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Old 12-29-00, 12:44 AM
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MSI K7T Pro2A PCProgress.com $124 $14
Athlon Tbird 1Ghz PCBoost.com $180 $11
PC 133 CAS3 - 256MB Accessmicro.com $100 $10
Gladiac GTS2 Buy.com $130 $7
Windows ME PCProgress.com - $94??
(Windows 2000) PCProgress.com $144 -
IBM 45GB 75GXP Onvia.com $149 -
Case - ??? $100 $10 ???
Soundblaster LIVE OEM ??? $50 $10 ???

(stuff i have)
Logitech Trackball
Microsoft Internet Keyboard
NEC FE7000
Mitsumi 48x CDROM
Mitsumi 4804TE Burner


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What are you trying to do? It's missing a TV tuner if you want to watch TV. It's missing a network card if you want to talk to another computer or the internet. Or, heaven forbid, a modem to connect to the internet.
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Network card .... $20 Lab-something (anadtech swears by them)

I'm going to play some games, run some autocad, type up many labs, break a few copyright laws, fiddle with photoshop and dreamweaver, and basically enjoy my last 6 months on the school t3.
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Then it looks pretty good. Nice video card -- I have one that I modified today to get a better picture out of. It should work well.

Buy a BIG spool of CD-ROM's.
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ANy ideas on a good case? This will be my first build so i need something easy to work in. Also, aren't the athlons pretty power-hungry?
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Would BP be better off making sure he gets a good 300W power supply, or will a 250W PS suffice? I always go for the 300W PS myself.

How about some extra 120mm and 80mm fans to cool the CPU and the case?


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Yes! Get over 300-watt. I like California PC Products, Antec is OK, PC Power and Cooling is very good, but expensive.

I just got a Cal. PC Product desktop case for a home theater computer I built and I like it a lot. $200 in black with a 330-watt, virtually silent power supply and extra fan at digitalconnection.com. You can do cheaper since you don't have silence and black as constraints.
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I haven't shopped around for prices all that much, but some of yours seem rather high. I would check:

PriceWatch

before you buy anything. The site is self-explanatory. Good luck!

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My processor, cpu, video card, and memory prices came from anandtech's most recent pricing roundup (about a week or two expired now). I'll probably wait until the next round before i place my order, just to see if the 1.2ghz plummets any more. And some of the other stuff i really highballed just so i would be pleasantly surprised at the final bill (soundcard, case).
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sony/teac floppy .... $15
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Before you buy anything from a site listed on Pricewatch check Reseller Ratings (www.resellerratings.com)

You can also use www.computers.com and www.pricescan.com to check prices.

For your case, what size are you looking for? I have an AOpen HX08 (http://www.aopen.com.tw/products/housing/hx08.htm) which I like.

I've also recently done a build with an In-Win Q500 (http://www.in-win.com/framecode/ft.html). It was also a really nice case.

Both are full tower ATX with 300 watt power supplies.
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I don't plan on installing any extra controllers or anything, so i doubt i need a huge tower. I don't have the balls to be an overclocker, either ... but i do like some space to work. Maybe 3 or 4 5.25" external bays, 2 3.5" external, and 2 or 3 3.5" internal. Also, i'd like to be able to put the vacuum to it every now and them to suck up the dustbunnies.
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I always go full tower because I like the room to work as well. The last case I got was the Inwin full tower - 5 full bays, 1 floppy bay, and it has room for 5 internal hard drives. It's also got a pull out motherboard chassis which really makes installation a breeze.

Make sure you get a heatsink/fan (HSF) on the CPU if it doesn't come with one (you may want to look into getting an after-market HSF if cooling is a problem.


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Pick up an internal IDE ZIP drive for about $69 or so...great for backups...unless you want to burn CDs of your backups or invest in a tape drive.

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Check out www.colorcase.com for the case. They're very expensive, about $100 with shipping but easy to work with. With most of the models the side panel slides out.
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is the cpu an OEM part or is it retail? you'll need a heatsink and fan if it's OEM.
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For speed I'd pick the Abit KT7 Raid and get 2 IBM 20 gig drives instead of the 40 gig.
Are you getting generic memory? I'd consider paying a bit more for Crucial PC 133 CAS2.
A 300+ Power supply is mandatory. Make sure you get a good CPU fan (like a chrome ORB).

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