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Old 05-05-2006, 10:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am looking to build my own pc but i do not know much about motherboard and processors. So i want to get opinions on what parts and peices i should buy. my budget will be about 5-600. is that enough to build a good computer? the computer is gonna be used for basic internet browsing. dvd encoding and burning, music, and a little photoshop here and there nothing major. i have a socket 478 motherboard now its a dell dimension 4400 if i can use any parts from that even better if not im ok with that. Please help me out as i have no clue what todo .


edit: I also would like to have 3 harddrives.
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Old 05-05-2006, 10:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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well, if you arent going to be gaming, then go for higher cpu and lower video card. If you are going to game, then balance video card and cpu out. Then get 2 gigs of just about any type of ram (if you dont plan to OC), get a mobo with sata ports and get a few WD raptors to fill that criteria. Dont forget to not go cheap on a PSU. If you get a psu/case combo, throw the psu out the window as soon as you open the case. And if you dont know anything, make sure your video card is pci express

also, if you dont plan to game, or at least hardly ever, just get a dual-core intel. If you do plan to game a bit, stick with a dual-core amd.
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You can go lower on the vid card and then spend the rest of what you have on the hdd's...


Case:
ASPIRE X-Plorer ATXB8KLW-BL Black/Blue Computer Case With Side Panel Window
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811144104
$58

Mobo:
DFI nF4X Infinity Socket 754 NVIDIA nForce4-4X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136162
$70.99

CPU:
AMD Sempron 64 3000+ 800MHz HT Socket 754 Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819104241
$85.00

Vid card:
eVGA Geforce 6600 256-P2-N369-T6 Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130260
$99.00

RAM:
Kingston ValueRAM 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Dual Channel Kit System Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820141437
$66.99

HDD:
Western Digital Caviar SE 120GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822144414
$75.00

PSU:
FSP Group (Fortron Source) AX400-PN, 12cm FAN, version 2.0, 2 SATA, PCI Express, 400W Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817104953
$39.99
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No i will not ever game whatso ever never ever...lol last time i played a game on a pc was like 2003

edit: let me add i already have all the harddrives i just need a mobo that will support atleast 3 harddrives
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are they sata or ide hdd's? either way, the dfi mobo would work fine, as long as you only use 1 dvd/cd drive.
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no im gonna have 2 dvd writers lol
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HEY STATIC 11 how would that pc you just put together perform?
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good, i just built that one for a friend...
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good, i just built that one for a friend...
how is the door on that case and whats the high and low points? i dunno im gonna pick out a case think you can help me out with motherboard and things to add in it?
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the front door seems a little flimsy but other than that its pretty durable, nice lights on the front and fans.. nice side panel and plenty of room. i liked it alot.

for the guts, get a crappier video card and then get a better cpu... if you need someone to build it for you, pm me
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