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 08/27/2004 04:16 PM
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Chromemagnum
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I'm planning to order these and assemble the system myself. It will be my first build and im feeling a little intimidated. Tell me what you think:

MSI K8N neo platinum motherboard
Athlon64 3200+ proccessor
Corsair XMS 512mb PC-3200 ram stick
Western Digital 80gb 7200rpm/8mb cache (SATA) hard drive
Antec P4 ATX12v 450 watt power supply

These are just the base components, I feel confident in my video and sound choices as well as my case and drives.Your imput will be greatly appriciated.

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Athlon 64 'newcatle' 3000+
MSI K8N neo platinum
2x512mb Corsair VS pc-3200
Sapphire 128mb Radeon 9600xt
Antec 'true power' 430watt
Windows XP pro w/ sp2
 08/27/2004 05:53 PM
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It all looks pretty good, the mobo is a good choice, If you got extra money and are planning to do a little oc'in u could get 512mb of crucial ballistix pc4000 ram instead its like 150$ i believe(www.crucial.com), Just so you know SATA provides little difference if any over IDE but has small cables good for airflow. It should be one good system as long as you got the case, video, and audio to stick in it. Dont be intimidated, i kinda was when i did mine a month or two ago, Theres really not all that many parts and it should take you only a couple hours to do, Good Luck, drop us a line if you run into any trouble.

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Athlon X2 3800+ @ 2400mhz
Asus A8N Sli Deluxe | Crucial Ballistix 1gig PC4000
eVGA 6600GT PCIe @ 561/1070 | Hitachi Deskstar 160 gig SATA II
Thermaltake Tsunami | Epower Puma II
Westinghouse 17" widescreen lcd
Macbook (black) 2.0ghz core duo, 1 gig ram, 80 gig hd, superdrive
 08/27/2004 06:19 PM
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I just build my first machine also...I was a little nervous putting the stuff together..but it's really a piece of cake...if you've plugged in pci agp ram ect and hooked up some IDE's then that part is simple.... the compatability is kinda nerve racking...was for me anyways... and i got a bad stick of ram...so i was pulling my hair outthinking i messed something up...but...it runs like a monster now... the cpu was real simple...thats the only hardware i was worried about installing...

I like the setup of the neo platnium...cept the ram...kinda have to remove a cd drive or hdd to add remove...depending on your case...otherwise it's all drawn out nice

You'll be fine;D if not..and you break something ...send it back...and say..."
yessir! it came like this...with the burn marks and smell and everything ;x"

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a64 3400 newcastle
k8n neo plat.
bfg 6800 gt oc
gig ddr 3200
wd raptor 36
2 pos storage hdd's
& a messy case that's too hot.
 08/27/2004 06:22 PM
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That is almost the exact same configuration I just built about 2 weeks ago (my first as well)! Instead of the western digital HD I got 2 SATA Samsung drives and set them up in RAID 0 configuration. I have been quite happy with my machine so far. The only concern I have is that my machine seems to be running pretty hot (but I think I screwed up and applied too much thermal grease...oops, gonna try to fix it this weekend.)

Like you, I was VERY intimidated before I started, and because of that it probably took me longer than it should have because I rechecked everything so many times. But, to be honest, it was a lot easier that I thought it would be and my machine booted up on the first try. The only problem I had was getting the RAID 0 configuration set up, but that was just because my floppy drive was bad and I couldn't install the drivers. Other than that, it was REALLY easy.

Anyway, I just wanted to say that I am using a very similar setup and I have been very happy and installation was a breeze. Good luck!
 08/27/2004 09:28 PM
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JUST make sure ur CASE will have nice cooling, those 64bit AMDs need some air flowing

and if u get some mad temps for ur CPU, go look for a bios update cause some mobos are a bit fooked :s anyway, gl . i built my new one less then a week ago

AMD 64bit 3200+
powercolour 9800xt 256mb
1gig ram (corsair 512 CAL2.5 ddr400 x2)
ABIT k8t800 pro mobo
120 SATA MAXTOR HARD DRIVE
etc etc =) i really was scared that i wont be able to do it, follow the manual though and its a piece of cake

if u have troubles with the SATA drivers, try getting them from the net, mine did that, i think drivers came with it are poop :s
 08/28/2004 01:29 AM
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Hi! I'm not saying there is any thing wrong with your setup, but I'm planning on building a Sempron 3100+ which will give me an easy upgrade path to 64-BIT. Why don't you take a look at my setup, maybe you might like it?

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1. AMD Sempron 3100+
2. Gigabyte GA-K8NSNXP Socket 754 (or other)
3. NVIDIA GeForce FX 5500 (256 MB)
4. ATI TV Wonder Pro PCI TV Tuner/Video Capture Card
5. PC3200 512 MB Memory
6. 80 GB HDD from external
7. Floppy Drive
8. Dual Format DVD Burner
9. Microsoft Windows XP Home
10. Case/Enclosure
11. External Card Reader
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My setup uses an Athlon 64 motherboard since all Semprons are compatible with A64 motherboards. If you use this setup, you'll have to change the processor to the A64 YYYY+, the graphics card I chose is top of the line and great for gaming/multimedia work, you can substitute the TV tuner for a different PCI card. About the optical storage drives, you can pick what you want. Same goes for the OS, case, and media reader. The only thing I suggest you change is the memory; since, the A64 has integrated FSB speeds going up to 2000 MHz, as another user said DDR500 or PC4000 memory will be great.
 08/30/2004 04:05 PM
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Thanks for all the input...

The case i plan on using is a Silverstone SST-TJ01, I've seen one first hand and it seems solid. The only doubts i have are that there is no removable MOBO tray and that the two intake fans in the front are right in front of the hard drives. I'm not sure if that will help keep the system cool by blowing right on the hard drive or if it will impede the air flow and deter from cooling.

Here is a link to the case on Newegg...

http://www.newegg.com/app/View...esc....-163-001&depa=1' ">http://www.newegg.com/app/View...tion=11-163-001&depa=1

Also, this will be an all around system with a focus on gaming...of course and im wondering if Windows XP home will do or should i splurge the extra cash on XP proffesional?

Oh, and does this power source look OK? I've read alot of posts where people have had problems caused by insufficient power supplies and im hopping to avoid that if I can by buying a decent one off the bat.

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Apnea>>
Athlon 64 'newcatle' 3000+
MSI K8N neo platinum
2x512mb Corsair VS pc-3200
Sapphire 128mb Radeon 9600xt
Antec 'true power' 430watt
Windows XP pro w/ sp2
 08/31/2004 11:29 AM
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QUOTE (wangtastic @ Aug 27 2004, 03:19 PM) You'll be fine;D if not..and you break something ...send it back...and say..."
yessir! it came like this...with the burn marks and smell and everything ;x"
LOL
 08/31/2004 12:21 PM
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What do you plan on using this system for?

WinXP pro has some extra workstation and network features which aren't ideal for the average user or even an extreme gamer.

WinXP home is much more cheaper and you don't end up paying around double for an extra useless feature or two.

Personally, I like Windows 2000 and I still use that. I have WinXP home on my laptop and from my experiences, 2000 is faster and much more secure than WinXP.
 09/02/2004 02:38 PM
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Is I again...

I was wondering if anyone could recomend me a decent ATI based graphics card for about $100. It will only need to last about 6 months till I can afford something better but i would still like a reliable componant.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated...

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Apnea>>
Athlon 64 'newcatle' 3000+
MSI K8N neo platinum
2x512mb Corsair VS pc-3200
Sapphire 128mb Radeon 9600xt
Antec 'true power' 430watt
Windows XP pro w/ sp2
 09/02/2004 03:13 PM
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Try this -

http://www.newegg.com/app/View...esc....-102-305&depa=1' ">http://www.newegg.com/app/View...tion=14-102-305&depa=1

While its certainly not the fastest, the companies pretty good and gets good ratings. Plus it's under your price range. Newegg is probably the best place to buy from.

Although you could try Ebay cause they get good deals from people every now and then.

Only the Shadow Knows...

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AMD Athlon 64 3400+ - $286
Gigabyte K8NS Pro Mobo - $116
1GB OCZ Enhanced Latency Series Memory - $225

Knowing that your Computer could Bench all your friends computers combined - Priceless

There are some things money can't buy. For everything else, there's cash, check, credit card, or Paypal.
 09/02/2004 03:21 PM
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all i know is i wouldn't buy a socket 754... i would save my cash till i could get a chip and mobo on 939.. amd said they were gonna stick with it for quite sometime..

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[Thermaltake Tsunami Dream Case] [AMD Athlon64 FX-53 2.40ghz] [Thermaltake Silent PurePower 560w PSU] [ASUS A8V Deluxe Mobo] [1GB OCZ DDR3500, Timings = 2-2-3-7] [eVGA Geforce FX 6800 Ultra] [36gb WD Raptor 10k HD] [120gb WD HD] [Turtle Beach Santa Cruz SC] [Plextor 8x DVD+-RW] [Plextor 52/32/52 CD-RW] [Logitech mx510 Red]
 09/02/2004 03:22 PM
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Thx for the input...

I will be ordering all my stuff off Newegg.com soon.

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Apnea>>
Athlon 64 'newcatle' 3000+
MSI K8N neo platinum
2x512mb Corsair VS pc-3200
Sapphire 128mb Radeon 9600xt
Antec 'true power' 430watt
Windows XP pro w/ sp2
 09/04/2004 02:50 AM
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I recently put together a new system also.
AMD 64 3000+
Asus K8V SE Deluxe
Chaintech SA5500 FX
2 x 512MB Crucial PC3200 DDR
DVD 8X Writer
Antec 380W True Power Case (very quiet)

I think the 3200+ just have more L2 cache (1MB) so PC3200 DDR should be ok but I would put in atleast 1G memory. I chose Crucial because it has great compatibility with most motherboard. Asus has great packaging include necessary Sata and pata cables.

I purchase most of these at zipzoomfly.com. They have great pricing. Use pricgrabber to do some comparision.
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