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Old 12-27-2007, 08:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I my current 9-year-old computer (533MGz, 333MHz, 384 RAM, TNT 64 video) is starting to fail (piece by piece). Recently, I have had several thousand dollars of expenses come up. Therefore, I am planning on building my own computer to save money. Anything would be faster than what I have now.

I use it for business, general games, Internet, photo restoration, and multi-media files. I do not need the best (being frugal), but I also do not wish to through my money away on junk. At this time, the lower the cost the better, but I still want a decent system. I would like to build a system that can be upgraded and expanded as finances become available. Some future desires: adding a second SATA CD drive, more RAM, and possibly a second hard drive.

Any recommended suggestions on componenets would be greatly appreciated.
I will be using XP Pro, but may later upgrade to Vista.
CPU: 2.6 to 3.0 GHz
FSB: 800 MHz and up
Motherboard: ?
RAM: minimum 800 MHz, Minimum 2 GB, upgradeable to 4
DVD Writer: LiteOn SATA Super All Write
Video Card: GeForce 8500 CT or slightly higher
Hard Drive: 200 GB+
USB Ports: 4-6
Case: ?
Power supply, fan, etc.

I have never built a system before, but have replaced parts and upgraded parts in a computer as well as computer controlled equipment. Any other suggestions would also be appreciated.

I have noticed that Tiger Direct has several CPU and Motherboard bundles as well Barebones kits. Are these a reasonable option? Does another company have bundles that you would recommend?

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Default Re: choosing components for a build or List a budget first and we can go from there.

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Old 12-27-2007, 06:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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My budget is $550 to $650, excluding the moniter.
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Thanks for the suggestions.

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