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I'm Building a PC and wonder if these components are any good

by Dell_Dude / March 20, 2004 1:29 AM PST

I'm about to build a computer soon and I'm wondering if these components are any good. Here they are:

Case: eBuyer ATX Midtower Case
Motherboard: Soyo SY-KT600 Dragon Plus v1.0
Processor: AMD Athlon XP 2800+ (2.08 GHz)
Memory: Kingston ValueRAM 512 MB PC3200
Graphics Card: Gigabyte Radeon 9200 (128 MB)
Sound Card: Turtle Beach Santa Cruz
Hard Drive: Samsung SP1604N (160 GB)
Optical Drive: Lite-On LTC-48161H 48x24x48+16x DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo drive
Floppy Drive: Alps DF354H068F

I would appreciate any comments anyone has about these parts. And also, because my drives and sound card are OEM, could anyone point me to good prices on retail kits of those? I would really appreciate it. Thanks.

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Re:I'm Building a PC and wonder if these components are any good
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 20, 2004 1:58 AM PST

Looks like a value machine that will run most things. The 9200 video card is near the bottom of http://www6.tomshardware.com/graphic/20031229/ but will still run most games.

I would not skimp on the power supply any day of the week with 450 Watt PSU's that are very cheap and gives you some headroom to stay out of trouble.

Bob

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Re:I'm Building a PC and wonder if these components are any good
by Russel_Mac / March 22, 2004 9:45 PM PST

Hi Dell_dude
Your config looks great.Just make sure you have sufficient cooling of the CPU.Don't buy anything less than Radeon 9600.Also go for a 19' monitor(flat screen)
and 5.1 channel speakers.

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Re:I'm Building a PC and wonder if these components are any good
by Dell_Dude / March 26, 2004 11:58 PM PST

Well, thanks for the advice, but I'm trying to keep the price under 650 so I can get the monitor I want (a 17-inch LCD from Northgate) and Windows XP Pro. Though 5.1-channel speakers sound good, I have never really been a fan of putting a set of speakers like that on a computer for some reason, so speakers built into the monitor or a pair of Creative SBS speakers will do me jst fine. But thanks for the advice.

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Flat Screen vs. CRT...

If you don't care much about graphics, a flat screen will do fine. But if you do care about graphics youy cannot beat a good CRT! If you look at any company that is working with graphics, none would have a flat screen. Of course, if you want to save space an LCD is very good too. But personally I wouldn't change my ViewSonic P95+ (19") for any LCD at the moment. They will improve by the time, but as of now, I doubt that ther are any LCDs that can compete with a CRT when it comes to graphics at least, unless you are willing to pay a couple of grands for it of course...

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Re:I'm Building a PC and wonder if these components are any good

Looks pretty good, just keep in mind that none of us can tell you what you want. One of the nice things about building a computer is that you get to make the computer the way you like it at every corner. For example, a frequent gamer would want good video and sound cards, while am office worker would want a good processor for running heavy applications like powerpoiny. So if that's what you want, then its perfectly fine.

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