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  1. #61
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    If you want to get the gigabyte mobo it looks ok, the MSI looks cheapo tho (no MCP south bridge, etc.). However, newegg isnt stocking the refurbished one (none left I guess), so you might have to buy it new anyways, in that case, stay with the shuttle. And yah, OEM Barton would make sense. If you want to get bottomline prices, just go to www.pricegrabber.com and do a search for all the parts, you can get some good results. Of course, the companies might not be as fair/good/reliable as newegg or zipzoomfly are. Also, all the hardware we set up will be MUCH cheaper in June. I'm going to venture and say at least $50. Anyways, try searching around, : 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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    Mista just posted thisin my other thread. Think it will work for me as opposed to the other nice, but expensive case? It won't save as much as it looks like will since I'll probably want two fans. Still, it saves $30 or so.

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    I dont trust that PSU for overclocking. Generic ones typically crap out when a lot of stress is put on them. Granted I never tried it on that other comp, but I wouldnt take the risk of frying myo ther hardware. Plus, you'd have to buy at least 3 more 80mm fans (louder that 120mm) if you're going to overclock it. That'll put you up anyways. You might want to consider that Kreton RAM (2x256MB) I posted in the other forum, I've been reading reviews on it, its great stuff. It's about $8 more though. As I said though, just wait till you have all the money and the prices will be down anyways. It's really a shame to downgrade to save a couple of bucks and prevent yourself from having a sweet system. As it is, the system is currently:

    9700Pro - $183
    Mobo - $59 @ mwave
    CPU - $70 @ compuplus
    RAM - $98
    Case - $51 @ techonweb
    Cables - $10
    Fan - $10
    Arctic Silver 5 - $7
    HSF - $15 (estimate)

    = $503 + S & H

    It goes below $500 (496) if you get the original Corsair RAM (the kreton RAM is alot faster though with CAS2, and allows for a higher overclock). Best system you can get for $500. I saved more than you did with other parts just by shopping around. Don't skimp on parts man, you'll regret it :( .

    : 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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