Tell me what you think of my DIY Computer Specs.

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Rob Lutter, Mar 17, 2002.

  1. Rob Lutter

    Rob Lutter Producer

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    I need some AMD mobo suggestions, please reply [​IMG]
    Motherboard:???
    Processor: AMD AthlonXP 1800+
    RAM: 512MB DDR
    Video Card: VisionTek GeFORCE Ti200
    Sound Card: Sound Blaster Audigy X-Gamer
    CDRW Drive: TDK VeloCD 32x/10x/40x*
    DVDROM Drive: 16x Creative Labs OEM
    Hard Drive: Maxtor 7200RPM 80GB
    Case: EVERCASE E4252W005A (10 Bay Mid-tower)
    Monitor: 19" Sony Triniton (from my last computer)*
    Keyboard: Microsoft Natural Elite*
    Mouse: Microsoft Wheelman Optical*
    * = already have it.
    ... wadda ya think? [​IMG] Construction Begins May 1st [​IMG]
     
  2. Kelley_B

    Kelley_B Cinematographer

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    Switch out that mobo for something with the VIA KT266A or KT333 chipset or nForce chipset and it will be all good. Also you might want to think about getting an Antec case like SX830 down at CompUSA.
     
  3. AndyVX

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    Nice setup! What OS will you be running on that puppy? [​IMG]
    I just put together a pretty similar, using an Athlon 1600+.
    My only suggestion would be to dump the SB card though.
     
  4. James St

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    I second what Kelley said. Since you're not building until May, then you may want to get a mobo with ddr333 and ata133 support.
     
  5. Rob Lutter

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    Someone I know just offered to sell me their board, chip, and fans (he is upgrading to Athlon MP) REALLY CHEAP so I accepted. Went down a little to a 1600+, but I am going to save $100 (plus I can upgrade it in the future for less $$)
    [​IMG]
     
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    Rob, I have a K7S5A; not top of the line anymore, but a great board with great drivers, and it still offers more performance than most people need.
     
  7. AndyVX

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    Heh, that's the same mobo that I have for my 1600XP.
    Wow Rob, we have almost the exact same computer now. [​IMG]
     
  8. Rob Lutter

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    How 'bout the SX840 with 400 watt supply.[​IMG]
     
  10. Rob Lutter

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    uh there may be a slight hitch with my mobo plan... he doesn't want to give it up till August [​IMG]
    what brand of mobos (ATX) would you guys recommend for an AMD Athlon XP for under $100?
     
  11. Chris

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    Seriously, look at these boards under $100:

    K7S6A (SIX, not FIVE) the K7S5A is a great board, with both SDRAM and DDR. The K7S6A is a DDR333 ready board with 4 DIMM slots. Dependant on which rev you hang out with, some ship with Firewire on the board, and others do not. The chipset supports firewire onboard, so it's an 'option'. This board can be found for $75 or so, and it's a really stable, fast performing board.

    In the
     
  12. Chu Gai

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    You'll find some good performance reviews of athlon motherboards at www.tomshardware.com as well as other products. An excellent complimentary site is www.anandtech.com. Their support forums are quite good. Once you've narrowed your list down, you may find that www.pricewatch.com will be useful in giving you a handle on places to buy from. Good luck!
     
  13. Rob Speicher

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    Antec cases rule, although maybe a bit expensive for some budgets.

    I've got a Iwill KK266+ in this system currently, and my next will have an Iwill XP333-R for DDR and RAID. I've had great experiences with Iwill boards.
     
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    Sound blaster sound quality is bad compared to TerraTec and other brands. However, if you don't care much about sound quality and just needs the sound card to games, I suppose SB is ok. But I'm done with SB cards!
     
  15. Justin Phillips

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    I just built a simular setup, and my only complaint is it is very loud! I am going to tweak a little bit, and try an intel setup to see if the CPU fan is a little quiter, and see what the temp differences are like.
     

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