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Thread: New Hardware... What should I buy?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2004


    **** my computer really sux!!!

    I really need to upgrade my computer now, but it's a huge
    step for me since it will cost about 900 bucks and that's quite
    a lot of money if you are a student. Therefore I need to make
    sure that I get the right parts!:wow: And this is supposed to
    be a gamin' machine! ;)

    I had something like this in mind:

    Cpu: Amd Athlon XP 3000+ 2.167GHz, 333MHz
    MBoard: EPoX 8RDA3+ nForce2 Ultra400
    HDD: Maxtor D-Max Plus 9 120GB 8MB 333MHz
    Memory: Corsair Value S PC3200 DDR-DIMM 512MB
    Graphic: Sapphire Radeon 9600XT Atlantis 128M DDR

    I am not sure about the graphics but from what I've heard it's
    supposed to be one of the better.
    Computer [OMG! What is this ****?!]

    Intel Celeron II, 600MHz @ 800Mhz
    Abit BE6-II v2.0/BX133-RAID
    nVidia GeForce 3 ti200 32 MB
    SDRAM PC133 256MB
    IBM-DTLA -307045 SCSI 45GB 7200rpm Ultra-ATA/100
    17" Delta DC-770
    Windows XP Pro

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2002


    getting the cheaper 2500 or 2800 barton (333) cores will help fit in the budget. They overclock very well too.
    As far as the memory goes, get 2 sticks of 256 and run them in dual channel mode. I personally use Kingston HyperX, but any quality memory is good. Some people may tell you to get 3500, which is OK if you can fit into budget :D

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2003


    I personally would wait and hold out a few more days if i were you. The new prescotts are going to be nicely budgeted and you will be able to get your hands on a nice 3.0 prescott for $218. about maybe $10 more than your barton. The prescotts are going to have a 1 mb cache and a 800mhz fsb. That will be a very nice value processor. They are releasing feb 2nd. Just my:2cents: I agree w/ kane on the dual channel though. Whether you go intel or not that will be your best bet. Wiggo has a 9600XT Sapphire and he says he loves his. This is all just my opinion however. This thread will prolly rain down with amd fan boys now. Keep in mind i have nothing against amd just trying to help ya out. As for a new motherboard i wouldn't know what to tell you to fit your budget to go with the prescotts because the only boards out are high end boards:( Good luck with building that system:D
    3dmark01 score(19947)
    Specs: P4 3.2C(oc'ed 3.6)/Asus P4C800-E Deluxe mobo/768 pc4000 hyper x memory/radeon 9800 xt vid card(oc'ed to 445/384.8)/hdd maxtor 40 gig 7200 rpms/ audigy 2 sound card

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2003


    Pentium 4 Extreme Edition 3.40GHz - $999;
    Intel Pentium 4 “Northwood” 3.40GHz - $417;
    Intel Pentium 4 SSE3 “Prescott” 3.40GHz - $417;
    Intel Pentium 4 SSE3 “Prescott” 3.20GHz - $278;
    Intel Pentium 4 SSE3 “Prescott” 3.00GHz - $218;
    Intel Pentium 4 SSE3 “Prescott” 2.80GHz - $178;
    Intel Pentium 4 SSE3 “Prescott” 2.80A - $163;

    FX5900 - 3DMark2001 [20,566] - 3DMark2003 [7,281] - Aquamark3 [56,694]
    Ti4400 - 3DMark2001 [16,028]

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Sep 2002


    newegg has a 9600xt with 650/400 :D

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