oh for crying out loud... I'm spent, I can't... go... on... with... this... topic... no... more... ugh...
seriously kitkit, spend the 20 second it takes to look, and you'll see the three gazillion threads on that topic... all without conclusion, and most degenerating into flames & fights... sorry, but most of us are seriously tired of this topic...
the simplest answer is to check tom's 4 reviews on the mainsite. More accurately, there is no simple answer, it depends what you use it for, how much money do you have, which kind of applications do you want to measure, and are we talking about applications here now or the ones which will come in the future, in which case you have to try to predict other hardware available at that time etc... ugh... just a big mess
AMD Athlon 750 Mhz - 1.2 Ghz Processor - Cheaper (don't want to discuss if better) than Intel Processors
Abit, IWill or Asus mobo (Via KT133, Via KT133A or AliMagik 1 chipset)
128-256 Mb of PC133 Brand Name cas 2 SDRAM or DDR-RAM if motherboard supports it (I do suggest Crucial or Mushkin brands)
nVidia Geforce 2 GTS, Geforce 2 Pro or Geforce 2 Ultra graphics cards (I think Guillemot, ELSA, Asus and Creative are good brands); if you are on a tight budget you could buy a Geforce 2 MX, but I think a Power Color Evil Kyro is a better choice
7200 RPM Ultra DMA 100 hard disk drive (IBM, Maxtor, Fujitsu...) - 30 GB is enough...
Toshiba whatever high-speed CDROM drive
Sound Blaster Live! - whatever model, or Guillemot MaxiSound
Good 2.1 speakers, cause you're not likely to make profit from 5.1 speakers, it's up to you
Good case with 300W Power Supply - it's easy to spot a good case
19' Monitor - I do suggest NEC FE 950 - love it, but it's not mine (remember it will last for your next computer)
Acer mechanical keyboard
Logitech cordless optical mouse (or get a Microsoft one, they've got life warranty, but people report they are crap, you can have a new mouse every year though)
Ratpadz mouse surface
Even if you want to use it for gaming, you could get it with a 12x Toshiba DVD-ROM drive (I know Pioneer are faster, but I do hate slot-in drives, and Toshiba work better with scratched or copy protected CD's); another must is a CDRW drive - for example... the Plextor 12/10/32A
If you want to game online, you could get a crappy 56k modem or get cable or DSL from a local provider
your post is reasonable enough, try as I might, I only found one thing to comment on
>> Pioneer are faster, but I do hate slot-in drives
actually the models I've seen come in both slot-in and tray versions, so if that's the only issue, you can choose
January 9, 2001 7:28:18 PM
Cordless optical mouse?!!?!!!!!
I'd like to see that
January 9, 2001 8:13:06 PM
This will be a very long string, seems many people like to comment, on one hand you have the AMD people who will say T-Birds have 200mz FSB, better processor ect ect, but they do get hot, very hot if you dont pay attention to the basics, like mounting the sink and fan correctly, Then you have the Intel people who will tell you that the P4 with SSE technology will kill anything those people at AMD can come up with, crack a buds, sit back and read, cause there will be a lot of posts