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    G'day all, am about to upgrade and don't really want to spend over $1,000 Aus.
    Just started researching and have come up with the following.
    Athlon XP 2600 CPU.
    Asus A7N8X M/B.
    512 MB DDR Kingston 2700.

    Now for the hardest part, the vid card, was thinking of a
    MSI 128Mb FX5200-TD Ultra (8907TD) [$299].
    This is where I'll be spending the splash as its just around the corner, and prices appear to be to reasonable here
    :shrug:
    AMD T-Bred 2600+
    Epox 8RDA3+ M/B
    Thermaltake Volcanoe 7+
    256 PC 2700 DDR @ 333 (CL2.5) X 2
    80 GB Seagate 7200 X 2
    Saphire Raedon 9700 Pro 128 MB
    HP 9100 Internal writer
    19" monitor
    Nortel Cable Modem [100]
    Windows XP-Pro
    Eski full of Cold Stubbies

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    1) get some dual channel ram
    2) here has really good prices :)

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    Sounds like a great system you're building there :thumb: . Do yourself a favor tho, do NOT get an FX Series card, unless you wanna spend a lot of cash ($420+) and get the FX5900. RIght now, the best reasonably priced high end cards are the Radeon 9700 and 9800 (Pros are better than non pros; if you're gonna get one, get a pro) followed by the nVidia Ti4200 and 4600. The Ti's are alot cheaper and are really good bang for your buck cards, but they only support DX 8.1, as those RAdeon's (even the radeon 9500 Pro is a good choice too) all support DX 9. I like my Ti4200, it o/c's well (250/512 stock to 284/581, in the winter, 279/567 in the summer). You'll really have to look at the specs of each card and decide which one meets your price range and requirements. Hope that helps, and good luck :thumb: . : 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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    Thanks for the Link Andy, not far down the road as well.
    Thanks to you also Mista. Unfortunately a 9700 pro will put me way beyond budget. However I do have direct X 9.0a installed otherwise I'd go for one of the TI's.
    I'll most probabally format when I get these components so can always start with DX 8.1 again.
    One other thing, I need a game port on my M/B. None of the newer M/B's have them but I believe most have the ability to add a card for one. Anyone have any knowledge here? :wow:
    AMD T-Bred 2600+
    Epox 8RDA3+ M/B
    Thermaltake Volcanoe 7+
    256 PC 2700 DDR @ 333 (CL2.5) X 2
    80 GB Seagate 7200 X 2
    Saphire Raedon 9700 Pro 128 MB
    HP 9100 Internal writer
    19" monitor
    Nortel Cable Modem [100]
    Windows XP-Pro
    Eski full of Cold Stubbies

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    most new mobos just have an add on expanson slot type thing for the game port, i'll get you a photo to show ya what i mean :)

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    ok, after a few mins of snapping and editing, we have this:

    This is the gameport/USB slot cover that came with my A7V333, my newer 8RDA+ came with a similar one, but without the USB

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    Thanks Andy, can't really afford to buy a new wheel as well, and I couldn't live without GPL.
    Whats the 8RDA+ like?, what CPU ya running?
    :shoot3:
    AMD T-Bred 2600+
    Epox 8RDA3+ M/B
    Thermaltake Volcanoe 7+
    256 PC 2700 DDR @ 333 (CL2.5) X 2
    80 GB Seagate 7200 X 2
    Saphire Raedon 9700 Pro 128 MB
    HP 9100 Internal writer
    19" monitor
    Nortel Cable Modem [100]
    Windows XP-Pro
    Eski full of Cold Stubbies

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    its great!

    i've got a 2600+ (333MHz FSB Tbred B) running on it atm.... pitty its not very overclockable, that, or my ram is letting me down :(

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    Thanks mate, I might go have a look at one, its certainly cheaper then the way I was going, and the extra would allow me to get a better vid card.
    I just checked a few local suppliers and prices have gone down again in the last few hours :cheers:
    AMD T-Bred 2600+
    Epox 8RDA3+ M/B
    Thermaltake Volcanoe 7+
    256 PC 2700 DDR @ 333 (CL2.5) X 2
    80 GB Seagate 7200 X 2
    Saphire Raedon 9700 Pro 128 MB
    HP 9100 Internal writer
    19" monitor
    Nortel Cable Modem [100]
    Windows XP-Pro
    Eski full of Cold Stubbies

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    I'm not sure what the Radeon 9500/9600 Pro's run over in Aus, but here in the US they're about hafl the cost of the 9700/9800 Pro's, not to mention a helluva lot better than the 5200. Hell, a GF4 Ti4200 is better.

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