My First Build in a While...


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contrapositive

Here's what I'm about to purchase. I don't build PC's too often, and a lot
of the technology changes when I get back to it. I just want to make sure
there are no glaring compatibility or pricing errors here. I have a case
already, and will use onboard sound for now. I'm not a heavy gamer, so the
PC will be used mainly for internet and some multimedia stuff. It will run
Windows XP.

EPOX EP-9NPA+ ULTRA nVIDIA nFORCE4 ULTRA CHIPSET SERIAL ATA300 ATX FORM
FACTOR 1xPCI-E(X16)/3xPCI-E(X1)/3xPCI/4xDDR W/SATA RAID,LAN(Gb),1394A,USB
2.0 & AUDIO (CPU TYPE:AMD ATHLON 64 - SOCKET 939)
AMD ATHLON 64 3200+ - VENICE
MWAVE 2GB DDR400(1GBX2)
$412.50

ATI RADEON X300SE 128MB/256MB HYPER MEMORY PCI EXPRESS W/DVI & TV (OEM -
POWERED BY ATI)
$59.00

SAMSUNG 52X/32X/52X + 16X DVD BLACK EIDE INTERNAL COMBO CDRW W/SW SH-M522
(White box) NO AUDIO/DATA CABLE
$31.90

MAXTOR 250GB MXDX6B or 6L250R0 UATA-133 PATA 16MB 7200RPM (Bare drive) NO
DATA CABLE
$99.90


Curious about this CD/DVD drive. Will I be able to view DVD movies with the
right software? Does Samsung make a solid product? I've had bad luck with CD
drives in the past.

What about the board? Is EPOX still pretty reputable? Am I missing any
accessories?

Thanks in advance.

-jk
 
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Chris Hill

Here's what I'm about to purchase. I don't build PC's too often, and a lot
of the technology changes when I get back to it. I just want to make sure
there are no glaring compatibility or pricing errors here. I have a case
already, and will use onboard sound for now. I'm not a heavy gamer, so the
PC will be used mainly for internet and some multimedia stuff. It will run
Windows XP.

EPOX EP-9NPA+ ULTRA nVIDIA nFORCE4 ULTRA CHIPSET SERIAL ATA300 ATX FORM
FACTOR 1xPCI-E(X16)/3xPCI-E(X1)/3xPCI/4xDDR W/SATA RAID,LAN(Gb),1394A,USB
2.0 & AUDIO (CPU TYPE:AMD ATHLON 64 - SOCKET 939)
AMD ATHLON 64 3200+ - VENICE
MWAVE 2GB DDR400(1GBX2)
$412.50

ATI RADEON X300SE 128MB/256MB HYPER MEMORY PCI EXPRESS W/DVI & TV (OEM -
POWERED BY ATI)
$59.00

SAMSUNG 52X/32X/52X + 16X DVD BLACK EIDE INTERNAL COMBO CDRW W/SW SH-M522
(White box) NO AUDIO/DATA CABLE
$31.90

MAXTOR 250GB MXDX6B or 6L250R0 UATA-133 PATA 16MB 7200RPM (Bare drive) NO
DATA CABLE
$99.90


Curious about this CD/DVD drive. Will I be able to view DVD movies with the
right software? Does Samsung make a solid product? I've had bad luck with CD
drives in the past.

What about the board? Is EPOX still pretty reputable? Am I missing any
accessories?

Thanks in advance.

-jk


Why are you buying a pata drive, especially wd? Get a seagate sata,
they are better drives with better warranties. I like Lite-on for cd
drives, I guess I'd just rather have them over Samsung.
 
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dawg

It's all fairly generic. The video card is pretty much the bottom of the
barrel.Get something decent.Your image quality will suck especially if you
watch DVD's.You migt be better off with an ATI All-in-wonder card. Check
them out. They aren't cheap but there's a lot of models at different
prices.I'd say at least base the video on ATI x600 or X700. I don't usually
recommend ATI,but for multimedia stuff,DVD's etc., the all in wonder is very
good.
 

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