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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-20-2004, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
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Another computer question

Hey all... got a question for you.

My PC is dead. Had a friend crack it open and look at it, and he is pointing his finger at the HD. So I need a new one. Actually... I need a whole new PC since the old one is pretty outdated - and I plan to upgrade it with a whole new one next month. (After a lot of thought I decided it'd be a lot cheaper to just build another desktop system than buy a laptop.)

So until I get the cash together to start over, I'm gonna get this thing rolling again.

I keep seeing these deals at Fry's... 200GB HD for $100. BUT, my system is an ATA-66 bus or whatever... so I won't be able to take advantage of all that space. BUT I *have* seen PCI cards that have an ATA-133 bus interface.

If I go with one of these, along with an ATA-133 compliant 200gb HD... will I be able to boot off of it?

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-20-2004, 08:20 PM
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depends on what operating system you are using. winME, 98 can't see drives over 137gb you will need XP

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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-20-2004, 08:43 PM
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I have had good luck with tigerdirect. You can get very good deals there.
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ATA 133 should downgrade or downclock itself to what ever your MB is compatible with. You can use an ATA 133 with any MB. It is just that you are wasting money on buying a 133 when your system can only max out at the cheaper 66. Mute point nowadays, because it is all 133.

Someone correct me if I'm wrong. I could be completely talking out of my ass. I do that sometimes.

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You're right Jon. If you plug an ATA 133 into an ATA66 MB it will run at 66. Not a bad option if you just want to keep the old one running until you can upgrade the rest later. Dragon's right about tiger direct too. This is a pretty good deal All you have to do is add a hard drive and load the OS and you're good to go.

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I've had good luck with this place for parts and "bare bones"systems I added to

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+1 for NewEgg. Fuck it, +435 for them....

I order ALL my stuff from them and have neve had a problem, and the prices are great.

That being said, you'll probably find a better deal getting a HD from a local superstore with a mail-in rebate.

I'd get a smaller drive, like a Western Digital 160MB 8MB cache from Office[Max/Depot] for %89 after MIR. Then when you get a new computer, you can toss that drive in as a second drive for more storage or for backup.

ANything new wil run fine on an older bus, but the drive just won't be able to run near it's fastest I/O rate.

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Originally posted by chuckie
depends on what operating system you are using. winME, 98 can't see drives over 137gb you will need XP
Also some system BIOS wont recognize over certain sizes no matter what the OS is. My old Compac Presario was like that. Max HDD is would accept was 20GB.

Jum, if you build yourself, theres plenty of places around to build a very high end system cheaper than a comparable prebuilt. I found HDD's at Best Buy on sale cheap as teh net but without shipping. Just gotta look. Mine was built from parts from Best Buy, American TV, Circuit City, (where I got my CPU and my OEM XP Home version for $79) and I paind about $1300 for the whole thing as it sits now. At teh time I finished it, I found a comparable system but with only 120GB vs my 200GB for $2400.

I'm not crazy, my mother had me tested.

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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-21-2004, 10:50 AM
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new egg, it fucking rocks. you can spec out an entire kickass system for roughly 500 including a dvd burner. good times!!

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Posts: 411 is another favorite of mine. Note, Dell is running prices on their boxes pretty friggen close to what I can build one for. If you aren't as familar with building from components, you could go with them.
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I've bought from New egg before and no complaints from me. Shipping is not a rip off either through them.

What you may want to do is wait until you are ready for a new computer instead of buying a HDD now. When I got my last one, SATA was the newer HDD interface, where you can get 10krpm drives and higher throughputs. Probably is even better + affordable stuff now. Why buy old technology?
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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-22-2004, 10:50 PM
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Originally posted by DJDevo is another favorite of mine. Note, Dell is running prices on their boxes pretty friggen close to what I can build one for. If you aren't as familar with building from components, you could go with them.
DJDevo is right...several mfgrs have some great prices going now for back to school. Also check HP...several of my friends and I have them and found them to be on top of Dell's price or cheaper in some cases. You can buy direct from HP like Dell. Don't forget to check out refurb or excess new inventory as well... some good deals to be had there. Check out:

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