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Old 06-20-2008, 10:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My Mom and Dad have been thinking about a new family computer, one that is low budget but still good enough for some low end games that my sister will be playing (and maybe me until I get a good rig) I have put together a parts list and one of the big things I am having trouble with is which OS should I use XP Home XP Pro or dare I say Vista Home. I am leaning to XP Pro because XP is more reliable then vista (So I have heard) and most of the other computer in my house use XP pro, accept for my laptop. Now we have a server in our house, it's not hooked up I don't know if it will be again it was used before but it isn't being used now (long story don't ask) anyways I haven't noticed many difference's between XP home and XP pro, will XP home be enough of should we go with XP pro?

Anyways here is the list of parts I have put together all are on newegg, all suggestions are welcome the total is $486.19 with OS. We don't need a monitor, we have a lot laying around and we are planning on getting a flat panel one at the state sale for around $75.

I got a lot of the items from the pc parts guide

Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
Newegg.com - LITE-ON Black 16X DVD-ROM 52X CD-R 32X CD-RW 52X CD-ROM SATA Combo - CD / DVD Burners
Newegg.com - Logitech SBF-96 Black 3 Buttons 1 x Wheel PS/2 Wired Optical Mouse - Mouse
Newegg.com - Logitech Value 100 Black 104 Normal Keys PS/2 Standard Keyboard - Keyboards
Newegg.com - BIOSTAR TFORCE TA780G M2+ AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards
Newegg.com - ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks
Newegg.com - AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ Brisbane 2.2GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor - CPUs / Processors
Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows XP Professional With SP2C for System Builders - Operating Systems
Newegg.com - Antec earthwatts EA380 380W ATX12V v2.0 Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, FCC, TUV, CE, CB, C-tick, CCC - Power Supplies
Newegg.com - OCZ Value Series 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5400) Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
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There is nothing wrong with vista (except home basic that is a joke) however if you want XP go with pro.
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Ok so is everything else good? other then the the power supply?
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thats an IDE optical?
sure you don't want sata?
just big fat ugly IDE cable
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I changed the drive to SATA
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Looks good to me.
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You might want to add a HD3450 for hybrid Crossfire since you plan on gaming.

Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100233L Radeon HD 3450 256MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

I recommend going with Vista Home Premium since it is cheaper than XP and should last you longer.

Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 32-bit English 1pk for System Builders DSP OEI DVD - Operating Systems
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Ok I think I will get the radeon HD 3450. How do I Crossfire the HD 3450? I know their is an external crossfire thing or is their a need for some sort of a bridge?. Also I don't need a power supply anymore I found one lying around the house

Also with Vista Should I get more RAM? I've heard that it needs a lot of ram to run good.
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You should probably get 2gb of ram for Vista.

As far as hybrid crossfire goes I think it is internal so you wouldn't need a bridge.
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