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Hello all,Well, last evening we had the storm of all storms, and my satellite modem and dish was blitzed by lightning . . .hence my year old computer will not turn on, have checked everything, it's toast.Am thinking of new hardware. Has the new Intel Cantelwood 875P MB been released yet?If not, I'm thinking of the Abit 875P skt478ddratx, and the 3.06 P4 CPU with 1 gig of pc3500 ram. I believe my old hard drives and vid card are ok, as they fire up on my old computer all right.Anyone have experience with this setup up and if not how bout some 3 Gig P 4 suggestions?Thanks in advance . . . boy do I hate lightning!ClayB52Drivr@aol.com

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That's gotta suck Clay! Yeah, the new Intel is being shipped with some new ones that I have seen, so it should be out. Haven't any experience with it, but ran across a review at a tech sight on it, did really good! There is another review on it at an FS site, go to the frontpage and scroll down, you'll find the link.Might want to invest ina good powerstrip for those unexpected powersurges! I have one I spent about $100 on and it has a lifetime gaurantee if it doesn't protect my system, we get some nasty storms here in Dallas! LOLRegards, Michaelhttp://mysite.verizon.net/res052cd/mybannercva1.jpg

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Canterwoord is out, but I'd stick with AMD if I were you. And, get a powerstrip/surge protector, it would have saved you A LOT of trouble, not to mention they're cheap.

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The review Michael referred to above can be found here:http://simhq.com/The link is in the top left of the page, listed under the Latest Features.

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Hello All,Well, since the cantelwood IS out, that is the way I am going . . . in checking the complete system, (which had surge/power strips up the ying yang/) I find the lightning strike hit my direct pc dish and lmb/which worked its way down the coaxial cable, to the dish modem and then up the usb cable to my MB. End of story -- MB and processor are junk.However the vid card, regular modem, cd, 3.5 and such are all ok, along with the 420 am power supply . . . strange, huh? ram is junk and mb and processor, so it looks like when my retirement check comes this month, there is a new 3.0/cantlewood/3700 ddr ram in my future.I'm a Pentium guy and want to stay that way.Thanks for all of your tips and assistance.Clayton T. Dopke (Clay)Major, USAF (retired)Flight sim/less for a month...arrgggggggg!!!!!! Oh, and you can never go home . . . after living with my new system, my old 800 mzh PIII I gave to the kids, just doesn't cut it...LOL

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>HI Clay,>>Sorry to hear about your calamity.>>I think once you sit down at one of these, you will understand>that change is good. :-)>>http://www.michaelscomputers.com/MX7IntelX.htm>>MiltonMilton, did you get one of these systems?? Impressive specs! I have found a similar system for a few hundred cheaper with a monitor and speakers that I am thinking of getting. I am real curious as to the 256 MB Radeon, didn't know they came out with that!! Thanks for the link!Regards, Michaelhttp://mysite.verizon.net/res052cd/mybannercva1.jpg

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we had a massive hail storm in atlanta last night. I found out afterward a small funnel cloud was starting to form 2 streets down from me but only lasted a few seconds . I got pictures of the after math. It's really amazing. If anyone wants to see some I will post them in the screen shots forum :) . I tell you though it sounded like a bomb was going off. It was quite scary. Thank god everyone is ok and there is only a very small ammount of damage. Now to your question of new hardware..Iam not much of a intel fan for gaming but I see no reason why a p4 3.06ghz would not be a good buy .I would also consider a APC back up unit. It can be a life saver. I also think I would get 768MB ram and save a few hundred bucks and buy a nice Mitsubishi Diamond Pro 930SB monitor :) . It's a black CRT flat screen. It goes up to 1920x1440@ 75hz. It had a anti glare screen as well . This is great montior for the money. They also make a 22" version of it for $760 :) . good luck with getting the new set up Capt.Richard Dillon (KATL)www.jetstarairlines.comhttp://hifi.avsim.net/activesky/images/wxrebeta.jpg"Lets Roll" 9/11 -----------------------Specs AMD 2400 XP MSI KTV4 768MB DDR 2100Asus GF4 ti 4200 128MBSB Audigy Gamer Ch Products Yoke and Pedals(usb)Windows XP pro SP1a

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Michael,That is my first choice but a little pricey for me. I would love that MB, video card, and disk setup but may have to settle for the low-end machine there. I like Michael's setups and tuning.My second choice is an Alienware machine with customiztion to get the 9700 card:http://www.alienware.com/gaming_main_desktop.aspxThirdly, this seems to have good options on the high end:http://www.cyberpowerinc.com/Intel_sys.htmWill decide over the next week, then purchase.I'll let you know.Milton

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Hey Richard, I've been thru a tornado twice, it is a scary feeling! Glad you came out ok!I have been an AMD man since day one, but with the new 800 front side bus on the new INTEL MOBO, it is getting harder and harder to stay that way! I have an Athlon 1.4 with 1 gig Micron DDR, a G4 4600, XP pro and the 29.45 drivers, and while I am getting good peformance, it is starting to show it's age and I am about to upgrade. from all the reviews I have seen the INTEL setups are edging out the AMD ones. If I build my own I will go with AMD and if I decide to buy a new one I will probably go with the new INTEL setup. I am really looking forward to DOOM III and it will take some power to run!BTW your VA site is very impressive, looked at you guys while doing research on my own! Love the liveries!Milton, thanks for the other links, while I think Alienware are good systems, they are extremely overpriced. I have a friend that got one a few months back and really likes it, but feels like he should have shopped more. If you go with one of those check the details, look for ATA133 on the HD and go with the Radeon 9800 if you have the option, alsoo if you have the space go wioth a CRT over LCD, cheaper and better picture in my experience. Keep me informed on what you get, I think it will help in my decision. Regards, Michaelhttp://mysite.verizon.net/res052cd/mybannercva1.jpg

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