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Old 01-23-2008, 09:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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A friend at work suggested I post here for advice. Here goes nothing.

I built my PC 7 years ago, and have made slight upgrades over the years (cpu, vid card, etc.), but nothing recently. I'm looking to upgrade, and to do so I'll probably have/want to replace everything. I started looking around online, and realized I haven't kept up with technology. I know absolutely nothing.

I MUST update my motherboard, cpu, RAM, and cooler. I'll also need another vid card and power supply, since I'm only running a 400w that's a few years old. I can get away with my dvd drives for now.

I think the new Hard Drives are much faster (?), so I should probably upgrade that. Now that I look at it, I suppose I need a whole new system.

The only thing I use this for is email and gaming. I don't game on it a lot, but I want it to work well when I do.

I'm cheap. The systems I've looked at online are all under 1000 bucks, including the monitor ($200). What sites do you recommend to purchase from? What system is suggested? I've searched the forums and seen a lot of suggestions, but i don't really understand many of them.
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Old 01-23-2008, 09:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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My suggestion, build it yourself. You get the best system that way. Go to newegg.com, filter the products you need by price, and sort them by customer ratings. Pick and choose what products you think will work for you put them on a public wishlist and show your lineup to us and we will critique it. It is really hard to configure an entire system for a complete stranger based on a single post, imo. Even if you live outside the US, newegg.com is a great place to start. They have a huge amount of products and an even bigger amount of customers that give great reviews. Also, newegg.com has great detailed buying guides to show what to look for in the product. This whole process will take some time.
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Old 01-23-2008, 09:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
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My suggestion, build it yourself. You get the best system that way. Go to newegg.com, filter the products you need by price, and sort them by customer ratings. Pick and choose what products you think will work for you put them on a public wishlist and show your lineup to us and we will critique it. It is really hard to configure an entire system for a complete stranger based on a single post, imo. Even if you live outside the US, newegg.com is a great place to start. They have a huge amount of products and an even bigger amount of customers that give great reviews. Also, newegg.com has great detailed buying guides to show what to look for in the product. This whole process will take some time.
I've been at this for some time. I have a few lists compiled. I try to move them onto newegg (they are at tiger direct now) and post the list.

I appreciate the help. Thanks.
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I seldom recommend pre-builts, but the parts in this one is worth more than the price:
Acer - Aspire Q6600 Desktop - AM5630-U5209A
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500 GB hard drive
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Old 01-23-2008, 10:35 PM   #5 (permalink)
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That Acer doesn't look bad, not that I'd know.

Here's the NewEgg wishlist I transferred over.
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Old 01-24-2008, 12:18 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Looks good but I do have some suggestions/alternatives:

PSU: Newegg.com - Thermaltake Purepower W0100RU ATX 12V 2.0 500W Power Supply 115/ 230 V UL, CUL, TUV, FCC, and CB certification - Retail

CPU (only if you are overclocking): Newegg.com - AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Brisbane 2.6GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Black Edition Processor - Retail

GPU: Newegg.com - EVGA 256-P2-N615-TX GeForce 7600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

RAM: Newegg.com - G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

Don't forget the case. A good one is: Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

I tried to keep these in your price range. Don't feel like you have to switch to these parts... just think of them as alternatives. BTW, I love creative speakers, I own the L3800's and two of their mp3 players they rock.
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Old 01-24-2008, 07:41 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks! I don't know anything about overclocking. I think I did my current set up when I installed it, because someone walked me through it. I have my case from my current PC. Can't I re-use it? It's pretty easy to work with.

The Acer that Trotter linked to. Would that be a decent machine to buy, then just toss in a higher end vid card?
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Old 01-24-2008, 07:49 AM   #8 (permalink)
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If you like your old case go ahead and keep it. And yes that Acer is a beast for the price. But to upgrade the video you may have to upgrade the psu too.
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Old 01-24-2008, 08:20 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Am I blind, or does it not list the PSU?
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Old 01-24-2008, 08:51 AM   #10 (permalink)
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That psu may not be adequate. I would recommend this one.

Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX ATX12V V2.2 450W Power Supply 90 - 264 V UL, CUL, CE, CB, FCC Class B, TUV, CCC, C-tick - Retail

Watts are not important the amps on the 12v rails are and this Corsair has a single 33A 12v rail. Also Corsair makes excellent quality psu's.
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