Comments about this system?

Hi all:

I think I'm done with the selection of the components for my new system. Since I'm new in this hobbie, I would like to know what do you guys think about it. Any comment will be appreciated.

- ($69) CHIEFTEC Server Chasis (Workstation Tower) Model DX-01BD- IBM Black w/ Two Case Fans450W AMD Approved Power Supply, Powered by Foxconn (Austin) (2 fans included)

- ($193) Intel Pentium 4 2.4BGHz 512K 533MHz CPU Northwood P478 Processor Retail Box (heatsink and fan)

- ($94) Gigabyte GA-8SG667,SIS 648 chipset Socket 478 P4 ATX motherboard RETAIL

- ($94) ATI OEM RADEON 8500 LE 128MB DDR DVI/CRT/TV

- ($150) Samsung Original DDR333 PC-2700 512mb CAS2.5 - OEM Version

- ($11) MITSUMI D359M3 BLACK FDD 1.44MB 3.5INCH - OEM

- ($56) Lite On 48x24x48 CDRW Model LTR-4824S OEM

- ($45) LITE-ON LTD-166S16X DVD ROM Drive - Retail

- ($48) Creative Labs Inspire 4.1 4400 Speaker

- ($10) KEYBOARD-2000 BLACK KB/MS-OEM

- ($110) WD WESTERN DIGITAL "SPECIAL EDITION" 80GB 7200RPM EIDE HARD DRIVE MODEL # WD800JB - OEM, DRIVE ONLY (8MB cache) (maybe i can get some cheaper from bestbuy this weekend)

Total:$922 (newegg, shipping included)
Plus monitor Mag 19'' from a near Bestbuy ($199)

Thanks in advance
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  1. You have a great selection of parts!

    The one thing I'd reccomend with what is obviously a high performance system is a better video card. A GeForce 4 Ti 4200 would far outperform that 8500LE.

    Of course, if you don't care about graphics because you don't play games much, then sticking with the 8500LE would be fine.

    -Col.Kiwi
  2. Thanks man. I just got today the GeForce4 Ti4200 128 MB for $89 (Bestbuy thanksgiving sale), so I think I'm ready to go.

    Regards
  3. Great deal!

    You'll be quite satisfied with it, I've got one.

    -Col.Kiwi
  4. Yes, but the word that it would far outperform the 8500LE was a lie of course.

    <font color=blue>You're posting in a forum with class. It may be third class, but it's still class!</font color=blue>
  5. Wow El cheapo, but powerful! Double the RAM at least.And the Nvidia is a much better choice than the ATI LE; the ATI drivers are a royal pain.
  6. I know you've already bought the card, but in response to some other remarks:

    IMHO, I'd take the better image quality of the retail 8500LE over the small increase in speed the 4200 has. But then again I use it mostly for CAD work.

    I've been using ATI cards since the original EGA wonder (1987 I believe it was) and have had three serious driver problems (VGA WonderXL/Win 3.11, Rage128/Win2000, Cat2.2/Win2000). That's just my experience.

    *Dual PIII-800 @900 i440BX and Tualeron 1.2 @1.74 i815*
  7. Depends what you mean by far. A Ti4200 will definitely outperform a R8500LE by ~10-15%. But the IQ of the R8500LE IMO is better.

    ...And all the King's horses and all the King's men couldn't put my computer back together again...
  8. The ATi drivers are much better now. I wouldn't say they're a "royal pain".

    ...And all the King's horses and all the King's men couldn't put my computer back together again...
  9. He made it sound like the difference was huge, but in reality it's not very large.

    <font color=blue>You're posting in a forum with class. It may be third class, but it's still class!</font color=blue>
  10. Yeah, the way he said it it sounded like the R8500LE would be inadequate for gaming. Far from it.

    ...And all the King's horses and all the King's men couldn't put my computer back together again...
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