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    shopping list.. need comments :help:

    AMD XP 2500+ barton & ABIT NF7-S v2.0
    coolermaster xdream
    ATi Radeon Sapphire 9600pro 128 mb or Ati connect 3D 9600xt 128mb
    corsair 2x 256mb ddr400 valueselect
    western digital 80GB hdd sata
    TDK cd-rw + 16x dvd-r comb or a 8x dvd-rw
    lanboy casing with psu
    logitech optical mouse + keyboard
    altec lansing 122

    is tis ok?

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    Re: shopping list.. need comments :help:

    First off, I'd suggest 1 stick of 512MB PC3200 of the same stuff, Corsair VS. It's around $20 cheaper, and you have room for upgrade to 1gb by simply adding another 512 stick later, and not messing with using 4 sticks of selling the 2 256mb sticks and then buying 2 512mb sticks.

    Second, the cooler you listed seems pretty wimpy. But this is a budget setup as I noticed, I don't really know much about heatsink, so I'll leave someone else to give advice on that.

    Last, between the 2 video cards, I'd go for the Connect3D 9600XT. However, I highly suggest you spend the extra $20-$40 if you plan on gaming on either a FX 5900XT or a R9800 Pro. Most FX5900XT's are around $165-$175 if I'm not mistaken, and the MSI 9800 Pro is around $190-$195. If you do plan on gaming, I'd much rather get one of those 2.

    Also, how much you paying for your case+psu? An antec plus 1080amg w/ 430w TruPower is $110, and it's probably better value than the lanboy+psu you're getting.

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    Re: shopping list.. need comments :help:

    i tot having 2 ram is good since Nf7-s uses dual channel?..

    and the casing comes with a 350watts psu
    http://www.antec-inc.com/pro_details...p?ProdID=15000

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    Re: shopping list.. need comments :help:

    Stick with 2 sticks of ram, if you pick your ram correctly you can easily upgrade with a 3rd stick.

    Watchout for 9800 pros, not all of them are the same. The feature that you want is the 256 bit bus model and not the 128 bit one.

    I'd recomend a 9800 pro 256 bit version or 9600xt on a value basis.

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    Re: shopping list.. need comments :help:

    Why waste money on 256mb sticks? Getting just 1 stick of 512mb will not only be a lot better if he gets another 512 stick later, but it's cheaper that 2 256 sticks, and it's not even slower.. 256mb sticks are a waste of money.

    How much are you paying for the lanboy+psu?

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    Re: shopping list.. need comments :help:

    Quote Originally Posted by MustangSVT

    How much are you paying for the lanboy+psu?
    about US$105 was quoted to me.. the entired system qoouted cost bout US$900..

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    Re: shopping list.. need comments :help:

    Quote Originally Posted by Bryan
    Stick with 2 sticks of ram, if you pick your ram correctly you can easily upgrade with a 3rd stick.

    Watchout for 9800 pros, not all of them are the same. The feature that you want is the 256 bit bus model and not the 128 bit one.

    I'd recomend a 9800 pro 256 bit version or 9600xt on a value basis.
    which 9800pro has 256bit versions? and uhow do i check? does the box tells anything?.

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    Re: shopping list.. need comments :help:

    I'd get an Antec 1080AMG instead. Comes with 430W TruPower psu.

    As for the 9800pro's, only Sapphire offers a 128-bit model and it should list it as 128-bit, and it's a lot cheaper than regular models ($130 instead of $200). Which 9800pro's are offered from the place you're buying from?

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    Re: shopping list.. need comments :help:

    AFAIK he can run 2x256mb as dual channel, and later just add 1x512mb and still run in dual channel. I was thrown on this point at first with another mobo, is this true as well on the NF7-S?

    I agree about a 9800Pro 256bit, and get a cheaper case if you need to cut costs a bit. But I prefer less 'chrome' and more 'go' for the money.

    If you can find a cheaper IDE drive than SATA get it. You'll not notice any difference.

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    Re: shopping list.. need comments :help:

    do u have to go with an amd xp system? or is an amd 64 okay for you? I think for pretty much the same price you can get an amd 64. How much are the speakers and keyboard total?
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    Re: shopping list.. need comments :help:

    But why spend around $20 for 2x256mb? Not worth the money... That way, he could get that Antec w/ 430W TruPower case, and not have to cut any more costs.

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    Re: shopping list.. need comments :help:

    Quote Originally Posted by MustangSVT
    But why spend around $20 for 2x256mb? Not worth the money... That way, he could get that Antec w/ 430W TruPower case, and not have to cut any more costs.
    because he wants to run in dual-channel. Now that makes you wonder why people are opting for sock 939 instead of 754.
    Just walk up to a girl and say "If you were x^2 I'd wanna be (1/3)x^3 cause I'd be the area under your curves." -salutethyshorts

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    Re: shopping list.. need comments :help:

    Moving to our System Builders Forum.

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    Re: shopping list.. need comments :help:

    For the 9800 Pro its alright to get the 128 version as long as you get the r360 core (i think thats what it is) then you can just flash the bios to 9800 XT

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    Re: shopping list.. need comments :help:

    Quote Originally Posted by MustangSVT
    I'd get an Antec 1080AMG instead. Comes with 430W TruPower psu.

    As for the 9800pro's, only Sapphire offers a 128-bit model and it should list it as 128-bit, and it's a lot cheaper than regular models ($130 instead of $200). Which 9800pro's are offered from the place you're buying from?
    err there's sapphire, connect3D, GeXcube, powercolor, Elsa, Flash and ati.

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