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Linux.com: The Frag-O-Matic 9000 [a Gamer's 'Dream Machine']

Sep 23, 2000, 21:05 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Richardson)

"My dream game machine is just that ... a dream. If I had the money to put this together, I'd pay off the car loan instead. But one must dream, and I will share the dream with you. Don't faint when you see the price tag on this computer, and don't think you have to have this system to play today's games. Once I have my dream laid out for you, I will give you the layout for a system most computer users can afford."

"While Intel makes a great processor, the upgrade path for the Pentium III looks to be short lived. AMD's latest Athlon is a solid CPU, and the Socket A design should go to 1.5 GHz before the end of the year. ... The MSI 6330 motherboard is still my pick for Socket A processors. It uses the VIA KT-133 chipset, providing UDMA/66 and AGP 4X. Combine this motherboard ($127) with a 1 GHz Athlon ($480) for the base of my system. Since any CPU over 600 MHz requires a respectable amount of cooling, I'm not going to skimp on the fan. The ThermalTake Golden Orb ($16) is not only the coolest looking fan I've ever seen, it keeps the CPU uber-cool."

"While 128MB is fine for the average system, I'll go overboard with 256MB of CAS2 PC-133 SDRAM from Micron ($326). ... The king, the mack-daddy ... Brian needs the biggest 3D rendering monster the can find. That need is answered by the Hercules 3D Prophet II GTS 64MB ($387). ... A good video card requires a good display. Compaq makes the TFT8020 ($3382), an attractive 18.1" flat-panel LCD that supports an array of resolutions and mounting options (wall mount, swivel-bracket or table-top)."

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