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 Post subject: $1,000 - Go crazy :p
PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2005 5:21 pm 
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One thousand dollar PC. Excluding Monitor, speakers, mouse and keyboard.

Can we say....lean machine?

Yep!

Go on!

If the price goes a little over, it's fine. Just don't go too crazy ;)

Looking for a decent Videocard (nothing super great).

An athlon 64 and at least a gig of RAM.. Is this possible?

I'll be ordering from newegg so.. if you can refer me to links on that site, that'd be great. Thanks in advance guys :)


Edit--- - - - I just newegg'd it and this is what I have so far. Tell me if you think it's a good idea. k?

Case - Coolermaster Cavalier - $70
Motherboard - ASUS K8N-E Deluxe NVIDIA nForce3 Chipset - $125
CPU - Athlon64 3000+ -$140
Hard drive - Western Digital 250GB - $135

Not sure about RAM or Video Card yet. The X700 is 200 bucks, that would bring the total so far to $670.

Not sure about RAM though.. any ideas?


Ummm what else do I need?


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Are you going to OC?
Using it for gaming?
I would say a
3500+
Corsair Value Ram, only over 100 by a little
NEC 3520A
Audigy 2 ZS
Geforce 6800GT
forgot the rest, those will be the mininum


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2005 5:52 pm 
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Uhh.. 6800GT?

Isn't that like.. 500 bucks? heh. Thats half of my budget right there bro.

And no, not going to OC. Might get into gaming though, this computer is too crappy to run any games so I don't game now. I'll be doing a lot of video editing, and possibly gaming.

You say get a 3500+ eh? I chose the 3000+ in my original post.. I'll check on the price for a 3500+.

hmm..

maybe I should get a p4?


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i also recommend and amd for your budget. newegg is a good site but also you can check out www.zipzoomfly.com www.mwave.com www.pricegrabber.com for good deals on computer parts.

with your budget you can get a good system:

http://secure.newegg.com/app/shoppingca ... 27-152-039

its a little over a grand but a a pretty good system.


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woops, made a boo boo in the last link, here is the link again and only this time, its $1030 dollars instead of 1086 dollars.

http://secure.newegg.com/app/shoppingca ... otionCode=


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keymaker wrote:
woops, made a boo boo in the last link, here is the link again and only this time, its $1030 dollars instead of 1086 dollars.

http://secure.newegg.com/app/shoppingca ... otionCode=


Link doesn't work for me.. Screenshot it maybe?

Edit* what do you guys think.. should I get a p4?


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keymaker wrote:
woops, made a boo boo in the last link, here is the link again and only this time, its $1030 dollars instead of 1086 dollars.

http://secure.newegg.com/app/shoppingca ... otionCode=


when posting newegg stuff, keep in mind you're using a site that uses cookies, you can save a cart on their server though. back when someone asked aobut a $1000 complete system i saved a jpeg of it. http://img144.exs.cx/my.php?loc=img144& ... r1k0gt.jpg

it's not for power, i just wanted to see if i could do an easily upgradable system using that 20" lcd.


For your vidcard, i'll definitely recommend ati's x800xl. It keeps up with the 6800 gt, but costs far less (pci-e, i've seen agp's costing about 350 though). It's $300 on ati's website. - edit - scratch that, cannot find the link to it anymore. poopoo on ati for raising it to 350 also thought it was pcie.

for memory i use 2 of these http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDe ... 008&depa=0

The price is at a low on newegg. It was at $70 last week. It's beautiful - will run at 2-3-3 at ddr400, and at 450, it's running at 2.5-3-3, with a minor 0.1 boost in voltage (easily within safety limit). it's autodetected as cas 2 at ddr 400, 2.5 at 433.

i've been able to take this stuff to 468MHz. After than i dunno whoch gave out, the cpu or the memory. good enough though :)


that case comes with a psu? on the side of mid level stuff, i like the coolmax 450 - about $50. Of course there's always high quality brands, antec, coolermaster, zippy, pcpower and cooling etc.


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Awesome.. The coolermaster cavalier is like 70 bucks.. any idea where i can get a window for it?


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Boemagi, use PNG for screen shots. Jpeg compression makes text look shitty.


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Okay, for $1,000 here is what I would get.

AMD Athlon 64 3500+ S939 Winchester Retail $299 shipped
Chaintech VNF4/Ultra Nforce 4 Ultra Mobo $99 shipped
Corsair Value Series 2x 512Mb (1GB) Pair CAS 2.5 $113 shipped
Chaintech 6600GT Video Card with 128MB DDR3 and 128 bit $193 Shipped
Maxtop Signature Series II Case $46 shipped (I own this case and it is a fantastic deal, cools my 500mhz overclocked Barton down wonderfully)
Thermaltake Silent Power 480w Power Supply $56 shipped
Seagate Barracuda 120GB SATA Hard Drive with SATA II extensions $99 shipped
NEC 5320A 16x DVD+/-RW $55 shipped
Light On 16x DVD-ROM Drive $25.50 shipped
Vantec Stealth 120mm Case Fan $16.50 shipped

That should be just about everything.

Total comes to: $1002 shipped. (Holy shit, I didn't watch my prices at all! :lol:)


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Belboz99 wrote:
Okay, for $1,000 here is what I would get.

AMD Athlon 64 3500+ S939 Winchester Retail $299 shipped
Chaintech VNF4/Ultra Nforce 4 Ultra Mobo $99 shipped
Corsair Value Series 2x 512Mb (1GB) Pair CAS 2.5 $113 shipped
Chaintech 6600GT Video Card with 128MB DDR3 and 128 bit $193 Shipped
Maxtop Signature Series II Case $46 shipped (I own this case and it is a fantastic deal, cools my 500mhz overclocked Barton down wonderfully)
Thermaltake Silent Power 480w Power Supply $56 shipped
Seagate Barracuda 120GB SATA Hard Drive with SATA II extensions $99 shipped
NEC 5320A 16x DVD+/-RW $55 shipped
Light On 16x DVD-ROM Drive $25.50 shipped
Vantec Stealth 120mm Case Fan $16.50 shipped

That should be just about everything.

Total comes to: $1002 shipped. (Holy shit, I didn't watch my prices at all! :lol:)


i would get this but with this case if you dont think tis case is good proof of its goodness

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2005 7:17 pm 
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$1000.00 can get (from newegg):

CPU=3500+ (s939) -$267

Mainboard=MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (s939)-$143.00

Memory=2 sticks of Crucial Ballistix PC-3200 (ddr400) 3.2 GB/s -$230

PSU=OCz PowerStream 420w -$101.50

Hard Disk=Seagate 80gb SATA w/NCQ-$70.00

VGA Display Adapter=eVGA nVidia GeForce 6200 (256 mb DDR, PS 3.0, DX-9, 300/500 -$129

Case=Antec Plusview 1000 AMG w/window-$75.00

Total=$1015 w/o shipping

Add some thermaltake 80 mm fans for $9 a piece and a Lite-on DVD burner for around $40 (if you don't already have these items)


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Awesome InstigatorX.

I really, really, hate that case. I guess I'll get a different one and maybe a 6600GT video card... I can probably get a few extra bucks.


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Hey no prob.

Well, the case itself is very nice. Very spacious with plenty of bays. If the looks just aren't your cup of tea, I would try some of these:

KingWin KT-424-BK-WM

Cooler Master Wave Master

Lian-Li


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Belboz99 wrote:
Total comes to: $1002 shipped. (Holy shit, I didn't watch my prices at all! :lol:)



LMAO!


Advil wrote:
Awesome InstigatorX.

I really, really, hate that case. I guess I'll get a different one and maybe a 6600GT video card... I can probably get a few extra bucks.


I'll 2nd the case :P My opinion- you are not gaming, why spend a lot of cash on the vid card? A BFG 6800 OC 128mb card should be fine for you, check out ebay, there are a lot of them listed. Also do a search of tech bargains keep your eyes open. Fry's has had them on sale- do not snooze on the sales though if this is the card you want. Either way, check out your local Best Buy and see what BFG cards they sell. I'm running a BFG GeForce FX 5900XT OC 128MB- I do not game. You can find them here

There is nothing wrong with the Cavalier- it's a beautiful case & the price is right. It is similar to the wave master but much cheaper- allowing you more cash for other things. Just remember, your not gaming, why buy more than you need? Buy something decent, that will run say Doom 3 (go to their site & read requirements). If you need to upgrade later you can.

Go to price grabber & make an account- then shop for parts- add them to your shopping list. You will get a notification when prices come down.

For what you plan on doing, there is a nice 40 gig Hitachi for under $50. It has decent seek times. Next, I would surf the Sunday ads for a 160+ slave HD to store your photos on. 160's can be had for as low as $50- so for $100 you can get 2 drives.

I would not get anything less than a 64 3200+ processor, if I could work the 3400+ into it, I would. My son's 3200+ runs slower than my 3200+ Barton.

You asked about a Pentium system, what I would do is price one out and go from there. I'm not up on P4 prices, so I really can't give you an answer on that. I will say that I am thinking of building one just for the hell of it. I go with AMD because they offer more bang for the buck, but remember, if you do price out an Intel system- stay away from the Celerons.

*I have to plug Intel every now & then, it pays my sisters salary :wink:


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Okay, my take. My goal on this one was to include the X800 XL, from CompUSA preferrably, if possible, to reduce costs (obviously).

$700 left in the pot! Let's see what I can do...

Chaintech VNF4 Ultra
Athlon 64 3000+
G. Skill PC3200 Gig pack
Enermax Noisetaker 420W ATX v.2.01

The essentials. The motherboard is THE budget motherboard to get for the nForce4 Ultra series. I aimed a little low for the processor since the extravagent videocard forced me to. The G.Skill RAM is a total waste of money (not really) if you're not overclocking. Stick to the Corsair budget pack if so. Lastly, the power supply is ATX v.2.01 compatible meaning the ATX connector has 24-pins - somewhat needed to supply extra stable power to the videocard. Cost so far? $480.88/$455 (depends on RAM) shipped, videocard not included.

Let's look at storage:
WD 1600JD
NEC 3250A-BK (this one comes with a combo if you're interested in them) If not, go with the cheaper version.

You get decent storage with the 160GB WD and the 3520A is basically the budget do it all drive.

Total (w/o case): $936.38/$913.50

Keep in mind that you can flex anything the way you want it (the options!). With this setup, you get high end graphics as opposed to the 6600GTs and under everyone else is recommending. However, you drop back slightly in the processor department which can be negated slightly by overclocking. If you don't go with the G.Skill RAM, you get some cash leftover if you were going with the Cavalier case.

Somehow I feel like I've forgotten something.

Anyway, good luck! :)


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Thanks guys!

I didn't realize I was going to get so much help!

Thanks so much :)


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2005 5:59 pm 
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WHY PAY SO MUCH FOR A BOARD WHEN YOU CAN GET A MSI motherboard-VIA K8T800 chipset "K8T NEO-FSR " FOR $71.00???????? IT IS A GREAT BOARD, READ THE EXPERT MAGAZINES THEY WILL TELL YOU, ITS WHAT I USE TOO


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1. Please do not type in all caps.
2. It is a person's preference as to what chipset and motherboard that they will use. I personally have had mediocre luck with VIA chipsets. Also, keep in mind support and reliability.


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Seems like not many people know of Chiefvalue.com . Check them out for prices. You may be surprised.


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