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  1. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike2010
    00? I would go with an Athlon 64 3200+ system. Here is what I recommend:

    Motherboard: Abit KV8 Max 3 (VIA) - 9
    Chaintech ZNF3-150 Zenith Ultra (Nforce 3)- 9
    Asus K8V Deluxe (VIA)- 7.99
    Processor: AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Retail - 3
    Memory: Corsair XMS 1GB(2 x 512MB) PC-3200LLPT - 8
    Video Card: Guillemot Hercules 9800 Pro 128MB OEM - 9
    Hard Drive: (2) WD Raptor 36GB Hard Drives in Raid0 - 2
    DVD/CDRW: Lite-On DVD/CD-RW Combo drive - .99

    68.98-39.99

    You can even go for a more expensive route and go Athlon64FX, which I would go with this:

    Motherboard: Asus SK8N (Nforce3)- 7
    Processor: AMD Athlon 64 FX-51 Retail - 0
    Memory: Corsair XMS Registered 1GB(2 x 512MB) TwinX1024RE-3200LLPT - 9
    Video Card: Guillemot Hercules 9800 Pro 128MB OEM - 9
    Hard Drive: (2) WD Raptor 36GB Hard Drives in Raid0 - 2
    DVD/CDRW: Lite-On DVD/CD-RW Combo drive - .99

    75.99

    Or you can go the Intel way with the P4EE:

    Motherboard: Abit IC7-Max3 i875P - 8.99
    Processor: Pentium 4 3.2ghz Extreme Edition - 5
    Memory: Corsair XMS 1GB(2 x 512MB) PC-3200C2PT - 5
    Video Card: Guillemot Hercules 9800 Pro 128MB OEM - 9
    Hard Drive: (2) WD Raptor 36GB Hard Drives in Raid0 - 2
    DVD/CDRW: Lite-On DVD/CD-RW Combo drive - .99

    98.98
    Ya not leavin' much room for a monitor/s, k/b, mouse, case, speakers, etc,....

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    If you want a high end system, Intel, right now, is still spanking AMD. If your dad isnt into o/cing, then get him (all prices usd): 2.8GHz P4 800MHz ($215), a MSI Neo2-FIS2R ($140), 1GB PC3200 RAM (~$230, Kingmax and Corsair are good brands), 60GB Maxtor IDE system drive ($60), a RAID 0 2x Raptor drives array for games ($230), an Antec Sonata case (~$90, great looking and quiet), and a Radeon 9800 Pro 128mb (the XT isnt worth the extra cash, in my opinion). Throw in another $100 for keyboard, mouse, cooling (you'll need another 120mm w/ that case), Arctic silver thermal grease, etc. If he doesnt have a monitor, you can get a nice 19" gaming CRT monitor for about $230 or less. All that together hits ~$1600. You could even get a flat screen if you wanted to. If he likes o/cing, get a 2.4GHz 800FSB CPU and PC4000 RAM and o/c the FSB to 250. Anyways, that should be a very sweet system and your dad should have no hang ups anywhere. Good luck w/ it, : peace2: Mista K6
    Modified Dell 8200 Case:
    -400MHz FSB i850 Intel mobo
    -P4 Williamette Socket 478, 1.9GHz
    -768MB 16-bit PC800 RDRAM
    -MSI GF4 Ti4200 128MB @ 284/581
    -7200 RPM Maxtors: 60GB (2MB) on mobo and 160GB (8MB) on ATA/133 PCI Card
    -Creative Inspire T7700 7.1 Speaker System on an Audigy 2
    -Windows XP Home Edition SP2

    Rock on : peace2: , MiStA K6

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    Go with what soul burner and wiggo suggested and overclock that baby for him. :cheers:
    CPU: Opteron 165 @ 311x9 - 2817.8 mhz - 1.47v
    Mobo: Abit KN8-SLI
    RAM: 2x512 Crucial Ballistic Tracers500 @ 202 mhz 2-2-2-5 T1
    GFX: Asus EAX1950pro @ 648/1408
    PSU: Thermaltake 500w
    SC: Audigy 2 zs
    LCD: 22' Samsung 225bw
    Speakers: Klipsch ProMedia 5.1 Ultra
    Mouse: Logitech G5

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    Thats a good setup but I recommend the ASUS P4P800 instead, you will save $35 and have a better board. The Deluxe is about $20 more but still much cheaper than the MSI.

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    thxs for all the replys but i forgot to tell u i live in canada. and are these canadian prices or other?
    MOTHER BOARD : GIGABYTE K8N-SLI NForce 4
    PROCESSOR: AMD X2 3800+
    GRAPHICS CARD: EVGA 7800GT 256mb
    PSU: Enermax 535W
    MEMORY: Kingston 4x 512 pc3200 = 2GB
    Hard Drive: Seagate 300GB HDD 7,2000 RPM
    MONITOR: 19" Sony
    windows XP: home

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    I am guessing soul burner is talking about US prices.:cheers:
    CPU: Opteron 165 @ 311x9 - 2817.8 mhz - 1.47v
    Mobo: Abit KN8-SLI
    RAM: 2x512 Crucial Ballistic Tracers500 @ 202 mhz 2-2-2-5 T1
    GFX: Asus EAX1950pro @ 648/1408
    PSU: Thermaltake 500w
    SC: Audigy 2 zs
    LCD: 22' Samsung 225bw
    Speakers: Klipsch ProMedia 5.1 Ultra
    Mouse: Logitech G5

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    And so was everyone else. That changes everything then. Would have been nice to know that before, considering a $2000 setup here would cost you what, over $3000 there?

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    Lol, well, if you're talking $2000 Canadian, then you might have to go back on some of those. Also, I was listing the MSI merely cause it's one of the highest performing i865 boards, I don't know what you're determining "better" board by Soulburner. : peace2: Mista K6
    Modified Dell 8200 Case:
    -400MHz FSB i850 Intel mobo
    -P4 Williamette Socket 478, 1.9GHz
    -768MB 16-bit PC800 RDRAM
    -MSI GF4 Ti4200 128MB @ 284/581
    -7200 RPM Maxtors: 60GB (2MB) on mobo and 160GB (8MB) on ATA/133 PCI Card
    -Creative Inspire T7700 7.1 Speaker System on an Audigy 2
    -Windows XP Home Edition SP2

    Rock on : peace2: , MiStA K6

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    I am not going to give you specific parts to buy, but I do have some advice.

    For one, get quality RAM and a lot of it. At least 1 GB. A minimum of pc3200 type and don't buy anything generic. Stick to the big brands. If you want to know a few, Corsair, Crucial, Kingston, Ultra, Mushkin and I am sure there are others.

    Second, don't pour your money into one thing. Level it out among all the key components. Don't just get a $1,000 proc. and have everything else suck.

    Three, i recommend not to get the Athlon XP.

    Four, i would get a VGA with 256 MB. That won't make a difference on today's games, but it will on Half Life 2 and Doom 3. BTW, the 9800 PRO is a good buy. Don't get the nVidia equivalent right now.

    Five, never skimp on the PSU, the case, or the cooling solutions. Both are key components.

    Six, OCing is really kewl, but it might now be for you. Make sure you read a lot about it before running into your BIOS and start changing things around.

    Seven, I think you need at least 80GB of HD space. The raptors are kewl but low in capacity.

    Last, make sure you know what you are doing when making your orders online. A lot of people have been scammed.

    I hope my humble advice was satisfactory.

    CHAOS

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chaos
    Last, make sure you know what you are doing when making your orders online. A lot of people have been scammed.

    I hope my humble advice was satisfactory.

    CHAOS
    thxs 4 the reply and i got this well known guy in town thats can get good stuff prety cheap from the factorys.

    And my dad alredy has a nice monitor, keyboard and 5.1 suround sound speakers from his last computer that he got built about 2 yrs ago. I think his monitor was $1700,lol he had alot bigger buget few yrs ago.
    MOTHER BOARD : GIGABYTE K8N-SLI NForce 4
    PROCESSOR: AMD X2 3800+
    GRAPHICS CARD: EVGA 7800GT 256mb
    PSU: Enermax 535W
    MEMORY: Kingston 4x 512 pc3200 = 2GB
    Hard Drive: Seagate 300GB HDD 7,2000 RPM
    MONITOR: 19" Sony
    windows XP: home

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