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4 computers to choose from.4 builders. Which is the best???

By FFactoryxx
Feb 18, 2003
  1. ok i was offered these systems from some people and need the Tech spot SEAL OR APPROVAL

    Tell me if there should be any changes made or which system to go with, if price is good etc!!!

    AMD 2400+
    WD SE 120gig
    Epox 8RDA+
    512 mb Corsair XMS 3200
    Therm. SK-7 heatsink
    Chieftec Tower
    Antec True 430
    2xround ide cables
    Thermaltake Smart Fan2
    Radeon 9500pro
    DVD (not sure what kind you would put in lite-on or toshiba is fine)

    Also is that 120gb a 7200 or 5400rmp?

    $900 +shipping

    and this system

    Athlon XP 2400+
    SLK800+vantech HSF
    Epox 8RDA
    512 Crucial DDR PC2700
    80GB 7200 RPM Maxtor Hard Drive
    Raidmax Case with window and 4 fan spots (10 bay)
    350 Watt Power Supply (NOT 300 updated)
    Lite on 16x DVD (available in black)
    ATI Radeon 9500 Pro
    Floppy Drive
    2 rounded cables for the drives
    audigy gamer (with digital out)

    $850 + shipping

    3rd system.

    ASUS A7V8X AMD Athlon/Athlon XP/Duron Socket A,
    AMD Athlon MP 2400 2.0GHz Processor CPU - Retail
    Lian-Li 61 Case
    512 Crucial DDR 2700
    80 7200 RPM WD HDD
    linksys 10/100 MIC
    SoundBlaster Audigy Gamer soundcard
    Logitech Elite Duo cordless keyboard & mouse
    Windows XP Pro(if you want)
    Liteon dvd
    128 GF4 Ti4200

    $575 shipped

    black aluminum case ( i can do other colors as well, let me know) pic here
    epox nforce 2 mobo --EP-8RDA+ has builtin NIC, 6channel sound, usb2.0, firewire,etc
    80 GB WD hard drive w/ 8MB cache (that extra cache really does help)
    2 sticks of 256MB crucial PC2700 DDR ram=512MB ram
    XP 2400 + Thoroughbred (2.0GHz) if you can wait a week the new barton cores should be out. with heatsink.
    CDRW 48x24x48 black, from MSI (didn't you say you had one? I can leave it out or put in a dvd instaead)
    ATI radeon 9500 128MB DDR( if you want a 9700 pro add $150)
    OS do you want to install your own? if not XP PRO is $140 (my cost, at that)
    no floppy

    total my cost would be about $750
    w/(9700 PRO $900)
    w/ 9700 pro and XP PRO $1050

    ADD $150 labor for me.
    ------------------------------------
    900 w/o an Operating system
    1040 w/ XP pro with sp1


    Can you do these for less or is there anything i should sub in to make them better? I dont oc so....
    These guys are fighting for the contract and im 25/25/25/25 right now.
     
  2. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,199

    I would choose the first one, it has the best RAM and HDD by far. The Western Digital Special Edition series is all 7200RPM. Don't let the last guy fool you - the 120GB featured in the first guy's invoice has an 8MB cache as well.

    You should build your own, with the parts from the first one.
     
  3. FFactoryxx

    FFactoryxx TS Rookie Topic Starter

    keep posting your thoughts but should i have him put in 512 mb crucial 2700 instar or maybe more? I mean will i see a difference between the 2?
     
  4. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,745

    Well what exactly are you planning on doing with the system? I would think that the crucial would be a good bet, and I don't think you need more, but it is up to you depending on your application.
     
  5. FFactoryxx

    FFactoryxx TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Well. Basically, i do play games(lots of new ones) surf the net. Download lots of stuff, burn dvd's and cd's. Rip and encode movies.

    I mean i sold my roomate here at school my old rig so im really not losing money or gainging it. I sold my comp for around 900 to 1000 and an dedicating that to a new rig.


    my old that i sold

    Gatway
    P4 1.8ghz
    256mb pc800 ram
    Geforce3
    DVD-rom
    Lite-on 24x cdrw
    40gb wd 7200 rpm
    120gb maxtor 5400 rpm external usb2.0
    firewire card
    ba 735 speakers
    ev910 19" monitor
     
  6. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,568   +103

    First one or last one look good.
    nForce2 boards are AMD motherboard kings at the moment. The first offer does have the best ram but if your only running a 2400+ (266DDR fsb) then the Corsair PC3200 ram is not necessary. Some decent Crucial PC2700 should run at nice timings. If your not overclocking then the corsair is probably a little overkill.

    I don't know why the 3rd offer is with an MP processor. Seems a bit pointless. These are generally slightly more expensive than standard XPs and since the board is a single processor board he has paired it with, its not much use having an MP.
     
  7. young&wild

    young&wild TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,268

    I think 1 is the best and suitable choice for you. Besides quality ram you get a good and quiet 72000rpmHDD. Not to mention about the 8mb cache in the WD HDD is pretty fast making the package more attrative than the others. This system would probably last you for quite sometime.
     
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