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Thinking of getting myself a SUPER COMPUTER!!!!!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by PeteBaines, Jan 26, 2002.

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  1. PeteBaines

    PeteBaines Guest Thread Starter

    What would people reccomend, it would be a computer used for gaming, i am not sure what to use, AMD, P4 or these NORTHWOOD's!!!!SD-Ram - DD-ram, So much Choice! Could people please help me decide on what to put in it!!!!!

    I have a budget of £800 (UK POUNDS)

    I dont need to buy things like motherboards, mouse, keyboard etc. just what is actully in the case.

    Thanx for ya help!!!!!
  2. TechChick


    Dec 31, 2001
    Um, you can't have a computer without a motherboard. Have you ever built a computer before?
  3. PeteBaines

    PeteBaines Guest Thread Starter

    I know you can't have a computer without a mother board, but if i first figure out what proccessor i will use, then look for mobo's and see if they support the kind of ram i am lookin at.

    No i havent built a computer before
  4. brianF


    Dec 2, 1999
  5. PeteBaines

    PeteBaines Guest Thread Starter

    thanx very much, i shall read this carefully!
  6. John Hale

    John Hale

    May 30, 2001
    I am a gamer, and have built about 10 systems. My recent gamer system is a

    Asus P4t mobo with Intel 850 chipset for pc800 memory( 845 chipset if you only need pc100/133)
    P4 1.7 gHz processor 423
    1 gigbyte Rambus 800 memory
    40 gig hard drive, 7200 rpm
    V 4 4500 3DFX graphics card/ or Asus V8200 GeForce 3 Deluxe
    DSL (or ISDN) for online playing
    networking card
    56x cdrom-dvd-writer
    Thrustmaster Fox Pro 2 USB Joystick
    MS Optical mouse
    Viewsonic 17" monitor (recomend 19")
    Good headphones from Radio Shack (yes, they have some real good ones there at a good price)
    Soundblaster Live X-Gamer sound card
    Labtec speaker system w/woofer
    Antec SX830-840 Workstation tower case with 5 cooling fans
    500 watt power supply for P4 systems.
    (some mobos have 3.3v and 1.3v agp slots for video, so make sure video card is going to work on that mobo, mine does and it is a 3.3v)
    WINDOWS 98se (not XP!! Too many driver problems)
    And then you have to do some tweaking here and there for max performance.

    It is a real screamer.
  7. gethedge


    Jan 21, 2002
    I would assume he meant that he already had a computer he is upgrading, therefore didn't need to buy everything. It should be noted, though, that a new motherboard will be neciary to improve processor speed. ;) Your current sound, usb, graphics, network, etc cards should be retainable, unless you want to upgrade the graphics for gaming or something.
  8. deuce


    May 26, 2001
    Historically, AMD is better for gaming... although I haven't used the Northwoods yet and they haven't been out long enough for people to figure this stuff out. Unlike the 423pin and the 470pin P4, the P4 Northwood looks like it will be an awsome processor. The two previous P4s are good, but are supposed to be nothing like the Northwood. If you have the money for it, I would suggest the Northwood. However, the Northwoods start at I think 2.2 Ghz, so I imagine they are expensive. (maybe £200 or so) It has been rumored (and I do say rumored) that the Northwoods can be expected to exceed 10 Ghz in speed. :D :D

    For the P4 Northwood...
    2.2 Ghz P4 Northwood
    MSI, ASUS or ABIT motherboard with an Intel 850 chipset
    512 mb RDRam
    Windows Xp Pro
    AGP (4x or Pro) 64 mb DDR video card (ATI or geForce3)
    Creative Soundblaster Audigy Platinum
    3Com ethernet card
    40, 60 or 80 GB Western Digital hard drive (or Maxtor if you get a mobo w/ATA-133)
    MS Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer
    Creative 5.1 speaker system w/sub
    Aluminum mid or full tower case w/at least 1 case fan
    550 or 600W power supply
    17" ViewSonic A45f (or the 19" version is very good too if you want to go with a 19" monitor)

    For AMD...
    Substite all of that with...
    1900+ XP cpu
    kt266 chipset
    512 mb DDR SDRam
    at least 3 case fans (2 pushing out 1 pulling in) and a really good cpu fan

    Trimming down
    To save costs...
    256 mb RDRam/DDR SDRam (P4 Northwood/AMD, respectively)
    40 GB WD HD
    XP Home (many limitations though!!)
    Good quality generic ethernet
    SB Audigy Gamer
    MS IntelliMouse Explorer (as opposed to the Wireless one)
    500W power supply
    Almuminun midtower
    17" Viewsonic A45f
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