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Old 10-04-2004, 09:27 PM   #1
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New System Questions

this is my plan for my new system:

Aspire X-Dreamer II(Black) ATX Mid-Tower Case with 350W Power Supply, With Window, Model "ATXB4KLW-BK/350"
POWMAX Blue and Red Cold Cathode Light Lamp Kit, Model "CALIBR02"
Optorite 16X DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive with Beige and Black Bezels, Model DD1601

Lite-On 16X DVD-ROM, Model SOHD-167T Black

Western Digital 80GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive, Model WD800JD
ABIT "NF7-S2G" nForce2 Ultra 400 Chipset Motherboard For AMD Socket A CPU

AMD Athlon XP 3200+ "Barton", 400MHz FSB, 512K Cache Processor - Retail

XFX nVIDIA GeForce MX4000 Video Card, 128MB DDR, 64-bit, TV-Out, 8X AGP, Model "PVT18LRT" -RETAIL

3 256MB DDR400 DIMMs from, the rest from newegg

Newegg total: $566.48 w/ shipping

Tigerdirect Total: $45 + tax


Please tell me if this is a good budget setup and what you think i should change.... thanks
Old 10-04-2004, 09:42 PM   #2
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that is a good deal, but trust me, you can get better off building your own system, or if thats out of the question you can get better deals elsewhere... with monitors included, not just bare pc... but yes it is a pretty good deal...
Old 10-05-2004, 01:55 AM   #3
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Looks to me like w33k is building his own system. The price looks good, and as a NegEgg customer myself, I can say they rock. As for comments about the selections, the only one I've got is with the RAM - I'm confused about the comment that you'd buy 768 from one place and "the rest" from somewhere else. It's no problem to do that, but why not just buy all of it at once from the one vendor? (Or do you mean that you'd buy the RAM from one place, and all the other components from NewEgg?)

As a more general comment, and as I suspect you already fully know, one of the the most important things I think when building your own system is to make sure that the CPU FSB speed matches the mobo's speed, and likewise that the RAM speed is matched to what the mobo can support. Obviously, if (for example) the fastest RAM your mobo could support topped out at PC2700, then buying PC3200 RAM would be a waste because it would only run at PC2700 speed (the max your mobo could handle).

Once you've got those 3 components matched, then I'd suggest getting the most and fastest memory you can afford. You might also consider buying a second 80G drive, especially if you are planning to do any media work - video files can get really huge really fast.

Lastly, you might want to check the LQ HCL for reviews and ratings of these components (written by your fellow LQ'ers) but I'd say that at least on the descriptions you've provided, it looks like a good system. What distro will you be using? -- J.W.
Old 10-06-2004, 08:14 PM   #4
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yes, i was building this

i was planning on running mandrake, for simplicity, but you guys could stif me diffrently... my next option was probably going to be Gentoo..

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