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July 12, 2002 3:42:56 AM

Cooler Master ATC-210-VX1 (VERDANT). All Aluminum and Acrylic Case
ABIT IT7 MAX Intel 845E chipset ATX motherboard
Intel Pentium 4 Processor (Northwood) 2.26GHz, 533MHz FSB, Socket 478
Corsair CMX512-2700C2 512MB PC2700 333MHz DDR SDRAM w/Heat Spreader
Asus 16X DVD ROM 48X CD-ROM Internal EIDE
Maxtor Quiet Drive 80GB 7200RPM Model # 6L080L4 -D740X
Cooler Master Round, 24-Inch, ATA133/100 IDE Cable. 3-Connector (Red)
Enermax EG465AX-VE (W)FCA. 431W Power supply for AMD K7 & Pentium4
Logitech THX certified Z560 4.1 surround sound system
Samsung 1.44MB FLOPPY DRIVE Model# SFD321B/LEB

AMD SystemAsus VIA A7V333 Chipset ATX Motherboard w/ RAID
Corsair CMX512-2700C2 512MB PC2700 333MHz DDR SDRAM w/Heat Spreader
AMD Athlon XP 2200+ 1.8GHz Processor
Voyetra Turtle Beach Santa Cruz Sound Card
Maxtor Quiet Drive 80GB 7200RPM Model # 6L080L4 -D740X
Cooler Master Round, 24-Inch, ATA133/100 IDE Cable. 3-Connector (Red)
Asus 16X DVD ROM 48X CD-ROM Internal EIDE- Drive
Enermax EG465AX-VE (W)FCA. 431W Power supply for AMD K7 & Pentium4
Logitech THX certified Z560 4.1 surround sound system
Cooler Master ATC-210-VX1 (VERDANT). All Aluminum and Acrylic Case
Samsung 1.44MB FLOPPY DRIVE Model# SFD321B/LEB

Please inform me which system you believe would obtain me better benchmarks and if possible any minor changes without causing a major cost increase that may increase the performance of either system. I have already purchased a Leadtek WinA250 128 MB video card. Thanks

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July 12, 2002 3:55:49 AM

Get the P4 system and overclock it.

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July 12, 2002 4:21:24 AM

It all depends on what you want to do with your computer. If you want to play games, and edit video, and encode video and do bandwidth intensive things then I suggest the P4. Also if you want to overclock then P4 is deffinitly the way to go. Most people with 2.26B cpus are getting 2.8-3 GHz+
And changes to make would be to get a Western Digital 80 gig special edition drive, they are considerably better than the maxtors. The Maxtors have ups and downs all over the medium as they read and write, where as the Western Digital is almost completely stable.
Then Deffinitly get an Antec 400 watt PSU, if you look at its actual +12v +5v and +3.3 volt lines they are a good deal better than the Enermax you have listed.
From the looks of it, it seems like you are planning to use the onboard sound of the IT7, I just thought you might like to know it wouldn't be able to compare to a Santa Cruz. It is decent for mp3s and light gaming though.
I'm sure Asus makes nice DVD drives, but I'm sure there are better out for the same price, you might want to check the forums at www.doom9.net
Also take into consideration that the Asus board has Promise raid which isn't really that good. The Abit board has High Point raid which is FAR superior. It is capable of 8 IDE devices in raid or normal modes, and I believe the Promise is only capable of raid modes, AND is only for 4 drives max. I have had a RAID-0 array on 3 different motherboards, with 3 different highpoint controllers, and have never had to rebuild the array (HPT370 on Abit KR7A-RAID, HPT372 on Epox 4BDA2+, and now HPT374 on Abit IT7).
Your biggest performance boost for the price would be with the P4 system, if you got a Swiftech MCX4000 heat sink you could probably hit 2.8 GHz with 166 FSB, which would keep your ram in spec.

I personally own an Abit IT7 with Pentium 4 1.6a overclocked to 2.4 GHz. My Samsung True PC2700 ram is running DDR400. I also have a Lite-On 16x DVD drive and Antec 350 watt PSU. My future plans are getting a 1.8A, or 2.26B cpu and shooting for 2.7 GHz on the 1.8, or 2.8+ on the 2.26. Swiftech MCX4000 is next on my parts to buy list :smile: as well as selling my current PSU and getting the 400 watt Antec and Selling my 80 gig Maxtor (the on you were thinking of getting actually) and getting the Western Digital as replacement.
Follow my advice and you can't go wrong *grin*
PS: Don't forget the Abit board has no legacy support, so your keyboard, mouse, printer, scanner, or any other peripherals must be USB, because it has no PS2 plugs, serial ports, or printer ports.
Gosh I'm such a nerd sometimes, but then again arn't we all. :smile: <P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Oni on 07/12/02 00:26 AM.</EM></FONT></P>
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July 12, 2002 5:17:11 AM

heres the "rule" this forum decided on...
if you're planning on overclocking...get the P4...
if you're planning on using the cpu at stock speeds...get an AXP...
simple as that...

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July 12, 2002 10:42:32 AM

Thanks for the help...I think I've decided on the P4
July 12, 2002 12:42:03 PM

Swithch out that 80GB Maxtor for a WD 80GB SE w/ 8MB cache. Since it looks like you'll be paying good money for this, don't skimp on anything. Is that a Ti4400, Ti4600 or Ti4200?(The Winfast A250?)

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July 15, 2002 3:19:57 AM

Sorry it took so long to reply...the winfast A250 is a Ti4600
July 15, 2002 11:11:31 AM

Oni...could you please provide the model number for the power supply that you recommended....thanks.
July 15, 2002 1:26:35 PM

Is that really needed? Get a Ti4400 and overclock or wait for R300 even. The R300 is supposed to whoop Ti4600's ass pretty badly.

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July 16, 2002 6:11:07 AM

I suppose it's not really needed...unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it) I had the 4600 laying around the house already.
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