Building a System INTEL or AMD help?!?!?

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Building a System INTEL or AMD help?!?!?

Postby Adam12 » Sun May 19, 2002 2:18 pm

I'm thinking about building my first system and i have a few questions for you computer vets out there. Here's the system so far:

Cases PC - ATX - Mini/Med Tower
FOXCONN SUPER CASE (BLACK) Front USB MID TOWER CASE 1150-P4-BK **300W Power Supply AMD Listed*** Dimension (DxWxH) 18 x 7.75 x 16.25 Inches Drive Bays 3 + 2 + 1 Motherboard ATX, MICRO ATX Expansion Slots 7 Full Size Switching Power Supply ATX12V 300W AMD Listed Cooling Fan Rear Included USB Ports 2 Front Description *Ideal for P3, P4 & AMD System *Spacious Internal Space *High Efficiency Power Supply *Excellent Cooling N82E16811154003 $43.00 $43.00
CD ROM-Rewritable Drive - Black
Lite On 32x12x40 CDRW Model LTR-32123S BLACK Color Full OEM with all accessories. N82E16827106178 $77.00 $77.00
DVD ROM - BLACK/GRAY
Lite-On 16x DVD Model LTD-163 Black Full OEM Package with Power DVD Software - 16X DVD read, 48X CD-ROM playback BLACK N82E16827131103 $50.00 $50.00
Floppy Drives - Black
Alps 3.5 Inch Floppy Disk Drive (Black) - OEM N82E16821103201 $10.00 $10.00
Hard Drives - IDE
IBM 80GB 7200RPM Model # IC35L080AVVA07, Part # 07N9210 -120GXP OEM, DRIVE ONLY Specifications:
Size: 80 Gigabytes
Interface: IDE ULTRA ATA100
Seek time: 8.5ms
RPM:7200
Cache 2MB
OEM(Drive alone) 3 Year Manufacturer Warranty --* Works With PC & Mac *-- N82E16822145017 $95.00 $95.00
Keyboards - English - Black
BLACK ORtek MCK-800 Multimedia Keyboard. PS2. Built-in 16 Multimedia hot keys (6 Programmable keys). One-touch solution to popular internet web sites, Multimedia, and favorite application. Comfortable silent & tactile switch. Agency Approvals: FCC, CE, BSMI, WHQL, CSA. OS Compatibility: Windows 95/98/2000/Me/NT 4.0 (Support NT with PS/2 keyboard Only). Please see images. N82E16823134001 $12.00 $12.00
Memory - PC (SDRAM, EDO)
Crucial Micro 512MB 64x64 PC133 SDRAM RAM 168Pins DIMM
, CL=3-Unbuffered, Non-parity, 7.5ns, 3.3V, 6-Layers CT64M64S4D75. Requires SDRAM Support Motherboard - Lifetime Warranty.--* Works With PC & Mac *-- N82E16820146005 $129.00 $129.00
Monitors - Black
Viewsonic G70FMB 17" Black Monitor With Built In Speakers and Mic Two Built-in 3-watt speakers and a Microphone save desk and work space, while offering superior sound quality. Specifications: Type 17" (16.0" viewable) CRT, 90° deflection Dot Pitch 0.21mm horizontal, 0.13mm vertical, 0.25mm al Glass Surface Anti-static, Anti-reflection;TM~50.0 % 1280 x 1024 x 66Hz maximum resolution Dimensions 16.2" Wx 17.1"H x 16.2"D WEIGHT Net 36.8 lbs. N82E16824116197 $210.00 $210.00
Mouse - Black
BLACK, 3-button, Scrolling Internet Easy+ Mouse. PS2. Retail. Center scrolling wheel + 2-buttons, High Precision Input Device. (Not An Optical Mouse) 600DPI High Resolution, for IBM PC & Compatible. Compatible with Microsoft Mouse. Easy to use Plug & Play. Please see images. N82E16826129002 $5.00 $5.00
Sound Card
CREATIVE LABS SOUND BLASTER LIVE! 5.1 - OEM Features: EMU10K1, Digital Signal processor EAX, advanced audio effects, Speaker mode / Creative Multi-Speaker Surround (CMSS) mode , and Dolby Digital 5.1 support N82E16829102147
$32.00 $32.00
Video Cards
Abit Siluro Geforce4 MX 440 64MB with TV-OUT - RETAIL BOX 256-bit 3D Graphics Accelerator. 128-bit High Speed DDR memory interface. Integrated dual 350MHz RAMDACs, resolution 2048 x 1536 @ 75Hz. High-quality HDTV/DVD playback support. GPU Core Clock: 270MHz. Memory speed: 400 MHz. Memory Bandwidth: 6.4 GB/sec. N82E16814123109 $96.00 $96.00


Subtotal » $759.00
Shipping and Handling Charge » $ 79.60

Grand Total » $ 838.60


What do you guys think? Im not a very big gamer, I'll play the Sims every now and then, and the occassional shooter but that's about it. I usually play games/watch movies on the PS2, so I dont need a system that emphasizes graphics etc. However, I do download lots of material basically whatever I can get my hands on. I am also big on mixing and creating music/ burning CD's. I need help deciding what motherboard and processor to go with. Also, are there any boards that come with a built in modem? And what does an OEM drive mean. would I have to buy the cables to hook it up seperatly, or should all of my parts listed above come rady to install? Also, given my intrests, what OS should i lean towards: XP, 2000, or NT. I really need help....thanx
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Postby Tolemac » Sun May 19, 2002 3:02 pm

You have PC133 liste for the memory. Is there a particular reason for that? Also, what boards (AMD and Intel) are you even thinking about?

Most everything else looks just fine. 8)
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Postby Aibohphobia » Sun May 19, 2002 4:31 pm

Go Windows XP since you aren't a gamer. Your Video card and monitor are horrible in my opinion, but I am a gamer :)
You should get a monitor that can support 85hz @ your desire resolution, better for the eyes atleast .
As for CPU and Mobo, anything AMD XP+ and maybe the http://www.motherboards.org/articlesd/m ... 173_1.html abit kx7-333.
But really though, you should research in to tomshardware and other places to find a board that best suits your needs :wink:., like w/ raid , or w/ sound etc--you can save a few bucks.
As for motherboards having modems, do you mean like 56k modems?? I don't think I've seen any of the new, good boards with an actual 'modem', but nic cards, yes.
Your chosen case looks nice and spacious.
You may want to get a Maxtor ATA133 drive as I hear they are the fastest.
OEM means it is just that one piece of equipment w/o cords and manuals.
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NEW SYSTEM HELP

Postby Adam12 » Sun May 19, 2002 10:48 pm

Tolemac wrote:You have PC133 liste for the memory. Is there a particular reason for that? Also, what boards (AMD and Intel) are you even thinking about?

Most everything else looks just fine. 8)


Peter Taylor wrote:OEM means it is just that one piece of equipment w/o cords and manuals.


I dont mean to sound stupid Tolemac, but sometimes it just happens :roll: .....what's the diff between PC133 memory and other types of memory, should I have something else? And pete; can i call you pete :) , how do i know what cables to buy? Are all the cables basically the same, or does the case already come equipped with cables to hook up each component.....DVD drive, CDRW etc. Why should I go with XP and not NT, is there really any difference? And what do you guys think about AMD as opposed to Intel? Basically I want to build computer that's between 1.4 and 1.8Ghz, I'm really focusing on the cpu-- i haven't really studied up on different mobos so I don't really know which one i wanna go with. Suggestions are welcomed. Thanks again for all your help.
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Postby Darkstorm » Sun May 26, 2002 4:05 pm

I would go AMD at least 1900+. As for the board, soyo makes an excellent board the dragon. Also, dump the cd rw you have, and get a Plextor, they are the best and have underun protections especially if you are going to be ripping your own stuff. As far as the os, choose XP PRO = very friendly and easy to use. any mobo you choose to get, make sure it can at least handle DDR266, and is upgradeable to at least 3 gig.
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