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Old 05-23-2006, 08:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 'Budget' PC.

I need some help with this, gotta keep it under $1500... I'm horrible about choosing the noted parts below, help would be greatly appreciated.


Case - Thermaltake Tsunami VA3000BWA Black Computer Case With Side Panel Window - $108.99

Power Supply ???

Case Fan ???

MotherBoard
- ASUS A8N-SLI Premium ATX AMD Motherboard - $158.99

CPU - AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ 2000MHz HT Socket 939 Dual Core Processor - $357.00

Memory
- Kingston HyperX 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Dual Channel Kit System Memory - $90.99


HDD - Western Digital Caviar SE16 250GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - $89.99

CD/DVD-ROM 1 - SONY Black IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1615/B2s - $19.99

CD/DVD-ROM 2 - Pioneer 16X DVD¬ĪR DVD Burner With 5X DVD-RAM Read Black ATAPI Model DVR-111D - $35.99

Sound card - Creative Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS SB0350 Sound Card - $64.99

Video Card ???

Monitor ???

Keyboard ???

Mouse ???
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Old 05-23-2006, 10:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Do you want to get an AM2 setup instead? It came out today and should be easy to buy in a few days.

For the video - get a eVGA 7900GTX CO or the 7900GT KO

PSU - Antec purepower 550w

Monitor - Viewsonic 19" 4ms
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Old 05-23-2006, 10:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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We must assume this is for gaming so here are my thoughts/opinions (others will give their own):

1. Drop the CPU and instead get the Athlon 3200+ for $135.00 at NewEgg. Or consider the 3700+ San Diego, an Opteran 144 or 146, or an X2 3800 + Manchester. Less money and all are great ocers including the 3200+ venice.

2. Unless you are going to run SLi and your going to buy a second video card, don't get a SLi motherboard because it will be a waste of money. Besides, there is great debate about the cost to performance ratio with SLi and that is why I didn't pursue it.

Suggestion: EPoX 9NPA+Ultra. Great motherboard that is rock stable at stock settings and a good satble overclocker. Many people have this board including yours truly in my new build. By the way you can get this for under $100.00.

3. I have a Thermaltake and I love it. How many case fans come with that model? Mine comes with 2 120 mm fans and it does the job, so you might not need to spend the money on a case fan unless you are planning to overclock.

4. Power Supply - Antec TruePower 2.0 550 W or Fortran 480W or an Enermax. You can get these for right around $100.

5. Video Card - Look at the x1800 GTO ATI or the Nvidia 7800 series.

6. Monitor - believe it or not this will be one of your most expensive items. For a good one from the 17" to 19" range get ready to spend around $300, plus or minus by about $30, for a Samsung or ViewSonic LCD deal. NewEgg has some great deals going on right now along with the Athlon 64 3200+ cpu for $135.00. If you are a gamer you don't really want any monitor whose response time is higher than 8ms.

7. Keyboard and mouse - go to your local Staples, etc. and pick it out. Be aware that Logitech Optical mice have issues with Windows 32 system and give you the dreaded Blue Screen of Death with a Stop Error. I speak from personal experience because I have one and I've gotten these screens. The Mouseware drivers 8.0xxx through 9.1 are the cause. Perhaps the latest opticals have better drivers. The MX310 still comes with the 2003 9.1 driver and it is a pain beacuse Logitech has yet to change the driver. Why they still ship it out in shiny new boxes knowing this issue is irreponsible.

* If you shop smartly and wisely and make decisive decisions you can build a great system for $1,500, I know because I have done it.
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DVD-ROM isn't needed. You can copy DVD's without it.

Motherboards have pretty decent sound chipset's, so sound card isn't needed.

Everything else doesn't seem like a "budget" PC. Dell is budget PC's
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DVD-ROM isn't needed. You can copy DVD's without it.

Motherboards have pretty decent sound chipset's, so sound card isn't needed.

Everything else doesn't seem like a "budget" PC. Dell is budget PC's
But DVD drives are needed to play DVD discs and some games are going towards DVD release. For the price they're worth getting.

Totally agree that this really isn't a "budget" PC.
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yes but a dvd burner will read dvd discs. which is what talldude meant no doubt.
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Well, the only reason I was going to go all-out for the mobo, was so when I had more money, and wanted to upgrade, I wouldn't have to throw out the motherboard. And note the ' ' around Budget, implying no REAL money saving value, more of a money-restriction.
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Read this, it might help with your decisions...

http://www.extremetech.com/article2/...1825693,00.asp
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