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Old 06-18-03, 05:09 PM
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Critique on my new system I am about to order???

Just about ready to put in an order at NewEgg for the following products. I am trying to keep it as close to $1000 for all these parts as can be. Please let me know what you all think, and let me know what I have missed and need to add or modify. I need advice with a Cooler of some sort:

CASE:
ANTEC Performance PLUSVIEW LE (Limited Edition) Model PLUSVIEW1000AMG LE - with Side Window Snap-On Fan Clips & Antec Case Straps Retail ***No Power Supply***
Specifications:
Color: Antec Metallic Gray AMG color
Material:Steel
Form Factor:Fits standard ATX / Xeon (PIII Core) / Pentium 4
Bays:External 4 x 5.25", 2 x 3.5" Internal 4 x 3.5"
Expansion Slots: 7 Slots
Fans: 2 Rear Standard
Power Supply:***NO POWER SUPPLY***
Large Side Window w/ 80mm Air Vent (fits 80mm case fan)

MOBO:
ASUS P4PE Motherboard for Intel P4 478 Retail w/ Intel Hyper-Threading Technology, SATA, Gigabit LAN, Firewire IEEE1394
***1st Intel chip that TRUELY supports DDR333 PC2700***
Specifications:
Supported CPU: Socket 478 for Intel® Pentium® 4/ Celeron up to 3GHz
Chipset: Intel 845PE
FSB: 533 / 400 MHz
RAM: 3x 184-pin DDR333 PC2700/PC2100/PC1600Max 2GB
IDE: 2x UltraDMA 100/66/33
Serial ATA
Slots: 1x AGP 4X 6x PCI
Ports: 1x LPT, 2x COM, 2x PS2, 1x RJ45, 1x 1394,4xUSB2.0 and Audio Ports
Onboard Audio: SoundMAX AD1980 6-channel CODEC
Onboard Gigabit LAN: 100/1000 Mbs
Onboard Firewire: IEEE1394 interface
Onboard RAID: Promis RAID 0,1 1 channel

PROCESSOR:
Intel Pentium 4 / 2.8CGHz 512k socket 478 Hyper Threading Technology 800 MHz FSB - RETAIL
Specifications:
CPU: 2.8GHz
Type: Pentium 4 Northwood
Cache: 512K
BUS: 800 Mhz
Socket: 478
Retail box (with Heatsink and Fan)
3-year MFG. Warranty

RAM:
CORSAIR MEMORY XMS Extreme Memory Speed Series, Low Latency (Twin Pack) 512MB(2 x 256MB) 2x(32MX64) PC-2700LLPT With Platinum - Silver Heat Spreader.
Specifications:
Speed 333 MHz
Organization 2 x 32M x 64
CAS Latency 2-2-2-5-T1
Memory type DDR
Part number: TWINX512-2700LLPT

HD:
WD WESTERN DIGITAL "SPECIAL EDITION" 120GB 7200RPM EIDE HARD DRIVE MODEL # WD1200JB - OEM, DRIVE ONLY
Specifications:
Size: 120 Gigabytes
Interface: IDE ULTRA ATA100
Seek time: 8.9ms
RPM:7200
Cache 8MB
OEM(Drive alone) 3 Year Manufacturer Warranty

DVD+RW:
PIONEER INTERNAL ATAPI (Black Bezel) DVD-RECORDABLE MODEL DVR-105BK-OEM, BARE DRIVE ONLY
Specifications:
Inferface:- ( ATA/ATAPI-5, MMC3, SFFC INF8090 Ver. 5)
Buffer: 2MB Write, 512KB Read Buffer
Access Time (Random Average) DVD: 200 Msec, CD: 180 Msec
Write Support :
DVD-R: 4X (Requires 4X DVD-R Media), 2X, 1X
DVD-RW: 2X(Requires 2X DVD-RW Media), 1X
CD-R: 16X, 12X, 8X, 4X
CD-RW: 8X, 4X
Read Support:
DVD-ROM (Dual): Max 8X CAV

LMK what you all think. All the other parts I already have, like a brand new 400Watt Antec PS, Turtle Beach
Old 06-18-03, 07:59 PM
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Sounds like Microsoft Office and Solitaire will run pretty smoothly on that machine.

What are you going to use it for? Home? School? Games? Design? Hacking?

That's what I'd like to know.

I just put together a computer for > $400, since all I'm gonna use it for is testing my websites and multimedia stuff, and maybe play a few low-key games.

Here's what I got:

PowerMax Case (from CompGeeks; it's a piece of crap but it works; will replace soon)
Gigabyte Motherboard
AMD Athalon XP 2000+
Sony 16X DVD-Rom (Black)
Mitsumi Floppy Drive (Black)
Corsair 512 MB PC2100
Maxtor 20G HD
Network Card 10/100
GeForce4 MX440se 64MB AGP
Firewire/USB


Since my case has a window, I wanna splurge and one of those lights to go inside... You should get one too...
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Your motherboard choice does not support the 800Mhz P4's, so you'd have to either get a 533 2.8, or change your MB. I'd get a DVD-R drive before a +R (for compatibility). Now that I look back over it, is that a +R or -R drive? The title states +R and the description states -R. Depending on how much you are paying for the HD and RAM, you might do better taking advantage of some of the HD\RAM deals at Staples\OD\etc. I just got a Zalman 7000 HS\fan, and it's super quiet and keeps my temps between 39-41 usually.

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Old 06-18-03, 09:50 PM
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I am using this comp as a main comp, some gaming, some video editing, but mostly just everyday use. I will not overclock it ever, and I am not an extreme gamer by any means, just casual games. That is good about the MB, I didnt even see that. Is having an 800Bus speed really that much better? Which MB would you recommend, something that has an easy BIOS setup, or even better, autodetect everything? Why is -R better, everyone I know says to go with +R since -r is being phased out.
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if you check on ebay you could probably get a 2.8C ghz 800mhz fsb processor, 865PE motherboard, 512 of PC3200 ram, and a case for about 500 bucks. thats new and assembled i think. internet ishop (power seller) usually has good deals. that leaves u 500 bucks for everything else.
Old 06-19-03, 12:11 AM
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Originally posted by REL77
Why is -R better, everyone I know says to go with +R since -r is being phased out.
The drive you specified is a DVD-R. And everyone you know is wrong.

Do a search here for DVD-R or Pioneer to see our experiences with -R and +R.
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I would definitely get a mobo that supports 800 mhz fsb or you might regret it.

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