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Thread: New Computer Builder (eek!)

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2005

    Default New Computer Builder (eek!)


    My first post on here was asking for advice on what company to buy a
    computer from. Now--with your advice and some soul searching--I have
    decided to build it myself. I have a budget of around 2k, and am
    looking for a system to do it all: gaming, tv, photoshop, usual home
    stuff, etc.

    Here is what I have in mind after some research. Everything is from New
    Egg cept speakers and keyboard/mouse. I would love your opinions and
    advice; the more the better:

    $125 CASE: Antec Performance One P180 ATX Mid-Tower

    $160 MOTHERBOARD: ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard

    $500 CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ Toledo 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Dual Core Processor Model ADA4400CDBOX

    $320 VIDEO: eVGA 256-P2-N515-AX Geforce 7800GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16

    $206 MEMORY: CORSAIR XMS 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Dual Channel Kit System Memory

    $160 PSU: Antec Phantom 500 ATX12V 500W Power Supply 100Vac to 240Vac +/- 10% TUV, UL, CUL, CE, CB, FCC

    $230 for 2 HARDDRIVE: Western Digital Caviar SE16 250GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

    $144 TV TUNER: ATI TV Wonder Elite Remote Control Edition PCI Interface TV Wonder Elite Remote Control Edition

    $22 FLOPPY: Mitsumi Floppy 7-in-1 USB Card Reader/Smart Media Internal Drive (Black)

    $50 DVD BURNER: PLEXTOR Black IDE DVD Burner Model PX-740A-BP-BL - OEM

    $22 DVD" SONY Black IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1615/B2s - OEM

    $57 SPEAKERS: >>CIRCUIT CITY<< Creative Labs InspireŽ P5800 5.1 speaker system, black
    $100 New Keyboard/Mouse

    = $2096

    Already have 21" widescreen monitor

    I'm happy right now with the integrated sound.

    How does that look?

    Any advice? changes? suggestions?

    Thanks so much,

    * wish *

    ------------------------- : Time Travel MUD</pre>

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Minnesota, United States

    Default Re: New Computer Builder (eek!)

    I see no reason to go for a case that expensive. Get something cheaper that you like the looks of.

    I really see no reason to have an SLI motherboard, since you're not even using SLI. Go for a motherboard using the nForce 4 Ultra chipset.

    Go with OCZ Platinum instead of that Corsair. It has much lower latencies and only costs $10 or $15 more after the rebate.

    $160 is way too much to spend on a 500W PSU. Try this.

    With this budget, I'd say it's worth spending a little extra for a dual-layer DVD burner.

    $100 for a new keyboard and mouse? Maybe if you're getting a Logitech MX1000...
    otherwise, that's way too much. You can get a good keyboard (wireless or not) and a good wired gaming mouse for a lot less than $100. Also, a mouse and keyboard will be cheaper on Newegg, even with shipping. Of course, this is all assuming you haven't bought them already.

    I don't see much reason to be using onboard sound with this system, especially with those 5.1 surround sound speaker. Get a 24-bit Creative card.

    I can't tell you about the TV Tuner since I don't know much about them, but I do know that most people seem to like ATI's TV tuners.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2005

    Default Re: New Computer Builder (eek!)

    Thank you for the response, very helpful!

    * wish *

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