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will you check my specs for a new pc

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by spruce, Nov 22, 2004.

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  1. spruce

    spruce Thread Starter

    Mar 2, 2003
    I went to the local pc shop and asked him to build me an athlon 64 3000.This is what he remends.
    amd a64-3000,1.8g SKT754
    major ddr 333 512mb
    w digital 120gig 7200rpm 2mb
    panasonic 1,44 [do i need this]
    sapphire ati r9200se 128 mb
    benq dvd-writer 16x/8x-
    benq 56x cd-rom
    antec smartpower w/400 ps
    I know nothing about these specs. Can you let me know if its any good.
    All this for 1000 cdn, Thanks
  2. gotrootdude


    Feb 19, 2003
    The motherboard is a socket 754, which is the older interface style. You'd be better off getting a socket 939 motherboard which would run about the same in terms of cost. The 3000+ Athlon64 is available for both socket types.

    The other problem is the 9200SE. Avoid this card at all cost. It has only half the memory pipelines (64bit) of the 9200 (128bit) and isn't worth buying. If you must buy a low end vid card due to budget, buy a FX5200 instead. While around the same cost, it supports DX9 whereas the 9200 supports DX8. Optimally, choose a slower cpu and get a decent card such as a 9800pro. If you decide to go with a slower cpu in order to get a decent card, I'd wait until Q4 / Q1 of next year (when AMD releases 939 semprons) and get a socket 939 3100+ sempron so that you keep the 939 socket mobo for future upgrades. You can upgrade the cpu later on up to the 4000+ during the following year as the price falls.

    I'd recommend keeping the 1.44 drive. That motheboard supports Raid 0-1 and you'll need the floppy drive to load the drivers for it if you ever decide to set up the Raid feature. If you change boards to get a socket 939 variety, I'd make sure the other one supports Raid as well, so keep the floppy.
  3. Triple6

    Triple6 Moderator

    Dec 26, 2002
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    I totally agree with gotrootdude on his assessment.

    You can also drop the 56X CD-ROM as you'll probably find you'll never use it and it will save you a few dollars.
  4. spruce

    spruce Thread Starter

    Mar 2, 2003
    Now you have me wandering what is wrong with 9200se
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