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Old 07-02-2004, 11:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Somone please help me

I have to build a computer for a friend. He doesn't play too many games but some and he will watch DVD movies. He wants a reliable computer that will last for a while. I was first gonna go with this set up.....
Intel Pentium 4/ 2.8E GHz 800MHz FSB, 1MB L2 Cache, Hyper Threading Technology

seagate IDE with 8mb buffer 120 GB

NEC 8X Black DVD+RW/-RW Drive, Model ND-2500A, OEM Bulk

ABIT "IC7" i875P Chipset Motherboard for Intel Socket 478 CPU -RETAIL

SAPPHIRE ATI RADEON 9800SE Video Card, 128MB DDR, 128-bit, DVI/TV-Out, 8X AGP -BULK

SONY Black 1.44MB 3.5inch Floppy Disk Drive, Model MPF920, OEM

Crucial DDR PC3200 ?CL=3 ?Non-parity ?DDR400 ?2.6V ?32Meg x 64 256MB X 2

i was gonna go with this because it has to be under $700....but then lots of people said I should go with AMD Athlon XP2500+ Barton processor with Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe....they said it will have the same performace as 2.8 first of all is this true? If so, this will save me about $110

Also, i found out that i should just get the 64bit since they will start upgrading. I found a 64bit 2800+ for about the same price as the 2.8 ghz, should I just get this, stick with the 2500+, stick with the Pentium 4, or get something else????? I know a little about computers and know how to build one, but I'm really confused here.

And i heard that most Power supplies that come bundled with cases are crap and will break. So i found a power supply [[ Thermaltake W0014 Silent Purepower 480W with Black housing - Xaser Edition ATX 2-Fan Power Supply]] for $55. Can someone find me a good looking, reliable case without a power supply for less than $30??? I looked and looked but all are over $50 and come already with a power supply. I don't want to be ugly either...Oh, and i would like some quiet but efficient fans. I'll probably get 2 or 3 so maybe in the $7 range??

I know I'm asking for alot but I really don't wanna screw this up. I will appreciate any advice. THANKS FOR ALL YOUR HELP!

ALL of this has to be Under $700
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