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Old 11-17-2003, 22:57   #1 (permalink)
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How many people make their own Computers?

Hey, I was wondering how many of the members out there have build there own computers?

I'm getting the following

CPU: Intel Pentium 4 2.6Ghz (200x13) 800Mhz CPU + Fan Retail Boxed
Socket 478 Motherboard: Asus P4P800 Socket 478 Motherboard
DDR RAM Memory Chip: Kingmax 512MB PC3200 DDR (400Mhz) Memory
AGP Video Card: Asus ATI Radeon 9600 SE 128MB AGP Video Card DVI TV-Out 8xAGP
IDE Device: Asus CRW-5224A Retail 52x24x52x Internal IDE CD-Writer
IDE Device: Seagate Barracuda V 80GB 7200RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Disk Drive 8MB Cache
Case: 3R System Audi XP (Black) Mid-Tower Case with Transparent side panel 400W PSU
Software Package: Microsoft Windows XP Professional OEM Operating System

1,567.42 AUD, excluding assembly

I've choosen Asus for the main parts because couple of my mates have motherboards from there and they really like them so i thought i'd give them a go, plus they sponsor SBR i think. Members who knows things about this sort of stuff, what parts do you think are top notch also see any dud things above.
I got a flash-ish graphics card because i plan on buying race driver 2 so i want it to look really good. I basiccly want to keep the price the same as that.

any response would be appreated

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Old 11-17-2003, 23:24   #2 (permalink)
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Re: How many people make their own Computers?

Sounds like a good system. Only change I would make is getting 2 x 256 modules so you can take advantage of the Duel Channel DDR.

Not really worth much in terms of performance but it apparently makes a noticable difference.

Would probably get the WD 80 Gig with 8 meg cache as well. Are you using SATA or just standard IDE ?
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Old 11-18-2003, 00:42   #3 (permalink)
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Re: How many people make their own Computers?

Sata, i've heard its better, what do you think? plus i dont think the motherboard can take both? im not really sure if it can or not

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Old 11-18-2003, 02:00   #4 (permalink)
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Not sure about if the motherboard can take both, most good ones these days do though.

SATA is deffiently better then IDE ! Quite a bit faster !
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Old 11-18-2003, 02:47   #5 (permalink)
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Re: How many people make their own Computers?

Should be a good system.

The P4P800 is a very fast and stable motherboard. definitely go for two sticks of ram though, as this will boost overall performance by 5-10%.

The P4P800 works with both standard IDE as well as SATA hdds. Both seagate and maxtor make good 80GB SATA drives.

The only thing I would change is the video card if your going to be playing many games. The 9600SE is a fairly low end video card. The 9600 Pro would be a much better choice if you can afford it.
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Old 11-18-2003, 02:58   #6 (permalink)
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Re: How many people make their own Computers?

How come no one seems to use GeForce cards anymore?
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Old 11-18-2003, 03:06   #7 (permalink)
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Re: How many people make their own Computers?

Nvidia's high-end cards are very good, eg: FX5900, however they don't really have any decent middle range cards. The FX5600 which is priced similar to the ATI Radeon 9600 pro is even slower than the geforce 4 Ti4200 which it replaced.

ATI have come a long way and now have very good driver support which has been one of their biggest problems in the past.
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Re: How many people make their own Computers?

yep, have made my own for years.
As for Geforce, they stopped makeing them with the Geforce4. Now all nvidia cards are FX series. But the ATI cards are just far supirior thse days IMHO
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Re: How many people make their own Computers?

Yeah, I make my own computers, have done since beore the internet. First PC I built was a 386DX/40, which I think I've still got here, in use as a door stop now...

I built the PC I'm using now, it's not the latest and greatest, wasn't even when I brought it, but it's good enough for most things...
  • AMD XP1800+ CPU (running at 1.64GHz)
  • 512Mb DDR RAM
  • 40Gb Seagate baracuda ST340016A (40 GB, 7200 RPM, Ultra-ATA/100)
  • EPoX EP-8KHAL+ M/B
  • 64Mb Nvidia GeForce2 MX
  • OPTI IDE4016CO DVD/CD-R/CD-RW
Only complaint I'd have now is the GeForce is a bit slow, but that'll be replaced once I've finished getting my Escort on the road...
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Re: How many people make their own Computers?

hmmm, personally I wouldn't bother with the Asus motherboards, they are just too expensive. Gigabyte, Epox, Soltek all do good motherboards for a bit cheaper mostly.
Hard Drive brands are much of a muchness, just make sure you get 8meg cache, that usually brings along with it a 3 year warranty rather than a one year.

I would also look at an AMD system for budget gaming.

That video card should be good, my Geforce 3 still runs most games fine.
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