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    So I've done a little research and it looks like lots of great new stuff (that would not potentially need to be upgraded for a while) is supposedly coming out this summer.

    I'm thinking of buying a new system (mostly for gaming) and was wondering if you had any insight on a few parts..

    Processor - AMD64, not sure which one, 3200+ and 3400+ are already out (and prices might lower), but I read the 3700+ and more might be coming out this summer, as well as the new socket 939. Time and prices will tell which one I will choose, but the AMD64 seems to be a solid bet for now...

    OS - Windows XP 64-bit should/might come out in the summer...whether or not its worth it to get? Depends on drivers and all of that?

    PCI-Express Motherboard - Would prefer to get a PCI-Express motherboard so that I wouldn't need to upgrade in the near future. Are these supposed to be available in good quantities over the summer?

    Videocard- would like to get a native PCI-Express card, whether its nvidia or ati will depend on comparisons between the two once ati releases its new card...

    Biggest concern is about the PCI-Motherboards, want to have it, but would rather not wait until the fall :) Thanks a lot

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    What's your budget?

    Hopefully, PCI express will be out sometime this summer. Maybe more new stuff will be out.

    With OS, if you own XP as it is, dual-boot that with the 64-bit demo that's available for download from MS. Otherwise, I guess you might as well buy 64 bit if it's out. Or (I can't believe I'm about to say this, I'm such a hyppocrite), you could pirate 32-bit and use the demo for 64-bit.

    It all depends on your budget....

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    whats the dif gonna be with 64bit winxp

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    It takes better advantage of the processor, but running programs made for 32-bit operating systems may cause problems. On top of that, there are already known driver issues. I'd say within a year it should be acceptable for use (and probably on the market by then). Right now, you probably won't notice performance increase in most games.

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    Price range would probably be about $800 to $1500 max, would like it to be below $1200 if possible though.

    I do have access to Windows 2000, but I haven't really tried games with it yet...maybe I'll try a dual boot with 2000 and 64 Bit XP in case the 64 Bit XP isn't running everything right...I don't have a copy of Windows XP right now.

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    Dual-booting 2000 with XP64 is a great idea. Windows 2000 is a pretty good mix of speed and stability, I would say.

    Would I be correct to say you're into gaming. (okay, I shouldn't even ask...)?

    You're in the U.S., right?
    Assuming so.... (click them, they're links)
    Athlon 64 3200
    Gigabyte 9800 XT with Half-Life 2 OR 9800 Pro (if you need to go cheaper)
    36.7 GB WD Raptor 10000RPM 8MB cache
    Dual Channel Muskin 1GB PC3500 Cas 2 OR Dual Channel 512MB PC3500 Cas 2 (to save money, if necessary)
    ZALMAN CNPS7000A-Cu Pure Copper CPU Cooler
    On top of that, get a motherboard with onboard SATA, gigabit ethernet, PCI-Express, and an NForce 3 250 chipset. $100 to $200 U.S. for that.
    Total: A bit over $1300 after picking out a case and PSU
    If you go down to 512MB RAM, should be under $1200
    If you go down to the OEM 9800 Pro, should be under $1100
    Of course, if you actually get a PCI-Express card initialy, which would make sense, it will be a bit more. A cheap case that comes with lots of cooling is something you should look for to help make up for that. Nothing else should really be brought down anymore.

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    I'd get two Raptors if I were you and RAID them, than get a 120gb drive or something on the IDE channel for extra storage (such as music and such)

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    Thanks for the replies :)

    Yup I am in the US and would be making the system mostly for gaming. I'll probably try to wait for the release of PCI-Express motherboards and video cards if I can. Hopefully they will be around before the summer gets too late...

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    Quote Originally Posted by amd_man2003
    I'd get two Raptors if I were you and RAID them, than get a 120gb drive or something on the IDE channel for extra storage (such as music and such)
    That's a really good idea, actually. That would be insane.... Definetely worth the extra $100 or so.
    Yeah, just use the Raptors for your OS and games, while using some big IDE drive (unless you get two SATA channels or something...) for storage. I can imagine the system and the setup right now....
    Hmmmm...... :lips:

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    I just found an article (though its a little old at nearly two months) about the Raptors at Anandtech.com, which didn't give it a very good review.

    Any reactions?

    http://www.anandtech.com/storage/sho...tml?i=1795&p=1

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