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    How does this sound?



    Crucial Technology 512MB 184pin DDR PC2100 #CT6464z265.16T CL2.5 266MHz $ 99.00

    ATI Radeon 7000 64MB DDR ( PCI ) No TV-Out - Retail Box $65.00

    Vantec Stealth SF8025L 80x80x25mm Double Ball Bearing Case Fan - Retail $ 12.00 X 2= $24.00

    AMD Athlon XP 2200+ 1.80GHz Thoroughbred 3D CPU Retail - with Heatsink and Fan $170.00

    MSI KT3 Ultra 2 BR MS-6380E KT333 SKA 3DDR ATA133 RAID Bluetooth ATX MB - Retail $119.00

    Plextor PX-W4824TA/SW 48X24X48 INT IDE ATAPI CDRW Drive - Retail $95.00

    Maxtor 60G 6Y060L0 DiamondMax Plus 9 ATA133 7200RPM INT IDE HD - oem $89.00

    Future Case H832Y Side Window ( Silver Color ) 4x5.25 , 2x3.5 Bay 400W AMD/P4 Ready ATX Tower Case $39.00

    Starfish Blue Ray Light $24.00

    Subtotal $724.00
    Shipping $43.00

    Total: $ 767.00



    Does this sound good? I would use this computer mainly for recording/listening to my mp3 library and surfing the net. I don't play many games. Any suggestions or recommendations for better components? I want to run Windows 98 SE and Linux Mandrake or Redhat. Would this be difficult for someone with no Linux experience or should I just go Windows XP?

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    it's not bad at all...but I would put a better video card in it, and a wd special ed. hdd would be faster....an 8 mb cache is better than ata133

    winXP will be the easist to use, but red hat 8 is the easist linux distro yet...so if you don't have much linux experience, go with RH 8

    you may want to look at getting an oem cpu and a 3rd party hsf, like a volcano 7+, 9, or 11
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    Even if you're not a gamer - at least get an AGP video card - you don't necessarily have to spend any more money
    ...I'm not sure what currency you're quoting in, but if it's USD an AGP Radeon9000 64MB might be in your price range

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    It's US, and thanks guys.

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    I have to agree with RDR on that one...AGP....
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    Does anyone know if all those components are compatable off the top of their head? And also, what is the $1 difference between these two motherboards?

    http://www.essencompu.com/nupplysingar.asp?ID=3288

    http://www.essencompu.com/nupplysingar.asp?ID=2462

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    Im pretty sure that PCI cards are more expensive. I while back when I had my HP computer I wanted to upgrade to a GF2MX400 and I ended up spending 170 for a PCI card which was more then the exact agp version. One other suggestion about ur computer: why u using the pc2100 ram and not 2700?
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    I really have no idea, my friend just built a computer and he used components similar to these, except we stepped it up a notch or two. What's the difference between the 2100 and the 2700?

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    2100 is 266 mhz (133) and 2700 is 333mhz (166)
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    OK, so I should get the Crucial 512 MB 2700, and the Radeon 9000 video card. Any other suggestions?

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