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Please (review/help with) my new AMD PC build proposal...

Discussion in 'AMD Overclocking' started by Darth Joules, Dec 22, 2003.

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    Darth Joules Guest

    I need a little help, here are the parts I have already for my new PC
    which I plan to overclock:

    AMD Athlon XP 2800 Barton (week 39 don't know if its locked)
    Swiftech MCX478-V heatsink with Delta 92mm HHE fan (@ 80CFM and yes
    it's noisy)
    Philips CD R/RW
    IBM Deskstar 180GXP 60Gb HD
    Panasonic Floppy Drive
    Iomega internal Zip 100 drive
    Lian-Li PC65B modded with 7x 80mm fans
    Rounded cables

    And these are the parts I plan to buy:

    Chaintech 7NJS Zenith Ultra (or the non-Ultra version)
    Sparkle GeForce FX5700 Ultra Platinum
    Corsair Twinx 2x512MB XMS3200 Pro
    IBM Deskstar 180GXP 60Gb HD x2 (or 120Gb x1)
    Akasa Fan Controller Pro
    Antec TrueBlue 480 PSU (or Enermax 460W ATX Power Supply)
    Swiftech MCX159-A (northbridge cooling)

    A few questions about waht I am going to get....

    What's the difference between the Corsair Twinx 2x512MB XMS3200 Pro
    and the Corsair Twinx 2x512MB XMS3200LL DDR? And which is better? I'm
    not that keen on the new heatspreader on the Corsair XMS series.
    Those LEDs, are they any use what so ever? Is OCZ PC3200 1024Mb
    Platinum DDR (2 sticks) any better than Corsair?

    Also would PC3500 DDR RAM work on the Zenith Ultra (or non-Ultra)
    eventhough they are spec'd at taking up to 400Mhz DDR RAM?

    Which is more reliable and quieter as a PSU the Antec TrueBlue or the

    Which is the better mobo the Zenith Ultra or the non-Ultra version?
    Both board are identical expect the Ultra version can go beyond 200Mhz
    FSB (as far as I know the non-Ultra can't yet). And the Ultra version
    has the N-Force 2 Ultra chipset, but is it better than the standard
    N-Force 2 chipset on the non-Ultra board? So is the Ultra mobo worth
    the extra cash for having the N-Force 2 Ultra chipset?

    Please let me know what you all think and any advice you can give me.


    Darth Joules
    Darth Joules, Dec 22, 2003
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    LeeB18509 Guest

    -----------------I'd definitely lose the 5700 Ultra, in that price range an
    ATI 9600XT would be a much better card
    --------------No difference in the memory, the Pro just has those led's from
    what I could gather at Newegg. I have the OCZ which is fine but I think
    they're both about the same. At least they're rated for identical speeds
    and timings. 2-3-2-6
    ---------------Yes. PC3500 is rated for a 217Mhz FSB. DDR rating 433. It
    will run at 200. Or PC3200 speed.
    LeeB18509, Dec 22, 2003
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    rms Guest

    -----------------I'd definitely lose the 5700 Ultra, in that price range
    Or the 5900FX + CoD bundle for $200.

    rms, Dec 23, 2003
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    LeeB18509 Guest

    I'd rather buy COD, get HL2 free and have a card that can play them both.
    LeeB18509, Dec 23, 2003
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    DaveL Guest

    The 5900 smokes the 9600xt for the same cost. All of the review sites are
    now saying the 5900 is the best buy. Plus, at this moment, HL2 is nothing
    but vaporware.

    DaveL, Dec 23, 2003
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    i'm_tired Guest

    I dunno if they ever fixed the 60 Gb deskstar, but a year or so ago, it had
    the highest failure rate of any hard drive ever.

    Western Digital 8meg Buffer HDDs have been my choice for awhile. An 80 Gb 8
    meg buffer Western Digital should be available just about anywhere right
    around $80.00 USD
    i'm_tired, Dec 23, 2003
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    A. Paris Guest

    The new IBMs get great reviews now. I remember the horror stories associated
    with those drives but theyre supposed to outperform the WD 8mb drives.
    I have one of these Drives. I dont see a performance gain with the extra
    cache. I'm not impressed at all. Every now & then the drive makes a click
    like its coming out of suspend or like I unplugged it. None of my other WDs
    did that before. Anybody else getting this?

    Happy holidays!
    A. Paris, Dec 23, 2003
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    Ed Guest

    No, mine work great and a have noticeable performance boost, you must
    have bad one/install or something?
    Ed, Dec 23, 2003
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    rms Guest

    As far as the rest of the system, if I was buying now I'd get a AThlon64
    3000+ and a Asus K8V, $350 or so for the bundle.

    rms, Dec 23, 2003
  10. As I remember, it was the 120GXP's that are known as Deathstars.

    In following the newsgroup on storage, the 180GXP's and on seem to have
    fixed the deathstar problems.
    Frank Jelenko, Dec 24, 2003
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    Rab Fulton Guest

    no, it was 75gxp's that were the deathstars, they are very old now...
    Rab Fulton, Feb 25, 2004
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