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1st time building a PC


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So you would recommend getting the x800 then? I don't know about the activity leds...
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Personally i would say the x800 the HIS iceq2 one is my favourite as it will overclock well and has good spec out the box anyway. Definately x800 read some reviews on both you will see the distinct performance advantage the x800 has,its closer to a 6800 than a 6600.
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Hey i know this is kinda off topic but anyone know where i could find examples of cheap , custom build pc's. I have a Compaq Presario(yes i dangle me head in shame) and im looking for a kind of plug and play pc, if you know what i mean. i want a pc where when a better part comes out i take out the old and put in the new. im not looking for a high price thing but more of a thing that can just keep up with a majority of the mid level games such as the matrix online and wow.

also...i was wondering what i could salvage from my pc befor buying all new parts?
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Salvage from a Compaq? Probably nothing......sorry maybe a dvd drive if you have one. That would be about it. I wouldn't think you have more than 512mb of ram. Again.....sorry
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Yeah such things as you are wanting dont really exist.
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warriorscot, I'm confused, whats the full name of the x800 you are getting? you have a link?

I'm also curious if XMS RAM is really worth the money. It's going to cost me twice as much...

Also, whats has more bearing on video card performance, more pixel piplines, or a faster core clock?

Edited by thegreenguy, 20 June 2005 - 04:57 PM.

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Pixel pipelines by a fair margin you can only really compare clock speeds on same models of cards as well.
The xms ram is worth the money, but its not twice the price from quality value ram especially if you get slightly older XMS ram it is only a little more expensive and is much better .

Corsair 1GB DDR XMS3200C2 Pro TwinX (2x512MB) CAS2 (MY-026-CS)
A matched pair of 512MB XMS3200C2 Pro memory modules - 1GB total - ideal for dual DDR motherboards.
Featuring an efficient aluminum heatsink to dissipate heat and built in LEDs to show realtime memory activity. http://www.corsairmi..._proseries.html
Price: £77.95 (£91.59 Including VAT at 17.5%)

Thats the ram im getting and the gfx card:
HIS Excalibur ATI Radeon X800 ICEQII TURBO 256MB DDR3 TV-Out/DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (RX800-ICEQ) (GX-030-HT)
The HIS X800 series produces frame rates that surpass all previous graphic processors. Based on a radically new architecture, ATI has combined the latest semiconductor manufacturing process with ultra-fast and efficient GDDR3 memory to produce extreme data rates and unbelievable acceleration in a quiet and cool single-slot solution. The result is an incredibly smooth and responsive high-definition gaming experience. The IceQ cooling system draws cool air from inside the case and exhausts warm air outwards. This prevents the fan from recycling warm air to cool the VPU, which increases cooling performance and lower the air temperature inside the case significantly. HIS iTURBO easy to use interface provides a flexibility way for users to adjust the VPU clock, memory clock and fan speed, with the features of VPU temperature and fan speed monitoring.
- Powered by ATI Radeon X800 VPU - 398MHz (Turbo)
- 256MB-256bit quad-channel GDDR3 memory - 910MHz (Turbo)
- 12 parallel pixel pipelines
- 6 vertex shader process engines
Price: £142.50 (£167.44 Including VAT at 17.5%)

Thats what im getting at the moment as i dont know how much money im gonna have for the build exactly, it will be that one or mabe the one up, i can get it cheaper on another site. . If the the 6800s drop enough in price with the 7 series release i will beg borow and steal enough money to get a GT.
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Well I ordered last night and this was the final build. I want to thank everyone for their input!

Thermaltake SViking VA4000BWS Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811133142

MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813130484

Rosewill RX8XL-256PX Radeon X800XL 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI-Express x16 Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814164041

THERMALTAKE Silent Purepower W0014RU ATX 480W Power Supply 100 - 240V - Retail
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817153007

AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Venice Integrated into Chip FSB 512KB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819103535

CORSAIR XMS 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820145450
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