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July 23, 2005 7:52:40 AM

not really looking for a top of the line system just wanna try out AMD. i have some sample package that ive seen on magazine and their website. but some say these packages r pricey so i wonder if it'll be cheaper if i break it down and get component pieces? im new to building a PC so pls go easy on me! im tryin to get some tips and get the best parts for the best prices


Amd64 3000+
MSI K8N Neo3-f
Kingston 512ram ddr400
Maxtor 80 SATA
LiteOn cdrw
Nvidia GF FX6200 128MB
7.1 Ch Sound
Lan
ATX TOWER CASE/ 350W
keyboard, mouse, speaker

$592.220US (converted)
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AMD Athlon 64 3000+ (939) Processor - Retail Box
Gigabyte GA-K8NSC-939 Mother Board
512MB 400Mhz DDR RAM
80GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive
Radeon 9250 128MB Video Card With DVI & TV Out
Integrated Sound
Integrated 10/100/1000 Ethernet
16x DVD+/- R/RW Dual Layer Writer
1.44MB Floppy Drive
18" Midtower ATX Case 350W PS
(Front USBx2)
Edifier R102 Speakers With Sub
PS/2 Multimedia Keyboard
PS/2 Optical Wheel Mouse

$614US (converted)
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Amd64 3000+
Gigabyte GA-K8NF9
Samsung ddr400x2
Seagate 80 SATA
LiteOn cdrw
Nvidia GF 6600 128MB
ac 97 7.1
Lan
ATX TOWER CASE/ GTR 400W
keyboard, mouse, speaker

$603.976US(converted)
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with these 3 choices which one would be best to start with? it'll gimme some directions
thanks
July 23, 2005 8:01:27 AM

o and for the first system is that a 939? it doesnt say specificly on the magazine. anyway we can tell?
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July 23, 2005 9:01:19 AM

This is a s754, nF4 chipset with PCIe.

If you're going to use it for gaming, then do yourself a favor and go with a better vid card. I personally don't like MSI - I think they have QA probs. I'd prefer something like this <A HREF="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681..." target="_new">Epox 8NPAJ</A> for $11 more.

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July 23, 2005 10:27:27 AM

I would would buy an IDE drive first, and then expand the system with another IDE drive and then add SATA drives if needed. There is no gain using SATA now, not yet anyway, and you could save few bucks.

Go with 939 platform, it has more room(longer lifespan) for upgrades then 754.
July 23, 2005 10:50:14 AM

Why? SATA doesnt clutter the case and you dont have to [-peep-] around with sh!tty jumpers and odds are the board only has two IDE channels so if you use two optical or HDDs you have to put them on the same channel. And SATA only costs about $5 more anyways.

Some people are like slinkies....
Not really good for anything but you cant help smile when you see one tumble down the stairs.
July 23, 2005 11:35:31 AM

I can see you have problems with cluttering cables and shitty jumpers.
Why to bring it in here?

Try printers or other section
July 23, 2005 8:17:38 PM

No problems here, except for your stupid suggestions.

Some people are like slinkies....
Not really good for anything but you cant help smile when you see one tumble down the stairs.
July 24, 2005 12:51:50 AM

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July 26, 2005 11:38:11 AM

anyone else with more advices?

it'll be greatly appreciated!
July 26, 2005 1:56:48 PM

The third system is better.

- Gigabyte GA-K8NF-9 ia a Socket939 Mobo.
- 2x512Megs is better (dual-channel operation).
- 6600 is better than 6200 or 9250.

Another good point is that you could O/C this system to 2.4GHz (3800+ speed) without much trouble.

As you see in my signature, I have a GA-K8NF-9 and this board is not bad at all! This board is cheap and can overclock well for the price.

Hope this input will help you choose.

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July 26, 2005 4:57:23 PM

thanks! TheRod! just one more thing do u think the thrid package is too pricey? or is it good for its price with these components?
July 26, 2005 5:11:12 PM

Simple... Compare your price with a similar setup on <A HREF="http://www.newegg.com" target="_new">newegg.com</A>. This will gives you a good idea because newegg.com usually have very good price (not always the best, but it's a good reference).

I can't help you much with price stuff, since I'm Canadian and I use to check my prices on Canadian websites. And Canadian prices are often higher than American price.

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July 26, 2005 6:07:51 PM

No DVD?? I guess you aren't planning to play any games on DVD, or watch any DVDs? For the extra $20 I would get a DVD burner.

Personally I think you can go with either the 1st or 3rd option. It really depends on your interests. If this is going to be a gaming rig then I would go with option 3 (superior vid card), for just a workstation or home computer I would get system 1 (Wusy is right though, use integrated sound).

Are these prebuilt? Or are you just ordering the parts? Cause if you are getting this prebuilt you might want to consider building your own. It would allow you to further customize these options to your needs. You can always do better by making your own, it allows you to customize.
July 27, 2005 12:23:42 AM

Rod is right, the 6600 is best of those graphics cards. I like gigabyte a lot more than MSI.
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July 27, 2005 2:11:11 AM

Quote:
building a AMD system nOob

Is he going to read the FAQs or just ask questions all the time?!

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July 27, 2005 4:11:23 AM

What Faqs...
July 27, 2005 4:46:54 AM

thanks all i think i have a good idea of wha direction i should start off from!!

btw these r diy packages not prebuilt im sure i can customize it some more..either way thank you for those WHO actually had some useful tips and guides!

fags........hmm
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July 27, 2005 7:39:11 AM

i would think that a diy package is just a package containing all the nessairy tools for installign computer (screw drivers? jumper extracting/placing tools?) and a guide, i can;t think of what else can be thrown in there
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July 27, 2005 11:13:22 AM

Believe it or not, I've read them all and regularly check for updates to read.

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