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Old 12-24-2004, 08:40 PM   #1
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Hello, I am getting ready to order parts to build my first computer. Im pretty n00bish at it and I'm sorry. Here is the stuff I am going to buy. Can you tell me if with this stuff, is this computer gonna work?

Case -- ASPIRE X-Dreamer II Green ATX Mid-Tower Case with 350W Power Supply, Model "ATXB4KLW-GN/350"
Mobo -- ASUS "P4P800S-X" i848P Chipset Motherboard For Intel Socket 478 CPU
Grphx -- POWERCOLOR ATI RADEON 9800 Video Card, 256MB DDR, 128-Bit, DVI/TV-Out, 8X AGP, Model "R98E-PD3"
Processor -- Intel Pentium 4/ 3.0E GHz 800MHz FSB, 1MB L2 Cache, Hyper Threading
RAM -- TwinMOS Dual Channel Kit 184-Pin 512MB(256MB x 2) DDR PC-3200, Model TMII400/512 - OEM
Hard Drive -- Hitachi 160GB 7200RPM IDE Hard Drive, Model HDS722516VLAT20 Part
CD Drive -- Pioneer Beige DVD +/-RW Drive,
17 inch Sony Monitor
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Case -- ASPIRE X-Dreamer II Green ATX Mid-Tower Case with 350W Power Supply, Model "ATXB4KLW-GN/350"
Mobo -- ASUS "P4P800S-X" i848P Chipset Motherboard For Intel Socket 478 CPU
Grphx -- POWERCOLOR ATI RADEON 9800 Video Card, 256MB DDR, 128-Bit, DVI/TV-Out, 8X AGP, Model "R98E-PD3"
Processor -- Intel Pentium 4/ 3.0E GHz 800MHz FSB, 1MB L2 Cache, Hyper Threading
RAM -- TwinMOS Dual Channel Kit 184-Pin 512MB(256MB x 2) DDR PC-3200, Model TMII400/512 - OEM
Hard Drive -- Hitachi 160GB 7200RPM IDE Hard Drive, Model HDS722516VLAT20 Part
CD Drive -- Pioneer Beige DVD +/-RW Drive,
17 inch Sony Monitor
Should as long as the intel p4 is socket 478.

Also I'd recommend getting a 9800 XT or Pro.
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I would also up the power supply to 450w or above as the prescott cpu's tend to be power hungry and also if the psu is a generic one it will not be putting out 350w and you will have problems with your system. Buy an Antec or another good brand
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always start with a good quality p/s allow for the future and put in a 550w



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You have choosen a Dual Channel Kit but the board you decided for has the 848 chipset - which doesnt support dual channel.
I'd go with just one stick of 512MB RAM - first you'll save a few $s and second it'll leave you more room to upgrade in the future.

And like others said - dont try to save on the PSU. Newegg has the one i use in mine (Thermaltake 420W) for 36$. I can only say good things about it. But if you want a bit more power then go for 500W etc. Its money well spent !
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Ok so I dropped that old RAM and added Kingmax 184-Pin 512MB DDR PC-3700 - OEM.

What does the "PC-3700" mean? I saw many options and chose this one at random.

So do I need to get a new case with better power supply, or should i buy that case and buy a power supply to replace it? Or should I buy a case without a power supply?

To xJustin: Do I need to tell them I need a P4 that is socket 478? Also, why do you say I should get those grphx cards? I am trying to save myself some cash and the one I picked out should play pretty much anything right?
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PC3700 is the speed. PC3200 i.e. is DDR400 - it can run with 400Mhz and usually all you need UNLESS you intend to overclock.
PC3700 is DDR466 - so can run up to 466 Mhz. I dont if you want to overclock in the future - and what the timings of the kingmax are that you picked - but it might be best just to go with PC3200 modules but low latency ones. (preferably 2-2-2-5 but 2-3-3-6 etc are ok too)

About the case/PSU. It seems nearly impossible to find a nice looking case WITH a great PSU. Either the cases look great and the PSUs are crap - or you buy an empty case and spend just as much as for a case with a PSU. I'd just get the case you wanted. I know you probably didnt plan the additional $$ for an extra PSU - but if you want to enjoy your future PC and protect your investment you really should get one. Then just replace the case PSU - with your better one and keep it for backup - just incase you ever need one to test with - or help a friend test something.

Like i said - quality PSUs (aslong as you dont need one with LEDs or window etc) can be found for under 40$. I am totally happy with my 36$ TT. Voltages are stable - 11.92V/3.34V/5.04V - no matter if the PC is idle or under load.

And to give you a quick answer about the P4 CPU. When you pick them out it says either SOCKET 478 or SOCKET 775.
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