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  1. Option # 1 $87.00 mushkin 184-Pin 512MB DDR PC-3200, Model 991366 - Retail $139.99 One Day Sale, Ends 3/1/2005 5:30 PM PST DFI "LANPARTY UT nF4 Ultra-D" NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra Chipset Motherboard For AMD Socket 939 CPU -RETAIL $155.00 AMD Athlon 64 3000+, 512KB L2 Cache, Socket 939 64-bit Processor - Retail $99.00 SAPPHIRE ATI RADEON X600 PRO Video Card, 128MB DDR, 128-Bit, DVI/TV-Out, PCI Express, Model "587L" -RETAIL Lite Box Option # 2 $148 Athlon 64 3000 $143 MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum $69 Crucial 512MB PC3200 $0 Sapphire Radeon 9800 Pro (reason it is $0, I already have it) Ok, this is my thinking. The X600 would do the job on some games for a while, it may not be not top performer but it would get the PCI-e video card to get the system up and going. Also, I take it that motherboard can still be modified to make it a SLI ? Worse case scenario, I end up selling the Radeon 9800 pro since I am not sure how much the son will be gaming (he is 12 and he still thinks in the "Gamecube/PS2" frame of mind where he needs a control pad and can't grasp the idea of using a keyboard mouse combo.) I am leaning towards option # 1 due to the PCI-e having room to grow. The AGP is more or less topped out by the 9800 Pro. RAM - as long as I can get some decent RAM that will work, I will worry about getting better RAM a little further down the road.
  2. Well, it looks like I am going to get the MSI Neo2 Platinum for the motherboard. I may not be able to get it right away but.... if the DFI socket 939 comes out before I can get the Neo2, I will get the DFI. Thanks guys for the info and advice. I (like most everyone else) had hoped to hear that the socket 939 was coming out soon, but.... so be it.
  3. Since I am going to be getting a blue case and you and Rgone said the Fortron or the OCZ, and right here you said the Forton, that confirms it is Fortron for me.
  4. I know what you mean. Sometimes I get frustrated with myself with how long I take to make a decision. I still claim if I won the lottery I would buy parts and build a system a week and either donate it somewhere or sell it even for a loss.
  5. The main reason why I went with DFI at first was the look of the board. I wanted to get a case with a window. I am considering going with the Socket 754 DFI board and pass that one down to my wife in a year or so. The crazy thing, when I get to contemplating these upgrades I look into it for a month or two before I make a decision. :nod:
  6. I have been contemplating that as well. The main reason I went with DFI on the LAN Party NFII I have was it looked cool. Once I found enough people were saying it performed well, then I made the jump. This board has been rock solid. That is why I want to get the Socket 939 one coming up.
  7. The laser is a guarantee. MX1000 probably being ordered tomorrow.
  8. Experience does count more than anything as far as I am concerned... BUT.... in the job hunting market, if you got the cert on your resume, it does throw you a little advantage over someone who doesn't have the cert. If you are applying for a job and you have no experience and an A+ cert, and three other people have no experience and no cert, it will lean towards you. My moral to the story..... Certs do play a role in the job hunting scheme of things, it is all for the HR people. Once you get past the HR people into an interview with the real tech people, THEN the cert did pay off. Don't get me wrong, I do agree with having the experience AND the word of mouth, but in the professional world, the experience ALONG WITH the cert is where it is at.
  9. Honestly AG, you don't have to push DFI on me. My success with the LAN Party board I have was enough to push DFI on me. I took the plunge on the NFII LAN Party rev A that I have and was very impressed. Since I have had that board I have built three other systems for other people all using the NFII Infinity board and they have not complained once. I dig DFI. I would rather get a DFI. I feel comfortable with DFI. When I saw the one picture somewhere online of the Socket 939, I thought that was the way for me because it still has AGP. It all started when I asked someone over in AMDMB forums if they thought it was possible to find an Athlon XP 3200, Logitech MX 1000, and a Cooler Master Jet7 HSF for $250. Their response was "Why don't you get this Chaintech board with an Athlon 64 2800 for $175" That opened my eyes a little and got me to investigating making the Athlon 64 jump. I have no desire to overclock. Maybe if I build up a Linux server out of the NFII Infinity board I have I might. But for my gaming machine, I tend to steer away from it.
  10. In regards to.... CPU Purchased at Ebay was a small thought. I do TRULY believe in the "Buyer beware" statement and the actual chance of it being bought from Ebay are microscopic RAM What you had listed was a little too much out of my price range Case This is the one... click here Video Understand about the PCI-e's and it does make sense. I would ALMOST prefer not to sell the 9800 Pro since I am also building one for the son (he inherits my parts) and would like to pass the 9800 Pro down to him in about another year. Motherboard I will wait another month or two. This will give me a chance to either get the other stuff I want to get first while saving up for the new board and CPU or give me a chance to decide on which other board to get. I am still leaning towards Socket 939. There was this Gigabyte board combo deal with a Athlon 64 3000 processor for $230. I take forever to make up my mind when it gets down to it.
  11. I took A+ back in 2000 and passed. I had plenty of experience at home and at work. I did study some study guides and stuff like that. If you know what you are doing when it comes to building and troubleshooting a system, no, do not get that. Go out and get a A+ Certification for Dummies or a quiz book. If you are brand new jumping into the whole thing, yeah, get those books. Those books do seem for the novice, the "Paper A+ Certified Technician". I guess it all depends how much you want the Micro-Scope program and how much it normally costs. A guy I worked with at a differant job was the "Paper Certified A+ Technician". The other guys I worked with told me one of them changed the wallpaper on his computer to a bitmap that said "Phil's Computer". It took him 15 minutes to figure out how to change the background. :shake: :shake:
  12. Processor Athlon 64 3000 or 3200 <------ (THINKING about trying to get one from Ebay) Motherboard DFI Socket 939 LAN Party board coming up (with the AGP) RAM ______________ <----- help me fill in the blank but keep in mind, I am a married man and I can't get some serious high end $$$$$ RAM, I want something good and reasonably priced, starting with 512 Meg Heat sink THERMALRIGHT XP-90 Heatsink Mouse Logitech MX1000 <----- may be getting this soon since there is a wait for the motherboard to come out Power supply Fortron Blue Storm 500W <------- like you guys suggested Case RAIDMAX Blue 10-Bay ATX Mid-Tower Case <-------- will not use the power supply coming with it, will put that in another system to build up a Linux box at home Video card Sapphire Radeon 9800 Pro <----- already have had for 8 months or so... still got some more time on it... unless someone could tell me one of the PCI-e cards for $100 to $150 will perform as good, maybe even better.
  13. Well, currently this is what I have.... Athlon XP 1800 Antec True Power 420 Watt DFI NFII LAN Party PC2100 512 Meg (generic) I am considering getting the Socket 939 when it comes out. Upon that, my son inherits the NFII LAN Party board. It was also a consideration for me to get a new case, something like this for a case The signature will be changed later tonight.
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