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#1 gto65l

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Posted 02 November 2003 - 11:59 PM

I am looking at building my own computer for the first time. I haven't found a premade system that I really like. What I want to know is how hard of an undertaking is this? Is this easier with xp? I do have some good computer knowledge, this is just something I have not done. Any particular parts to use/not use?

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#2 black_light

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Posted 03 November 2003 - 12:07 AM

im building one right now for the first time, its really just plug and play these days. make sure you get all the right parts and that there supported by each other.

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Posted 03 November 2003 - 12:09 AM

yeah its pretty much plug A goes into slot A, the only thing u have to be concered about are the IDE channels, and setting up the OS, both are very easy tho

its just the media that makes it seem to be some horrid thing to go thru, all thank the big companies....

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Posted 03 November 2003 - 12:14 AM

how much are you willing to spend?

for like $950, you can have a 8mb 120gb 7200rpm HDD, 512 ddr PC3200 memory, a radeon 9800 (non-pro), and an anthlon xp 2400+ processor. With a 18" monitor (.21 dot pitch, refurbished) (19", 18 viewable). No operating system though. I just bought pc parts similar to it a couple days ago.

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Posted 03 November 2003 - 12:24 AM

im making a fucking killer pc for 800$ with out monitor and mouse and KB yet.

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Posted 03 November 2003 - 12:24 AM

Im really looking at something in the 1500 range. Sticking to major brand cards, so don't think that will be a problem. Will need more than 120GB though. Going to be doing intensive multimedia. Looking at AMD Athlon, probably ASUS board, 1024 DDR RAM, ATI - AiW 9800, Audigy 2 Platinum, DVD burner, and other standard parts. This will probably be more than 1500 but oh well. Want a good system to be able to upgrade later.

Anyone know how good the Koolance liquid cooled cases are?

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Posted 03 November 2003 - 12:26 AM

QUOTE (black_light @ Nov 3 2003, 01:24 AM)
im making a fucking killer pc for 800$ with out monitor and mouse and KB yet.

thats how much i paid for mine, without a burner and mos/keyboard as you said. similar parts?


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Posted 03 November 2003 - 12:29 AM

yah, i got the 9700 all-in-wonder. go to www.tigerdirect.com for the hdd and memory. They are always having great deals. And if you looking to spend a little more, get the duel channel memory if your mobo supports it. It runs better.

And if you really looking to spend some cash, you can get the new 64 bit processor (anthlon's suppot 32 bit crap, so it's better). Although, when more processors like that are realeased, it will got down.

Edited by quall, 03 November 2003 - 12:32 AM.


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Posted 03 November 2003 - 12:33 AM

Thanks for the link.

Does that 9700 work good? Part of what I want to do is video capture, will it capture video from say coax or svideo in?

Edit:
Does it take a special mobo to support the new 64bit?

Edited by gto65l, 03 November 2003 - 12:34 AM.


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Posted 03 November 2003 - 12:47 AM

at tigerdirect, you can get the mobo+64-bit processor for $600. But, it may be an outdated good product in the near future. but, it is better than most things now.

As for the 9700, i orded it not to long ago, so I have not recieved it yet. The aiw can support 720x480 resolution recording (30 fps), but can only stream to mpegs i think. Which can get quite large because I don't think they are compressed.

all-in-wonder 9800pro; it shows a pic of the inputs. I think they are s-viedo, but also comes with that 3 cable a/v adapter.

Probably don't have to tell you this, but make sure your mobo supports 8x AGP, so you can use the card to it's fullest.

Edited by quall, 03 November 2003 - 12:48 AM.


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Posted 03 November 2003 - 01:02 AM

also, if your gonna get a dvd-burner, i suggest the sony 510 for 200. http://www.tigerdire.....40 P&CatId=89

It can burn both + and dvd's, at 4x speed.

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Posted 03 November 2003 - 01:10 AM

Been holding off to see what happens with the 64bit stuff. Looks like it is going to be standard eventually. Might as well start there and not be behind the power curve. Damn that shit is expensive!

Know about the 8xAGP. Looks like it will do video capture. Just wanted to ask someone with some experience using it.

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Posted 03 November 2003 - 01:10 AM

My 2c.

Sony DVD burners are, shall we say, not the best. Every review I've read of them all complain that the drives are slow.

A highly recommended drive is the LG 4040B it supports:

DVD+R 4x
DVD-R 4x
DVD+RW 4x
DVD-RW 4x
CDR 24x
CDRW 16x

The OEM version of the drive goes for around $140 to $150 USD and comes with a decent software suite. Killer drive, very fast and supports all current formats.

Sony blows. What do you expect from those who make PS2?

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Posted 03 November 2003 - 01:13 AM

How about the pioneer dvd burners. Read good things about them, anyone with some experience?

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Posted 03 November 2003 - 02:05 AM

Ya I own a pioneer and it is great!

U mentioned something about liquid cooling earlier and I will tell you, it is really good but also quite expensive compared to a couple of fans. Just make sure you are actually gonna need and make use of liquid cooling b4 you spend a ton of cash on it.




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