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sledgehammer2
07-20-2004, 06:37 PM
My old slow P3 1gig system just bit the dust a few weeks ago. I have not been able to fly at all. Rather than spend money to get it running again I have decided to just put it all towards the new system I have been saving for for several months. Here is what I know I want...

a CPU that is at least 3Gig.
FSB of 800.
ATI Radeon 9800 Pro.
at least 1 gig of RAM.
40 gig hard-drive.
Windows XP.

My knwowledge level is not that good. I am interested in the AMD processors and have been reading about them. My primary use for this machine is to run FB/AEP//PF on Perfect seetings if possible.

Which AMD processor would be best? I need to keep cost around $1000 if at all possible. Can anyone help me "build" the rest of this machine? Also, where could I see some good articles on the net to help educate me on all this? I appreciate the help!

Regards,
sledgehammer2

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sledgehammer2
07-20-2004, 06:37 PM
My old slow P3 1gig system just bit the dust a few weeks ago. I have not been able to fly at all. Rather than spend money to get it running again I have decided to just put it all towards the new system I have been saving for for several months. Here is what I know I want...

a CPU that is at least 3Gig.
FSB of 800.
ATI Radeon 9800 Pro.
at least 1 gig of RAM.
40 gig hard-drive.
Windows XP.

My knwowledge level is not that good. I am interested in the AMD processors and have been reading about them. My primary use for this machine is to run FB/AEP//PF on Perfect seetings if possible.

Which AMD processor would be best? I need to keep cost around $1000 if at all possible. Can anyone help me "build" the rest of this machine? Also, where could I see some good articles on the net to help educate me on all this? I appreciate the help!

Regards,
sledgehammer2

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WTE_Galway
07-20-2004, 06:54 PM
you will be lucky to find a 40Gb hard disk these days

also make sure the hard disk is a SATA disk they are far faster

also .. I wouldnt worry too much about the 64 bit Athlon yet just get the fastest normal Athlon you can afford

GT182
07-20-2004, 07:11 PM
Bigger is better so go with a minimun 80gig HDD. "You'll be glad you did". http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

I recently purchased a Western Digital 120gig HDD from BestBuy for 119.99 with a $50 rebate, so you can't go wrong there I'd say. The rebates and prices change every-so-often at BestBuy, so check to see if they have other brands now with rebates.

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sledgehammer2
07-20-2004, 07:20 PM
Ok,

80 gig HD is no problem. Actually I really don't have that much preference there. If the AMD processor is the way to go does that dictate what mobo I need? ANt websites that I could peruse that would help me learn? Thanks.

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Bearcat99
07-20-2004, 07:56 PM
Take your time and you may be able to get a 120G HD for around the price of a 80G one. You may not need that space noiw but it is better to have it and not need it than to need it andnot have it. If I were upgrading now Id gowitn a AMD64 setup and a 9800XT minimum. !G Ram... I highly recommend the ASUS board I forgot the name of it but it is the ione with the Nvidia soundstorm chipset.. that way you wont have to worry about your sound card. Look here (http://www.pricewatch.com/)

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dannnyjos
07-20-2004, 07:58 PM
3 Websites that should get you up to speed on computer stuff are:

www.tomshardware.com (http://www.tomshardware.com)
www.anandtech.com (http://www.anandtech.com)
www.hardocp.com (http://www.hardocp.com)
www.hardwareforums.com (http://www.hardwareforums.com)

Just to name a few. For the Motherboard, you could try this one, which has what you need and probably more (including SATA):

http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproductdesc.asp?description=13-131-498&DEPA=0

And yes, get at least 80GB on your HD and a AMD 3200+ processor. Everything else on your list looks fine. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

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zombie-9
07-20-2004, 08:11 PM
Slege i was in your same boat a few months back. And after posting here i decided to order An ABS built comp. Let me tell you what i got for $1090.00 (including shipping)AMD Athlon3000 -Radeon 9800 pro128 -1024 ram-1oo gig Maxtor hard drive-and one bad *** looking case. The wiring is beautiful through the glass. I'm glad i posted here before i bought because i was going to spend more on stuff i didn't need. Buy for your gameing and not just to have a fast PC. I run Il2 in perfect with no problems at all. ABS free lifetime support also! Check them out at www.buyabs.com (http://www.buyabs.com) can't hurt! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

LeChuck59
07-20-2004, 08:18 PM
I don't know what your budget is and so I can't say whether that sounds good or not.

I can say that a 3ghz processor with an 800mhz fsb isn't necessarily the best option because it sounds like you're locked on a P4.

I recently put together a new computer and I went with an AMD Athlon XP Mobile 2500+ which I overclocked to 2.6ghz. This was the first computer I had put together from scratch and I picked this cpu because it is so easy to overlock. The resulting performance, coupled with a gig of Mushkin Level One DDR400 ram is approximately equal (according to Sandra Sisoftware test) to a hyperthreading 3.2ghz P4 (hyperthreading is how the the P4 achieves that 800mhz fsb).

Anyway, if I was putting together a new machine now, I'd consider an Athlon 64. They're relatively affordable now and they'll last you longer than either my Athlon XP or a hyperthreading P4.

I'm only touching the tip of the iceberg here with my suggestions, but the essential point is that 3 ghz @ 800fsb shouldn't be set in stone. The A64 chips available all clock in under 3 ghz, but they're much faster than a similarly clocked P4.

It's just something to consider.

Don't get fixated on numbers. Look at performance. Dannyjob linked several fantastic sites with many benchmarks.

Good luck.

zombie-9
07-20-2004, 08:19 PM
Me again i got the same board as Bearcat so i could save money on the sound card.For some reason my sound was fuzzy so i called support and they fixed it but a day later it was back. So i called again and boom they sent me a free audigy 5.1 sound card no Q's asked! Believe me it's not the best but it was damn good cust. service http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/11.gif

sledgehammer2
07-20-2004, 08:35 PM
Hi guys and thanks for the help do far - I am not locked on a P4. To be completely honest I think I prefer AMD, but I am not as familiar with their stuff and that is why this thread is so much help!

Keep'em coming!
Cheers,
sledgehammer2

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sledgehammer2
07-20-2004, 08:40 PM
LeChuck,

Specifically which AMD 64 do you recommend? The 3200 or 3400?

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sledgehammer2
07-20-2004, 08:43 PM
I was looking on the Tom's Hardware site linked above I see several AMD 64s.

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