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(This processor requires a Socket T (LGA775) on motherboard ONLY!!)
3.2E GHz Pentium 4, 800 MHz FSB, 1 MB L2, Hyper-Threading Processor - $219.00
(You need a socket 478 processor for this motherboard)
Chaintech 9CJS Zenith i875P Chipset MOBO - Socket 478 - $165.00
(The motherboard needs to support the memory speed (PC-3200))
Kingston ValueRAM Dual Channel Kit 184-Pin 1 GB (2 x 512) DDR PC-3200 - $168.00
Maxtor Ultra Series Kit 250 GB 7,200 RPM SATA Hard Drive (L01M250) - $205
Asus 16X DVD-ROM Drive (DVD-E616P1) - $28.50
Sony 12X DVD+/-RW Dual Format Recorder Drive (DRU-540A) - $95.00
Powercolor ATI Radeon 9800XT Video Card, 256MB DDR, 256-Bit, DVI/TV-Out, 8X AGP - $319.00
Creative Labs SOund Blaster Audigy 2ZS PCI Sound Card - $85.99
Mitsumi USB Digital Card Reader/Writer with Internal 3.5" Floppy - FA404 - 25.50
Posted 02 October 2004 - 06:56 PM
I am definitely going to get a hard drive enclosure kit for my current hard drive. That is a great idea and it seems like the best way to eventually transfer the data I want from the old hard drive to the new. Thanks for the suggestion JEservices.
My current monitor is the Dell P991. I have been nothing but happy with this monitor. It has performed flawlessly.
On the topic of video cards, how much of a performance difference will there be with a card that is 256MB and 128-bit versus a card that is 256MB and 256-bit? Cards that are 256MB and 128-bit are the ones you can find for under $200 retail or OEM. But as soon as you go for 256MB and 256-bit you jump to $250+ retail. What I noted in my original post was a card that has 256MB and is 256-bit.
I don't know why, but I seem to be migrating to high-end cases when searching through newegg. These cases have caught my eye:
Lian Li Black Aluminum - Model PC-65B - $110 @ newegg (need PSU and fans)
Cooler Master Praetorian Black Aluminum - Model PAC-T01-EK - $98 @ newegg (need PSU)
I know I could go with a cheaper case/PSU combo, but for some reason I don't think I want to skimp on the case, fans, or PSU since these will have a big effect on the overall performance and cooling of the internals. But feel free to try voice your argument and try to get me to accept something less, because this is causing my budget to increase a good amount.
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The 3.2 GHz processor I originally posted was listed on newegg as socket 478... here's a link to it. 3.2GHz Processor The processor you listed is OEM, not Retail, which would require me to get a heat sink and fan for the PCU also... correct?
For $28 I can go up from that 2.6GHZ OEM CPU to a 3.0GHz Retail CPU (cost of $193 at newegg). Here's a link to it. 3.0GHz Processor Seems like a pretty good deal since I would also be getting the heat sink and fan. Your thoughts?
Your motherboard suggestion looks like a good one. One of the newegg reviews concerns me a little when the person says "It only has a SMBIOS 2.2 and no upgrade offered from chaintech. It will not boot from cd so i have to buy floppies to load win xp Pro. Besides that its a good motherboard for the price." Should I be concerned with this?
On the RAM, I saw that listing on newegg as well. What threw me off was the customer review about instability of his computer. Granted he's not sure if it's his RAM or the MOBO or what. It sounds like you've done some research and it shouldn't be an issue. Thanks!
The more I think about hard drive capacity, the more I think you're right. We've had this computer for 4 years and haven't completely used up the 20GB we have now, so having 4 times that amount should be okay. I guess I was thinking down the road of not having to add another HD or replace it. I will probably use your suggestion to save the money. Anyone tell you you're good?
Regarding CD & DVD burners, your suggestions are excellent. Having the ability to burn a CD and DVD at the same time is intriguing. Would I have enough RAM and CPU power to do this given the above parts?
On the issue of video cards, I am under the impression that nVidia cards don't do as well as ATI cards (at least in benchmarking) when comparing apples-to-apples cards. I do have an nVidia card right now so it's not a huge consideration. But if I want to play Doom3 or Half-Life 2 will an nVidia card handle the job as well as a Radeon? It is a huge price difference.
On speakers, the hard thing is that we really do not have a room setup that will allow us to take advantage of rear speakers (no good place to put them). I wonder, for $40, if I could just use the front speakers (left, center, right) and the subwoofer? It would probably be an upgrade from our 4-year old speakers, and would allow for expansion to surround sound if we move or change up the configuration of our office.
I have to run off to watch the Astros wrap up the NL Wild Card now (yep, I'll be there at Minute Maid Park rooting them on). I want to post the combination of the parts JEservices listed with mine and see what you think. I'll do that later this afternoon/evening. Again, thanks to everyone here who has taken some of their valuable time to offer suggestions and help. I really appreciate it!
Edited by JEservices, 03 October 2004 - 11:51 AM.
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