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I'm dying for a new machine, as you can see from my sig.

 

I've already decided a few things like I'll carry over my 6600GT which means I'll keep it AGP. I've also already picked out the 'Samurai' case I saw on xoxide. Finally, i think i gotta keep it under 500$ from here on in.

 

So that brings me to the rest..

 

-I could go either way on intel or amd. I just want better bang for my buck as far as that goes. the old HT vs 64 question.

 

-I'm pretty clueless as to the difference between a $50mobo and a $150 one. which agp board would you recommend for either an intel or amd box?

 

-I'm a gamer, but I doubt I will have an extreme OC. Will 1GB of valueram (corsair, kingston, or mushkin) cut it? I see it for ~80 on newegg and zipzoomfly all the time.

 

-I'm thinking of a regular IDE HD since theyre so cheap from places like outpost.com. (200GB maxtor for ~$70!)

 

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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go AMD, get more bang for your buck, since your a gamer its the better, cooler, cheaper, and not Intel for your money.

 

Go 939 platform, get an MSI Neo2 motherboard.

 

Valueram can work well.

 

Go for SATA drives, not IDE. SATA can be faster, easier to RAID and its easier to intsall and far as put in the case and connected to cables. just as cheap as IDE.

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get this mobo http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16813130491 "an MSI K8N Neo4-F. if you plan on lookin around more, make sure you get a K8N and not K8T, the N designates an NVIDIA chipset while the T model designates a VIA chipset.

 

for the CPU, i would either get this, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16819103539 AMD Athlon 64 San Diego 3700+.

 

or this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16819103535

AMD Athlon 64 Venice 3200+. the only difference between them is the san diego has double the onboard cache, and its a little faster stock outta the box. but with the Venice chip you could OC it to beat even the San Diego without problems. I personally have the Venice.

 

i would go with a Thermalright XP-90 or 90c for you CPU cooling. and a 92 mm Panaflo fan to put on it. the only difference between the 90 and 90c is that the 90 is aluminum, the 90c is copper. "90c has 1-2 degrees celsius better temps, but is more expensive."

 

 

EDIT: oh wait you want AGP. go with the MSI K8N Neo2 instead of the Neo4. still make sure you find one with an NVIDIA chipset.

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I love my MSI K8N neo2 Plat, but have heard nothing but good things about the DFI board they're mentioning as well. Honestly, I don't think you can go wrong with either.

 

As far as ram, it just depends on how much you plan to OC. If you're not OCing at all, value ram will do great. If you plan on a moderate OC, I'd step up to a midrange ram for $110-130ish roughly. Then if you want to go all out, you can get some really nice TCCD memory for 180ish.

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My OC would be minimal if any. Maybe just 5% or so. Would valueram be able to at least pull that off?

 

I'm just about sold on AMD. I'm probably sold on the neo2 as well, just because I trust the people here at OCC and its a very popular among you guys.

 

How long do you guys think a a64 3000+ venice would stay competitive? or should I just go for the 3200+?

 

What are the comperable intel chips to the a64 3000+?

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alright first off there are better board than the neo 2.... sence your not ocing then value ram will due and same with the stock heatsick. I would go for the 3200+ sence your not overclocking and nothing compairs to intels p4's when it comes to gaming.... O and dont get maxtor.... seagate or wd just beucase iv heard so many stories of them crappin out il get you together a idea of what you could get give me 10 mins. Sata is not neccessary but it might be worth the extra 30 or so for it.

 

mobo

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16813136161

 

cpu

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16819103535

 

psu

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16817104150

 

hd

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16822148033

 

 

you can pick the ram, ect. but thats the basics to something good

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Id go AMD on your new build simply because theyre cheaper for what you get, and you can build a very nice AMD computer on your $500 budget, whereas if you wanted to build an equivalent P4 computer, half of your budget would go toward the processor alone.

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