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#1 Jun 14 2004 at 3:17 PM Rating: Decent
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Hi there,

That's it, my old pc has to go... I'm done with my 1 ghz processor :) sooo... I need a new PC !
I'm gonna build it myself, that's what I did with my old one and I need advices please.
I'd like AMD and MSI. Do you have any advices for a good motherboard and processor minimum 2.5 ghz ?
I also need a good website to buy the components ( USA ).
Budget is around 250 dollars ( RAM not included ).

Thank you
#2 Jun 14 2004 at 4:59 PM Rating: Decent
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#3 Jun 14 2004 at 5:01 PM Rating: Decent
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oh ****...just paste it in the URL box...

www.computergeeks.com
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#4 Jun 14 2004 at 6:01 PM Rating: Decent
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Hey thanks a lot, I'm gonna check it out right now....

edit : yes, I'm gonna paste it lol :)




Edited, Mon Jun 14 19:03:33 2004 by GilgameshAngelic
#5 Jun 15 2004 at 9:58 AM Rating: Decent
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The MSI K7 line is good.

I have a K7N2-L, and it works for me. Not uber, but it is really good.
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#6 Jun 15 2004 at 9:59 AM Rating: Decent
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www.pricewatch.com
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#7 Jun 15 2004 at 10:29 AM Rating: Decent
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www.tigerdirect.com

Kinda expensive but the motherboards and processor combos are really really good...
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#8 Jun 15 2004 at 11:32 AM Rating: Decent
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Ars Technica complete DIY system guide

Ars is an awesome geeky site and their do-it-yourself PC guides are quite comprehensive. All the components are basically the favorites of not only the admins of Ars, who are some hardcore PC enthusiasts in their own right, but also the members of the hardware forums there. My last three computers were all based off whatever the Ars "Hot Rod" system was at the time, with a few little tweaks thrown in by myself. They're also affiliated with Pricewatch and have a link to the shopping engine on their website.
#9 Jun 15 2004 at 12:19 PM Rating: Good
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Http://www.newegg.com

I buy most of my hardware from them. I've never had a problem returning things and they ship Fedex, which tends to be both faster and more dependable than UPS, in my experience.

I'm currently experiencing a **** of a heat problem because I decided to buy an Intel processor. I've been an AMD man for about 10 years...and I guess I got what I deserve for switching.

Anyway, Newegg has taken RMAs on two fans and the processor itself with no problems at all.
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#10 Jun 15 2004 at 1:37 PM Rating: Decent
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That's interesting. From what I've heard, AMDs typically run hotter than Intels. At least, looking at an AMD 2400+ vs an Intel P4 2.4GHz, the Intel will probably run a couple degrees cooler. The newer Athlon 64s will run at least as cool, if not cooler, than comparable Intel chips though.
#11 Jun 15 2004 at 3:41 PM Rating: Good
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I bought an Intel 3.0E and tried 3 different cooling fans. I've never had a problem getting a decent cooling solution using just air. I don't OC and prefer a good stable system to one that can post high numbers but is a little spastic. But the lowest temp I managed to sustain on this CPU was 60 degrees Celcius at an idle. While that's not quite dangerous levels, I'm sure it would reduce the life of the CPU drastically. Plus, imagine if I wanted to actually use it for something. I RMA'd that baby as soon as I was convinced that the problem was not the heatsink/fan. The replacement should be here on the 17th. If it doesn't do any better, I may send back the board and CPU and go back to familiar ground with AMD.
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#12 Jun 15 2004 at 10:07 PM Rating: Decent
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if you look at the prescott chips their thermals are out of control ..... now old days with northwood chips they were not that bad at all ... In terms of AMD with their new cooling system on the 64 they are handleing heat quite well
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