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    I have just put together a parts list for a computer I plan to build this summer, I would like to know what you think of the products, if i can get something cheaper, or suggest that i get a better part...
    all suggestions are open..
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    Get the Chaintech 5200 FX Ultra 128 DDR from Newegg. It's cheaper, plus Chaintech rocks! I have a Chaintech card, and my friend has the Ti 4600. We are both satisfied customers :thumb:
    Box:
    [Mobo] Asus A7N8X w/ Modified 1003 Uber BIOS w/ Custom Boot logo
    [CPU] Athlon XP 2200+ Thoroughbred
    [Memory] 512 Samsung PC3200 DDR400 w/ Copper Heatsink(s)
    [Video Card] Geforce 3 ti200 128 DDR Special Gold Edition

    Cooling
    [Case] All aluminum Skyhawk case w/ custom cut blowhole
    [HSF] Volcano 11 Xaser Edition
    [Northbridge] ThermalTake Crystal Orb
    [Southbridge] Aluminum Northbridge heatsink attatched

    Operating System:
    [OS] Windows XP Pro w/ SP1

    Are you sick of poor quality 128k mp3's that sound inferior to regular CD's you buy in the store? Do you long for the exact sound of a CD with absolutly no quality loss, and at practically half the size of a normal CD? CD's get scratched all the time, and FLAC is great for archiving all those good copies of your classic rock, and backing them up to save forever. FLAC unlike mp3, or ogg vorbis is what is called a lossless format. This means that no quality whatsoever is lost from the origianl disk. Lossy formats such as ogg vorbis, wmv, and moreover mp3 are usually flat sounding, and full of hissing and dullness because they discard and literally throw out important information that controls how good the CD will sound. Using FLAC will ensure the crystal-clear clarity that you can expect from a freshly opened CD. Instead of flimsy CD cases that snap and CD's that scratch easily, and are inevitably summoned to a poor scratched up death; FLAC files can be stored in a tough metal box known as your Hard Disk. FLAC putting life back into digital audio. If you own legit copies of CD's and seek for them pre-FLAC'd for all your digital listening needs please shoot me a PM for more information.

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    the TI card on newegg is almost $50 more than my current one, should i change it?
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    The 5200 is a poor preformer, the old TI 4600 can out preform them (until games support DX9 then its a different story)...
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    Id assume your basing that on the old benchmarks toolbox? Remember, the Detenator FX drivers offer a 30% increase for FX cards.

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    Actually its 5-30% so u cud just get a 5% increase with the new drivers which is quite small:o
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    Just my opinion, but Def get an old Ti card over an FX5200, even if it's a Ti4200 like mine. Unless you get a FX5800, the new FX series is crap. I've seen bench marks were my little Ti4200 easily beat a FX5600, and a Ti4600 and whoop anything except the FX5800, providing we're talking about non-DX9 games. You can get a Ti4200 Bulk for about $100, or retail for about $130. If you're into o/c'ing, they o/c pretty well, and they're an overall good budget card. Also, I think those new Detenator drives offer a 5-30% increase in performance for ALL nVidia cards, even down to the TNT2. Anyways, your comp looks great otherwise, good luck! : peace2: Mista K6
    Modified Dell 8200 Case:
    -400MHz FSB i850 Intel mobo
    -P4 Williamette Socket 478, 1.9GHz
    -768MB 16-bit PC800 RDRAM
    -MSI GF4 Ti4200 128MB @ 284/581
    -7200 RPM Maxtors: 60GB (2MB) on mobo and 160GB (8MB) on ATA/133 PCI Card
    -Creative Inspire T7700 7.1 Speaker System on an Audigy 2
    -Windows XP Home Edition SP2

    Rock on : peace2: , MiStA K6

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    i dont plan on oc'n
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    Get as much of it as you possibly can from www.newegg.com.... most etailers charge a 5-8 dollar handleing fee PER ORDER, so if it is all on one order, you only have to pay that ONCE.

    Why on earth go with an Intel system? a 260$ mobo? (omg)

    I strongly suggest an Epox 8RDA+ (90$) with a AMD XP (barton) 2500+ right now (115$)

    You have ZERO need for a 500W power supply, but if you must I would suggest getting any variation of an Antec Power supply, (and not the one you listed)

    Why 3 hard drives?

    Get ALL LiteON drives... burners, DVD, cd, etc. Liteon wins for quality and performance, and beats just about everyone in price.

    If you go with an athlon system get a Volcano 7+

    Memory: IF those corsairs are 100$ each stick, just go with: (2) 512 sticks of Crucial ram from Newegg for 140$ (total), and take advantage of the DUAL CHANNEL ram support your Epox mobo will have.

    Screw wireless if you have a LAN connection... 11 mbps Wireless is already a dead standard (not forwards or backwards compatable, NOT TO mention its only capable of 2 mbps @ 100 feet.

    I would suggest ANY Leadtek or Gainward Graphics card over EVGA.

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    My opinions are based 100$ on Reliability FIRST.... and Price second. I don't buy cheap crap, but I buy the best bang for the buck. And no offense, but 260$ for a mobo is RIDICULOUS. :)
    "In their capacity as a tool, computers will be but a ripple on the surface of our culture. In their capacity as intellectual challenge, they are without precedent in the cultural history of mankind." - Edsger Dijkstra

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    Oh yea, and the FX 5200 is Not worth 60$ (unless you plan on buying a new vid card in 6 months)

    Any GF4 Ti card will be better in the long haul, as well as any OTHER GF5.

    Right now bang for the buck is settled in at the 128MB Ti4200 + Ti4400. (120-160$)
    "In their capacity as a tool, computers will be but a ripple on the surface of our culture. In their capacity as intellectual challenge, they are without precedent in the cultural history of mankind." - Edsger Dijkstra

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