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Old 11-16-2005, 03:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Which computer should I build?

I've narrowed my choice down to 2 possible setups (one from tigerdirect other from ncix). Computer will mainly be used for music, internet, word processing and some light gaming. Computer will not be upgraded in the future so s754/agp is alright. I will not be OCing. Both are ~$1000cdn +taxes/sh

NCIX $970cdn
ANTEC SONATA II Black ATX 16IN MID TOWER CASE 3X5.25 2X3.5 4X3.5IN 450W AIR DUCT 120MM FAN $130
AMD Athlon 64 3500+ Processor S939 Venice 2.2GHZ 512K L2 Cache 90NM Retail Box
Open Box/Refurbished MSI K8N NEO4-F MOTHERBOARD ATX S939 NFORCE4 DDR PCI-E16 PCI-E4 PCI-E 4PCI SATA RAID SOUND LAN
Corsair Value Select PC3200 1GB 2X512MB DDR400 184PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit
eVGA E-GEFORCE 6600GT 128M DDR3 PCI-E VGA DVI HD OUT VIDEO CARD
Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 160GB SATA2 7200RPM 8MB 11MS NCQ RoHS Hard Drive 5YEARS MFR Warranty

BenQ DW1640 DVD +RW 16X8X16 -RW 16X6X16 Dual Layer +R 8X -R 4X Black IDE Retail Burner W/ SW


Tigerdirect $1030-$180mir=$850
NEC ND3540A / 16x8x16x DVD+RW / 16x6x16x DVD-RW / 8x DVD+R DL / 6x DVD-R DL / 48x32x48x CD-RW / Black / Dual Layer / OEM DVD Burner with Nero Software (4 lbs)
Asus K8V SE Deluxe Socket 754 ATX Motherboard and AMD Athlon 64 3700+ Processor (3.7 lbs) Thermaltake TR2 M6 / Socket 754/940 / AMD Athlon 64/Opteron / Ball Bearing / Copper Core / CPU Cooling Fan (1 lbs) Maxtor / DiamondMax 10 / 160GB / 7200 / 8MB / ATA-133 / EIDE / OEM / Hard Drive (3 lbs)
Ultra Wizard Black ATX Mid-Tower Case with Front USB and Firewire Ports (17 lbs)
Vantec / ION2 / 350-Watt / ATX / 120mm Fan / SATA-Ready / Power Supply (5 lbs) Ultra 512MB PC3200 DDR 400MHz CL3 Memory (0.5 lbs) X2
eVGA GeForce 6600 GT / 128MB DDR3 / AGP / DVI / TV-Out / Video Card (1 lbs)


Let me know what you think and whether I should make any changes.
Also are the tigerdirect MIRs worth it?
Also depending on which system I get, do I need to buy any case fans (if so how many, what size...) or do they come with case or are they unnecessary?
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Old 11-17-2005, 07:57 AM   #2 (permalink)
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id go with the NCIX better quality all round. Although you said you dont plan to upgrade, so the tigerdirect would be the better choice for cheaper and considering your not doing anything extremly demanding.

But all in all id go with the NCIX, good processor, great brands and will last awhile worth the extra money.
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Old 11-17-2005, 01:14 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Where do you live? I know of a good site where one of their stores are located right near my house. They have stores all over Canada, the site is called www.oemexpress.com I found the Athlon 64 3500+ for $239.99
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Old 11-23-2005, 02:32 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Another good site with better prices, at least usually than ncix, is http://www.canadacomputers.com
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