in spite of erosion
13th May 2004
Pretty soon I'm gonna build a new computer, primarily for gaming (Able to run, decently, most next gen. games) and editing and storing video, I only have about $600 to spend. Anything that's not hear I have already, such as Fans, PSU, Optical Drives, Case, etc. Out of all this, I think I'll get a solid gaming machine, eventually I'll be getting more RAM and a larger hard drive. What I'm looking at: EPox EP-9NPA nForce 4 Ultra Socket 939 motherboard. AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Venice Integrated processor. 1 GB (2x512) Corsair ValueSelect 184 pin DDR 400 PC 3200 Ram. ATI All-in-Wonder x600 Pro 256mb DDR PCI Express x16 video card. Samsung SpinPoint P Series 80 GB 7200 RPM 2 MB Cache (Should I go for an 8 MB cache?) This comes to approximently $580, from Newegg. Any suggestions on compatibility or performance, or substitutions or replacements I should make, would be greatly appreciated.
Lord of the Peach
19th April 2004
get rid of the all in wonder for a 6600gt, and save about $20. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814130214 you get alot more performance out of that.
...burning angel wings to dust
14th February 2004
2MB cache fixed drives are a no-go. Avoid like the plague. If you want more memory capacity, then get a 2x1024MB kit now. 4x512MB on an A64 MCH will still kick you down to DDR333. Without knowing much about this particular board, EPox is a questionable tier-two maker, at best. The x600 isn't likely to be able to "decently run" games coming out in the next year unless your idea of decent doesn't include much eye candy or AA. It's essentially a 9600 series for PCIe. I'd consider at least an x700, or better yet a 6600GT. Stretch your budget now if you have to: nothing sucks more than buying another video card four months later because the one you have just doesn't cut it anymore.