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- Building A New System - Opinions Sought
February 11, 2005, 7:28 am
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I am building a WinXP Pro system then shipping it to a friend. The
priorities are price, stability, expandability and decent gaming
performance. For stability reasons I'm shying away from the latest
motherboard chipsets and have decided on an Intel 865PERL motherboard. Here
are the details along with an explanation. Suggestions are appreciated.
Intel 865PERLL mobo - reliable with all the features required.
P4 2.4 GHz (Northwood core) - supposedly runs cool for a P4 but still has
good performance with its effective 800MHz FSB
1GB (2x512) Kingston Value Ram (PC3200) - good value since premium RAM is
not required (the mobo isn't overclockable anyway). It's also approved by
Intel, the mobo manufacturer.
NEC ND-3520A DVD-+- RW - supposedly a reliable, high performance burner.
2 Seagate 120 GB IDE HDs (8mb cache)
2 Vantec "EZ Swap" removable IDE HD racks
Leadtek GeForce 6600GT AGP graphics card - good gaming performance, good
Samsung FDD - reliable floppy drive
Enlight 7250 case w 350 watt P/S
The amp ratings for this P/S seem decent enough. (+5v@30A / +3.3v@28A /
+12v@18A / -5v@:0.8A / -3.3v@:0.3A /
-5VSB:@2A ). Would I need something better for this rig?
Re: Building A New System - Opinions Sought
1. The 2.4 Northwood I built a couple years ago was only 533 MHz. This may
have changed since then?
2. The 12 volt rail on that Power Supply unit seems a little light @ 18 amps
for that Video card plus the drives.
I would recommend at least 22 amps on the 12 volt rail.
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