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July 15th, 2004, 07:34 AM
I'm planning getting my friend to build me another computer soon. I was thinking of using an ECS KT600-A 1.0 mobo with an AMD Athlon XP 3200+ CPU and 2GB PC3200 RAM. How's that so far? And what kind of video cards, sound cards, etc. should I get for it??
And on the side...my mouse just broke. The entire left button came off. Now I must use the TAB and Enter button for clicking...
July 15th, 2004, 07:45 AM
I dunno about Mobo, I'm only a fan of Asus because they have this cool stuff in'em. So far it sounds good. Video card, make sure is either a Radion or AOpen/nVidia(same company, different name) and I dunno much about sound cards. I'm using good ol' onboard because I'm too cheap.
About the mouse thing, you can go to properties and set your right button as your left click :P btw, if the outer plastic layer just broke off, you can still use the mouse, just get some little wood thingie to push the button instead.
July 15th, 2004, 09:33 AM
Don't buy a VIA chipset board.
Buy an nForce 2 Ultra based board, preferably by MSI or Gigabyte.
Make sure all four sticks of RAM are identical, and single sided.
Or else you won't be able to use the dual channel function, which is essential.
2GB is still kinda overkill, IMO, unless you're leet like Abby and I ^_~
Oh,and Aopen aren't nVidia :P
nVidia make make the chips, companies like Aopen produce the boards.
Totally different companies.
Oh that note, buy an ATi Radeon graphics card, nVidia haven't produced a leading chip since the GeForce 3.
July 15th, 2004, 09:52 AM
Hmm... Ok. Well I got an nVidia GeForce, and it said AOpen on it and mah friend said they changed their name. Trust friends to be right, pfsst! Radeon is by far the best, but I heard they where really expensive. This 1 friend of mine is paying $800 alone for a 256MB Radeon when a GeForce would be less than half that price (just estimating).
July 15th, 2004, 09:56 AM
Actually the equivilent cards from each company (FX5700 vs 9600XT, 6800 Ultra vs X800 XT Platinum, etc) are almost identically priced, with ATi probably a little cheaper overall, due to multiple OEM's.
And the ATi's perform better, so it just makes sense.
July 15th, 2004, 10:00 AM
Hmm.. so let me get this straight... I just wasted money? Dang!...actually, I got the Fx5200 128Mb one. I really don't care though. I can see a picture on my screen and it seems to work extremely well. I don't play PC games, so I guess it's ok for me.
July 15th, 2004, 10:21 PM
I am not paying 800 bucks just for a video card. My budget is $1,100 US dollars.
EDIT: GA-7N400 Pro2 motherboard? I'm not familair Gigabyte or MSI mobos. I just went on to NVIDIA.com and picked a random one that looked good. I can't find any Dual Channel DDR400 DIMM RAM modules on Fry's www.outpost.com. I can find Dual Channel DDR400 DIMM, but it doesn't say 184-pin on it. Is 64x64 the same as 184 -pin?
Would that work with the mobo?
EDIT 2: Nevermind figured it out. Here's what I have so far:
(Prices are from Outpost.com)
GA-7N400 Pro2 Motherboard -$105.00
AMD Athlon XP 3200+ -$179.99-$189.99 (I don't know the difference between just processor and box processor, explain please?)
1GB PC3200 400MHz Dual Channel DDR RAM (2 modules of 512MB) -$237.00
ATi Radeon 9600 XT -$199.99
TOTAL: $721.98-$731.98 depending on the price of CPU
And then there's a computer case, fans, battery...can I use the fans I have on my current computer on my potential new one? And I'm not getting this for a while so my budget could increase. It could be about $1500 if I didn't buy an iPod.
All I need now is a sound card, and a monitor, which isn't included in my budget. My mom will be paying for the monitor. Now all I have to do is wait until it's 3am for an answer since all of those posts were made around that time...*goes to finish project due in less than 24 hours*
July 16th, 2004, 01:37 PM
*looks* Battery? wha? If you mean UPS... I don't think you'll ned one. BUt internal battery comes with the MoBo, don't worry about that, geez. Your fans will work on your new computer, unless your case doesn't fit the size they are now. The most common I see is 80mm, might want to measure, but fans are cheap as. I got mine for $12AU, and that about $7 US.
Also, you don't need a sound card if your MoBo has Onboard audio. You can deal with it for a while, then buy a good one when you have the money, and put your current money on better things for you PC, such as.. um... Theres a lot of stuff :P
July 17th, 2004, 01:32 AM
I'm just going to use my Audigy2 sound card I have on my current PC on my new mobo. Save me some money. Is there anything else I would need for my mobo?
July 17th, 2004, 01:38 AM
Not that I can think of, you have all the basic things to get it to work. Just make sure you have a CD drive to install an OS ;)
July 17th, 2004, 02:57 AM
CD-RW, DVD Rom, and Floppy. 120GB Maxtor Hard Disk Drive (I'm going to use the one have right now if I can, otherwise that'll be another 60-80 bucks for another one). New wireless mouse to replace my old broken optical one. Possibly also a wireless keyboard. Hmmm..logitech sells both in packs. Maybe a new digital camera. New moniter since my 8 year old Compaq MV720 monitor probably can't support the Radeon XT. Well, it could but since the monitor is old all the super high powerful stuff on the Radeon probably won't work on an old pathetic monitor. Sony LCD? New printer.
Will 400 bucks even be enough for all of that? Excluding the LCD monitor since my mom will be paying for that...hopefully.
July 17th, 2004, 03:17 AM
Yea, easily if your talking in US currency. I'd love to have an LCD widescreen monitor, but they's like $4,000 or something. If you can get ya mum to buy any monitor of your choice.... you know which one to chooze:P
July 17th, 2004, 03:43 AM
$4000? Is that in US currency? I've been searching for an LCD monitor and the most expensive I've found was about 1,500 and 2,000 (widescreen).
How's that one? It's TFT-LCD. No idea what TFT is though. Last time I checked for monitors there was only CRD and LCD. It's somewhat cheap. I don't want to sound greedy or take advantage of my mom...not that much.
July 17th, 2004, 11:45 AM
That was $4,000AU, and it was a while back, so thats pretty much equivilant to $2,000, so it makes sense. Monitors are CRT, not CRD, and TFT is something to do with 4 transistors or someting. I better do my research again, but I know as a fact (w00t~ facts) that TFT gives the best resolution for flat screen monitors.
That monitor is OK, but I think you can do better in the max resolution department. Something along the lines of 1600 x 1200. If your buying a new monitor, make it worth while, not something you'll need to upgrade again in 4 years. I made that mistake myself, now I can't afford a good monitor, and stuck with crappy resolutions + refresh rates.
July 17th, 2004, 01:08 PM
TFT (Thin Film Transistor) is the technology that drives PC Liquid Crystal Displays. It's also an interchangable term with LCD.
All PC LCD screens are TFT's, just so you know.
Flat Panel Displays won't do 1600x1200 as a native, even for a 19" screen.
Just not happening in the next three years.
July 23rd, 2004, 05:34 AM
So...could someone tell me which monitor I should buy? Off of outpost.com?