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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-08-2003, 07:48 AM Thread Starter
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I have about $800 to spend, I might be able to scrounge up some more. I need to build a computer for home, to be used for drafting. I will be running AutoCAD 2004, 2002, and 2000. I will also be running a program used in my Industry called Autoquotes. It tends to be a memory hog, like AutoCAD. I would also like to play games from time to time. I want it to be as fast as possible, without spending way too much money. Also, this be be built from scratch, I don't even have a case I can use. I do have a monitor, but I need to get Windows XP Pro. Can any of you provide part numbers, or what you suggest as far as hardware? TIA. I have heard that if I use AMD, it would me much cheaper than Intel. IS AMD as reliable or more reliable than Intel?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-08-2003, 10:21 AM
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order everything online via pricwatch.com, and you cant go wrong, you can build a killer system for $800, we build servers for less then $400 that can do what you want.
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order everything online via pricwatch.com, and you cant go wrong, you can build a killer system for $800, we build servers for less then $400 that can do what you want.
This is what I have come up with so far.

Motherboard--- Asus A7N8X Deluxe Socket A $139.99
Processor-------AMD 2500+ $83 with fan Can i Get a better one for not much more?
Vid Card is XFX GeForce TI4200 128MB DDR $99.99
Hard Drive--- SeaCrest 120 GB 7200/8MB $114.99
CDRW- some off the wall shit for $29.99
And I am getting a gig of PC2100 memory for $80 from a friend.
XP Pro Upgrade is $99


Which brings me to a total of 698.94
All prices are from Tiger Direct.com

Does this sound like a good deal and do you think it will be fast enough?

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You are getting a 333 FSB board, 333 FSB processor and going to put 266 memory with it. Get some 2700 (333mhz)
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You are getting a 333 FSB board, 333 FSB processor and going to put 266 memory with it. Get some 2700 (333mhz)
True, get 2700.

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I will get some 2700 later on. I am kind of maxxed out on what I can spend right now. This is just going to get me running to do some school work right now. I will upgrade in a month or so.
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You are getting a 333 FSB board, 333 FSB processor and going to put 266 memory with it. Get some 2700 (333mhz)
I thought I had read somewhere that the board can run at 400 FSB when used with a 400 FSB processor
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I thought I had read somewhere that the board can run at 400 FSB when used with a 400 FSB processor
Oops, it is a 400. Which the new question is why are you putting a 333 FSB Barton in it
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Oops, it is a 400. Which the new question is why are you putting a 333 FSB Barton in it
Well, it can run a 266, 333, or 400 fsb with a 400 fsb processor and a BIOS update. I am using the AMD 2500+ with the barton care, because I have read reviews and everyone says that the barton runs better than the old thoroughbred. Also, I am on a budget. I will upgrade to a 400 fsb processor in a few months. Actually, in about six months or so I would like to get a new motherboard, and one of the new Athlon XP 64 bit processors. But right now, it is over my budget. I just HAVE to get something running so I can do my lessons, and stuff from home. My budget is $800, so if you know of a better processor that I could use that will fit in there, please let me know.
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