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Topic Title: My Athlon 64 System
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Created On: 05/07/2004 02:18 PM
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I chose to build my first desktop PC a few months ago. And to be truthful, I wasn't at all familiar with the 64-bit technology. So, like any enthusiast would, I read what seems like a thousand articles and information sites to see exactly what all this talk was about. I wanted to build a computer that was of the highest caliber I could afford and the Athlon 64 processor was definitely in my price range and where I wanted to be techwise. So, I began my journey into building what I believe is going to be an incredible system!

The first thing I looked for was a good case. I had a blast shopping around for one. I now get postcards from Google! Anyway, I decided that I did not want my PC to look like something from outer space. I also was not interested in one with a whole bunch of lights on the front. So, after hours and hours of searching, I happened upon a little number at' "> called the GAzelle made by a company in Japan called G-Alantic Enterprise Co.. Yes, it is a plastic case, but this baby is huge! And with several fans and intake vents, I have no doubts that this would make an excellent gaming machine. At just $79.00, I highly recommend this buy! Also, you can watch a virtual tour of this case here.

Even though the 3000+ processor would make for a great system, I decided to go a step further (as many of you have) by going with the Athlon 64 3200+' "> The installation was fairly easy on the Asus K8V Deluxe' "> that I also purchased from for $139 with free shipping. For my hard disk, I chose an SATA 80GB Seagate Barracuda' ">,1085,599,00.html which I purchased on eBay' "> To tell the truth, eBay has been an excellent resource for me as I continued to purchase my memory - Kingston PC3200 DDR RAM' ">, my CD-RW Drive - LiteOn 52x CD-RW' ">, my DVD re-writable drive - LiteOn 8x DVD+/-RW' ">, as well as other accessories. Even my Athlon 64 domed case badge' "> was a steal on eBay. And as far as case badges go, you have to get them through' "> if you want superb quality. My graphics card is the much sought after ATI Radeon 9500 Pro' "> with the eight pixel pipeline architecture. For a little more then $100, this was an excellent purchase. I chose the 9500 Pro after studying the benchmarks of Far Cry at a site I happened upon called' "> There I found that, even on Far Cry's basic settings, the 9500 Pro surpasses the entire 9600 series when using a screen resolution of 768x1024. You've gotta like that! So basically, everything has come together quite nicely. I've got a great system and am extremely proud that I was able to put it together. There is just one thing though . . . I haven't turned it on yet!
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