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  1. #1
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    Default Is this a good setup?

    Making a completely new setup with a budget of around 1000 and the only requirement an LCD monitor. Here is what I have so far:

    Mitsubishi 15" LCD - 323.00
    Antec Sonata 380w - 114.00
    AMD Athlon 64 2800+ - 173.00
    Chaintech VNF3-250 - 88.00
    Kingmax 512MB PC-3200 - 82.00
    Powercolor Radeon 9600 Pro - 125.00
    Western Digital 80GB SATA HD - 75.00
    Lite-On 52x32x52 - 27.00
    NEC 1.44 Floppy - 12.00
    Microsoft KB+M - 40.00
    Creative SBS230 Speakers - 13.00
    Artic Cooling Silencer64 - 15.00

    Total = 1087.00
    All prices in USD from newegg.

    I'm trying to find if there are any areas where i can save. The case is alittle expensive, but I know an antec psu wont fail (plus there is sort of a black theme). If anyone can think of anything please let me know.

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    Default Re: Is this a good setup?

    You should be getting a Sapphire 9800 Pro ($194 last time I checked). An Athlon 64 is going to be very GPU-limited by a mid-range card like a 9600 Pro. Unless you're not a gamer, in which case spending anythin over $30 on grahpics is probably stupid. Certainly a 9600

    More information would be nice. What are the timings on the RAM? Obviously dual channel isn't going to be an issue with a socket 754 A64 but you need to think about timings. You could also think about getting PC3500, especially if you OC.

    You can get a good Antec or Thermaltake PSU and case (whatever brand case) for around $60. Even though it comes with a good PSU, the case is too expensive.

    When choosing your processor, I have one suggestion: Get one with 1MB L2 cache. They seem to perform a lot better in the benchmarks I've seen. They're a bit more expensive than a 2800 Newcastle, though, so go with what you can afford.

    For motherboard, I'd be looking at an ABIT KV8, but certainly anything with the K8T800 would be good. Don't go for NF3 as it has slighlty worse performance (much worse if it's just 150).

    Everything else seems okay, although I'd much rather have a CRT.

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    Default Re: Is this a good setup?

    Keep ya RAM. Kingmax makes good RAM, even their value line can do cas2.
    Also, don't listen to Yawg's rant about the CRT, just go with whatever you need. I would recommend a 17" LCD, but if you need 15" stick with it.

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    Default Re: Is this a good setup?

    Six words, rant, what's the difference?

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    Default Re: Is this a good setup?

    Yeah he sounds just like a nazi. :(

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