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Old 04-16-2006, 03:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was leaning towards a Laptop for college, but just got a change of heart. And want a much better PC instead...

Here's the specs I am looking for...

100GB HD minimum
A pretty huge flat screen monitor
I will be playing doom 3 / BF2 type games...
This will be for college, so MS word and all must be included...


I was looking at the XSP M170 Laptop, but I figure I can get MUCH better in a PC, for even cheaper...

So, what are my options?

I would rather not build the computer myself... I built the computer I am on right now with the help of a friend and it sucks...

Heh... Let me know, thanks...
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Old 04-16-2006, 07:22 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I built one for about 1470 shipped.

Dfi Lanparty UT Ultra-d mobo
Amd Opteron 165 dual core processor
Evga 7600gt video card
1gb g.skill extreme ram
320gb 16mb cache Western Digital harddrive
Logitech X-530 5.1 sound system
Rosewill wireless+ laser mouse (pretty good)
Hyundai B90A 19" 8ms lcd (it rocks)
Antec P-180 case (pretty sweet case)
EDIT: Forgot Power Supply- Cooler Master RealPower 450

A complete system except for the keyboard. It is fast and overclockable. I run games like CoD2 on ful resolution of my lcd (1280x1024) on high settings no problem. The dual core processor overclocks easily, runs cool, and is fast. The stock heatsink has heatpipes and sometimes the cpu is so cool the fan turns off by itself.
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Old 04-16-2006, 08:13 AM   #3 (permalink)
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nice build, but this guy wants MS word.. and probbaly windows xp as well... god only knows how much ms word costs..(since you'd have to get office to get word... )
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Old 04-16-2006, 10:17 AM   #4 (permalink)
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K here is what should get u started

Thermaltake Tsunami $100
DFI Ut Ultra-D $120
Amd X2 3800+ $295
Corsair XMS 2x1GB dual channel $150
eVGA 7900GT $300
WD Caviar 250GB $120
Viewsonic VP930B $350

that totals about $1400
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that just leaves, a PSU about $50, keyboard/mouse $50. and an optical drive $30
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Old 04-16-2006, 11:11 AM   #6 (permalink)
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ASPIRE X-Plorer ATXB8KLW-BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail, $58.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811144102

ENERMAX Whisper II EG565P-VE FMA(24P) ATX12V 535W Power Supply 90V~135V or 90V~265V UL, cUL, TUV, CB - Retail, $88.50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817103512

DFI LANPARTY UT nF4 Ultra-D Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail, $122.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136152

AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Manchester 1GHz HT 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket 939 Dual Core Processor - Retail , $295.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103562

CORSAIR XMS 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory - Retail, $165.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145486

eVGA 256-P2-N563-AX Geforce 7900GT CO 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail , $319.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130281

LG Black 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 5X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM, 5X DVD-RAM DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2M Cache E-IDE / ATAPI DVD Burner - OEM, $37.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827136063

Western Digital Caviar RE WD1600YD 160GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM, $85.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136009

BenQ FP71G+ (Black) Black 17" 8ms LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 500:1 0.264mm Pixel Pitch - Retail, $199.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824014100

Microsoft Comfort Curve 2000 B2L-00047 Black 104 Normal Keys 9 Function Keys USB Ergonomics Keyboard Mouse Included - OEM, $24.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16823109156

Microsoft Office Standard 2003 Student and Teacher - Retail, $134.95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16837116136

Total Price = $1,531.41


Goes over you budget it a bit, but it wouldn't if you didn't need MS Office. You don't need a OS do you? Because if you do, it will bump up the price even more.
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Did you guys miss the part where I said I didn't want to build it?...
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Oh, sorry, missed that. It's cheaper to build it though man, just because you built a computer that sucked, it doesn't mean everyone after that will suck too.
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Old 04-16-2006, 11:37 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Ahhh... I guess I could build it... Just a pain considering I don't know much...

Here's what I currently have...


ASYS 8676BW Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case --- Retail Value = $30.50

DFI LANPARTY NFII ULTRAB Socket A (Socket 462) NVIDIA nForce2 Ultra 400 ATX AMD Motherboard --- Retail Value = $109.00

SAPPHIRE 100566L-Red Radeon 9800SE 128MB DDR AGP 4X/8X Video Card --- Retail Value = $127.00

AMD Mobile Athlon XP-M 2400+ (45W) Barton 266MHz FSB Socket A Processor Model AXMH2400FQQ4C --- Retail Value = $76.00

mushkin 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model 991145 --- Retail Value = $123.00

Thermaltake Extreme Volcano 12 80mm 2 Ball Cooling Fan/Heatsink --- Retail Value = $32.99

LITE-ON CD Burner Black IDE Model LTR-52327S --- Retail Value = $23.50

DVD-RW reader/burner --- Retail Value = $49.00

ENERMAX Noisetaker EG375P-VE-SFMA ATX 370W Power Supply Retail Value = $43.00

120GB Hard Drive...
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Anything worth salvaging from my old comp? Or should I just sell the thing...
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