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Going CRAZY! Can't Decide which to buy...Need HELP

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December 20, 2002 1:51:43 AM

I am building a new PC and have purchased everything except the Motherboard and Processor. Please give your thoughts and opinions on which to buy. I will use your opinions to make a purchase decision. Thanks!

Purchased Already
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* Antec Plusview 1000AMG Case
* (5x) Cooler Master TLF-R82 Neon LED 80mm Case Fans
* Cooler Master UTC-F18 Round (Black), 18inch Floppy cable
* (2x) Cooler Master UTC-A24 Round (Black), 24-inch ATA133 cable
* Thermaltake Silent PurePower 420W w/Active PFC PSU
* (2x) Corsair XMS 512MB PC3500 C2
* Mitsumi D359M3 Black FDD 1.44MB Floppy Drive
* Logitech Black Elite Keyboard
* Logitech MX700 Cordless Mouse
* Lite-On 48x24x48 CD-RW Black Model LTR-48246S
* Lite-On 16x DVD Black Model LTD-166
* Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 2
* Atech Multi-Slot Card Pro III 7-in-1 w/1394 Black
* Seagate 80GB 7200rpm 8MB Cache Serial ATA Hard Drive
* Everglide Attack Optical Smoke Mouse Pad w/ Mouse Skatez
* Windows XP Pro (OEM)

Which Would You Purchase to complete this system???
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AMD
* AMD Athlon XP 2800+ OEM
* Asus A7N8X Deluxe motherboard
* Thermalright SLK-800 Copper Heatsink
* Thermaltake Smart Fan II

INTEL
* Intel P4 3.06GHz RETAIL
* Asus P4G8X Deluxe

NOTE: This system will be paired with a GeForce FX 5800 Ultra when they come out in Jan 2003.

So what do you think?

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December 20, 2002 2:03:27 AM

I'd go with the amd system just on the fact that the p4 3.06 is like 800 bucks while you can get the xp2800+ and the mobo for about 500-550. I'm sure the P4 3.06 kicks ass but since it is 2x as expensive as the xp2800+ I would expect a serious performence advantage...not sure if thats the case......

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December 20, 2002 2:04:22 AM

i dont think you'll be able to get that video card til february or march
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December 20, 2002 2:08:39 AM

WoW!!! Well, either way, that is going to be one insanely fast system, assuming your getting a ATi 9700 Pro graphics card to boot. But because you've already covered the audio area with the Audigy 2 and you don't seem to be at all restricted by price, I would go with the Intel option but with a Pentium4 2.66GHz. Then overclock that SOB! But, if your like my elder brother and won't except anything other than the fastest, no matter what the cost, then go with the P4 3.06. But in order utilize HT, you must have Windows XP. I recommend Windows XP Pro (OEM) if you don't already have a full version of windows xp (home or pro).

<i>It's your world kid!!!</i>
December 20, 2002 2:09:53 AM

Starwrz3 I am counting on this:

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Digitimes has word that MSI and Leadtek will be the first two manufacturers to get their grubby hands on GeForce FX samples, which are apparently in very limited supply. So limited, in fact, that Nvidia in turn may use finished cards made by MSI and Leadtek to give to other manufacturers as chip samples! Dates, dates, dates:


Based on the production schedule, GeForce FX graphics cards are expected to hit the market at the end of January at the earliest.
December 20, 2002 2:17:29 AM

Whether it's a high end ATi Card(9700 pro) or nVidia card (GeForceFX), I would love to see your 3DMarks whether you choose AMD or Intel.

<i>It's your world kid!!!</i>
December 20, 2002 2:49:16 AM

Also consider the xp2400 or 2600 as I think they might be able to perform almost as well??
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December 20, 2002 2:56:44 AM

morganwill: I need top of the line because I only upgrade PC's every 2 years. I need this PC to run Unreal 2 and Doom 3 well. I'm a huge gamer and this system will be used for 90%+ for gaming. Also, I will be using my existing Elsa Gladiac GeForce 3 until the GeForce FX cards come out which I hope will be in Jan.
December 20, 2002 2:57:53 AM

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Also consider the xp2400 or 2600 as I think they might be able to perform almost as well??

These are good options also. Especially the 2400+, if you overclock.

<i>It's your world kid!!!</i>
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