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Old 01-26-2006, 04:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, first of all, I currently have one of these:



I have a mouse, keyboard, speakers, cd rom drive/burner, and my friend's old video card.

I want a new comp primarily just to speed up my life. I plan on playing a little Counter-Strike and eventually upgrading video card to play the higher end games but right now I just want a kickass fast comp.


Hard drive: I don't use a lot of space and just want a fast machine. I have an old 20GB that I can use as my "****" drive but want a faster one to put important programs on. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822144200

CPU: Again, I just want a fast comp, and will upgrade vid card later for higher performance gaming.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103539

Mobo: I really don't know what to put with the AMD 3700. Any help?

Power Source: I don't really understand what the difference is between this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817147006 and this : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817708001
Any help for the newb would be greatly appreciated.

Memory: I guess dual channel is better? What should I look at for a very fast comp?

Case: I don't care one bit what it looks like, in fact I would prefer it to be as simple as possible (so as to not scream "steal me!"). I don't want to spend more than $100 here. I'll probably just grab one with a top-fan at the local computer shop.

Monitor: I have a 15" so something a little bigger would be nice. This is not a big issue. Any suggestions? I plan on playing some nice games in the future, so I guess that is a factor.

Sorry for the lack of anything concrete, but I'm a bit new to this. Also I want to spend every penny of my $1000 and can possibly go a little over. Thnx.
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COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel, SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Western Digital Caviar SE WD800JD 80GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM

ViewSonic VA702b Black 17" 12ms LCD Monitor - Retail

DFI LanParty UT nF4-D Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

eVGA 256-P2-N386-AX Geforce 6800GS 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail

ASPIRE ATX-CW500WP4 ATX 500W Power Supply - Retail

CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model VS1GBKIT400 - Retail

AMD Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Processor Model ADA3700BNBOX - Retail

Total(before tax): $991.97
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COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel, SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Western Digital Caviar SE WD800JD 80GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM

ViewSonic VA702b Black 17" 12ms LCD Monitor - Retail

DFI LanParty UT nF4-D Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

eVGA 256-P2-N386-AX Geforce 6800GS 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail

ASPIRE ATX-CW500WP4 ATX 500W Power Supply - Retail

CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model VS1GBKIT400 - Retail

AMD Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Processor Model ADA3700BNBOX - Retail

Total(before tax): $991.97
He could get like.. an AMD x2 3800 w/ a 7800gt if he keeps his old moniter...
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The configuration above ($991.97) is without shipping and you still dont have an operating system including in that figure unless you plan on pirating one. If you choose to do that keep in mind that pirating an os is a lot more serious than downloading music illegaly. By the way though I am selling my pc, and it is a lot more powerfull than that for near the same price. PM me if your interested, and if not have fun building your pc.

About the power supplies, the more expensive one just has a lot more features plus power clensing. You dont need it. Its designed more towards high end servers.
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I don't need 80 MB of HD space. Is there a 20 GB or 30 GB 10,000 RPM hard drive for the same price? (I have an old 20 GB 5400 RPM HD that I can just throw **** on.)
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Sorry but that is the ugliest computer I have ever seen.No you need the space with most new games.40gb minimum.Dude 20gb could be filled in one day, at least to me it seems that way.
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ok for a grand i think i can help a little here.


mobo--- http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...988&CatId=1745 ----$75

cpu--- http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...?EdpNo=1526470 ----$330

case--- http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...224&CatId=1847 ---$45 and looks pretty nice

ram--- http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...6829&CatId=147 ---$50 each for 512mb (mobo will hold up to 4gb)

psu---(400w psu comes with case but ill include somethin with a little more juice) http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...436&CatId=1079 ---$45

hd--- http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...?EdpNo=1642561 ---$85(100gb hd)

os--- http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...8&Sku=M17-7500 ---$90(xp home edition oem version)

monitor---- http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...5108&CatId=166 ---$80

keyboard/mouse--- http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...416&CatId=1482 ---$80

speakers---- http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...0058&CatId=487 ---$10

cd drive--- http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...26548&CatId=87 ---$24


price before taxes/shipping----$964 minus about $170 if you keep your current monitor/speaker combo, mouse, keyboard or minus around $215 if you choose to use the 400w psu included with the case so if you decide to keep your monitor/speakers, mouse, keyboard and go with the psu included with case you are looking at $749 before taxes and shipping

and that is a pretty decent gaming machine for about $1000
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Bio star i don't know much about that motherboard if it is good or not but i know that MSI and also DFI LanParty's are good motherboards for AMD and i would stick with Newegg.com look at these to links and you tell me which one is better and cheaper:
CPU AMD x2 3800+:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103562

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...?EdpNo=1526470
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the only real difference between them i see is the fan with the one from tigerdirect.com but if you plan to liquid cool that is obselete anyway. but newegg.com is way overpriced on most things, thats why i went to tigerdirect.com. but yes i would definitely go with the one from newegg in this case because i would probably liquid cool but thats me. but for this particular build without liquid cooling i guess the fan is an asset but that can be found pretty cheap as well.

not a flawless build by any means. but reasonably priced(could be better,) and very upgradable as far as the memory and vc goes with the 4gb ddr pc3200 400mhz ram capacity and pci express slot.
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usually you want to try not to use stock cooling unles you have to or you are jsut simply not overclocking in which you wouldn't need a better cooling system but both of those either from tiger or newegg should be the same fan which comes in the box (retail) which should be the same fan unless you open it up and change and close the box
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