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August 16, 2002 12:53:15 PM

I'm just building my PC for now it's something like that:

Asus A7V8X (or Gigabyte GA-7VAXP) the Asus has SATA
AMD Athlon XP 1800+
Zalman CNPS6000-Cu
RAM 512Mb DDR400 maybe DDR333 (don't know which brand any recommendations has to be able to perform good with Asus and Gigabyte)
Antec SX630II
FDD 1.44 Mb 3.5
WD Caviar 7200 WD400JB (Maxtor 40Gb 7200 ATA133-2nd choice)
PlexWriter 48/24/48A
DVD Pioneer 106S
Leadtek WinFast A250LE Ti 4200
SB Audigy 1394
3Com 3C905C-TX-M PCI 10/100 UTP
MS Natural Keyboard Pro
MS IntelliMouse Explorer USB Optical

The real problem I'm facing is do I wait for SATA (doesn't seem to be a GREAT performance boost-at the moment from what I've read just for the sake of thinner cables-NO). I'll probably wait for the VIA KT400 boards like the ones I listed above.

Please tell me what would you change and why (consider not making DRASTIC changes price wise)

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August 16, 2002 1:13:12 PM

Hmm...well, I don't see a reason to buy S-ata yet when you can get Ata 133 drives almost as fast. Plus, you can either buy round cables now, or round your own cables (using a knife and twistie ties/tape).

Setup looks pretty good, i'd make a few changes if you're going to get this.

RAM, good ram is Corsair XMS, in either 256mb or 512mb sizes, Pc-2700, Pc-3000, or Pc-3200. Probably the best ram out there for general use or overclocking.

For a little more money, the WD 80gb special edition HDD with 8mb cache performs better than most other hard drives out there based on 7200 rpms and Ata 133.

I can't argue with anything else, it looks good.

True dumbass:
aha!! it has some kind of cuts, hehehe"
have you ever seen smoke from a seagate?
August 17, 2002 5:14:41 AM

"For a little more money, the WD 80gb special edition HDD with 8mb cache performs better than most other hard drives out there based on 7200 rpms and Ata 133"

Yeah my guess is that is why he is looking at it WD400JB is the 80Gb 8Mb special. I have seen it as low as $110 US shipped. Not too shabby!
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August 17, 2002 5:25:41 AM

If you go with Asus, make sure that the brand of DDR RAM is not Kingston. For some weird reason, they absolutly will not work with each other.

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August 17, 2002 12:01:48 PM

Yeah?..
I have Asus mobo and Kingston PC2700 and all is just fine.
August 17, 2002 1:35:46 PM

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Yeah my guess is that is why he is looking at it WD400JB is the 80Gb 8Mb special.

Nope, IIRC, WD also makes a 40GB SE drive.

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August 17, 2002 2:05:47 PM

Sweet, Western Digital now make a 40GB with 8MB cache! That would make a outstanding budget drive or an excellent high-performance image backup drive!

:wink: <b><i>"A penny saved is a penny earned!"</i></b> :wink:
August 17, 2002 5:31:09 PM

Here's my latest version

Asus A7V8X (or Gigabyte GA-7VAXP)
AMD Athlon XP 1800+
Thermalright AX-7 with Mechatronics 53CFM (maybe Zalman CNPS6000-Cu)
RAM 512Mb DDR400 probably Corsair)
Antec SX630II
FDD 1.44 Mb 3.5
WD Caviar 7200 WD400JB
PlexWriter 48/24/48A
DVD Pioneer 106S
Leadtek WinFast A250LE Ti 4200
SB Audigy 1394
3Com 3C905C-TX-M PCI 10/100 UTP
MS Natural Keyboard Pro
MS IntelliMouse Explorer USB Optical

PLEASE keep making suggestions!!!
August 18, 2002 5:21:52 AM

Seeing how u have no problem waiting for stuff cuz KT400 based boards r not out yet......wait and get an Athlon XP 2400+ or 2600+ CPU...refined 0.13 micron process...aparently it will be REALLY good for overclocking.......otherwise id recomend waiting for that KT400 board u want and get the absolute most budgest AXP chip u can find (XP 1500+) Overclock the hell out of it and than replace it later on with the newer XP chip....

<A HREF="http://www.anandtech.com/mysystemrig.html?id=13597" target="_new">-MeTaL RoCkEr</A>
August 18, 2002 9:51:24 AM

I'll definitely wait for KT400 but as for 2400+, 2600+ it's to expensive for my budget. So I'll still probably go with the 1800+ cause it's the best value at the moment. I plan on getting a faster processor later.

Don't OC (for now at least)
August 18, 2002 2:39:34 PM

MeTaLrOcKeR it's very much appreciated.
August 18, 2002 5:04:14 PM

If you want to save a few bucks, get a generic CD burner instead of a Plextor. There are only 3 companies which manufacture burners, Sony (which makes only Sony brand), Yamaha (which makes only Yamaha brand), and Mitsubishi, which makes all other brands including the Plextor. In other words the Plextor drive is the same driveas the LG and Lite-on brands, etc. Plextor modifies theirs a bit by adding more RAM, and I believe they may also replace the drive motor.

Right now the Yamaha burners are of better quality thn the Plextors anyway.

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August 18, 2002 5:18:14 PM

Yeah I'm also considering Yamaha CRW-F1 44x/24x/44x and
TDK CyClone 48x24x48x along with PlexWriter 48/24/48A. Haven't decided 100% and am waiting for reviews of the Plextor compared to TDK and Yamaha
August 18, 2002 9:01:26 PM

Does anyone think I should wait for Barton or even ClawHammer and how much more would that cost (your best guesses apply)
August 18, 2002 9:43:44 PM

I've read your posts does the Asus KT400 board support Barton, what about the fan,...
August 18, 2002 9:48:10 PM

im almost 100% sure it WILL support the Barton...i cant gaurantee u that.....but it should...seeign how the Barton will continue to use the Socket A infrastructure....and the FSB will NOT be over 333Mhz on the Barton..therefore the board SHOULD/WILL work with a bios update.......

<A HREF="http://www.anandtech.com/mysystemrig.html?id=13597" target="_new">-MeTaL RoCkEr</A>
August 18, 2002 9:53:38 PM

I totally agree but is there a way to make sure (like contacting Asus-will they make this info available), you haven't mentioned the fan so you probably think it won't have trouble cooling it?
August 18, 2002 10:08:29 PM

Im sorry i totaly forgot about the fan......

Ok, cooling which?? a Barton?? Im pretty sure the Barton will be a nice and cool running CPU....if u meant the XP 1500+.....no u wont have trouble....a Volcano 7 or 7+ will be MORE than enough to kewl that thing off...as far as Asus giving out information like that.....im very sure once they officialy release the board that they will answer any and all questions u ask them pertaining the future support for a specific board ur buying....

<A HREF="http://www.anandtech.com/mysystemrig.html?id=13597" target="_new">-MeTaL RoCkEr</A>
August 18, 2002 11:00:10 PM

If you want max cooling (maybe for o/cing a XP1600+ AGIOA) get an Alpha PAL8942 or a Swiftech MCX462-BU w/ a Delta Fan... That'll give you some sweet cooling and will let you o/c to probably ~1900MHz...

<i>Past mistakes may make you look stupid, but avoiding future ones will make you look smart!</i>
August 19, 2002 6:52:11 AM

Thanx so I should have no problem with a Thermalright AX-7 with Mechatronics 53CFM my new PC is really taking shape
August 19, 2002 6:57:07 PM

Id personally take the Thermaltake Volcano 7+ as opposed to the Alpha.......the 7+ cools at 0.52C/W which is EXACTLY the same as the Swiftech...and thats at a quiter noise level....and a MUCH cheaper price....

<A HREF="http://www.anandtech.com/mysystemrig.html?id=13597" target="_new">-MeTaL RoCkEr</A>
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