I am interested in building a gaming pc

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dragonlord

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Like the guy who posted Aug 31 with last post Sept 3

I am interested in building a gaming pc and am looking at beginning with a so called Gamers Barebone starting at $349. It is a Xaser Thermalake Case w/Window, 420 watt SS, Temp adjustments (fan controls), Temp Display, 2 usb 2.0 & IEEE 1394 firewire. The system board that is offered withit is a FIC AU13 AMD, nVidia nForce2 SPP-128 + MCP-T 33/266/200 Mhz. FSB, etc

I prefer AMD due to price. The Pentium Guy's system is way to rich for me (wish I could afford) and I need AMD products. Also a Good Monitor, since I know very little about them.

First, Is this okay? To behind? Price any good? Anything better lower price?

Next, with 400, 533, & 800 FSB NOW out what & where could I get a case for the same set up, with all the fans and airflow, cooling? What price?

I want to get a case set up and motherboard that will not be to far behind the times so to speak, that I can increase as my income does without having to start all over again but just change a little here and there without being to far behind the rest of the world. In otherwords I do not want my base set up to be a dinosaur in 2 weeks :) or months :) or year, you get the point.

Last, could anyone give me an idea and break down of a system such as this piece by piece for a good price & quality, that I can add one piece at a time as I get the money?

Example:
Nice setup Case like this
System Board
CPU
HD
Vid Card
Snd Card
etc.

And where the best prices to look to get each piece.


I know, I know I read the one that was posted on 8/31, good stuff but I need a little bit more specifics please. Especially on this case I am lloking at and the MB. I think I should get at least 400/533? But the price????

Thanks

DL
 

dragonlord

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I need the help on the AMD side of things like the guy with the Pentium set up message but for AMD. I read several guides and understand the basics, I believe. My main issuses are this case and mb, and higher 400,533,800 - I want the first 2 pieces to be very up to date, not most expensive/cutting edge mind you, but expandable and upgradable enough to hang with the the top end middle of the pack.
 
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Any ATX motherboard will fit in an ATX case. Just about all P4 and AMD Athlon motherboards use the ATX form factor, so if you get a new motherboard, you won't have to worry about getting a new case.

As RSM123 said, those FSB's are only for Intel processors, not AMD. AMD's run at 266, 333, and (sometimes) 400. The 266's use the Athlon XP Palomino or Thoroughbred core, the 333's and 400's use the AthlonXP Barton core. The Bartons, obviously, are much more expensive, so if you need to save money, just get a thoroughbred core, you won't notice that much of a performance increase with a Barton of equal speed.
 
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