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07 July 2005, 10:45 PM
Hello everyone. Iím upgrading my computer in the near future from a beast I built about five years ago. I havenít added anything to it, and I figured itíd be nice to build myself a machine for about 1300 USD not counting the monitor. Mind if I run some specs by you?

Intel Pentium 4 640 Prescott 800MHz FSB, Socket T, 64-Bit
ASUS P5AD2-E Premium Socket T (LGA 775) Intel 925XE ATX Intel Motherboard
Cooled by a TR2TT A4013-02 90mm Ball Cooling Fan/Heatsink

With a SAPPHIRE 100600L-Red Radeon X800PRO 256MB 256-bit GDDR3
An Antec TRUE430 ATX 430W Power Supply
Two Western Digital 200GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drives
Two, 1 GIG sticks of GeIL DDR2-533 (PC2 4300) Unbuffered Memory

And a SAMSUNG 915N-Black 19" 8ms LCD Monitor

Any thoughts?

07 July 2005, 10:58 PM
What are you gonna use it for?

07 July 2005, 11:04 PM
A little bit of everything really. Rendering isn't my biggest issue though, since the university has computer clusters I can use to render 3d Studio Max files on. I like to run Zbrush2 simultaneously with Max, so I'm shooting for something with a quick processor, but really speedy RAM- and en masse.

I guess I want a responsive system. Something that can (a) show me a lot of geometry at once (no viewport slowdowns) and (b) run several large-scale programs back to back & minimized (Switch easily between Zbrush and Max when modeling.)

07 July 2005, 11:43 PM
The only thing would be my recommendation to get a geforce card over the radeon. It wont be any faster but theyre less likely to cause you any problems. The equivelant to the card you had picked would be the geforce 6800GT or higher.

Other than that the rest is fine.

07 July 2005, 01:05 AM
If you want responsiveness and multiple apps, I'd highly recommend a dual-core if your budget allows. The X2 3800 athlon coming out shortly could be just the ticket, albeit for another $100 or so. I'd second the GeForce comment too.

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