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+
RAM 512Mb DDR400 maybe DDR333 (don't know which brand any recommendations has to be able to perform good with Asus and Gigabyte)
FDD 1.44 Mb 3.5
WD Caviar 7200 WD400JB (Maxtor 40Gb 7200 ATA133-2nd choice)
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)
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.
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have you ever seen smoke from a seagate?
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....
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.
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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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.......
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....
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...
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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....