Motherboard and CPU choice

By Investors
Dec 17, 2003
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  1. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,382   +15

    The "5th L3 Bridge" is a 'bridge' on the CPU's surface, right side up. Look here: [ignore the warning and crap]

    [​IMG]

    See the dots? Will each of the 2 dots that are parrell, are a bridge. Look where it says "L3". Then count 5 dots over. You can see, they have taken ink (thats condutive) and connected the two dots parrell to each other/bridge. This unlocks the CPU :)
  2. JimShady23

    JimShady23 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 651

    How Does this sound for a price on a system ?

    Athlon XP 2500+ 333 mhz fsb (we will get that up to a 3200+ 400mhz fsb)

    $85.99

    Abit NF7-S rev 2.0

    $99.99

    80 gig 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drives x 2 ( so you can run RAID +0 FAST MAN FAST)

    $160.00

    It seems like you are set on a 512 increment of memory, SO what I'd reccomend is going with 2x 256 meg chips or Corsair to take advantage of the Dual Channal.

    Cosair XMS Extreme Memory Speed Series
    Cas Latency 2-3-3-6-T1
    N82E16820145415

    $56.99 X 2

    Thermalright SLK-947-U Heat Sink

    $39.00


    All this for $598.98

    SPEED MACHINE MAN !!!!! Just pic out a case and we are all set....

    LoL Just giving you a price for a great system, I know you wanted to use your old hard drives so if you op not to go with the SATA RAID setup thats your option just trying to give you a good Idea of what the final cost will be
  3. SubKamran

    SubKamran Newcomer, in training Posts: 303

  4. Investors

    Investors Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 73

    No, I am planning to purchase another 512MB Corsair RAM when I have more money, later. For now, I am going with Single 512MB. Besides, I hear the Duel Channels are BUll! As long as I get the identical one to my final choice RAM, I will be able to do a Duel Channel of 1GHz later.

    Also, I will have to stick with ATI Radeon 7500 Sapphire. I purchased this like almost last year and haven't been able to put in my Gateway Crap because it doesn't recognize.

    DVD RW? Worth it?
  5. Investors

    Investors Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 73

    like almost a year ago :)
  6. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,382   +15

    I wouldnt get a DVDRW yet. They have dropped a ton, and are at reasonable prices now, but a bit later you can get one faster+cheaper. I know thats a waiting game which is never-ending, however I say wait it out a little because not enough computers have DVD-Roms yet. Only a few will be able to read your DVDRs ;)
  7. JimShady23

    JimShady23 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 651

    So

    Were In I'll do you live Investers ? Northwest burbs ?
  8. Investors

    Investors Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 73

    Re: So

    ?
  9. JimShady23

    JimShady23 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 651

    HAHAHA

    Didnt relaize I did that....I mean IL
  10. SubKamran

    SubKamran Newcomer, in training Posts: 303

    Radeon 7500? Forget the RAM you need a better card :p But I guess you dont play much games.

    Am I missing something? Isn't DualDDR RAM packs better than buying the chips seperately?
  11. Investors

    Investors Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 73

    Oh, you mean where in IL I live? I will contact you soon. So sit back for a while. You sound like a person who is willing to do a business, and I like that.

    At first, I didn't really mean it when I said, "Maybe I should have you build my system." But now, I am thinking, "why not?" Because at this rate and by myself, I will never build my system I want. So, I will contact you soon. :)
  12. Investors

    Investors Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 73

    Dual DDR is good. But not Dual DDR packs. They are just put together from the warehouse. As long as you get the exact same thing, you can do a dual channel. Check out other boards. They have discussions on this.

    Well, then what the hell am I going to do with my Radeon 7500? I purchased this in last March and haven't been able to put in my system because it wasn't competable with my Gateway. I decided to purchase Radeon 7500 after considering recomendations from TechSpot users in last Jan. and Feb. Interestingly enough, I have found two threads that I posted back in Jan 2003!

    I think if you type my name in the search field, you will be able to find those. They are called, "Ah little Help" and "Down to the Final Decision." :)
  13. Investors

    Investors Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 73

    As long as I can play FIFA 2004... I will be happy in that whole gaming aspect. :)
     
  14. JimShady23

    JimShady23 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 651

    No Rush Man

    I would just like to help ya do the right thing. And not be talken advantage of by going to some dicks shop were some kid earning his GED is going to be putting your system togeather. I enjoy doing what I do. Hell I wont even charge ya LoL. You decide you want to work somthing out with me sweet just pay for the gas and some beer and we are in buisness. I garuntee it will be alot cheaper and a whole lot better build than what you would get from some "shop."

    And dont confuse the prices I gave you with "MY" prices LoL I am not a dealer, Those were off of newegg.com. I just wanted to give you a feel of what a system with good componats would cost. You never did tell us what your spending limit is LoL


    Well contact me somtime, I dont care if you opt me not to build it for ya, just to talk tech and help you make a few decisions
  15. Investors

    Investors Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 73

    RAM TIME!

    Okay, finally, I am done with my reading on the following RAM products and review:

    The only problems is I am still not sure which one to pick! Kind of like "Joe Millionaire." :D

    Corsair XMS Extreme Memory Speed Series 184 Pin 512MB DDR PC-3200C2PT-OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=20-145-420&depa=1
    Price on 12/24/2003: $108.50
    Price on 01/13/2004: $108.00


    Corsair XMS Extreme Memory Speed Series 184 Pin 512MB DDR PC-3200-OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=20-145-416&depa=1&section=3
    Price on 12/24/2003: $112.00
    Price on 01/13/2004: $107.00


    Corsair XMS Extreme Memory Speed Series, Low Latency 184 Pin 512MB DDR PC-3200 - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=20-145-428&depa=1
    Price on 12/24/2003: $131.00
    Price on 01/13/2004: $129.00


    Corsair XMS Extreme Memory Speed Series, Low Latency 184 Pin 512MB DDR PC-3200
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=20-145-427&depa=1
    Price on 12/24/2003: $132.00
    Price on 01/13/2004: $132.00

    Which one should I choose? The memory will go with Barton 2500 and Abit NF7-S Rev.2. And when I get more cash later, I will order an identical stick for a possible duel-channel (First, I would have to learn about that.)
  16. wicka_wicka

    wicka_wicka Banned Posts: 179

    OEM is a lot cheaper, go with one of the top two, probably the second since it's a buck less.
  17. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,382   +15

    I'd get the third down, its not too much more for the low latency :) Nice fast timings.

    If you would rather not fork the extra for the faster timings, I'd get the very top. The way I see it, the very top has something over the 2nd down (otherwise it wouldnt cost $1 more), so pay the $1 more and get whatevers better about it :p
  18. Investors

    Investors Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 73

    I am currently talking to JimShaddy23 about my new PC system. He may have build one for me according to his/my specs. So far, we made some siginificant progress in terms of decision on components.

    But did anyone else want to build me a new system? It is always a good idea to have several options open. Let me know if you are interested. I will be more than happy. We can negoitate the terms and conditions.
  19. Investors

    Investors Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 73

    Computer building project

    Jeee... Maybe I am better off just going to Dell or Gateway. People who want to help me are located too far away. And it looks like Jim Shaddy is backing out as I don't hear from him any more.

    Shoot, forget everything! Darn it, maybe I will do it by myself!
  20. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,382   +15

    Thats the spirit.. by yourself :D
  21. Investors

    Investors Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 73

    No, it is not. That's the last deperate attempt. Do I have a choice? :D

    By the way, yeah, it's been conformed that JimShaddy is no longer interested. He just didn't reply to any of my Yahoo Messanger. Then why was he anxious to help me? Oh well, I have no regrets having contacted him. and having contacted you as well.

    LOL... LOL...
  22. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,382   +15

  23. Investors

    Investors Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 73

  24. snowman

    snowman Newcomer, in training Posts: 312

    the pc's in the links arnt priced bad but the pc's on there look to be lacking in RAM and the video card sections. so i wouldnt advise getting those two unless your not going to be playing new games or using RAM intensive programs.
  25. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,382   +15

    Their PCs [http://www.ibuypower.com/] are a total rip off, youd want about 2x the ram they all come with, and they are ripping you off on the videocard.

    and Cyperpower look to be a rip off too.

    Face it - Nothing will be as cheap as if you were to make it yourself. You will pay signifigantly more. Your paying extra for the labor,etc.

    Also you didnt want to spend more then $800 right? Or even $600 as I think you said, because you also figured you could use some parts from your old PC. No PCs anywhere on the net, are half decent for $800. They all are equiped with a 5200FX or some other cheap crappy card. You'd have to order yourself something half decent, like a 9600XT or 5700FX, and install that. Inveribaly, you'd be left to throw a 5200 in the trash can.

    Read the PC guide I gave you throughly, order the parts, and follow it step by step when your making your PC.
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