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    Hi all.
    I would like to build a new computer as my present one is an antique and can't take advantage of broadband.
    I have only installed additiional ram and changed modems.
    If anyone thinks my limited knowledge will allow me to build a system, I would appreciate your guidance.
    I have read that the Epox 8k5a2 is a good motherboard. As for ram, I don't know which series;2100,2700, etc., to use. I bought a750 mhz (200 system bus) Duron cpu about a year ago, but don't know if it will work with the Epox board.
    I would appreciate it if someone would help me with the proper selection of compatible components. I have no idea which sound card, video card, cd writer, case, or power supply I should use. Any advice or suggestions would be a great help to this wannabe builder. Thanks

    Jim

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    You can build it - no worry there:thumb:

    Perhaps you could give the folks here some ideas as to what purposes you will primarily be using this PC for. It may make a lot of difference in components and pricing of this project.

    If your just after something that is capable of surfing on a fat-pipe connection, a $300 eMachine will do that.

    If You want to create multimedia, then you need to set your sights/budget a bit higher.

    No doubt there are builders here who have a lot of experience and opinion for you to draw upon, just get them steered in the right direction.
    The reason a diamond shines so brightly is because it has many facets which reflect light.

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    Hey, thanks for the reply.

    My current machine is 13 years old running at 133 mhz. I would like to be able to play some games. I also want to be able to work with my auto cad program. Right now it is so frustrating trying to do anything that I don't even bother anymore.
    I am on a pretty tight budget, but I would still like to see a lot of improvement in performance, although anything would probably be an improvement over this antiquated dog.

    Jim

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    I'm hardly an authority on Epox or Durons, but from what I can gather, those 2 seem compatible.

    Not state of the art for 2003 - but one huge leap of an upgrade for you that should allow for some performance as well as pinching pennies.

    Best of luck to you.
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    Yes they will work together and definately get at least PC2700 as a minimum for any future upgrades. ;)
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    Balls to the walls guys!
    I shall stir the gates of hell once more and stare into the jaws of death and laugh, for I will know fear no more.

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    The Duron 750 although no where near as fast and wonderfull as the newer cpu's will still handle almost anything that I've been able to throw at it so far (games and apps). Compared to your current system it will amaze you!

    I just ( moments ago) found the first program that my current machine (see sig.) can not handle. Seems that my system totally chokes on the new 3D mark 2003 and crashes to desktop. Might be time for me to upgrade again .... gotta win that lottery or find a friendly banker.:)
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    I've been surfing guides and reviews and trying to gain alittle knowledge(possibly a dangerous commodity where I'm concerned).
    How does this sound so far:

    Epox 8RDA+
    Samsung PC3200 256mg(2 sticks)
    Maxtor 40 gig, 7200 rpm, ata133

    I will use my duron for now, upgrade later to an XP. I bought it retail, will the fan it came with be OK? I am going to need a recommendation as far as a video card because I don't have a clue. What is a good case and power supply? Is 350 watts sufficient?
    Concerning the ram, I read that some people preferred the Corsair over Samsung. If you were to choose, which would it be?
    If there is something I am missing or have overlooked, please jump in with both feet. Again, I welcome your help . Thanks

    Jim

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    Go with corsair pc3200

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    Get a Western Digital JB400 HDD. ;)


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