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dave955 07-11-04 10:27 PM

First time computer builder asks for advice
 
I'm looking to build my own computer for the first time, and I'd appreciate any advice. I may have, e.g., picked RAM that's too fast relative to the rest of the system, or gotten too large of a power supply. Also, I have no idea what cables I would need to get this up and running, especially internal cabling between the motherboard and devices.

This is principially for recreational use, though aside from gaming, I might occasionally use it for Office and computational stuff in Matlab. I want to connect this to DSL via a wireless network (which I have yet to set up).

I have yet to settle on a monitor, mouse, and keyboard.

Here's what I've put together so far at Newegg. The total price is ~$1300. I'm not limited to any particular budget though I don't want to go crazy.

AMD Athlon 64 3200+, 512k L2 Cache, The Only 64-bit Windows Compatible Processor - Retail
Item# N82E16819103483
$282

MSI nForce3 250 Chipset Motherboard for AMD Athlon 64 Socket 754 CPU, Model "K8N Neo Platinum" (MS-7030) -RETAIL
Model# K8N Neo Platinum
Item # N82E16813130457
$130

OCZ Performance Series Dual Channel Kit 184 Pin 1GB(512MBx2) DDR PC-3500 - Retail
Model# OCZ4331024PFDC-K
Item # N82E16820146950
$220

SAPPHIRE ATI RADEON 9800PRO Video Card, 128MB DDR, 256-bit, DVI/TV-Out, 8X AGP -RETAIL
Model# RADEON 9800PRO 128 R
Item # N82E16814102281
$210

NU Technology 8X DVD+RW/-RW Drive, Model DDW-082, Retail
Model# DDW-082
Item # N82E16827154010
$69

Seagate 200GB 7200RPM IDE Hard Drive, Model ST3200822A, OEM
Model# ST3200822A
Item # N82E16822148032
$133

D-Link AirPlus G High Speed 2.4 GHz 4-Port 802.11g Wireless Router, Model DI-524 - Retail
Model# DI-524
Item # N82E16833127143
$60 (-$25 rebate)

D-Link AirPlus G High Speed 2.4Ghz 802.11g Wireless PCI Adapter, Model DWL-G510 - Retail
Model# DWL-G510
Item # N82E16833127145
$40 (-$10 rebate)

Cooler Master Praetorian SILVER ALUMINUM MID-TOWER CASE, Model "PAC-T01-E1"
Model# PAC-T01-E1
Item # N82E16811119029
$98

Antec 430W Power Supply, Model "TRUE430" -RETAIL
Model# TRUE430
Item # N82E16817103908
$69

nightmaster 07-13-04 05:35 PM

Looks like a nice array of hardware thus far. As for too large a power supply, I'm not sure there is such a thing! Antec makes great products. Regarding hard drives I prefer Western Digital, but Seagate would be my second choice if it were a case of substantial price difference. The devices you're buying SHOULD come with the necessary cabling you need to attach drives and devices to the mobo. As for the DDR being too fast, that isn't likely...worst case the RAM would run no faster than the mobo's limitations but still plenty fast. If anything I would opt for a different DVD drive, but that's personal opinion......Plextor or Sony for example. If the machine is going to be used for alot of gaming then speed and reliability are worth a few more dollars.

al_bundy 07-13-04 06:28 PM

i don't understand the love affair with the super duper RAM. it costs almost twice as much bud the performance difference isn't that much. If this was me I would go for generic RAM and a generic case with the ANTEC power supply. Take the money saved and get an ATI x800 or nvidia 6800 series video card. I think that this will give you much better performance.

Son-volt 07-15-04 06:13 PM

Re: First time computer builder asks for advice
 

Originally posted by dave955


MSI nForce3 250 Chipset Motherboard for AMD Athlon 64 Socket 754 CPU, Model "K8N Neo Platinum" (MS-7030) -RETAIL
Model# K8N Neo Platinum
Item # N82E16813130457
$130

SAPPHIRE ATI RADEON 9800PRO Video Card, 128MB DDR, 256-bit, DVI/TV-Out, 8X AGP -RETAIL
Model# RADEON 9800PRO 128 R
Item # N82E16814102281
$210

I'd say avoid the Sapphire card. I've read they all have a 128 bit interface.
For the card I'd go with a MSI Radeon 9800 Pro. It can be clocked to XT speeds with the stock cooling.

I'm about to put together a similar system, and I'm torn between the K8N Neo Platinum and the Abit KV8 Pro. Any reason you are going with the Neo?


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