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    is there anything i can get for cheaper or same price here with bbetter performance??

    ASUS A7V333 mobo
    AMD XP2200+ cpu
    512MB PC2700 CAS2 memory
    WD 80G 8MBcache 7200 ATA100 Hdd
    LiteOn 16x DVD
    LiteOn 52x24x52 CDRW
    Mitsumi Floppy

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    ALSO...what is a good graphics card with TV out??

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    Good setup, and for the vidcard Geforce 4 ti series :)
    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

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    First off I would dump the mainboard. It uses an outdated chipset. You can find several boards that are reasonably priced that use the nForce2 chipset. Not only is it a better motherboard, it also utilizes a dual channel DDR memory controller that will help increase performance a good deal.

    If you're willing to overclock the system, then you might look into an Athlon XP 1700+ with the "B" core revision Thoroughbred processor. They will clock to usually a minimum of 2GHz with regular air cooling and very likely a good bit higher.

    As to a video card with TV out, most have this ability anymore. Your main question will be how much are you going to spend. If you can afford the Radeon 9500 Pro cards, then you'll have a very solid 3d card supporting DirectX 9 at a reasonable price. If you're looking for something a bit cheaper, then there are also other options.
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    well what board then? I know nothing of this stuff and this if the first time building a PC , and im only 15 yrs old.

    Isnt the Athlon XP 1700+ cheaper then the xp2200+???

    Yeah what is second best to the radeon 9500 pro. ?? dont wanan spend that much. thanks alot

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    If u got the cash to splash then 9500 pro is the way to go with 128 mgs ofcourse:thumb:
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    If you head over to www.newegg.com (since I see by your IP that you're US based), you can pick up an EPoX 8RDA+ motherboard for $89 and an Athlon XP1700+ for an additional $42. Oh, and when you get the memory, make sure to get two sticks of 256MB and not a single stick. This will ensure that you can use the dual channel DDR support that is built into the 8RDA line.
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    ok, what is everything that comes with the processer? do i need heatsink/fan? and what is the diff between a core and B core>?

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    It would be very unlikely that ya'll find an original Thoroughbred core (a poor overclocker) now as these were rather quickly replaced by the T'bred B's (but then that maybe different over there). :shrug:

    BTW I just built myself another EPoX 8RDA+ and XP1800+ (T'bred B) setup which atm is runnin' 12 X 166 for 2GHz (motherboard recognizes it as an XP2400+ but it is a little bit quicker than that) and with a room temp here of 20C the case/system is at 21C and the CPU at 32C under 100% load (Volcano 7+ of course and UNEEC case) so that may help ya out some though if ya lookin' to some extented upgradability/life then the just released 8RDA3+ would be a better choice as it uses an upgraded nForce2 chipset that can stablely run @ 200MHz FSB for the latest XP3200+ (or overclock it to). :devil:

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    Listen to this man hes a pro at AThlon's:thumb:
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    yeah, go with some nforce based mobo, much better...

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