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    Saving up for my new rig, please take a look at the setup...

    Motherboard:
    Soyo P4X400 Dragon Ultra Platinum Via P4X400 P4 (533FSB) Skt478 DDR
    ATX Motherboard w/Audio, LAN, RAID Retail ***(Free 2nd Day)***
    533FSB, ATA/133, AGP 8X, 3DDR DIMM, 5PCI, USB 2.0, Audio, LAN, RAID
    Socket 478 compatible.

    Price: $139.99
    --------------------------------------------------
    Processor:
    Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 Processor (Northwood) 3.06GHz, 533MHz FSB, Socket 478 Retail
    ***(Free 2nd Day)***
    w/Fan and Heatsink, 512KB Cache, .13u

    Price: $473.00
    --------------------------------------------------
    Hard Drives:
    Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 6Y200P0 200GB ATA/133 7200PRM Hard Drive w/8MB Buffer &
    Fluid Dynamic Bearing Motors
    ***(Free 2nd Day)*** Superior Performance combined with Industry-leading capacity.
    Delivering a performance hard drive using
    a highly leverage design with state-of-the-art quality and reliability!

    Price: $228.00 x 2 = $456.00
    --------------------------------------------------
    Memory:
    Corsair TWINX1024-3200LL 1GB DDR400 XMS3200 Dual-Channel Memory w/Heat Spreader Retail

    Price: $304.00 x 3 = $912.00
    --------------------------------------------------
    Case:
    Antec Performance II Series SX1040BII Soho File Server Case (Black) Retail
    w/400W Power Supply

    Price: $94.99
    --------------------------------------------------
    Keyboard and Mouse:
    Microsoft Natural Multimedia Keyboard & Optical Mouse Combo ***(Free 2nd Day)***
    Experience maximum comfort, performance, style, and value!

    Price: $32.50
    --------------------------------------------------
    Monitor:
    Samsung 191TBlack SyncMaster 19in LCD Monitor (Black) Retail

    Price: $710.00
    --------------------------------------------------
    Video Card:
    Asus V9280TD GeForce4 Ti4200-8X AGP 8X 128MB DDR Video Card w/TV-Out & DVI Retail
    ***(Free 2nd Day)***

    Price: $145.99
    --------------------------------------------------
    Operating System:
    Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Single (Full Version) ***(Free 2nd Day)***

    Price: $92.50

    Microsoft Windows 98 2nd Edition E2E w/MS Press (Full version) ***(Free 2nd Day)***

    Price: $99.99
    --------------------------------------------------
    Soundcard:
    MAudio Delta 44 Digital Audio Sound Card

    Price: $229.95
    http://www.zzounds.com/item--THKMIMD442
    --------------------------------------------------
    DVD Drive:
    Toshiba SD-M1712 16x/48 IDE DVD w/PowerDVD 4.0 Software ***(Free 2nd Day)***
    Replacement of SD-M1612

    Price: $44.99
    --------------------------------------------------
    CD-RW Drive:
    Artec WSM-52X 52x24x52 EIDE/ATAPI CD-RW Drive Retail
    ***(Free 2nd Day)***

    Price: $47.50
    --------------------------------------------------
    Midi Controller:
    Fatar SL880PRO Studiologic 88-Key Full-Size MIDI Controller

    Price: $599.95
    http://www.zzounds.com/item--FATSL880PRO
    --------------------------------------------------
    Speakers:

    Price: $
    --------------------------------------------------
    Headphones:
    Sennheiser HD280Pro Headphones

    Price: $99.95
    http://www.zzounds.com/item--SENHD280PRO
    --------------------------------------------------


    Ok now can anyone make some recommendations as to what I might want to replace and/or correct errors I may have made.

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: Saving up for my new rig, please take a look at the setup...

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    Re: Saving up for my new rig, please take a look at the setup...

    Just some ideas (after all i don\'t know exactly what do you want to do with it):

    Considering that you want a very good machine, i would go for a better motherboard (it\'s a question of balance between components)

    With that price, why not buying 2 (slowest)computers. Some times, at the same price, it\'s better 2 computer, than 1 very good computer...I\'m not telling you to do this, just some ideas...

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    Re: Saving up for my new rig, please take a look at the setup...

    Adam

    I agree about the motherboard. The Via chipset might burp along the way. I always go with Intel chipsets....the 845E serious is pretty powerful now. Take a look at the Abit IT7-MAX2. It has more features for about the same price (including firewire and Serial ATA) and I believe it will be more stable.

    I also don\'t think you need the Corsair memory (expensive) or a 3gig cpu.....can save some money there. You can get a 2.4gig for the 533 FSB for 150 these days.

    Everything else looks OK, though I might rethink the MAudio card.....Put some of that money you\'re saving toward a better audio interface like an RME9652 or MOTU2408 or Digi 001

    Good Luck
    Larry

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    Re: Saving up for my new rig, please take a look at the setup...

    Well I wasn\'t really looking at the price. I just want top of the line stuff. But I also want an extremely good soundcard. Also, what about speakers are those good, I thought Behringer was one of the best?

    Anyways thanks for the help so far

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    Re: Saving up for my new rig, please take a look at the setup...

    For sound cards I would look into RME. I like the Multiface.

    john

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    Re: Saving up for my new rig, please take a look at the setup...

    I would also opt for the 2 computer option as Larry mentioned. The 2.4 GHZ processor will get almost as many voices as the 3.06 GHZ. I use the 845PE chipset on an ASUS board and it works great. This board also has serial ATA and raid capabilites. The hard drives are more important than the expensive Corsair memory. Also, you don\'t need the fastest video card. You can get GeForce type boards for $40 that work great.

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    Re: Saving up for my new rig, please take a look at the setup...

    Hi Adam
    I tend to agree with the advices given on the CPU,
    however if you plan to buy the 3GHZ P4, at least make sure the MOBO supports hyper threading.
    I don\'t think the SOYO does ( in fact I don\'t
    think there\'s many out there that does ).
    Take a look at the Dual Ram MOBO\'s if you wan\'t
    optimum DDR power. They rival RD1066 in memory
    bandwith.Look for either the Intel E7205 or the
    SiS655 chipset, for dual DDR operation.

    Harddisk: I opt for Seagate
    They are not quite as fast as the others, although the 7200 series is catching up,
    but they are reliable and virtually noiseless.

    As for the Windows XP - just a warning:
    There\'s a limit to the number of components you
    can replace before needing a renewal/confirmation
    from Microsoft of your XP licence.
    I think the limit is around 5-6 components.

    regards
    Bjarne

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    Re: Saving up for my new rig, please take a look at the setup...

    Artec CD-RW? Naah. Get LiteOn.. can\'t go wrong, very solid brand. Ask any hardware geek, they\'ll recommend these. $47 at NewEgg. Here\'s the link:

    http://tinyurl.com/4gmp

    The 2nd one on the page, \"on sale\". Get that, it\'s the retail box. I own one, and it ROCKS.

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    Re: Saving up for my new rig, please take a look at the setup...

    IF you want to save some money and get great performance, buy one of this system (2.4GHx/533FSB/128M DDR, PCI-X, 3 IDE Controllers, 3 fans, CD, ...).
    http://www.dell.com/us/en/bsd/products/series_pedge_pedsc_servers.htm (the one at left, note free processor upgrade, free shipping)

    For that price ...

    BTW the PCI-X bus (+3.3 Volts, 32 and 64 bit) is new. The only GSIF card that I can find that will work in these new slots are from RME. That\'s good news.

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