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im thinking of building a new machine
any imput would be nice
only in the 600$ range

AMD 3700+ ($225)
BFG Nforce 4 Mobo non Sli ($100) (is this good?)
(takeing memory from old machien for now and SATA 1.50 HD Maxtor)
Sonata II case (includes i think 480 watta PSU) ($100)

only thing im NOt to sure on
is wich card to go with?
only spending about 150 on the graphics card
ATI or Nvidia?
was thinking ati x1300 256 or 512
o maybe something comparable in Geforce?
like BFG 6600?
the vid card im just lookin for something simple to start with
something that is better then my current 9800 pro 128 mb AGP

my general intention for the machine is tyo play games
Dark Age of Camelot : Darkness Rising (MMORPG)
anmd HalfLife1 (mostly DoD
HalfLife2 once in a while (DoD CounterStrike)

just want a machien to start with but better then my current

3200 barton
msi K7N2 delta 2 FSR
1 gig corsair value 2.5.3.3.5 (seems stable)
9800 pro 128 mb first generation ATI

and is it also worth getting Win 64 bit edition
and X-Fi soudncard?

feed back greatly appreciated
as technical as u can get please =)
 

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The x1300 or the 6600GT wouldn't really be any better than the 9800pro you have. If you're on a budget, I'd recommend getting a 3000+ Venice and an MSI K8N Neo4 motherboard. This is cheaper than the BFG and has been getting good overclocks for people. This should leave you some extra cash to put towards another GFX. Maybe see if you can afford a Sapphire X800GTO2, as this is guaranteed to flash to an X850XTPE and is very reasonably priced.

Get a soundcard if you can afford it, but I'd make this the last thing to buy as the mobo has onboard sound and I'd stick with Win XP Pro 32bit as 64 has a lack of available drivers at the moment.
 

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hmmm
yah io wasnt sure
had mixed reviews about the msi board
nforce chipset fan issues and placement and whatnot
im really just trying to build a machine that i can upgrade down the road nicely
but MUST be better then my current one
so i wasnt sure if i wanted to limit myself to the lowest 939 socket proc
or limit myself on a simple 100 dollar vid card for the time being

as next year il end up upgradeing something sooner or later =)

iom also not too worried about overclocking to be honest
i dopnt knoqw much about it
last OPC i did was on my first computer
300 mhz Cyrix Prccessor oc'd to 455 mhz (it was very simple though)

ive heard the BFG card was extremely stable and fast for gameing
just lacking good OC'capabilities and other stuff

also Is there a problem with runnign OnBoard lan and SATA controller?
heard ther was a small issue
i dont thinmk im getting proper performance on my Nforce2 machine =/
 

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Onboard Lan and Sata are normally very good on most of the mobos. That shouldn't be a problem.
I don't think you're going to get much extra speed by moving from nf2 to nf4. The nf4 is a great chipset, but mainly because it's very stable when overclocking.
 

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Im not too worried about OC
just stability

just want my my new machien to be comparable or better then my old one

3200 barton
msi k7n2 delta 2
9800 pro ati 128 mb

corsair memory and sata HD will move to new machine

i was thinking good processor 3700
and cheap starter vid card w8ith 256 mmemory
im getting teh sonata 2 from antex with 480 watt tru power
 
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