View Full Version : picking out a new comp, need advice

17th Apr 2004, 08:51 AM
I'm configuring a new computer from ibuypower.com, and have a couple of questions.

1) Is the Geforce FX 5600 128 meg a good video card? For just an extra $17, I can upgrade to 256 meg
2) What is a good motherboard? RIght now, the one that is selected is:
Abit IS7-E i865PE Chip 800FSB DDR400 w/LAN, 5.1 Sound, USB 2.0 8x AGP Motherboard
3) Raid (controller/configuration) - what exactly is it, and do I need it?
4) P4 3.0Ghz CPU "Hyper THreading Ready" what does "Ready" mean? Does it have HT, or does "Ready" mean I have to do something else to get HT.

You can see all the choices I have here (http://www.ibuypower.com/ibp.net/store/configurator.aspx?mid=90)

Thanks :)

17th Apr 2004, 01:11 PM
1) If you want an nvidia card and ar on a budget, you should strongly consider either the FX 5700 or the FX 5900XT/SE. Both of those cards are much better than the 5600, and (IIRC) both are priced ~$200. If you want an ATi card, conisder the 9600 plain/Pro/XT.
2) That motherboard should be fine.
3) RAID (Redundant Array of Independant Disks) is a technology that allows you to combine multiple hard drives to function as one, or mirror one hard drive on to another so that if you lose data on the first, you always have it on the second. It can only apply if you have more that one hard drive.
4) HT Ready simply means that the CPU is capable of HT, and it will work provided your motherboard supports it. I personally haven't seen a P4 board that didn't support HT since the P4 launched years ago.

17th Apr 2004, 09:08 PM
Thanks :) Do you know if that motherboard I named supports HT? That is the only description it has, and I don't see any HT stuff in it :\

18th Apr 2004, 09:15 AM
Oh and, would it be better to get the GeForce FX 5700 Ultra 128 meg or the GeForce FX 5700 256 meg (no ultra) ?

18th Apr 2004, 09:29 AM
I'm almost positive that the motherboard you picked supports HT.

If it's a decision between the Ultra 128 and the non-ultra 256, I would choose the 256. It cheaper, and you can easily overclock the card past the Ultra speeds.

Good luck with the new comp!

21st Apr 2004, 03:19 PM
About the harddrives, is it worth the extra bucks to go with Maxtor instead of the default no-name brand?

Well now actually looking at it, it's only like an extra $20 to upgrade...

22nd Apr 2004, 06:28 AM
ATA drives with 8MB cache are well worth the price premium over the 2MB jobbies, performance is comparable with SATA dives. :tup: