View Full Version : My little Hardware Questions

June 10th, 2006, 12:42 AM
Case (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811145047)
Mobo (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131578R)
Proc (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819116224) (no more Celeron D, steered from that quickly for a more expensive P4 peopel claim runs well for gaming.)
DDR2 Ram (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820227057) (one 512 to start, I'll get a gig stick eventually to match)
Graphics Card 7300GS (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814145127) (Looks pretty bad *** for the price, no?)
Hard Drive (80gb) (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822148107) (I don't need a 250 or anything right off... I'm living on a 30g now, so I'll manage. I'll get a 250 one day and set it up on a raid or something.)
Disc Drive (CDRW/DVD) (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827200005)
Speakers (2.1) (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16836151047)
XXX.XX (Removed because I had to temporarily take off the modem.) Minus Shipping... Not bad at all. Fairly good machine too =) Still need to worry about the monitor though... still looking for any tips.

Just noticed the MoBo is 'Open Box' so it doesn't come with the default cables... I can get them easily enough though, ah'thank you radio shack.

Alright after poking around I realized... DERR This motherboard doesn't even have a Serial port! so, no serial modem...

June 10th, 2006, 01:19 AM
Hate to double post but really looking for some help don't want to fall into the back pages ;)

Dr. Nick
June 10th, 2006, 01:27 AM
Ill help you back up to the top aswell :)

The 64bit processor isnt a big deal now. It will run 32bit apps fine if you have a 32bit OS

I have a amd 64 and was using 64bit ubuntu, but at that time things like flash and w32codecs were unavaible for 64bit, not sure the current situation. But your 64bit should run 32bit ubuntu and all programs fine.

The celeD isnt your run of the mill celeron, you want to avoid celeron if possible. They are fine chips, just not for the real performance minded people.

That system looks pretty good to me.

June 10th, 2006, 01:44 AM
Yea thats what I had in mind about the Celeron... But my selection of affordable Procs with decent reviews it really limited... Other then the Proc right now I'm pretty happy with the choices. I'll work on finding a better one that tolerated this mobo. My only real specification is that this mobo accepts it and it's under or around 100$ (again veeeeery limited price wise... I'll upgrade later though, this motherboard looks pretty tolerant.)

June 10th, 2006, 01:53 AM
Alright Updated the proc on the first post to a nice P4 (by nice I mean fairly cheap with 4/5 ish ratings in reviews, a few claim it's great for gaming as well with overclocking potential.)

June 10th, 2006, 01:55 AM
could you not go for a amd for that at all because personally i would spend a bit more on the cpu as that is probally going to be the thing you have for years.

June 10th, 2006, 02:06 AM
I didn't really plan on AMD, though I do like trying new things, Intels my old baby I just have some kind of strange bias. And I know I'll be eaten alive around here for sayign that mos of you guys are probably AMD junkies =P

what I'm really after now is a 56k internal modem that will work out of the box... Other then the Video card I'm looking for as much out of the box hardware as possible.

Picked an external seral modem that should work(?) See first post.

Dr. Nick
June 10th, 2006, 08:07 AM
With the intel/amd deal only you can really decide dependant on budget. I got my amd64+cheap mobo for 140ish on sale. But it is old technolgy and not going to be real updatable. Thats what you should look out for if you want to update it later, What would be easiest? That I dont know since I havent researched it alot lately.

June 10th, 2006, 08:38 AM
Either way, it looks like processors are going to get cheaper for everyone as Intel has decided that making money is overrated for the time being. (http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=a9bSLIkNBj4M)

June 11th, 2006, 03:29 AM
Yea they have been all over the cheap crusade lately...

June 12th, 2006, 07:06 PM
Ordered the case! A tad concerned that I couldn't afford FedEx Shipping UPS has never been kind with electronics. Also Kind of sucks that I only am starting with 512 ram... but as this has four DDR2 Slots I can mix and match as I can afford it... possibly just ending up with four 512s.

Dr. Nick
June 13th, 2006, 03:51 AM
As long as you got it from newegg you should be fine, their support is excellent, My video card messed up a few weeks after i got it and they re-imbursed me shipping back to them no questions asked

June 14th, 2006, 08:37 PM
For sure, newegg is my master. Might be getting the MoBo next monday, possibly the Video card. The MoBo is Open Box though, strict return policy, and no extras such as cables, But I can live I want some hawt cables anyway as the case has a window.