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#1 Off Top

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Posted 04 July 2005 - 04:51 AM

Hi,


I'm building my own for PC for the first time, and I've been making some progress. I learned as much as I could about RAM, and putting together PCs.


So far, I've decided to get a ASUS P4P800SE Intel mobo, a P4 3.0E Prescott 800MHz processor, and Kingston 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) for the RAM.

First I need some opinions on these choices. I'm 95% sure they're all compatible. Crucial.com isn't showing otherwise.

Second, now I need to figure out what video card to get. I won't be using this PC for gaming, just web browsing/Photoshop/watching avi's... I need a cheap, entry level video card that's reliable.

Third, with this mobo/ram/proc, will I need special cooling, or will a regular case and fan do the job?

Thanks in advance

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Posted 04 July 2005 - 09:12 AM

You're good with compatability, personally, I think if you're doing graphics, i'd work with AMD, but to each his own.

I understand that you're doing graphics, you may not want to slide with a low-end Vid Card. High end is right out... try mid range. What's your spending cap?

As far as cooling, if you're not overclocking, and you're not a gaming freak, a nice Thermaltake cooling fan and maybe a case fan or two would work.
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Posted 04 July 2005 - 12:24 PM

20-40 is my price range. My current PC has a 64<B video card, and I'm happy with it. I'm considering going up to 128 though.

And I hear a lot of good and bad about AMD. I'm just sticking with Intel for now, since I've been using Dells for the past 5 years and never had any problems. Going from a P4 2.00 with 512 RAM, to a 3.00 with 1GB of RAM.

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Posted 04 July 2005 - 12:44 PM

This thermaltake site has a lot of cool cases...where are the prices though?

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Posted 04 July 2005 - 06:26 PM

u might wanna check this site for thermaltake cases Thermaltake Cases

as for a vid card u can go with the Radeon X700 series or the nVidia GeForce FX series, but as efizzer said "to each his own."

glad i could help

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Posted 04 July 2005 - 06:46 PM

This thermaltake site has a lot of cool cases...where are the prices though?

As the prices go, i'd look at the item, then see if newegg has the item.. don't try to buy straight from thermaltake.
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Posted 05 July 2005 - 01:39 PM

This thermaltake site has a lot of cool cases...where are the prices though?

As the prices go, i'd look at the item, then see if newegg has the item.. don't try to buy straight from thermaltake.

yea what efizzer said

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