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New Computer Time
hardware : by Tommy - March 24th 2006, 09:32AM
hardware
Well, it's that time again. That time when I've been wanting to upgrade, but was putting it off until I both needed and absolutely had to, and until I had the money to go for an all-out new system. (Something I haven't done in years.)

With the Athlon64s on the market at very reasonable prices, I'm pretty sure I'm going to go that route, this will require a new motherboard and RAM - and probably a power supply as well. Heck, might as well throw in a new video card and case while I'm at it. A new HD wouldn't hurt (I'm only on 80Gb right now - and the campus network has plenty more goods that I want).

Why do I have to upgrade? Well, my power supply is the culprit. I've been having issues playing any game for the past month or so. The system seems to "hiccup" (the fans slow then speed back up) and the system never recovers. I believe this is the system requiring more power than the PS can provide. It could be just a single back component drawing too much current, but I've swapped processors, RAM and video cards.
I haven't swapped motherboard or power supplies, simply because I haven't had a spare...

I recently found this price guide from digg, and it really got me thinking about a new system. Then last night the machine hiccuped again, but I wasn't in game. My birthday is in a few weeks, tax return should be in by that time, and I think it's about time* I got a new system. (*Nothing's changed in this system in almost 2 years - and that was because I worked at AMD!)

Any specific hardware suggestions or packaged deals you know of?

Grendel sez: Besides, now that I know what newegg looks like on the inside, I can envision my parts coming down the conveyor belt and getting the peanut gun treatment.
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+ anonymous
  Mar 24, 2006 10:20
  
#673
www.ableshoppers.com for all your rebate stacking goodness.
In the mean time for your hiccups, Are you running a CPU with HyperThreading? Either company has the tech in their chips I forget what AMD's is called.
Disabling that will reduce the load on your powersupply.
I use an Antec 450 modular PS and have no regrets.

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+ Paul A.
  Mar 24, 2006 11:02
  
#674
AMD does not use HyperThreading. You may be thinking of HyperTransport, which is totally different.

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+ Tommy G.
  Mar 24, 2006 11:31
  
#676
Currently, my computer is using an Antec PP-352X.
Wih my 3200+, 1Gb of RAM and Ge4 video card, I'm sure I'm putting a strain on the 350W output.

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+ kg4ltv
  Mar 24, 2006 14:18
  
#677
Hey I went with newegg. Got a bare bone system with socket 939 3200 64bit, 1 gig, case 450w, and geforce 6600le video for a little over $500. I had hard drive and dvd burrner. It Runs Great just need a better video.

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+ Corey T.
  Mar 24, 2006 15:02
  
#678
Newegg is having a free shipping special right now. While I do have to pay tax here, I get my orders overnight so it's an even trade.

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+ Bill S.
  Mar 24, 2006 23:53
  
#679
MSI's Delux PCIx AMD64 mobo, MSI PCIx 6800GT or 7800GT, Antec's 500W v2.0 psu, NEC's duel-layer everything burner, and CORSAIR XMS 2GB DDR 400

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+ Corey T.
  Mar 25, 2006 10:20
  
#680
MSI fanboy, anyone?

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+ Tommy G.
  Mar 25, 2006 10:26
  
#681
they're cheap

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+ Paul A.
  Mar 25, 2006 13:21
  
#682
MSI's a good company.

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+ Bill S.
  Mar 26, 2006 14:24
  
#683
I like ASUS better, but their last batch of 64mobos have tinkleed me off.

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+ anonymous
  Mar 29, 2006 04:39
  
#685
ASUS is the flowerblossom, hands down!

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+ Tommy G.
  Apr 02, 2006 22:08
  
#687
I had a problem with the original order... the billing and shipping addresses didn't match up. doh!
At any rate, I cancelled that order and changed the video card at Havoc persuading. After much discussion and reading reviews, I decided to go for the GeForce7600GT. I was considering the 6800GT, but after reading this review, I was sold.
Final cost was a bit higher than I'd like, but I'm very happy with this setup and think it will last me for a good while.
- AMD Athlon64 3200 (Venice) proc
- MSI K8N Neo4-F motherboard
- 2Gb Corsair XMS DDR400 RAM (2-3-3-6)
- eVGA GeForce 7600GT 256Mb PCIx video card
- Lian Li PC-7A all-aluminum case
- Antec NeoHE 500W power supply

...plus I'll get about $65 back through rebates. Can't wait to get it all in - w00t!

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+ Tommy G.
  Apr 05, 2006 11:54
  
#689

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