What 17/19" CRT monitor+comments on computer specs

  ashley-b 18:47 16 Mar 2004
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Hello
I am planning to get a new computer for gaming, internet and work use. I have come up with the following specs that i think should be adequate:

Processor: AMD ATHLON XP2800+ 333MHZ FSB 512Cache L2 Cache CPU Barton
Memory (RAM): Crucial 512 DDR333 PC3200 DIMM
HDD: Maxtor Diamondmax Plus 9 120Gb 7200rpm 8mb Cache ATA133
FDD: 1x 3.5" 1.44MB floppy (Panasonic Floppy Drive 1.44mb)
CD/DVD: 1x cdrw 52/52/24; 1x dvd 16x
Graphics: Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT 128mb
Audio: Intergrated
Networking: 56K V.92 internal Modem (NOT software based)
MotherBoard: A7V8X SKT A with sound (and usb would be good)
Power (PSU): min: 350watts
Case: Not yet decided
Software: Windows XP Home Edition (inc all disks for drivers etc)
EXTRAS NEEDED: power lead, cables etc
Heatsink
Fans?

I would get a prebuilt machine, but none are cheap enough, or they have a graphics card, so im either going to get a customised one (i.e. not a std one that a company sells to everyone...instead one they build exactly like i want), or ill build it myself. What companies would you recomend i look at? I find simply very good. Are there any others that send out a catalgue or offer any finance things (buy now pay later, interest free stuff etc)?


Only thing missing is a monitor. I think i would need a 17 or maybe a 19 inch monitor. What ones would you recomend? It must have a good dot pitch (0.25 or under i belive is classed at being pretty good), good refresh rate (very important), good max resolution (max i would use would prob be 2048*what ever, 900 or something like that i think).

Thank you. Any crisism about the specs would be great. I want to know exactly what you think of it........

  ashley-b 19:26 16 Mar 2004

ok, it didnt add the 'new paragraph'. Ill post the specs again, but this time double tap return..that should make it easier to read...

Processor: AMD ATHLON XP2800+ 333MHZ FSB 512Cache L2 Cache CPU Barton



Memory (RAM): Crucial 512 DDR333 PC3200 DIMM



HDD: Maxtor Diamondmax Plus 9 120Gb 7200rpm 8mb Cache ATA133



FDD: 1x 3.5" 1.44MB floppy (Panasonic Floppy Drive 1.44mb)



CD/DVD: 1x cdrw 52/52/24; 1x dvd 16x



Graphics: Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT 128mb



Audio: Intergrated



Networking: 56K V.92 internal Modem (NOT software based)



MotherBoard: A7V8X SKT A with sound (and usb would be good)



Power (PSU): min: 350watts



Case: Not yet decided



Software: Windows XP Home Edition (inc all disks for drivers etc)



EXTRAS NEEDED: power lead, cables etc

Heatsink

Fans?

  byfordr 09:44 17 Mar 2004

What price range have you got?

Nice 19" CRT iiyama 454, I think you can pick it up for around £230 click here

You can pick up DVD burners for under £50 now
click here May be worth the extra £10 or £20

If I remember correctly the xt graphics card are a stripped down version. You can pick up the 9600 pro for about £70 click here==

When you have decided run everything through click here click here click here click here

HTH

R

  Stuartli 14:51 17 Mar 2004

If you are prepared to go with a 19 or 21in refurbished monitor, click here and numerous other similar outlets sell them for stupidly low prices these days.

This is a 19in for £65 including VAT at BigPockets:

click here

The 21in is sold out....

Many more:

click here

  ashley-b 16:20 17 Mar 2004

ok thanks. Have your got any monitors that you could recomend for gaming? one iwht good dot pitch, refresh rate etc

From what ive been told, the xt is an 'overclocked' version of the pro version...If it is true what you (byfordr) said, ill just get a pro version!

  byfordr 17:29 17 Mar 2004

DiamondPro 930SB - 19" (may be NEC or Mitsubushi) or Iiyama 454. The Diamond Plus 93SB - 19" is about £200. I would say the iiyama is the best quality and value.

Sorry was doing a few other things at the same time as posting so didn't word it very well!
I don't think there is a massive difference between the xt and the pro (unless you want half life2 and its a good price)

What budget have you set yourself?

R

  ashley-b 19:52 17 Mar 2004

hi
ok thanks for teh help
im on a low buget. I don't really want to spend more than 600, but i know i will have to

I found a "19" Iiyama VisionMaster 1451" which i think is a cheap version of the 454 by something i read...Anyway, what do you think of it for just over £110?

Ive come up with a newer system now, which is, unfortuantly more expensive, howver it is a better system...i hope..what do you think of it?

3½" Floppy Drive

1YR ON-SITE PC WARRANTY (S2U)

System Labour Charge

AMD AthlonXP 2700 [2.17GHZ 333] RET

Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe

Corsair 512MB XMS3200LL DDR SDRAM

LiteOn 52X52X32 CDRW

120GB Maxtor D/Max ATA133/7200 8MB

ALIEN CUSTOM CASE silver-450W

ATi Radeon 9600XT 128MB DDR AGP

56K Internal PCI Hardware modem

19" Iiyama VisionMaster 1451

Microsoft Windows XP Home OEM


Thanks
-Ashley

  ashley-b 19:52 17 Mar 2004

oh yeah, forgot, that is for £789 on aria.co.uk.
Is there anything i could cut to get the cost down a bit?
thanks

  ashley-b 19:54 17 Mar 2004

...so its clearer

3½" Floppy Drive


AMD AthlonXP 2700 [2.17GHZ 333] RET


Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe Corsair 512MB XMS3200LL DDR


SDRAM LiteOn 52X52X32 CDRW


120GB Maxtor D/Max ATA133/7200 8MB


ALIEN CUSTOM CASE silver-450W


ATi Radeon 9600XT 128MB DDR AGP


56K Internal PCI Hardware modem 19"


Iiyama VisionMaster 1451


Microsoft Windows XP Home OEM

  woodchip 22:22 17 Mar 2004

I got a 19ins CYBERCOM at MAKRO about 4 months ago on spacial offer cost me just over £105 very good

  byfordr 00:17 18 Mar 2004

If you have a limited budget go for a smaller screen...17" iiyama 413 is in no 3 in the recommended section on pca. As its the thing you are constantly looking at when using the computer buy the best you can. If you want a big
screen the 1451 should be fine. Make sure you have a look before you buy

Drop to a 9600 pro...use the money elsewhere

I have found the maxtor to be good drives (I've got the 200gb one) You could pick up the 160gb version for a extra tenner.

The memory is a good brand, failing that you may shave a few pounds by using click here

With a 450w power supply you'll have more than enough for any future needs.

Good luck with it all

R

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