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Old 12-14-2004, 08:38 PM   #1
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Default Computer parts final. Rakedog's first server build. Pleaase review!!!

Alright people, here are my parts:

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3200+, 512KB L2 Cache, Socket 939 64-bit Processor - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...103-502&depa=1

Specifications:
Model: Athlon 64 3200+
Core: Winchester
Operating Frequency: 2.0GHz
FSB: Integrated into Chip
Cache: L1/64K+64K; L2/ 512KB
Voltage: 1.5V
Process: 90nm
Socket: Socket 939
Multimedia Instruction: MMX, SSE, SSE2, 3DNOW!, 3DNOW!+
Warranty: 3-year MFG
Packaging: Retail(with Heatsink and Fan)

Cost: 245 USD

Motherboard MSI "K8N Neo2 Platinum" NVIDIA nForce3 ULTRA Chipset Motherboard For AMD Socket 939 CPU -RETAIL

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...130-468&depa=1

Specifications:
Supported CPU: Socket 939 AMD Athlon 64FX/64 processor
Chipset: nForce3 ULTRA
RAM: 4x DIMM Supports dual channel DDR266/333/400 Max 4GB
Slots: 1x AGP 4X/8X, 5x PCI
Ports: 2x PS/2, 1x COM, 1x LPT, 8x USB2.0(Rear 4), 1x IEEE1394, 2xRJ45, 1x S/PDIF Out, Audio Ports
IDE: 2x ATA 133 up to 4 Devices
SATA/RAID: 4x SATA RAID with 0,1,0+1
Onboard Audio: ALC850 8-Ch
Onboard IEEE1394: 3x ports by VIA 6306
Form Factor: ATX

Cost: 137

Memory Corsair Value Select Dual Channel Kit 184 Pin 1G(512MBx2) DDR PC-3200 - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...145-480&depa=1

Specifications:
Manufacturer: Corsair
Speed: DDR400(PC3200)
Type: 184 Pin DDR SDRAM
Error Checking: Non-ECC
Registered/Unbuffered: Unbuffered
Cas Latency: 3
Support Voltage: 2.5V
Bandwidth: 3.2GB/s
Organization: two 64M x 64 -Bit
Warranty: Lifetime

Cost: 147

Hard Drives NOTE: I plan to buy a second hard drive when I get the money to set up as RAID. See questions on this below!!

Seagate 120GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive, Model ST3120026AS-RK, Retail

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...148-030&depa=1

Specifications:
Capacity: 120GB
Average Seek Time: 8.5 ms
Buffer: 8MB
Rotational Speed: 7200 RPM
Interface: Serial ATA150
Features: not specified
Manufacturer Warranty: 5 years
Packaging: Retail box (see pics for details)

Cost: 110

Case/PSU LOGISYS Silver PHANTOM ATX Mid Tower Case With 480W PSU & ENGRAVING ACRYLIC LED LIT-UP WINDOW, Model "CS601SL" -RETAIL

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...148-006&depa=1

Specifications:
Case Type: Mid Tower
Color: Silver
Material: Steel
Drive Bays: 5.25" x 4/0, 3.5" x 2/4 (external/internal)
Expansion Slots: 7
Front Ports: 2 x USB2.0, 2 x audio
Power Supply: 480W
Cooling System: 1 x 120mm rear fan, 1 x 80mm side clear fan
Motherboard Compatibility: ATX 12" x 9.5"
Dimensions: 7.9" x 17.3" x 19.8"(WxHxD)
Features: Special Designed Shutter Style Air Exit for better and silent performance

Cost: 66

Video Card NOTE: Video card will be really low end: This will server as a server for the most part: I WILL upgrade the video card in april or May so that I can use this computer for gaming. For now, I just need a very low price card though.

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...125-154&depa=1

GIGABYTE ATI RADEON 9250 Video Card, 128MB DDR, TV-Out, 8X AGP, Model "GV-R925128T" -RETAIL

Specifications:
Chipset/Core Speed: ATI Radeon 9250/240MHz
Memory/Effective Speed: 128MB DDR/400MHz
BUS: AGP 8x
Ports: VGA Out(15 Pin D-Sub) + TV-Out (S-Video)
Support 3D API: DirectX 8.1, OpenGL 1.3
Max Resolution@32bit Color: 2048X1536
Cable/Accessories: S-AV adapter, Manual, Driver CD
Retail Box (See pics for details)

cost: 45

CD/DVD drive NU Technology 52x24x52x16 CD-RW/DVD COMBO Drive, Model DBW-521, Retail

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...154-001&depa=1

Specifications:
Write Speed: 52X CD-R, 24X CD-RW
Read Speed: 52X CD-ROM, 16X DVD-ROM
Interface: Internal IDE/ATAPI
Buffer: 2MB
OS Support: Windows 98SE/2000, ME, and XP
Features: Buffer Underrun Technology SuperLink technology
Packaging: Retail Box (see pictures for details)

Cost: 39

Total : 789

Monitor Keyboard Mouse Speakers are separate, I have them.

Now; I have questions, which is the most important part of this long post (thanks to those of you who really do bother to read this, I really appreciate it)

1. Most important: Do all those parts fit? does my Mobo support everything?

2. Will that case PSU work well? This computer will be on for the majority of the day, it will be a server for the most part, so I need it to be reliable.

3. I'm a real noob on CD/DVD drives. Will the one I ordered be able to handle all Cd's and Dvd's and all installations. I would also like to be able to burn stuff on Cd's/DVD's, so it would help if that would happen. I can add about 15 or so more dollars to the drive to make it better.

4. There is a chance I will be able to go over my 800 dollar limit, because of awards tommorow for a competition I'm in. What part should I improve most? (preferably not the video card, unless it's crucial). My new budget will probably be around 900.

5. Is that a good setup? Lol.

And please post any other comments that you have.

Please people, I usually don't ask a lot from anyone in these forums, but this computer is really important to me, so I would really like feedback.

Thanks a ton.
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Old 12-14-2004, 09:10 PM   #2
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Nice server setup. The Proc should work on the nice nForce 3 mobo. If you have 900 bucks to spend, get more ram and downgrade the video card. If it's just a server, get something cheap like a GeForce2 MX 200/400.
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IMHO, the Seagate drive is a mistake. You should be going with Maxtor.. but other then that, a-okay.
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Well for servers it doesnt really matter (the transfer rates arent that noticable). And becides you probably want the quiet.
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Well, keep in mind, I do plan to use this computer for some other tasks, and plan to play games on it in like may when I get a nice video card for it.

Can you reccomend me a specific CD/DVD drive from newegg please?
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You want CD/ DVD or CD-R/W/DVD-R/W?
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i hear all the time that maxtor has problems adn seagate is the way to go, but thats an opinion, as long as it has a name ive heard and high rpms ur a-ok
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CD-R/W/DVD-R/W. Basically I want to be able to do anything with the CD/DVD, for a rather low price.
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i hear all the time that maxtor has problems adn seagate is the way to go, but thats an opinion, as long as it has a name ive heard and high rpms ur a-ok
A pretty bad advice move.

Go with Maxtor. It has better performance and better access times.
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Eh. I havent had any problems with my Seagate, but I guess other have their own opinions...
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