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Building a Personal Video Recorder/Personal Computer

Posted on 2004-03-23
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Greetings,

I would like to get some recommendations on the configuration that
assembled at Newegg.com.  The computer is going to be used for normal computing applications and will double as a personal video recorder (like a Tivo).  I have a link to my wish list below.
Specifically, I was advised to go with a processor that has an 800MHz
front side bus and would like some recommendations on the best overall
price/performance value.  Your advice is greatly appreciated.

http://secure.newegg.com/app/WishR.asp?ID=672309
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Very nice components you got lined up there!

I noticed two things:
1) The cpu you chose is a P4 2.8b, which has a 533 FSB.  You want the 2.8c, which has the 800 FSB.

2) You chose an 865 chipset motherboard.  Why not get an 875 chipset board for the same price?  I recently bought an Abit IC7-G for about the same price, and unless you are going for features on the Asus, why not get the real deal chipset?  I have purchased Asus motherboards also, but I think the Abit is a better value here.
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I agree with Callandor about the 875 chipset.  It will give you a little better overall preformance.

Have you thought about getting a TV tuner instead of the AIW.  The AIW 9600 is a very nice card.  To save you some money, maybe,  you could get a 9600 pro and a tv tuner.  It might save you some money, might not.

Overall your system looks very nice.  
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I chose the ASUS board because I heard that they make a very high quality/stable motherboard.  I am not worried about cost.  I just want a top notch motherboard.  I agree that I should go with the 875 chipset.  Can you provide me with some recommendations?  I did make note of the Abit IC7-G and will look into it further tomorrow when I have a day off from work.

Thanks for the advice!
~Jim
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The Abit IC7-G uses the 875 chipset, and newegg sells it for the same price.  If you want, you can step up for more features in the IC7-MAX3, but that's about the same as the Asus P4C800 Deluxe.
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Can I ask why the grade of a C?  I reason would be nice to help people out better in the future.
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Yes, jwm1976, do you realize that a C grade means we barely helped at all?  Did you know you were giving a C?
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