 21, 2005 6:12:22 AM

Since you wouldn't overclock, then get socket 754 A64 3200+ (Newcastle, 2.2 GHz). It will perform better than 2.0 GHz Socket 939 3200+. And socket 754 mobos cost less, too. You can get ABIT NF8 if you get socket 754 3200+

For graphics card, get GeForce 6600GT instead of Radeon X700 Pro

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February 21, 2005 12:40:26 PM

Thanks for the input, but can i run the 6600gt in pci-x on that board since it doesn't have pci-x slots?
February 21, 2005 1:00:32 PM

No, if you have an AGP board buy the AGP version. It costs a little bit more and performs all the same.
February 21, 2005 3:43:48 PM

If you go the Nforce4 way the 6600GT in PCI-Express flavor is dirt cheap. You'll pay an extra 20 - 30 bucks for the AGP card. I haven't seen an X700 run so I can't comment on endyen's choice. Personally, I just bought a 6800 OC instead of a 6600GT for my A64-3200 because it only cost 20 bucks more. I got a deal from a guy that was going to a Nforce Dual SLI board. The AGP 6600GT's have come down in price since then.

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February 21, 2005 4:02:01 PM

PCI-e and PCI-x are different slots alltogether. PCI-e if for graphics cards, PCI-x is 64-bit PCI slot for RAID controllers and such.

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February 22, 2005 4:21:08 AM

Geez, what the heck is going on with ATI anyways? :frown:

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February 22, 2005 8:11:13 AM

X700 Pro on an Intel setup will run into issues quick if you stress the system very much, however th X800XL is a very good choice.

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February 22, 2005 2:48:34 PM

what manufacturer would you recommend for a 6600GT? since there is a price difference between them its confusing to tell if the more expensive one is better then the cheaper one. would PCI-EXPRESS be better then AGP? i am also building a system but cant figure out the video card/mainboard/cpu combo since there is just too many to choose from and little do i know about them.

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