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Old 12-21-2004, 07:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Build the best PC for under $1000.

It can be AMD or Intel. I can be swayed wither way.
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Old 12-21-2004, 07:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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best gaming PC, best server PC, best mulitmedia PC? fastest PC? what are you looking for in general, what do you plan to use it for?
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Old 12-21-2004, 07:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Alright dude, here's my best shot for $1000:

CPU- AMD Athlon 64 3000+ ...$150

Motherboard- ASUS K8V SE Deluxe ...$116

RAM- Corsair XMS 1 GB PC3200 ...$198

Hard Drive- Western Digital 80 GB ...$60

Video Card- eVGA nVidia GeForce 6800GT ...$395

Case- RAIDMAX w/ 420 watt power supply ...$48.50

Optical Drive- SONY DVD/CD-RW Combo 52x32x52x16...$39.99

Floppy Drive- SONY Floppy Drive ...$7


For a grand total of $1048. I realize it is a bit over the $1000 limit, however I think it would be worth it to save up the extra 50 bucks. There a couple things I need to explain. The CPU is socket 754, and yes, I realize this isn't upgradeable, however this CPU will be good for a long time, and also it is considerably cheaper than a socket 939 CPU. Otherwise, this computer is a beast, and that video card will keep you very happy
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^^^^^ i would cut back on the 6800gt and get a 6600gt instead. the 6800gt isn't worth nearly twice the price for a little better performance. that should save you around $175. you should then get a good PSU from a trusted brand to give power you those nice parts. usually PSU that come with cases aren't that good.
and i also recommend a little more HD space. i mean if you are spending $1000, at least get 120gb. if you make those changes, everything will fall under $1000
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the raidmax PSU in pizzathehut's post will be quite sufficient to power that machine. my 420 raidmax psu powers my machine in my sig, and that's with my proc oc'd to 3.51ghz and the card running at ultra speeds with unlocked pipes.
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Check out this motherboard, you'll save like $30. http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduc...0-061&DEPA=1If

Then you can cut back on the video card and get just the 6600gt you'll have a total of about $200+ savings. You could use that to buy a nice heatsink, and a 74gb WD Raptor HD. That would increase your performance greatly trust me. Besides that motherboard is beast!
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A-TOP Gladiator Silver ATX Mid Tower Case With 450W Power Supply, Model "AT878-BK 450W" -RETAIL
Item# N82E16811105144
$96.99
Samsung Black 52X32X52X16 DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive, Model TS-H492A/WBGH, OEM
Item# N82E16827151051
$39.99
Thermaltake 90mm BLUE LED Fan for PC case and CPU fan, Model "A2017" -RETAIL
Item# N82E16811999121
$12.60
SONY Beige 1.44MB 3.5Inch Floppy Disk Drive, Model MPF920, OEM
Item# N82E16821103109
$7.00
Western Digital 80GB 7200RPM IDE Hard Drive, Model WD800BB, OEM Drive only
Item# N82E16822144102
$54.40
Corsair XMS Extreme Memory Speed Series 184 Pin 512MB DDR PC-3200C2PT - OEM
Item# N82E16820145420
$99.27
ASUS "A8V Deluxe" VIA K8T800 Pro Chipset Motherboard For AMD Socket 939 CPU -RETAIL
Item# N82E16813131510
$135.00
AMD Athlon 64 3500+, 512K, L2 Cache, Socket 939 Windows Compatible 64-bit Processor - Retail
Item# N82E16819103463
$274.00
Logitech X-530 5.1 Black Speaker System -RETAIL
Item# N82E16836121118
$53.00
Leadtek nVIDIA GeForce 6600GT Video Card, 128MB GDDR3, 128-Bit, DVI/TV-Out, AGP 8X, Model "A6600 GT TDH" -RETAIL
Item# N82E16814122206
$219.00
Product total: $989.75
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