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Goodie

Member
Joined
Jan 14, 2002
Location
Ontario Canada
Hey guys, Im buying a new computer this Janurary and was wondering if you guys thought this set up I want is good. I mostly want to play games like UT2003 , Morrowind and high end games. I already have a GeForce4ti4200 128 megs ram and I also have soundblaster live 5.1 and speakers. That's why you don't see that stuff on the list . Anyway could you guys please look this over for me, Thx. Btw I have a budget of around $1700 but the price has to include tax and shipping. :p



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PC CANADA.COM




Ram.............OCZ 512Mb PC3200 DDR Performance Series
Case............Nest Mid Tower ATX Case w/ 7 Bays w/ Window, w/o Power Supply - Led Lights in front from top to bottom of case
MainBoard......ABIT AT7-Max2, Socket A, Via KT400 / VT8235 Chipsets, (ATX
MS Windows XP Pro w/ CD & Manuals (OEM) -Must Purchase mainboard

$752.31
Before Tax
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NCIX.COM

CPU.......... AMD ATHLON XP 2200+ OEM & VOLCANO 9 HSF & ARCTIC SILVER II *1 YEAR WARRANTY
HARD DRIVE................. MAXTOR 20GB DIAMONDMAX 541DX ATA100 5400 512K OEM
FLOPPY DRI........................... 1.44 MB High Density Floppy Drive
DVD DRIVE PIONEER....................... 16X-40X DVD SLOT LOAD OEM ATAPI
NETWORK................................................ USR 10/100 PCI NETWORK CARD W/ WAKE ON LAN RETAIL BOX
$532.56
Before Tax
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Local Comp Store

Refurbished monitor ...........17"
Keyboard.........................Standard
Mouse.....................Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer(optical)
 

Captain Slug

Helpful Senior Member
Joined
May 23, 2001
Location
Asteroid B-612
Can someone find him a better canadian supplier? I know they're out there.

The few things I recommend changing...

- Switch the Volcano 9 to an Thermalright SK-7 and a fan rated above 35CFM
- OCZ brand RAM has debate-able quality. I recommend switching to Crucial or Samsung.
- You didn't list a power supply. You will need a reliable 400w model. Preferable one with dual fans.
- You'll need 2 or three case fans.
- For that amount of money I recommend getting a Hard Drive rated at 7200RPM and 40GB would be a much more comfortable capacity for gaming.
 

tbirdkiri

Member
Joined
Jul 24, 2001
Location
nor-cal
everything Capt covered is a valid, and useful point.

Also, the Sk7 is truely a much better idea if your going with a 2200, because they run much hotter then most other athlons.

Yea.... where are our local (foreign acctually) canadians?
 
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Goodie

Goodie

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Jan 14, 2002
Location
Ontario Canada
Ok, thatnks guys, this iswhat i wanted to hear. I want to make a Game system and I know you guys here know your stuff. :D

Can one of you guys explain AMD to me a bit. This is going to be my first AMD system and I don't quite understand how their setup works yet., never even seen an AMD chip B4. They rate them like slot A and so on, but the one I want dosent say what it is. So how do i know it fits the mainboard I want. The one I want now is an Athalon XP 2400+ 2Ghz 256k 266fsb (OEM). Now How do i know that it will fit into a ABIT AT7 MAX2 SOCKETA KT400 5PCI USB2.0 FIREWIRE SERIAL ATA RAID AUDIO LAN.
 
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Captain Slug

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Location
Asteroid B-612
Goodie said:
Can one of you guys explain AMD to me a bit.
It's similar to setting up a Socket 370 system.
The main differences are...

- you need to be slow and cautious about installing the heatsink.
- only put a tiny glob of Arctic Silver on the CPU die. It spreads around easily.
- Don't worry about your CPU temp unless you're idleing above 50C. Good stable temps for a high rated AMD chip are anything below 45C (They can get hotter safely, but stability is questionable if they get past 55C.)
 
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Goodie

Goodie

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@ The frag, Yes those are Candadian prices :D

@ Captain Slug, thanks for the info. I didnt know the heat range for AMD. My current Intel runs at 29C overclocked so I would have been going nuts when I seen the AMD Temp had you not told me that :p
 
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Goodie

Goodie

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Alright, I changed some of the stuff Captain Slug. How does this look now? I think I like this system now. Gonna look real slick with all the lights too. :D

PC CANADA.COM





Case..........………Nest Mid Tower ATX Case w/ 7 Bays w/ Window, w/o Power Supply -.
MainBoard...…….ABIT AT7-Max2, Socket A, Via KT400 / VT8235 Chipsets, (ATX
PowerSupply……Enermax 465W ATX Power Supply
CaseFan………….80mm Secondary Case Fan w/ Blue & Red LED ( Need 2 of these)
$626.70
After Tax
(no shipping)

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NCIX.COM

CPU........……………. AMD ATHLON XP 2400+ 2.0 GHZ 256k 266fsb OEM
Cooling……………….THERMALTAKE A1455 VOLCANO 9 COOLMOD SOCKET A 1300-4800RPM
Ram…………………..SAMSUNG 256MB PC2700 DDR333 184PIN OEM
HardDrive……………MAXTOR 20GB DIAMONDMAX 541DX ATA100 5400 512K OEM
Floppy Drive…………1.44 MB High Density Floppy Drive
DVD…………………..SONY 16X DVD / 52X CD-ROM DDU1621 INT IDE W/O SW OEM
Network………………USR 10/100 PCI NETWORK CARD W/ WAKE ON LAN RETAIL BOX

$701.96
Before Tax
(No Shipping)
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Local Comp Store

Refurbished monitor ...........17"
Keyboard.........................Standard
Mouse.....................Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer(optical)
 

funnyperson1

Senior Member
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Jun 16, 2001
i would definately get a 7200 rpm hardrive....its worth the extra dough.....hdds are the slowest part of your system after all...also i have a 17" monitor that i got for 40$, and i would say unless the one youre looking at is a flat Viewsonic, trinitron or samsung i would get a 19"
 

BaldHeadedDork

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Aug 18, 2002
A couple of notes:

*Anyone in the market for an AMD system now should strongly consider an nForce2 board. The Asus A7N8X is out and looks as good as everyone hoped, and its $20 less than the AT-7MAX in the US.

*Buy a shim. This is a $10 thin plate that fills the gap between the outside edge of the processor and the heatsink. It doesn't help cooling, but it will prevent a slip while installing the HSF that could easily break your processor.

*I like Sparkle PSU's better than Enermax or Vantec. They are less expensive and most often perform better.

*You won't need to buy a network card. Both the Abit AT-7MAX and Asus A7N8X have onboard 10/100LAN.

*I would strongly consider going down in processor speed, or choosing another case, to get a larger and faster hard drive. You can fill a twenty gig hard drive with WinXP and a half-dozen games. Forty gig should be your minimum, and a 7,200RPM drive will give a performance boost you can see.

*Speaking of seeing, I'll second Funnyperson1's recommendation for a 19" monitor. Some good ones at around $200US include the Optiquest Q95 and Samsung 900NF.


Good luck!

BHD
 
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Goodie

Goodie

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Thanks for the comments guys. I guess I should have mentioned that the reason Im getting the slower HD is because I already have a 40 gig 7200 rpm in this machine in useing right now.
I'll have to remove that NIC from the list, I didnt know mainboards came with internal NIC's, cool now I save a bit more money. :D

*Buy a shim. This is a $10 thin plate that fills the gap between the outside edge of the processor and the heatsink. It doesn't help cooling, but it will prevent a slip while installing the HSF that could easily break your processor.

I have no idea what your talking about, but im gonna go search for this handy tool, might just save some greef foe me :D


as for the monitor i'm looking at. Well my local comp store sells refurbished monitors and they sell for about $150 CDN for 17" and about $230 for 19" and around $350 for 22" . Im looking at the 17" :D
 

Captain Slug

Helpful Senior Member
Joined
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Location
Asteroid B-612
Goodie said:
I have no idea what your talking about, but im gonna go search for this handy tool, might just save some greef foe me :D
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You can lever the heatsink into place without worrying about chipping the core because it replaces the padded feet with a solid surface.
 
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Goodie

Goodie

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Ok, i understand now, thanks for the pic :p Im gonna have to get one of those things. :D
Oh and I found a better fan for the Amd cpu. It has a 72 Cfm rateing at 4000prm. should cool it enough :D