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    Default Building a PC...

    Building an inexpensive PC for my son.

    Picked out a few items from www.Geeks.com

    Case:

    http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=BLK-CPXMAN-02

    CPU:

    http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=P43200E478

    MB:

    http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=P4M80-M4-R

    The case reads at the bottom of its description, "supported motherboards", but doesnt list motherboards supported. How do I find out what mother boards it supports?

    The P4 should work well with this motherboard I have picked out, shouldnt it?

    I already have Geforce graphics PCI and SoundBlaster sound card PCI.

    Also the board doesnt show (other than "up to 2g" DDR) what pin the RAM cards need to be. Am I missing something or is this a very vague description of these items?

    Thanks

    Jake

    P.S I'm trying to build something decent for under $200
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    The motherboard will fit just fine. The case accepts ATX motherboards and the one you selected is the ATX size.

    The processor will work just fine, but since it is a refurb you will need to get a heat sink and fan for cooling. Heat sink and fan

    According to Newegg, you will need 184 pin Dual channel DDR400 SDRAM. Like this, get 2 for 1GB, cheaper than a 1 gig stick.
    I know just enough to be dangerous, but don't tell my wife, she thinks I'm a genius. :D

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    Thanks Ed.

    The CPu specs say it come with a heatsink and cooling fan.

    Additional Information:


    Product Requirements:
    Motherboard that can run a Pentium 3.20 GHz 800 MHz CPU
    Heat Sink and Fan
    If not, I'll go with this one:

    http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=SP481S8&cat=FAN
    Monitor 7b's front
    Monitor 4's surround
    Frankinpolk Center (2 mw6503's with peerless tweeter)
    M10's back surround
    Hafler-200 driving patio Daytons
    Tempest-X 15" DIY sub w/ Rythmik 350A plate amp
    Dayton 12" DVC w/ Rythmik 350a plate amp
    Harman/Kardon AVR-635
    Oppo 981hd
    Denon upconvert DVD player
    Jennings Research (vintage and rare)
    Mit RPTV WS-55513
    Tosh HD-XA1
    B&K AV5000


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    What is the difference in "Prescott" or any of the other names? Does it matter as long as the socket is correct?


    Also Kingston and Simple Tech, the Simple Tech is so much cheaper.
    Last edited by jakelm; 10-01-2007 at 12:22 PM.
    Monitor 7b's front
    Monitor 4's surround
    Frankinpolk Center (2 mw6503's with peerless tweeter)
    M10's back surround
    Hafler-200 driving patio Daytons
    Tempest-X 15" DIY sub w/ Rythmik 350A plate amp
    Dayton 12" DVC w/ Rythmik 350a plate amp
    Harman/Kardon AVR-635
    Oppo 981hd
    Denon upconvert DVD player
    Jennings Research (vintage and rare)
    Mit RPTV WS-55513
    Tosh HD-XA1
    B&K AV5000


    Dont BAN me Bro!!!!

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    I think you may be misunderstanding that. Look up one bullet point at the Package Includes info. Generally refurbs are processor only, just a chip in a box. Do you already have a hard drive picked out as well?
    I know just enough to be dangerous, but don't tell my wife, she thinks I'm a genius. :D

    Pioneer VSX-816
    Monitor 40's - fronts, bi-amped
    Monitor 30's - surrounds
    CS1 - center
    PSW10 - I'll let you guess
    Blue Jeans Cable - speaker cable
    Daewoo 27 incher - one step up from a console
    Sony Progressive scan DVD
    XBOX

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    That is the cheapest set of components I've ever seen... amazing.
    The Modo fits in the case no problem; mATX boards fit in an ATX case. The P4 fits on that board so your good to go there, and the board also has enough slots for your 2 PCI components. The memory stats are a little lacking, but not suprising for the price of the board. When you get the board, it will have all the RAM specs in its paperwork. I would wait to buy that part of the system until you get the board and can determine what you need. Your local computer shop will have cheap RAM options for you at that point. I hope this helps.

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    The names are the different models of the chips. Yes they do mean something, but I don't know unfortunately.
    I know just enough to be dangerous, but don't tell my wife, she thinks I'm a genius. :D

    Pioneer VSX-816
    Monitor 40's - fronts, bi-amped
    Monitor 30's - surrounds
    CS1 - center
    PSW10 - I'll let you guess
    Blue Jeans Cable - speaker cable
    Daewoo 27 incher - one step up from a console
    Sony Progressive scan DVD
    XBOX

    SOPA since 2008
    Here's my stuff.

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    Monitor 7b's front
    Monitor 4's surround
    Frankinpolk Center (2 mw6503's with peerless tweeter)
    M10's back surround
    Hafler-200 driving patio Daytons
    Tempest-X 15" DIY sub w/ Rythmik 350A plate amp
    Dayton 12" DVC w/ Rythmik 350a plate amp
    Harman/Kardon AVR-635
    Oppo 981hd
    Denon upconvert DVD player
    Jennings Research (vintage and rare)
    Mit RPTV WS-55513
    Tosh HD-XA1
    B&K AV5000


    Dont BAN me Bro!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by edbert View Post
    I think you may be misunderstanding that. Look up one bullet point at the Package Includes info. Generally refurbs are processor only, just a chip in a box. Do you already have a hard drive picked out as well?
    Using my current WD 80G I have already
    Monitor 7b's front
    Monitor 4's surround
    Frankinpolk Center (2 mw6503's with peerless tweeter)
    M10's back surround
    Hafler-200 driving patio Daytons
    Tempest-X 15" DIY sub w/ Rythmik 350A plate amp
    Dayton 12" DVC w/ Rythmik 350a plate amp
    Harman/Kardon AVR-635
    Oppo 981hd
    Denon upconvert DVD player
    Jennings Research (vintage and rare)
    Mit RPTV WS-55513
    Tosh HD-XA1
    B&K AV5000


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    Quote Originally Posted by jakelm View Post
    Thanks Ed.

    The CPu specs say it come with a heatsink and cooling fan.



    If not, I'll go with this one:

    http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=SP481S8&cat=FAN
    Don’t buy Prescott, that proc is fundamentally flawed. I still have 3 PC's with a 3.0 and 3.4 ghz and have given away 2 more 3.0 and 2.8 ghz versions.

    This proc just about killed Intel and allowed AMD to dominate for a good 2 years. I can state this as an absolute. I live 20 miles from Intel and I have a lot of friends in many different positions at Intel.

    Go AMD in that class such as:

    Asus a8n-SLI 939 pin
    AMD X2 4200 939 pin

    I just bought that AMD chip on new egg for $80.

    The best example I can give is thisL

    2 PC's build pretty much the same in my house:

    Prescott 3.0 GHZ P4
    AMD 4400 X2

    Both on Asus boards with Asus Probe.

    The Prescott runs at 125f full time. The fans are always at full throttle and they sound like trains on stock fans.

    The AMD x2 (Which IS dual core) runs at 95 degrees on stock fan.

    The performance in that market is dominated by AMD.

    Now if you were looking at newer procs, no doubt about it, Intel Core 2's dominate in performance and heat.

    PC's Ive built for home use (not work) in this segment:

    P4 Prescott 2.8 / Asus MB
    P4 Prescott 2.8 / Asus MB
    P4 Prescott 3.0 / Asus MB
    P4 Prescott 3.0 / Asus MB
    P4 Prescott 3.4 / Asus MB

    AMD 3500+ 939 / Asus MB
    AMD X2 4200+ 939 / Asus MB
    AMD X2 4400+ 939 / Asus MB
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    Ok...

    I have the case w PS, MBoard, CPU, heatsink w/fan, and these RAM cards: http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=512DDR3200-N

    I think I'm done, for only $218.

    That price is not including what I paid for the GC and SC.
    Monitor 7b's front
    Monitor 4's surround
    Frankinpolk Center (2 mw6503's with peerless tweeter)
    M10's back surround
    Hafler-200 driving patio Daytons
    Tempest-X 15" DIY sub w/ Rythmik 350A plate amp
    Dayton 12" DVC w/ Rythmik 350a plate amp
    Harman/Kardon AVR-635
    Oppo 981hd
    Denon upconvert DVD player
    Jennings Research (vintage and rare)
    Mit RPTV WS-55513
    Tosh HD-XA1
    B&K AV5000


    Dont BAN me Bro!!!!

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    I know you're trying to go cheap, but quiet is where it's at.
    I'm tired of living in a wind tunnel. Maybe you are too?
    Use the Antec cases. Not cheap,but you'll be amazed at
    how it DOESN'T sound!

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    From Geeks, what would you all recommend as for CPU for my mother board?


    My son and I do some gamming. And watches DVD's on the PC.
    Monitor 7b's front
    Monitor 4's surround
    Frankinpolk Center (2 mw6503's with peerless tweeter)
    M10's back surround
    Hafler-200 driving patio Daytons
    Tempest-X 15" DIY sub w/ Rythmik 350A plate amp
    Dayton 12" DVC w/ Rythmik 350a plate amp
    Harman/Kardon AVR-635
    Oppo 981hd
    Denon upconvert DVD player
    Jennings Research (vintage and rare)
    Mit RPTV WS-55513
    Tosh HD-XA1
    B&K AV5000


    Dont BAN me Bro!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sucks2beme View Post
    I know you're trying to go cheap, but quiet is where it's at.
    I'm tired of living in a wind tunnel. Maybe you are too?
    Use the Antec cases. Not cheap,but you'll be amazed at
    how it DOESN'T sound!

    I did look at those, but the one I picked out can't be any louder than the Dell 2100 I have now.
    Monitor 7b's front
    Monitor 4's surround
    Frankinpolk Center (2 mw6503's with peerless tweeter)
    M10's back surround
    Hafler-200 driving patio Daytons
    Tempest-X 15" DIY sub w/ Rythmik 350A plate amp
    Dayton 12" DVC w/ Rythmik 350a plate amp
    Harman/Kardon AVR-635
    Oppo 981hd
    Denon upconvert DVD player
    Jennings Research (vintage and rare)
    Mit RPTV WS-55513
    Tosh HD-XA1
    B&K AV5000


    Dont BAN me Bro!!!!

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    Pentium has a 478 socket, what is the same socket for an AMD?
    Monitor 7b's front
    Monitor 4's surround
    Frankinpolk Center (2 mw6503's with peerless tweeter)
    M10's back surround
    Hafler-200 driving patio Daytons
    Tempest-X 15" DIY sub w/ Rythmik 350A plate amp
    Dayton 12" DVC w/ Rythmik 350a plate amp
    Harman/Kardon AVR-635
    Oppo 981hd
    Denon upconvert DVD player
    Jennings Research (vintage and rare)
    Mit RPTV WS-55513
    Tosh HD-XA1
    B&K AV5000


    Dont BAN me Bro!!!!

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    Try this out. A little cheaper, better quality components for reliability and it should be faster.

    Oh yeah, this is from Newegg. The processor is a dual core and even though it's OEM, you can add a 2 year warranty for an extra $20.00 and you are still close to the same price.
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    I know just enough to be dangerous, but don't tell my wife, she thinks I'm a genius. :D

    Pioneer VSX-816
    Monitor 40's - fronts, bi-amped
    Monitor 30's - surrounds
    CS1 - center
    PSW10 - I'll let you guess
    Blue Jeans Cable - speaker cable
    Daewoo 27 incher - one step up from a console
    Sony Progressive scan DVD
    XBOX

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    Hmmmm.... Thanks Ed.

    All I need is a case.
    Monitor 7b's front
    Monitor 4's surround
    Frankinpolk Center (2 mw6503's with peerless tweeter)
    M10's back surround
    Hafler-200 driving patio Daytons
    Tempest-X 15" DIY sub w/ Rythmik 350A plate amp
    Dayton 12" DVC w/ Rythmik 350a plate amp
    Harman/Kardon AVR-635
    Oppo 981hd
    Denon upconvert DVD player
    Jennings Research (vintage and rare)
    Mit RPTV WS-55513
    Tosh HD-XA1
    B&K AV5000


    Dont BAN me Bro!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by edbert View Post
    Try this out. A little cheaper, better quality components for reliability and it should be faster.

    Oh yeah, this is from Newegg. The processor is a dual core and even though it's OEM, you can add a 2 year warranty for an extra $20.00 and you are still close to the same price.
    This is a perfect setup ^^^

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    I didnt see any cool cases in my price range @ newegg. I guess I will just go with my original case from Geeks.
    Monitor 7b's front
    Monitor 4's surround
    Frankinpolk Center (2 mw6503's with peerless tweeter)
    M10's back surround
    Hafler-200 driving patio Daytons
    Tempest-X 15" DIY sub w/ Rythmik 350A plate amp
    Dayton 12" DVC w/ Rythmik 350a plate amp
    Harman/Kardon AVR-635
    Oppo 981hd
    Denon upconvert DVD player
    Jennings Research (vintage and rare)
    Mit RPTV WS-55513
    Tosh HD-XA1
    B&K AV5000


    Dont BAN me Bro!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by edbert View Post
    Try this out. A little cheaper, better quality components for reliability and it should be faster.

    Oh yeah, this is from Newegg. The processor is a dual core and even though it's OEM, you can add a 2 year warranty for an extra $20.00 and you are still close to the same price.
    I know this is problably a dumb question, but, how much better is this from the Dell 2100 I am currently using?
    Monitor 7b's front
    Monitor 4's surround
    Frankinpolk Center (2 mw6503's with peerless tweeter)
    M10's back surround
    Hafler-200 driving patio Daytons
    Tempest-X 15" DIY sub w/ Rythmik 350A plate amp
    Dayton 12" DVC w/ Rythmik 350a plate amp
    Harman/Kardon AVR-635
    Oppo 981hd
    Denon upconvert DVD player
    Jennings Research (vintage and rare)
    Mit RPTV WS-55513
    Tosh HD-XA1
    B&K AV5000


    Dont BAN me Bro!!!!

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    Use this simple example

    Bose is to Polk as Dell 2100 is to new setup
    I know just enough to be dangerous, but don't tell my wife, she thinks I'm a genius. :D

    Pioneer VSX-816
    Monitor 40's - fronts, bi-amped
    Monitor 30's - surrounds
    CS1 - center
    PSW10 - I'll let you guess
    Blue Jeans Cable - speaker cable
    Daewoo 27 incher - one step up from a console
    Sony Progressive scan DVD
    XBOX

    SOPA since 2008
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    Quote Originally Posted by edbert View Post
    Use this simple example

    Bose is to Polk as Dell 2100 is to new setup

    WOW.. Thats pretty close in quality.....:p
    :p
    Monitor 7b's front
    Monitor 4's surround
    Frankinpolk Center (2 mw6503's with peerless tweeter)
    M10's back surround
    Hafler-200 driving patio Daytons
    Tempest-X 15" DIY sub w/ Rythmik 350A plate amp
    Dayton 12" DVC w/ Rythmik 350a plate amp
    Harman/Kardon AVR-635
    Oppo 981hd
    Denon upconvert DVD player
    Jennings Research (vintage and rare)
    Mit RPTV WS-55513
    Tosh HD-XA1
    B&K AV5000


    Dont BAN me Bro!!!!

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    Thanks for all your help...

    Pretty good for $200...

    Of corse I'm saving alot beings I already have the GC and SC and monitor and everything else...

    I was going to shop Dell, but I dont need all the other junk Dell thows in.
    Monitor 7b's front
    Monitor 4's surround
    Frankinpolk Center (2 mw6503's with peerless tweeter)
    M10's back surround
    Hafler-200 driving patio Daytons
    Tempest-X 15" DIY sub w/ Rythmik 350A plate amp
    Dayton 12" DVC w/ Rythmik 350a plate amp
    Harman/Kardon AVR-635
    Oppo 981hd
    Denon upconvert DVD player
    Jennings Research (vintage and rare)
    Mit RPTV WS-55513
    Tosh HD-XA1
    B&K AV5000


    Dont BAN me Bro!!!!

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    Ok. Just ordered the hardware Ed recommended from newegg and the case I picked out from geeks. Everything should be here by the weekend.

    Thanks for everyones help.
    Monitor 7b's front
    Monitor 4's surround
    Frankinpolk Center (2 mw6503's with peerless tweeter)
    M10's back surround
    Hafler-200 driving patio Daytons
    Tempest-X 15" DIY sub w/ Rythmik 350A plate amp
    Dayton 12" DVC w/ Rythmik 350a plate amp
    Harman/Kardon AVR-635
    Oppo 981hd
    Denon upconvert DVD player
    Jennings Research (vintage and rare)
    Mit RPTV WS-55513
    Tosh HD-XA1
    B&K AV5000


    Dont BAN me Bro!!!!

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