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My project

  1. May 7, 2004 #1

    wolram

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    this is a list of parts i plan to use in my new pc what do you think?
    asus a7n-8x-x n- vidia motherboard
    amd anthlon xp2500 plus 333 fsb
    akasa silver mountain heavy duty fan
    2 sticks pc2100 ddr dimm memory
    60 gb hitachi deskstar 7k250 7200rpm ide hdd
    screwless midi tower 350 watt psu
    i havent decided on other bits yet.
     
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  3. May 7, 2004 #2
    What are you planning on doing with it? If the use is going to be text intensive, I would make a DVI LCD a priority. FYI, recently I have seen Dell's 1600x1200 DVI LCD displays for sale brand new and refurbished on eBay for very low $$.
     
  4. May 7, 2004 #3

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    Wolram, not to pick on you, but it is Athlon, not anthlon as you keep on typing.

    How much memory are you using? You only state 2 sticks of pc2100 ddr. Also, are you going to be using the on-board video and sound or are you going to get separate cards?
     
  5. May 7, 2004 #4

    wolram

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    ohh my, i dont care about video and sound, i just want the ultimate
    for web browsing,down loading, i am such a tyro, please forgive my
    incompitence, i do try ,but the computer age has passed me bye.
     
  6. May 7, 2004 #5
    If your just cruising the net why don't you look at Via Epia boards? You can slap together a 1GHz system that doesn't need a cooling fan, uses almost no energy, and fits in a 7"x7"x2" enclosure. You can do this pretty cheaply too. Personally if I were to build a web-centric computer I'd go with an Epia 10000M system. Oh, these also have onboard S-video and composite video out if you're into that sort'a thing.

    http://www.mini-itx.com/

    My 2 cents.
     
  7. May 8, 2004 #6

    wolram

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    If your just cruising the net why don't you look at Via Epia boards? You can slap together a 1GHz system that doesn't need a cooling fan, uses almost no energy, and fits in a 7"x7"x2" enclosure. You can do this pretty cheaply too. Personally if I were to build a web-centric computer I'd go with an Epia 10000M system. Oh, these also have onboard S-video and composite video out if you're into that sort'a thing.
    thanks FAUST9 i will start again.
     
  8. May 8, 2004 #7

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    If all your going to do is web browse check out that T-Cube on the page. Imagine a beowulf cluster of those.
     
  9. May 11, 2004 #8
    Hey, if all you plan to do is surf the web, type a letter now and then check out this deal:

    tigerdirect Celeron 2.6 deal

    I bought this deal and put it together for what I found to be an awesome system. You will still need the case, hard drive, CD rom drive, floppy drive (if you want one) and an operating system, but the audio is awesome and the 8x AGP will allow you to play some games. The 256 MB 266 DDR ram is enough to do the type of computing you mentioned (You can increase it if you want.) The motherboard is super and can handle future upgrades in memory and CPU. I put the whole thing together (I only had a CD ROM drive from an old computer, everthing else was new) for about $300.00 (US) after rebates.
     
  10. May 11, 2004 #9

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    thanks for all the advice but-----------
    well I'm going to build my own pc for the experience
    if nothing else, i can always find uses for the facilities
    i build in. so i have orded these parts to date.

    asus a7n 8x n vidia 8x MB
    amd k7 athlon xp 2500 pluss333fsb cpu
    512mb pc2100 266 ddr dimm memory
    120gb hitachi gxp180 8mb cache 7200rpm ide hdd
    screwless midi tower 350w psu
    akasa ak824 cub xp3000+app copper fan

    i haven't decided on cd rom, floppy dd etc yet,
    i hope i have a basis for everything i could ever
    want of a pc, any advice about this build?
     
  11. May 12, 2004 #10
    Sounds like a great system. You should put in at least one case fan while you're at it. They are fairly cheap and will help keep your components cooler.

    You will also need a video card of some sort. Your motherboard has an AGP slot but no onboard video (it does have onboard sound though).
     
  12. May 12, 2004 #11

    wolram

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    Artman
    this is where i need help, what is a good video card
    and can you suggest a good quiet case fan?
    as i dont need a top range vido card, i was thinking
    the 256mb galaxy fx5500xt 8x, or similar price range.
     
    Last edited: May 12, 2004
  13. May 12, 2004 #12
    You can spend as much on your video card as you did on the rest of your system. But judging by the type of use you said you were planning to do, you may want to consider somthing like the one in the tigerdirect deal I listed above.
    inexpensive 8xAGP card

    It's not cutting edge, but it takes advantage of 8x AGP (which your motherboard is supposed to support) and it has 64MB of DDR Ram and dual RAMDAC. Great for the price (five people rated it five stars).

    As for the fan, I found this one in the same site:

    Quiet fan

    It's rated at only 21 dBA as opposed to 32 dBA for most others.

    I personally have an Antec it seems quiet to me but it is rated at 30 dBA so I guess the 21 dBA should be very quiet.

    Someone else make some suggestions here, I'm fairly new to building my own computer (just finished mine last week), but I've been upgrading my own for several years.
     
  14. May 12, 2004 #13

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    thanks for ideas Artman, oh a quite fan, its strange but
    once you notice the noise from a fan it gets worse.
     
  15. May 12, 2004 #14
    This seems like a good choice to me. More up to date than the PNY and not too bad a price. You could do most games with that.
     
  16. May 12, 2004 #15

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    thanks artman, i have ordered one, the case fan is
    a problem i cant find a uk supplier, i will keep looking.
     
  17. May 13, 2004 #16
    Here is a quiet fan at a UK supplier.
    24 dBA fan at UK supplier

    Not sure about the supplier's reputation or anything, but the fan seems decent. (Kind of cool with the multicolor LED).
     
  18. May 13, 2004 #17

    wolram

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    thanks Artman
    the case ,MB, cpu, mem and cpu fan came today.
    the MB mountings are weird, i have "keyholes" in
    the mounting tray, and what they call, "sliding steel stands",
    that seem to be a push fit into the MB mounting holes,
    and just two pre mounted stand ofs with threads
    to screw the MB onto.
     
  19. May 13, 2004 #18
    Yeah, I had about 6 brass screw in standoffs and the rest were tose plastic push in things. Have fun with your cool stuff! :smile:
     
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  21. May 22, 2004 #20
    Wolram,
    Why are you accepting a top fsb speed of 266MHz by going with PC2100 memory, is it because of motherboard limitations?
    I'd recommend considering a move up to PC2700 so you can take full advantage of the fsb speed the 2500 is capable of operating at.
    My 0.02
     
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