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Old 07-02-2004, 11:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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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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Old 07-02-2004, 09:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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you have made some pretty good choices, but let me set the record straight

A) as much as I love AMD a athlon 2500+ will not perform as fast as a p4 2.8e, however it is a better choice for your friend

B) the switch to a 64 bit os on the mainstream will take 2-3 years if not more.


Athlon 2500+ $80

Abit NF7 $64

Memory (RAM) $52 x 2 = $104

Hard Drive $80

Floppy Drive $10

Graphic Card $163

DVD burner $67.99

Power Supply $75

Case $28

Case Fan $8.99

Total = $681

Also, on the case cut out the fan grills.

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Old 07-03-2004, 05:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Looks good i would go with a cheaper psu though, also why loud thermaltake fans search for quiet db ones 2.8ghz is better but for the budget the 2500+ would be better like sewerbeing said.
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Old 07-03-2004, 06:14 PM   #4 (permalink)
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i think the 2.8 would be the best.. causse its just a very CPU. I just upgraded to a 2.8 with HT and same one u said.. I love it its soo fast. I had a 2.66 before this with No HT and with 400FSB and now this thing is soo fast.
Intel 2.8GHZ 800mhz FSB
Western digital 120 GB HD
Western digital 40 GB HD
Asus P4p800s motherboard
1280MB of ram
Xaser III Red and Blue case
Antec 550 watt PSU
BACK TO GOOD OLE CPU FANS(serious not kidding)
ATI readon 9800xt 256 MB
8x DVD burner
52X cd burner
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Old 07-06-2004, 08:15 PM   #5 (permalink)
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if hes not gonna play games i suggest getting a cheaper gpu around 100 would be good 4 dvds

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Old 07-06-2004, 08:15 PM   #6 (permalink)
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also ur spendin $90 on the case if he dosent really care get a $30 one with a ps they are out there that way u got extra $ 4 other things 4 it


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