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September 23, 2002 8:25:33 PM

Computer Budget:

Athlon XP 2600+: $297.00
Soyo SY-KT400 Dragon Ultra Platinum Edition RAID Motherboard: $179.99
512mb DDR 333mghz RAM: $121.00
512mb DDR 333mghz RAM: $121.00
Western Digital 120GB w/ 8 mb buffer $164.00
Western Digital 120GB w/ 8 mb buffer $164.00
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Total: $1,046.99

all opinions and criticisms welcomed
September 23, 2002 9:07:21 PM

What do you plan to use this computer for? What graphics card do you want with it? Whats the highest you are willig to pay for it?

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September 23, 2002 9:29:23 PM

i already have everything not mention (like vid card, im using a Geforce4 ti4600 atm which will do fine of course). just the listd items, what do yall think.
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September 23, 2002 11:27:28 PM

That's one computer I wouldn't mind having.

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September 24, 2002 12:07:33 AM

sounds like a great system to me, but i would suggest an ABIT AT7-MAX2. They are working on the driver problem, but you got to admit, with the fetures it has, its an bitchin motherboard. Great setup!

If a CPU can be overclocked, try and overclock it. Do this always and forever, unless, of coarse, you have a POS ecs motherboard. In that case, thank god it runs.
September 24, 2002 12:39:05 AM

Why a gig of memory? Is the 2600+ on sale? When do you plan on buying this hardware? What brand of memory?

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September 24, 2002 1:18:07 AM

I know you said "all opinions and criticisms welcomed" but I don't think you would accept anything non AMD.
So, why not consider a dual XP system.
2 x Xp2200 = 1 x XP2600 pricewise
A dually m/b would be similar price to the one you list.
You wouldn't have to wait 3 weeks either.
Unlock and mod for dual systems, drop the multi and up the fsb.
Failing that if your intending to overclock the 2400+ would be cheaper and should clock as well as the 2600+
September 24, 2002 2:27:21 AM

bah. small fry.
get a dual cpu board with 64bit/66mhz pci slots, a scsi raid card and 4 nice 73gb 15,000rpm seagate drives for a raid 0+1 or somethin!

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September 24, 2002 5:25:17 AM

I would have to go with Intel cpu with revised northwood core. The Intel Pentium4 2.5GHz with 400MHz FSB is easily overclocked above 3GHz. Asus P4T533 motherboard. 512MB RIMM 4200 Memory. Two 80GB Western Digital Special Edition Drives in RAID 0 (onboard raid). Threre's no way in heck a 2600+ is going to keep up with a 3GHz+ revised northwood with RIMM 4200 memory even if its overclocked!

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September 24, 2002 2:12:02 PM

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bah. small fry.
get a dual cpu board with 64bit/66mhz pci slots, a scsi raid card and 4 nice 73gb 15,000rpm seagate drives for a raid 0+1 or somethin!

Damn straight! Though I would prefer a RAID 5 instead of a RAID 10, but to each their own. :) 

On a slightly more serious note, I'd suggest the system have a hard drive just for the OS and dinky things like Word and Hex-Eds and crap alone. That way you're not wasting the performance and redundancy of your RAID array on software that it wouldn't really matter for. Heh heh.

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September 24, 2002 2:16:35 PM

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I would have to go with Intel cpu with revised northwood core. The Intel Pentium4 2.5GHz with 400MHz FSB is easily overclocked above 3GHz. Asus P4T533 motherboard. 512MB RIMM 4200 Memory. Two 80GB Western Digital Special Edition Drives in RAID 0 (onboard raid). Threre's no way in heck a 2600+ is going to keep up with a 3GHz+ revised northwood with RIMM 4200 memory even if its overclocked!

I agree with the general sentimentality. Even a 2.8GHz P4b with proper RAM is in general a better performer than an AXP 2600+. (Though, like LHGPooBaa points out, if you're going to go for a 'dream' system and use RAID, you might as well do it right.)

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