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    New System: Overall Good Config? Need Opinions

    Hi guyz. I'm building a system for a friend. He is on a budget but at the same time looking for a pretty good system. System with room for upgrade, overclocking, and expandability.

    I have configured a system from newegg that totalled to $689 w/shipping no monitor. It is an AMD system and below is a brief summary of the package:

    Motherboard: ASUS A7N8X-X w/400fsb
    CPU: AMD ATHLON XP 2500+ "Barton" 333 FSB
    Memory: CRUCIAL MICRON 512MB 64x64 PC 2700 DDR
    Video: EVGA GeForce FX5200 ULTRA 128MB DDR TV/DVI
    Hdd: Seagate Barracuda 80GB 7200RPM
    CDRW/DVD: Lite On Black 48x24x48x16 CDROM/CDRW/DVD Combo
    DVDRW: LiteOn DVD-ReWritable Drive MODEL LDW-401S
    Floppy: SAMSUNG 1.44MB
    Case: MAXTOP Model# CSX-7788KEB (BLACK) w/350W

    Here is a link of the package in detail: http://www.117i.com/marksPC_oct2003.html

    I would like to hear your opinion on this package and how you would change it.

    Thanks!
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    384mb PC133Crucial
    Seagate Barracuda IV 60GB
    Inno3D GF2mx
    Toshiba DVD 16x / LiteOn 40x CDRW
    Enermax330W Whisper
    Thermalright AX7+AS3

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    For $10-$20, I would definitely go for the PC3200. The Barton should be able to hit 400Mhz FSB with a bit of luck, and it would be a bummber if couldn't run the ram sychronously at the same speed as the processor.

    I'd also consider a better quality PSU than the one specified.
    Athlon XP 3200+, TT Silent Boost (its rubbish as well as loud) Gigabyte nForce2 mobo (stable but lacks tweaking options), GF4 Ti4200 128mb, Lian-Li V2000

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    Ditto to davidstone's comments.

    I can run my Corsair PC2700 @ 400MHz, but have had to relax the timings quite a bit in order to get it to run stable. The performance difference between 333MHz @ 6-3-3-2 and 400MHz @ 11-3-3-3 is quite large, with 400MHz being faster.

    I gained 500 3DMarks with running my RAM faster. Also, the Barton will run on a 200MHz FSB like no-bodies business. I'm running mine at 200x10.5 = 2100MHz @ 1.675v.

    An Enermax or Antec power supply would be your best bet, as they are both well known for producing excellent quality power supplies.
    Desktop - XP2100 @ 2.4GHz, Abit NF7-S, 1gb DDR500 Crucial Ballistix, 120 + 160gb HDD, Windows XP
    Laptop - Athlon 64 3000, 1gb RAM, 40gb HDD, Radeon Mobility 200, Windows Vista
    Server - P4 1.8GHz, 768mb RAM, 2x 40gb HDDs, Win2k3 Server

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    Oh, also any chance you could change the GF-FX5200 with a Radeon 9600 Pro. I'm pretty sure the non-pro 9600 will be much faster than the FX5200.
    Desktop - XP2100 @ 2.4GHz, Abit NF7-S, 1gb DDR500 Crucial Ballistix, 120 + 160gb HDD, Windows XP
    Laptop - Athlon 64 3000, 1gb RAM, 40gb HDD, Radeon Mobility 200, Windows Vista
    Server - P4 1.8GHz, 768mb RAM, 2x 40gb HDDs, Win2k3 Server

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    Thanks for the advice.

    About getting a 3200 DDR memory...for overclocking, it's better to have the 3200 DDR, right?

    I went to crucial's site and they sell 512mb PC 3200 DDR for $87 while newegg sells it for $99. Same model#! What gives???

    As for the video card. I'll look for an ATI 9600 around $100-120 price range.

    BTW, did you guyz check out my cdrw/dvd combo plus dvdRW drives? the liteon dvdrw also has 40x cdrw. heheh Has a pretty good review too. Basically i have two drives that are both cdrw capable. what do you think of this?

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    The PC3200 is better all round. You'll also need 2 stick of 256mb rather than 1x512mb to get the benefit of dual channel on your nforce2 board.

    All modern DVD/CDRW drives are much of a muchness in my opinion.

    I don't understand why you're buying 2 drives with DVD-ROM reading facilities though. I would ditch the CDRW/DVD combo drive, and just get a CDRW. The money saved could be used in another part of the system eg. towards a decent quality PSU.
    Last edited by davidstone28; October 26th, 2003 at 03:05 PM.
    Athlon XP 3200+, TT Silent Boost (its rubbish as well as loud) Gigabyte nForce2 mobo (stable but lacks tweaking options), GF4 Ti4200 128mb, Lian-Li V2000

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    I just read on a review that asus A7N8X-X model, although has nforce2, has the single channel version of nforce2.
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    Asus A7VKT133 1.4TBird
    384mb PC133Crucial
    Seagate Barracuda IV 60GB
    Inno3D GF2mx
    Toshiba DVD 16x / LiteOn 40x CDRW
    Enermax330W Whisper
    Thermalright AX7+AS3

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