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Old 12-07-2007, 06:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Help and suggestions on what new comp I should buy and where?

Hi, I'm a mostly broke college student planning to buy a computer with financial aid in January, and I don't have any idea what I should get. =P

All I know is I want it to:

be as inexpensive as possible (no higher than $750, preferably closer to $300-400 though)
play games like Sims 2 without any lag
play 3D MMOs like RO2, preferably any lag there being the server's fault :P
run large multi-layer files in Photoshop without any trouble
run multiple IM chat windows in combination with these things
play high-quality video files (like H264) without lag
have at least a 120gb hard drive (more is totally better though)
have Windows XP and NOT Vista
have a CD burner
not overheat and crash
preferably have more than 3 USB ports
have a decent sound card and a good graphics card
it needs a monitor to come with it - lightweight is better
I'd like it to have a floppy drive, but if such thing as a USB floppy drive exists, then I don't really care about that.
and not be TOO huge and bulky - I want this to be something I could probably carry to a friend's house on the bus or something without too much trouble. If there's something that isn't teeny tiny but is way cheaper than said teeny tiny computer, I'd be willing to sacrifice that, though.

A laptop fitting these categories would be awesome, but I don't know if it would come as cheap as $750 (and about every laptop in the world seems to have Vista now), so a PC is okay.

Also, if I could be pointed to a cheap scanner/printer combo in addition to this, that'd be great

This is my first post on the forums here, so I'm sorry if I made any mistakes in where I put this topic... I know I hate it when people do that in forums I frequent, so hopefully I didn't mess up!

Thank you!! <3

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Old 12-07-2007, 09:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You can create great budget builds off of Check out their barebone packages, which include mobo case and psu. Also, a good monitor alone will run you $200-$300. I just built a $300 budget build for my girlfriends parents, however it used on board sound and graphics and for your applications that may not be enough. Therefore, I suggest just checking out the barebone kits and matching it up with a descent cpu, vid card, sound card, and of course ram. There is alot of products which would work for your budget and situation so I did not list anything too specific

Asus P5Q Deluxe
OCZ Reaper 4gb (2 x 2gb)
Intel e8500 (ocing but need to learn more)
WD 640gb 7200rpm
Visiontek HD 4870
Corsair 750tx 750w
Thermaltake VH6000BWS
Vista Ultimate 64-bit
Xigmatek Rifle 1283 with retention bracket
Samsung syncmaster 226bw 22
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Old 12-07-2007, 04:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: Help and suggestions on what new comp I should buy and where?

Monitor for $170 - Acer AL1916WAbd Black 19" 5ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 700:1 - Retail

Barebone: $120 (case, mobo, psu) - ASUS V2-M2V890 AMD Socket AM2 AMD Athlon X2 / Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64 VIA K8M890 2 x 240Pin VIA Chrome9 Barebone - Retail

Hd: $48 - HITACHI Deskstar 7K160 HDS721616PLA380 (0A32728) 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

Ram: $18 - WINTEC AMPO 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Desktop Memory - Retail

dvd drive: $28 - SAMSUNG Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache PATA 20X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM

Graphic card: $57 - ASUS EN7300GT SILENT/HTD/256M GeForce 7300GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

Cpu: $60 - AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+ Brisbane 2.1GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Processor - Retail

Comes out to around $500 before shipping (some free shipping items in there as well) and can do light gaming, even has a dual core processor.
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Old 12-07-2007, 05:22 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Here's one aiming for the $750 end of your budget: - COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail - GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail - SAPPHIRE 100176L Radeon X1950PRO 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail - FSP Group (Fortron Source) AX400-PN ATX12V 400W Power Supply 120/220 - 240v NEMKO, TUV, CSA, IEC, UL, CE - Retail - Intel Dual-Core E2180 Allendale 2.0GHz 1MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail (overclock to 3+ GHz) - G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM - SAMSUNG Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVD&#177;R DVD Burner - OEM - Windows XP

Comes to $570, but doesn't have a monitor yet. After you add a monitor, should be around $700-$750.

Edit: I'm a desktop man, and would usually recommend those over laptops. However, if you think a laptop would be more convenient for your schooling, $750 should be enough to get a pretty nice one. I remember Dell had some 'design your own laptop' thing that seemed to be a decent deal.
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