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Old 06-18-2004, 08:35 AM   #46
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nvm about hunting down the ram. What I have in my basket:

Western Digital Special Edition 80GB 7200RPM IDE Hard Drive, Model WD800JB, OEM Drive Only

Mushkin Basic Green 184 Pin 512MB DDR PC-2700 - Retail

ABIT "NF7" nForce2 Chipset Motherboard for AMD Socket A CPU -RETAIL

AMD Athlon XP 2600+ "Barton", 333MHz FSB, 512K Cache Processor - Retail

XFX nVIDIA GeForce FX5600XT Video Card, 128MB DDR, DVI/TV-Out, 8X AGP, Model "PVT31LRA" -RETAIL

Me and some buds are already setting up a LAN party in about a month , will the motherboard support me with my audio for now or should I buy a sound card right now? If my motherboard will give me audio, ill get the soundcard down the road.
 
Old 06-18-2004, 01:23 PM   #47
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The sound will work fine. It ain't the best but it will work. It is what I have been using. The ethernet port works OK too. I have tested it.

The 2600 is up to you but you will not notice the diference in speed. If you went to a 3000+ you may see the difference but not much. It won't hurt anything though. It will work just fine. I just try to get the most bang for the least amount of bucks. If you want the 2600, go for it. It will not cause any problems at all.

You're looking good though. That video card will give you really good gaming frame rates, compared to 5200, at a resonable price, lot of bang for the buck.

When you get that stuff, you need to really take your time and be carefull during the assembly. Some things, like the CPU heatsink, are crucial. That AMD link should help a lot.

Lunch time.

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Old 06-18-2004, 11:04 PM   #48
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Parts are being shipped . I'll update this thread with pics.

THANKS EVERYONE! This whole project was $460
 
Old 06-20-2004, 03:31 AM   #49
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Fear58,

Glad to hear you did so well on the price. Really got bang for your buck. I just wanted to add that Athlon's can run a bit hot. I built a system for my brother a few months back w/ an Athlon and it kept overheating. I solved the problem w/ a really good cooling fan. Might want to keep that in mind.
 
Old 06-20-2004, 08:55 AM   #50
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Yea, if I catch signs of a lot of overheating i might take the retail fan off and replace it with a Thermaltake. I bought a couple extra fans for the case, and the case came with about 2 or 3 outer fans. I bought round cables also, thinking this might keep things a bit cooler cuz no belts getting in airway.
 
Old 06-20-2004, 08:24 PM   #51
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Cool

I run an AXP2000 and my case has two fans, then there is one on the power supply, one on the cpu, one on the video card and one the mobo on one of the bridges (south or north - not sure) and the one on the cpu makes I believe seven fans. I have the round cables. I also have the cdburner and dvdrom. I have three hard drives, two in raid configuration and one 80 gig WD caviar. I mention this because the extra fans are good, but it is also wise to have a good power supply and that is why I went with a 450 watt power supply. I have had no problems so far, even when overclocking. If you have an inadequate power supply and you overclock, with all the fans and other drives - power fluctuations can kill your system and you will experience crashes. The good thing about the factory fan is that as long as you leave it alone, you have a warranty. If you take the factory fan off and the cpu gets toasted, you lose the warranty. I would leave the boxed retail version alone until the warranty runs out. Overclocking is hard to prove, changing the fan is easy to prove. HTH...
 
Old 06-21-2004, 09:07 AM   #52
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I run an AXP2000 and my case has two fans, then there is one on the power supply, one on the cpu, one on the video card and one the mobo on one of the bridges (south or north - not sure) and the one on the cpu makes I believe seven fans. I have the round cables. I also have the cdburner and dvdrom. I have three hard drives, two in raid configuration and one 80 gig WD caviar. I mention this because the extra fans are good, but it is also wise to have a good power supply and that is why I went with a 450 watt power supply. I have had no problems so far, even when overclocking. If you have an inadequate power supply and you overclock, with all the fans and other drives - power fluctuations can kill your system and you will experience crashes. The good thing about the factory fan is that as long as you leave it alone, you have a warranty. If you take the factory fan off and the cpu gets toasted, you lose the warranty. I would leave the boxed retail version alone until the warranty runs out. Overclocking is hard to prove, changing the fan is easy to prove. HTH...
Cool, yea. I'll keep that in mind. I didn't plan to overclock either, because i hear a 2600+ AMD is equivilent to about a 2.1-2.2 or better Pentium4, and thats all the speed I need.

I'm so excited! newegg says they are shipping today! Monday. All i need to do now is go to some elementary school and ask for a spare monitor they're about to dump, lol.
 
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Actually they are about the same. AMD just does a bit more per cycle, some how. A 2.5GHz AMD and a 2.5GHz pentium are essentially the same as far as processing power.

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