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July 3, 2002 3:22:59 PM

Hello!

I’m building my first PC and I would very much appreciate suggestions from all THG forum members.

I’m looking for components right now, what I have so far:

Intel Pentium 4 2.0AGHz 512K Socket 478 Processor 400MHz Processor Bus

Or do you think that
Intel Pentium 4 / 2.26GHz Northwood 512K Socket 478 Processor 533MHz Processor Bus RTL
Is worth additional 80$.

LEADTEK GeForce4 TI4400 128M TV BULK Winfast A250 TD. Bulk pack

I’m looking for other components now. What do you think which motherboard would good, and memory ( DDR ), HD.

Most sound cards will do the job, and please suggest me some optimum case not too expensive though, I’ve head a lot of troubles with my last one.

I can spend about 1800$.
It will be used for gaming a lot although not exclusively.

Thanks.

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July 3, 2002 3:35:28 PM

OK... another one of these threads... Oh well, I don't mind helping out. Ok go take a look at a Vince0000's thread. I basically priced a pretty good P4 system. The 2.26B is really not needed as a P4 2.0GHz should reach 2.66B with a 133MHz FSB. Check it out.

:smile: Falling down stairs saves time :smile:
July 3, 2002 3:47:14 PM

Hey i recently ordered this:

Pentium 4 2.0A ghz
Abit IT7 (got editors choice award around the web)

Some kind of samsung memory. Corsair uses samsung memory.
So either Samsung pc2700 or corsair XMS pc2700, there was one more company that used samsung memory.

Thats what i got. if you want a RDRAM based system. that i don't know much about. I do know the above board is veyr stable and worth the money if you have no lagacy devices. Read 3 reviews and all 3 they got editors choice award and found it super stable.

Good luck!

<A HREF="http://www.anandtech.com/mysystemrig.html?id=9933" target="_new"> My Rig </A>
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July 3, 2002 3:58:25 PM

Yup, the system I put together for a "Vance" is under the Next Gaming System thread. I read reviews of the IT7 too and it looks really really great. I'd get it too if I were building a new comp. Don't get Corsair, cause all it is is some hand picked Samsung with a heat spreader and $50 added on. (ok, $50 is an exaggeration)

:smile: Falling down stairs saves time :smile:
July 3, 2002 4:06:06 PM

Personaly, I like the idea of taking a P4A 2.0 and droping it in a 533 setup and getting a 2.66. Should be feasable. Just make sure you get good PC800 or PC1066.

A 1.8 or 1.6 could be a better deal, but if you're willing to drop the cash for a 2.0, the OC you'll get from simply going to 533, which should be safe, will give you a nice computer.

English is phun.
July 3, 2002 4:30:36 PM

Actually the corsair was 154 and the samsung was 150. 4 bucks more and i get a heat spreader on it. Not a bad deal.

trust me if it was 200 bucks i would have gottin the samsung because i know they both use the same memory chips.

lol i research everything analy. lol!

and what is the deal with the intel chips that MAY be defected? Or Errata? Probably heard that term once.

<A HREF="http://www.anandtech.com/mysystemrig.html?id=9933" target="_new"> My Rig </A>
July 3, 2002 4:54:55 PM

Sorry for bothering you chuck232, I read THG forum almost every day and I know there is a lot of similar questions, but I really need help with this

This what I have so far:

P4 2.0A Retail 191$
Samsung Original DDR333 PC-2700 512mb CAS2.5 - OEM VersionDDR 150$
What do you think about:
***CORSAIR MEMORY XMS Extreme Memory Speed Series CMX512-2700C2 PC2700 DDR RAM 333MHz w/ Heat Spreader 154$
ABIT IT7 MAX Intel 845E chipset ATX 152$
WD WESTERN DIGITAL "SPECIAL EDITION" 80GB 7200RPM EIDE HARD DRIVE MODEL # WD800JB - OEM, DRIVE 114$
LeadTek GF4 Ti4400 - $237
Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy Xgamer 84$

I still can’t choose between Corsair and Samsung.

I’m somewhat confused with those CD-RW + DVD combos is that a good choice or there is a better solution.
I’m looking for good case with reasonable price now, any suggestions, my last one was terrible, it was shaking and producing noises like it’s going to bite me whenever I turn on PC, not to mention whit CD-ROM spinning.

Thanks for suggesting ABIT IT7, it looks grat.
July 3, 2002 5:15:42 PM

To tell the truth, I always thought the Corsair RAM was a lot more than the Samsung, ok since there's not much difference get the Corsair. Good for overclocking and running at lower latency ratings. Well, I'd say you should get a 40x12x48 CD-RW + a 16x DVD-ROM for just a bit more than a combo. Plus, you'll not have to always use your CD-RW for reading stuff. I mean a Lite-On DVD-ROM is ~$40 and a Lite-On 40x12x48 CD-RW is $70. That's $110. Or you can get a 32x12x40 Lite-On for $10 less. I'd prefer that over the combo anyday.

Take a look at <A HREF="http://www.newegg.com/app/Showimage.asp?image=11-125-11..." target="_new">this</A> case. Seems very nice. Does it remind you of the Alienware cases?

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July 3, 2002 6:28:13 PM

More or less this is it, if anything is missing feel free to comment.

P4 2.0A Retail 191$
CORSAIR MEMORY XMS Extreme Memory Speed Series CMX512-2700C2 PC2700 DDR RAM 333MHz w/ Heat Spreader 154$
ABIT IT7 MAX Intel 845E chipset ATX 152$
WD WESTERN DIGITAL "SPECIAL EDITION" 80GB 7200RPM EIDE HARD DRIVE MODEL # WD800JB - OEM, DRIVE 114$
LeadTek GF4 Ti4400 - $237
Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy Xgamer 84$
Samsung SC152LEB 52X CD-ROM OEM 27$
Samsung SC316BRA 16X10X12 CD-RW/DVD OEM 95$
Viewsonic G90F 19" Monitor, Retail 265$
CHIEFTEC Server Chasis (Workstation Tower) Model DX-01WD-420W; Turbo Link Power Supply 65$
Samsung 104 Keys SDM-4510P PS2 Keyboard Retail 17$
LOGITECH B69 CORDED OPTICAL MOUSE – OEM 12$

I choosed CD-RW/DVD combo because I probably won’t use dvd much, but that’s not final.
I agree with you chuck
July 3, 2002 7:17:37 PM

Ok, first off, just get a DVD-ROM and a CD-RW. A Lite-On 40x12x48 CD-RW is $70 and a Pioneer 16X DVD-ROM is $46. You can still run CDs in a DVD-ROM. Just take out that CD-ROM and put in a DVD-ROM in it's place and get a plain CDRW. Those 2 optical drives are pretty good. Esp. the Lite-On burner. Also don't get the PS2 Keyboard, unless you're getting an adapter to USB, cause there is no PS2 ports on that mobo.

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July 3, 2002 7:55:47 PM

Ok, you’re right.
I have trouble finding that CD-RW though.
July 3, 2002 9:20:57 PM

* Intel Pentium 4 2.0AGHz 512K Socket 478 Processor 400MHz Processor Bus

* CORSAIR MEMORY XMS Extreme Memory Speed Series CMX512-2700C2 PC2700 DDR RAM 333MHz w/ Heat Spreader - OEM

* ABIT IT7 MAX Intel 845E chipset ATX motherboard

* WD WESTERN DIGITAL "SPECIAL EDITION" 80GB 7200RPM EIDE HARD DRIVE MODEL # WD800JB - OEM, DRIVE ONLY

* LEADTEK GeForce4 TI4400 128M

* CREATIVE LABS SOUND BLASTER LIVE! 5.1

* PIONEER INTERNAL ATAPI 16X DVD-ROM MODEL 106S

* Lite On 40X12X48 CDRW Model: RTL40125S-Retail

* Viewsonic G90F 19" Monitor, Retail

* CHIEFTEC Server Chasis (Workstation Tower) Model DX-01WD-420W; Turbo Link Power Supply

* LOGITECH B69 CORDED OPTICAL MOUSE - OEM Combo USB and PS/2

*

*

Few things are missing, but more or less that’s it. I couldn’t find appropriate keyboard I like, but that’s not a big problem I’ll do it latter. There is still time to change this configuration, so please comment if you want.

Thank you everybody for help, especially chuck
!