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Upgrading My System

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December 29, 2002 2:59:43 AM

Hi, right now I'm running on a Pentium II 400Mhz processor. I want to upgrade my motherboard, processor, and video card, but just want to make sure that there won't be any compatibility issuses or anything I'm leaving out.

I plan to buy a Athlon XP 1900+ AGOGA processor and MSI KT4 Ultra (6590-010) motherboard and Kingston 512MB PC2700 ram along with a Aopen Geforce4 MX440SE 64MB DDR with TV-Out video card. For cooling I'm getting COOLERMASTER DP5-7JD1B-0L CPU FAN SOCKET A/370 CPU and ENHANCE ENP-0730 P4 300 WATT ATX POWER SUPPLY - OEM from for about $420.

From my current computer I plan to strip its DVD-Rom, CD-RW, Hard drive, etc...

Now my question; will these parts be compatible/work well together? And are there any other things I should get, maybe something for cooling or whatever? Any help is appreciated =)

<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by gmitra on 12/29/02 01:08 AM.</EM></FONT></P>

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December 29, 2002 4:06:05 AM

I'd recommend changing the video card. Geforce 4 MX isn't be best card of choice out there and the SE next to it probably means its there is something different from the rest of the 440 line. Get the Radeon 8500 g4 ti4200 instead.
December 29, 2002 4:25:13 AM

hmmm... I don't really need a a super video card, I only play games every so often, and even then its mostly strategy games like AOE and the Sims. I think a ATI OEM RADEON 9000 Atlantis 64mb DDR DVI/CRT/TV out for an extra $25 would be more than adequate for my needs. Thanks.

<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by gmitra on 12/29/02 01:28 AM.</EM></FONT></P>
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December 29, 2002 2:30:43 PM

Ok, I've changed some of the components I plan to get...

Case: Antec Solution Series SLK3700AMB
Processor: AMD Athlon XP 1900+ w/ AGOGA Stepping
Motherboard: Epox EP-8K5A2+
Ram: Kingston 512MB 2700
Video Card: ATI OEM RADEON 9000 Atlantis 64mb DDR DVI/CRT/TV out
Power Supply: Antec Smart Power 350W (comes w/ case)
Thermal Grease: Arctic Silver's Premium Silver Polysynthetic Thermal Compound
Fans: 1 120mm Antec rear fan (comes w/ case)


From my old computer I plan to take its 30 Gig 7200RPM and 30 Gig 5400RPM harddrives and 3 1/4 floppy drive, DVD-rom (8x), and CD-RW (CenDyne 40x/12x/48x), Zip 100) and perhaps a sound card, unless the onboard audio of the motherboard sounds better.

It all comes out to about $500 w/ shipping. I just wanted to know if I'm forgetting anything as far as cooling or compatible parts (I've never done this before) and if there's anything else you'd suggest me getting to try and make this as easy on me as possible if I decide to go ahead with this.

The other option would be to buy a prebuilt computer from ABS PC. These are the specs for that...

Case: Maxtop CSX-8870K Mid-Tower Case 350Watts Beige/Silver with USB Port
Processor: AMD Athlon XP 2000+/266 FSB 256K Processor
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-7VAX ATA133 AC97 Sound USB 2.0 8X AGP
Cooling: Dynatron DC1206BM-L615 High-End Cooler w/ 5300 RPM Fan
Ram: Crucial 512MB PC2700 DDR RAM
Harddrive: IBM 40GB 7200RPM Hard Drive
Video Card: Gainward/Cardexpert GeForce 4 Ti4200 64MB
DVD-Rom: Pioneer 16x
CD-RW: Lite On 48x24x48
Modem: Internal 56K V.92 PCI
LAN: Linkskey LKF-5100 10/100 PCI
Floppy Drive: Mitsumi 1.44MB
Software: MS WinXP Pro w/ SP1 and Corel WordPerfect 2002

The price for this is about $850-900.

Now, my next questions is do you think its a worthwhile venture for me to make my own pc for the price, or should I just spring for the new computer and not have to worry about putting anything together. I really don't need all the extra stuff like a new hard drive and all btw. Thanks in advance for any suggestions and comments.
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December 29, 2002 4:35:08 PM

If you're looking to save money, I'd get the MSI 745 Ultra motherboard. Also, the Radeon 8500 OEM is available at Newegg for less than $100, should put the 9000 to shame.

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December 29, 2002 6:27:50 PM

I didn't see any MSI 745 Ultra on Newegg, but I did see the Radeon 8500 LE -- the 64MB version is 2 more dollars than the 9000 64MB version. Isn't the 9000 better?

Also I think now I might go with the Biostar MV7IP and an Athlon 2100+ processor w/ Samsung 512MB 2700 DDR ram. As far as cooling I'm thinking, 2 panaflo 80mm exhaust fans, the side venting fan that the case is suppose to come with (Maxtop CSX-8870K) and a COOLERMASTER DP5-7JD1B-0L CPU Fan for the processor. All in all I think this is a good setup for $450. Any suggestions/comments?
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December 29, 2002 8:11:47 PM

The 8500LE is probably just a bit faster than the 9000, but the 8500 is faster yet. They have the 8500 for $92 <A HREF="" target="_new">HERE</A>. Newegg quit carrying the 745 Ultra, the closest match they have is the <A HREF="" target="_new">Aopen AK75</A>

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