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Old 09-13-2006, 04:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Lightbulb Customizing Computer. I'm not building.

I am customizing a computer at A.F. Computer Consulting Inc.

This is what I asked for in the system:

Processor: AMD Athlon 64 3800 Socket AM2 Retail Box
Motherboard: Asus M2V
Memory: 1GB RAM (ocz26671024vcd-k)
Hard Drive: 250GB-16MB WD2500YS Sata2 Western Digital
Video Card: EAX1600 pro 256MB
DVD or CD Writer: Liteon DVD-rom
Sound Card: Integrated 8 channel Audio with Coaxial/Optical S/PDIF
Ethernet Card: Integrated Marvel Gigabit
Case: Black and Silver Case
Keyboard: Microsoft Keyboard
Mouse: Microsoft Optical Mouse
Software: Windows XP Home Edition SP2 & Sticker SU
Monitor: I've got my own.

Price: $856.95 - Floppy Drive $ + GST and PST (around 100 more I think?)

Please tell me if the pricing is good. Their warranty is 3 years and they only charge $15 for shipping and handling. I want to lower the price, plus maybe have replace the DVD Drive with a DVD Drive and Burner. Tell me if anything needs to be changed for better performance or less price. I am trying to lower the price to around $800 or lower. I want my computer to be fast and be able to handle Counter-Strike: Source smoothly.

*I have also a 40GB Hard Drive
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Old 09-14-2006, 01:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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No one answers my forum because I am new to this forum? Kind of hopeless forum.
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Old 09-14-2006, 01:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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No, but because that isn't building a computer. You lied!

Not too sure on US prices but I don't think that is a great deal.
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Old 09-14-2006, 02:15 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Well not me building it. THEY building it. It's Canadian dollars. Meh, I guess there aren't too many bright people that know about computers online at the moment. I still need to know whats good and bad in my systems -_-
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Ahhh. Sorry I usually check, good deal then.
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Old 09-14-2006, 03:32 PM   #6 (permalink)
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its an ok build, but what power supply do you have in there?

and also, you can get a DVD burner for like 30 bucks USD... they do become useful at times so i would suggest looking into that.
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For $800 dollars you shouldn't be wasting your time with a system like that. That's about $700 USD, right?

E6300 Core 2 Duo -- $200
Mobo -- $100
1GB Ram --$100
100GBish HD --$70
DVD Burner --$30
Case and PSU --$100

Then get whatever video card you want for a hundred dollars or so-- maybe a 7600GS? Viola, you've got a computer that will eat Counter-strike alive, and won't be obsolete in three weeks.

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Dipique, components cost more in Canada than in the US. C$850 is around £400 (off the top of my head.)

You will never get C2D into that budget even if he built it himself.


Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Dual Core Processor LGA775 Conroe 1.86GHZ 1066FSB 2MB Retail
In Stock 19142 $259.98 $259.98

Gigabyte GA-965P-S3 ATX LGA775 Conroe P965 DDR2 PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 3PCI SATA2 GBLAN Audio Motherboard
In Stock 19870 $157.55 $157.55

OCZ Special Ops PC2-6400 1GB 2X512MB DDR2-800 CL5-5-5-12 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit
Backorder 19054 $166.41 $166.41
Check to delete an item
YOUR TOTAL $583.94

To give you an idea - from ncix.
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Don't be ridiculous. Check it out-- the Egg will rock this one:

SAMSUNG 18X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model SH-S182D - OEM
Rosewill R6A34-SL 0.8mm SECC 120mm Fan ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail - Retail
ALPS Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive - OEM
Western Digital Caviar RE WD1600YD 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
3D Fuzion 3DFR76256GSE Geforce 7600GS 256MB GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
XClio 450BL ATX 450W Power Supply - Retail
A-DATA Vitesta 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model ELJPE1908K - Retail
ASUS P5L-MX Socket T (LGA 775) Intel 945G Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe 1.86GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6300 - Retail
Microsoft Windows XP Home With SP2B 1 Pack - OEM

$760 USD, $850 Canadian.

Same price as the other computer, but a heck of a lot sweeter. It also has plenty of room to be scaled down if you don't want to pay that much, but this is what I'd suggest.

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The main issue though is if he feels comfortable building his own or not.

If not, then not a bad deal really for a pre built. But like it's been noted, if you can build it yourself, regardless of the exchange rate, you could do better.
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