I will be building a system in the next 2 weeks and I wanted you guys to take a look at it and see if there are any incompatibilities or if there was anything I shound change.
CPU: xp1600+ this one seems to be the best value right now
MB: ecsk7s5a (cpu/mb combo 200.00)
RAM: 256 ddr 2100 (35.00)
HD: 60 gig ibm 7200rpm ata 100 (150.00)
VIDEO: still tring to decide if the radeon 8500 oem is better than the gf3 ti 200. I want to spend between 170-225. Are there better choices? what one would you pick? keep in mind I will add a seperate tv tuner card on later if that means anything.
TV CARD: not right now but I am looking for a stand alone card that I can record 1 show a week on a timer for under 100. It doesnt have to have a lot of bells and whistles I just want to occasionly watch tv on my computer and occasionly record a show off of tv on a timer and I want it to be a seperate card. I'm not sure if this card exists.
SOUND: onboard my 2.5 year old compaq 5240 onboard sound serves me right so the ecs will be just as good or better right? will this onboard sound be good enough to hook up my computer to home stereo to listen to mp3's? Im not a sound freak I just want it to sound clear and not have static. MY compaq onboard is great exept when I hook it up to my big home stereo I get distortion and static from my mp3's.
DVD: pioneer dvd 16x4 ide (70.00) this may be the dumbest question in history but this won't have a problem running games on it right? someone once told me pure cd roms were better for running games.
PSU/CASE: cheap case 300w psu (75.00)
OS: win me or xp (leaning towards getting an oem copy of xp for 105.00
I will mostly use this system for gaming (max payne/doom/quake/sports games and stuff like that, general internet surfing and listening to mps (mostly though headphones)
Thanks for any help
everything looks good right now...but like jollygrinch and loveguru said, more ram. a couple of other things too: for the sound card, you can get an OEM sound blaster live 5.1 dobly digital for around $30 (only cause your 2.5 year old compaq one may have some compatibility issue with win xp, if you're getting xp). and second, for the dvd rom, there's a website that has a sony 16x dvd / 52x cd for around $50. both parts can be found at http://www.essencompu.com
I don't claim to know anything about everything, I just tell people what I know.
WindowsXP is really not as bad as some people make it out to be, some features, such as being able to have multiple 'users' running simultaneously with their own desktops are quite good. It really isn't much different than windows2000 in the core. Although I agree that the integrated software is nothing special and the security scheme just plain sucks. It is deffinately better than win9x though.
Damn, you guys rule. Thanks for your opinions.
Looks like the only things I am not sure on are the sound,video and os.
Even though the radeon 8500 is underclocked is it still faster than the gf3 ti 200?
I think i'll just test my onboard sound and just buy a cheap soundcard if it doesnt cut it.
as for my OS goes i have no idea what I'll do ill ask around at work for a few more opinions
Add the underclocked speed of the oem radeon 8500 AND ati's crap driver support I would go with the gf3 ti 200.
AS for xp, windows xp rocks, it is blazing fast and stable as hell, I ran 2k, I ran 98, me, 95, 3.11 I have copies of ALL of those os's. XP by far takes the cake for ease of use, speed and reliability and compatability!
"The Cash Left In My Pocket,The BEST Benchmark"
thats BS,XP is crap, besides it has WAY too much of hardware requierments(how do u spell that?), which means that it uses much more system resources.
the built in firewall in XP is:
3.hard to manage(stupidly even).