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post #1 of 5
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hoping for a 333X9, 3GHz OC out of the 4300, should be no prob , so i can get DDR 2 675 Corsair which is on sale, plus its shown to reach DDR 800 so if i can go higher (3.2-3.3) then, of course, i will

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115013
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145167
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128042
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127277
btw i wont go dx10 for a while so lay off on the criticizm there
i have a Full-T case laying around and a newly bought 500W HIPRO PSU (dual 20A 12V rails), and opticals (see sig)
i have four 80GB WD hard drives for raid 0/1; and i am getting two 160GB Hitachi's for Linux raid 0
i have a tv/fm tuner card with remote and airTV antenna, and PVR software. it has RCA in so i play my N64 on my comp (i do that now, works awesome) and record/watch TV on comp (good for dorm next year no need for tv)

i need a sub $40 sound card, with 196KHz sampling rate.

i have a Logitech headset and am getting 5.1 Logitech $50 speakers

i have gigabit LAN on the mobo which is compatible with the cat5 jacks in the dorm, and WLAN card for one of the PCIE x1 ($15+5, $5+5 after rebate)

i have a 21" CRT and i bought another 21" CRT from eBay ($50) for dual 21" CRT's. Yay for CRT's

i know what you are thinking, where is the CPU cooler? I just got a Thermaltake Big Typhoon with an old but good 100CFM system papst fan (120mm) used for ~$30 on hardforum. I lapped the base, and plan on lapping the cpu as well.
got MX-2 TIM, >AS5

any suggestions? To me this is a TON of money, the only reason I am spending this much is that I was able to sell my rig for $400 to a friend who was amazed that my sktA could own CS:S at 50fps

and i just got a job web programming and it seems like although its a temporary summer job, and i am a HS grad going to college, they are paying me a full salary.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon XP-M 2800+ (2.133GHz stock) @ 2.656GHz PC CHIPS M848A (V5.0) Skt A SiS 746FX modded bios MSI GeForce 7600GS AGP 256MB 128-bit GDDR2,400/800 2 X 1GB G.Skill NT DDR 400 @ DDR 333, 3-3-3-7 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2 160GB WD IDE in RAID0 DVD+-RW, CD-RW XP, many flavors of Linux 21" Dell Trinitron CRT 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
POS 500W Generic, 18A on 12V Mid-T Beige Microsoft Laser 6000 
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AMD Athlon XP-M 2800+ (2.133GHz stock) @ 2.656GHz PC CHIPS M848A (V5.0) Skt A SiS 746FX modded bios MSI GeForce 7600GS AGP 256MB 128-bit GDDR2,400/800 2 X 1GB G.Skill NT DDR 400 @ DDR 333, 3-3-3-7 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2 160GB WD IDE in RAID0 DVD+-RW, CD-RW XP, many flavors of Linux 21" Dell Trinitron CRT 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
POS 500W Generic, 18A on 12V Mid-T Beige Microsoft Laser 6000 
Mouse Pad
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post #2 of 5
Go with the XFX 7900GS XT edition, it overclocks like a champ and it has the reliability/warranty of XFX!

I'm pretty sure VR-Zone got one to 650/1600 or something around there.
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2500K @ 4.5GHz/1.32v (Tinkering) P8P67-PRO [BIOS 1704] MSI GTX780 TFIV G.Skill 4x4GB DDR3-1600 (8-8-8-24-1T) 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
256GB M4, WD Black 1TB & ES.2 1TB & Cuda 3TB XSPC Rasa w/ RS240 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Dell SX2210 
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Filco Ninja w/ Browns SilverStone Strider Plus 750W Custom Stacker 832 Logitech G500 
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2500K @ 4.5GHz/1.32v (Tinkering) P8P67-PRO [BIOS 1704] MSI GTX780 TFIV G.Skill 4x4GB DDR3-1600 (8-8-8-24-1T) 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
256GB M4, WD Black 1TB & ES.2 1TB & Cuda 3TB XSPC Rasa w/ RS240 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Dell SX2210 
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Filco Ninja w/ Browns SilverStone Strider Plus 750W Custom Stacker 832 Logitech G500 
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post #3 of 5
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it doesnt have 512MB VRAM, with some of the 3D image manipulation/rendering/graphics work i do, as well as video work, 512MB VRAM will help, no?
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon XP-M 2800+ (2.133GHz stock) @ 2.656GHz PC CHIPS M848A (V5.0) Skt A SiS 746FX modded bios MSI GeForce 7600GS AGP 256MB 128-bit GDDR2,400/800 2 X 1GB G.Skill NT DDR 400 @ DDR 333, 3-3-3-7 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2 160GB WD IDE in RAID0 DVD+-RW, CD-RW XP, many flavors of Linux 21" Dell Trinitron CRT 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
POS 500W Generic, 18A on 12V Mid-T Beige Microsoft Laser 6000 
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AMD Athlon XP-M 2800+ (2.133GHz stock) @ 2.656GHz PC CHIPS M848A (V5.0) Skt A SiS 746FX modded bios MSI GeForce 7600GS AGP 256MB 128-bit GDDR2,400/800 2 X 1GB G.Skill NT DDR 400 @ DDR 333, 3-3-3-7 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2 160GB WD IDE in RAID0 DVD+-RW, CD-RW XP, many flavors of Linux 21" Dell Trinitron CRT 
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POS 500W Generic, 18A on 12V Mid-T Beige Microsoft Laser 6000 
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post #4 of 5
This is true... however, I think that the increased frequency and bandwidth that the XFX would offer, the difference would be negligible.

But for the price, I suppose the MSI is the bargain.
Sandy Beach
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2500K @ 4.5GHz/1.32v (Tinkering) P8P67-PRO [BIOS 1704] MSI GTX780 TFIV G.Skill 4x4GB DDR3-1600 (8-8-8-24-1T) 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
256GB M4, WD Black 1TB & ES.2 1TB & Cuda 3TB XSPC Rasa w/ RS240 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Dell SX2210 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Ninja w/ Browns SilverStone Strider Plus 750W Custom Stacker 832 Logitech G500 
Mouse Pad
Steelseries 4HD 
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Sandy Beach
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2500K @ 4.5GHz/1.32v (Tinkering) P8P67-PRO [BIOS 1704] MSI GTX780 TFIV G.Skill 4x4GB DDR3-1600 (8-8-8-24-1T) 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
256GB M4, WD Black 1TB & ES.2 1TB & Cuda 3TB XSPC Rasa w/ RS240 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Dell SX2210 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Ninja w/ Browns SilverStone Strider Plus 750W Custom Stacker 832 Logitech G500 
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Steelseries 4HD 
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post #5 of 5
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anyway will there be a bottleneck btwn the 4300 at 3GHz (= to a 2.8GHz Conroe right?) the 512MB MSI 7900gs oc'd a lil bit and the 2GB RAM?
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon XP-M 2800+ (2.133GHz stock) @ 2.656GHz PC CHIPS M848A (V5.0) Skt A SiS 746FX modded bios MSI GeForce 7600GS AGP 256MB 128-bit GDDR2,400/800 2 X 1GB G.Skill NT DDR 400 @ DDR 333, 3-3-3-7 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2 160GB WD IDE in RAID0 DVD+-RW, CD-RW XP, many flavors of Linux 21" Dell Trinitron CRT 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
POS 500W Generic, 18A on 12V Mid-T Beige Microsoft Laser 6000 
Mouse Pad
none 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon XP-M 2800+ (2.133GHz stock) @ 2.656GHz PC CHIPS M848A (V5.0) Skt A SiS 746FX modded bios MSI GeForce 7600GS AGP 256MB 128-bit GDDR2,400/800 2 X 1GB G.Skill NT DDR 400 @ DDR 333, 3-3-3-7 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2 160GB WD IDE in RAID0 DVD+-RW, CD-RW XP, many flavors of Linux 21" Dell Trinitron CRT 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
POS 500W Generic, 18A on 12V Mid-T Beige Microsoft Laser 6000 
Mouse Pad
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