View Full Version : First time computer building

01-05-2002, 09:57 PM
Hey all, I am considering building a new computer so I quickly wrote up a list of components I might use.

Here is the list:

Case: Aopen H600A, Mid Tower Case, 300W ATX PSU, White, Front USB
$252.98 (incl GST)

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-8SRX motherboard, Socket 478, Pentium 4 to 2.0GHz+, 400MHz FSB, 3xDIMM, DDR, 1xAGP, 6xPCI, 1xCNR, 2xUSB, Audio, ATA-100, ATX
$255.52 (incl GST)

CPU: Intel Pentium 4, 1.60 GHz CPU, 400 Mhz FSB, Socket 478, Boxed with fan
$433.44 (incl GST)

RAM: Generic 256MB, DDR-SDRAM, PC200/266
$198.79 (incl GST)

Video Card: Asus V8200T2 Pure video card, 64MB DDR, GeForce3 Ti 200, AGP
$434.70 (incl GST)

Floppy: Panasonic 1.44MB, Internal, Floppy Disk Drive, Beige
$40.16 (incl GST)

CDRW: Diamond Data DD321040 CD-Writer, 40R/32W/10RW, Internal, IDE
$294.93 (incl GST)

Hard Drive: Maxtor D740X, 60 GB, 7,200rpm, 2048K cache, ATA-133, IDE Hard Disk Drive
$318.78 (incl GST)

Mouse: A4Tech SWW-21, Wheel Mouse, PS/2, OEM
$26.16 (incl GST)

Keyboard: Genius KB-10X, PS/2 Keyboard
$36.53 (incl GST)

OS: Microsoft Windows XP Home Upgrade

Creative Sound Blaster Live! DE 5.1 SE Sound Card
$185.96 (incl GST)


-No dial up because I use ADSL and already have a external modem

-XP upgrade because As far as I know you can install on a clean HDD and use a Windows ME disk for the upgrade to work.

-Not sure if i'll get the sound card or not....

Basically, Will it work? and do you recomend anything?

01-05-2002, 10:03 PM
It probably will work. Though you might be able to get some of the componets cheaper from either www.hotchips.co.nz or www.dragonpc.co.nz Also a Atlon XP system would probably be cheaper and faster.

01-05-2002, 10:10 PM
I'm thinking about getting a AMD system. But i've got 2-3 months before I probably buy the components so i've got plenty of time to decide wether I get Intel or AMD.

Thanks for the site url's too!

01-05-2002, 10:28 PM
nice case don't forget case fans

need monitor? cd drive? speakers?

a usb mouse would be better.

i prefer AMD for better speed and $$$

02-05-2002, 06:45 AM
I would also bump up the RAM to 512MB. If your spending this much on a new system the extra RAM would be good.

I would also look at a AMD based system (for speed and price)

02-05-2002, 10:26 AM
oops i forgot to add get a sony floppy drive as they are quieter and less trouble some than the panasonics.

02-05-2002, 11:43 AM
-The case has 1 8cm fan installed and 2 more optional. I've been told because I am going to use a High end Geforce card it would be best to get another one. Thinking about getting a XinRuiLian RDM8025B, 8cm Ball Bearing Case Fan.

-Already have a 17' CRT and a Boston Speaker System to use. I was thinking of using the CDRW for CDROM, but I have a 50x in a spare computer so I can always use that. I don't really care about a mouse right now, anything will do.

Ian Jourdain: I am trying to get the price down as much as possible, so I will have minimal ram to start with.

Going to change the HDD to the same model but with Fluid Bearings, mainly because it's only $4 cheaper.

Because I am trying to save as much money as possible I might get a Benq 3210A CD-Writer, 40R/32W/10RW, Internal, IDE, OEM. Instead.

P.S I probably won't be getting all the parts from Ascent Technology, i'm just using the website as a place to select parts, once I have a final list of components, I will have a look through other websites and see where I can get cheaper prices/better parts for cheaper prices.

Thanks everyone for your help!

02-05-2002, 11:49 AM
Oh and does anyone recomend a good AMD Motherboard for between $250 to $350?

02-05-2002, 11:59 AM
Hi Jamie,

I would recommend the Soltek 75DRV5 using the KT333 chipset.

Always rated amongst the very best Athlon motherboards, and available for well under $300.00.


02-05-2002, 12:24 PM
Don't waste you time with Win XP stick to 98 sec edition for gaming, its leaner and far faster requires less cpu memory etc.
go the AMD way much cheaper and more bangs for your bucks .I have a Gforce 3 for sale if you want for $550 will chuck in a few games with it as well tennisplayer43@hotmail.com

02-05-2002, 02:53 PM
Unless you have a real preference for the Asus GeForce 3 TI 200 I would go with a Leadtek for around $50 less.......I think from memory www.hotchips.co.nz has them on special for around $380........

Also keep in mind the GF4 TI 4200 is due for release shortly and should retail for between $500~$600 and outperforms any of the GF3's by a substantial margin.....

so if you don't mind waiting that would be a good way to go.............

as for a CD-Rom......it is far cheaper to wear out a CD-Rom for day to day use than a CD Writer..........

02-05-2002, 03:48 PM
Athlon 1700XP is cheaper and faster than the pentium, and the Soltek motherboards that go alongside an athlon absoloutly rock. Our 1600XP with a Soltek M/B ran for about 7 days without reboot on 98SE....just need a little application from the downloads section on this site that frees up ram when you run out. Judging from all the comments on this site, XP is till too buggy for games and the likes at this point of time. Brand new GeForce 3 expect to pay 449+GST or a little bit more.


03-05-2002, 11:06 PM
from personal experience do not get any Mitsumi and Diamond Data products. They are bad!! Both of these products broke down and Quay Computers in Wellington refused to do anything. They said he receipt was their's but the hardware were not their's!

Mitsumi had failed in 3 months and the Diamond Data 6months. Our 4X Creative Goldstar performs better than them.

04-05-2002, 10:18 AM
I've had a Diamond Data CD-R for a year and i've never had a problem with it.