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    Alrite, im saving up for a new computer. I figure it will run me about 1500.

    so far this is wht i have

    Computer- apluscomputers.ca/ canadacomputers.com

    Pentium 4 3.0C GHz 512KB cache RETAIL BOX(Socket 478 - 800MHz FSB
    w/ Hyper-Threading Technology) $249

    ASUS P4C800-DLX Intel 875P, 800MHz FSB, Dual DDR400 -209$

    512MB DDR PC2100 $102.95(X2)

    MSI GeForce FX5900XT-VTD128 VIVO 128MB DDR-$248

    Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS w/ 1394- 89$

    Maxtor 120GB ATA-133 w/ 8MB cache OEM $106]

    Asus 52X CD-ROM $22

    Pioneer DVR-108 16X DVD+/-RW Dual Layer $95.98

    EST Price- around 1500$
    I know im missing a few things like the case, fans and power but thats what i need help with. how much power do i need to run this? Eg: 300w, 250w.

    i already have the moniter, mouse, and keyboard and speakers so besides those what am i missing? and most important do my parts match?

    thanks

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    this is a good place to calculate your power usage:
    http://www.jscustompcs.com/power_supply/

    just curious, but any particular reason your getting an intel chip?

    and the dvd burner, im certainly no expert on those, but it sounds kinda expensive, i know the nec 3500 is cheaper than that, and thats a great burner.......

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    if you are getting 800mhz cpu, you would need pc3200 ram to run it at full potential.

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    damn, forgot to ask the most important question: what will you be using it for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheCanuk
    Alrite, im saving up for a new computer. I figure it will run me about 1500.

    so far this is wht i have



    I know im missing a few things like the case, fans and power but thats what i need help with. how much power do i need to run this? Eg: 300w, 250w.

    i already have the moniter, mouse, and keyboard and speakers so besides those what am i missing? and most important do my parts match?

    thanks
    If i were you I'd get and Amd Athlon, an Amd 3000+ @ 2.0ghz can out perform an intel pentium 4 @ 3.0 ghz , and its only 150$ at newegg.com, as intel said , speed of their cpu doesnt calculate performance of the cpu . As someone in the topic stated , you need a good ram atleast 3200 512mb ram, best quality ram could be something like this , http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...220-036&depa=0 , which is considered good for overcloking a cpu, if you are into that. And as for video card, i'd recommend a radeon 9800 , since you are willing to spend 1500$ ...

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    Why don't you look at AMD Athlon 64?

    PC2100 RAM isn't right for that PC. Get at least PC3200.

    Sound card - Doesn't the motherboard have onboard sound?

    Asus CD-ROM - Not needed. The DVD burner does all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Virtualbody1234
    Why don't you look at AMD Athlon 64?

    PC2100 RAM isn't right for that PC. Get at least PC3200.

    Sound card - Doesn't the motherboard have onboard sound?

    Asus CD-ROM - Not needed. The DVD burner does all.

    alrite, thanks im going to refine my choices. the reason i want a new sound card is because i want to be able to turn up the sound settings in games without lag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Virtualbody1234
    Why don't you look at AMD Athlon 64?

    PC2100 RAM isn't right for that PC. Get at least PC3200.

    Sound card - Doesn't the motherboard have onboard sound?

    Asus CD-ROM - Not needed. The DVD burner does all.
    He might wan't multiple drives. You always need atleast 2 drives.

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    You always need atleast 2 drives.
    Why?
    Last edited by Virtualbody1234; 12-22-2004 at 02:02 AM.

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    just incase i want to burn a disc for someone.

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