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July 28, 2006 6:14:35 PM

Edited to make it easier to read ><.

I had a really nice system setup, but due to some money problems I have to cut it down to a 600$ maximum, the cheaper the better though. I use photoshop, flash, and visual studio, I also plan on running vista when it comes out.

Here is what I'm hoping for on the specs
-Decent procesor, dual core would be nice becuase I commonly switch between flash and photoshop, with both running.
-1 gig ram, but some people are saying I will need 2 gig for vista.
-120gig harddrive, speed isn't a huge factor
-Video card with s-video support (Don't care all that much about the specs).
-17" flatscreen, but if I have extra money 19" would be nice.
-DVD RW, floppy, simple case.
-Motherboard, and everything else should be pretty much the cheapest I can get that is still decent.


So any advice?

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July 28, 2006 10:19:12 PM

anyone?
July 28, 2006 11:04:34 PM

Quote:
Edited to make it easier to read ><.

I had a really nice system setup, but due to some money problems I have to cut it down to a 600$ maximum, the cheaper the better though. I use photoshop, flash, and visual studio, I also plan on running vista when it comes out.

Here is what I'm hoping for on the specs
-Decent procesor, dual core would be nice becuase I commonly switch between flash and photoshop, with both running.
-1 gig ram, but some people are saying I will need 2 gig for vista.
-120gig harddrive, speed isn't a huge factor
-Video card with s-video support (Don't care all that much about the specs).
-17" flatscreen, but if I have extra money 19" would be nice.
-DVD RW, floppy, simple case.
-Motherboard, and everything else should be pretty much the cheapest I can get that is still decent.


So any advice?


What $600 is very very tight. Lets see what we can do.

AsRock 939Dual-SATA2 Motherboard- $66.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813157081

Athlon X2 3800 S939- $159
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103562

Corsair 2GB DDR-400- $189
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145579

Seagate 120GB hard drive- $57
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822148039

eVGA 7300GT 128MB- $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814130026

NEC DVD burner- $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827152058

NoName 19" LCD w/ DVI- $190
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16824104001

Floppy- $6
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16821103109

Case- Sonta II- $109
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811129155

I come to $886.99 :\. So lets see...

1GB G.skill DDR-400 - $85.00- Save $103
Athlon 3000+ CPU Single Core- $76- Save $90

New Price- $693.99.

Now this is building, there is always a chance to go Dell. Even then, its tight at $600 with all you want.
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July 28, 2006 11:18:01 PM

Quote:
Edited to make it easier to read ><.

I had a really nice system setup, but due to some money problems I have to cut it down to a 600$ maximum, the cheaper the better though. I use photoshop, flash, and visual studio, I also plan on running vista when it comes out.

Here is what I'm hoping for on the specs
-Decent procesor, dual core would be nice becuase I commonly switch between flash and photoshop, with both running.
-1 gig ram, but some people are saying I will need 2 gig for vista.
-120gig harddrive, speed isn't a huge factor
-Video card with s-video support (Don't care all that much about the specs).
-17" flatscreen, but if I have extra money 19" would be nice.
-DVD RW, floppy, simple case.
-Motherboard, and everything else should be pretty much the cheapest I can get that is still decent.


So any advice?


What $600 is very very tight. Lets see what we can do.

AsRock 939Dual-SATA2 Motherboard- $66.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813157081

Athlon X2 3800 S939- $159
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103562

Corsair 2GB DDR-400- $189
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145579

Seagate 120GB hard drive- $57
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822148039

eVGA 7300GT 128MB- $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814130026

NEC DVD burner- $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827152058

NoName 19" LCD w/ DVI- $190
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16824104001

Floppy- $6
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16821103109

Case- Sonta II- $109
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811129155

I come to $886.99 :\. So lets see...

1GB G.skill DDR-400 - $85.00- Save $103
Athlon 3000+ CPU Single Core- $76- Save $90

New Price- $693.99.

Now this is building, there is always a chance to go Dell. Even then, its tight at $600 with all you want.

I'd change the LCD to the Dell UltraSharp 1707FP.
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July 28, 2006 11:59:44 PM

Here's my two cents:

Video Card: GIGABYTE GV-NX73T256P-RH Geforce 7300GT 256MB GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail $81.99 (instead of 128MB card above)

Case/Keyboard/Mouse/Speakers/PSU: ATRIX 4in1 Combo CSCI-L8010-C4 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 480W Prescott Version Power Supply - Retail $46.50 (if you need all this, it's quite a bundled value and much less than the Sonata II)

Don't forget to add $90 for Windows XP-OEM. Definitely go for only 1GB of RAM for the moment. If you need 2GB for Vista, you can add more later. Also, you can save ~$50 by getting a 17" LCD instead of 19" and maybe ~$10 with a different motherboard. If you really want to be under $600, you might have to go with integrated graphics and a Sempron/Celeron.
July 29, 2006 3:24:42 AM

Ok, thanks. 693$ is a bit over what I wanted, but replacing the case with the one that rwp suggested will cut it down. I was really hoping I could get a dual core, since the intel dual cores are 97$ but that also jacks up the price of the ram. I guess i'll just have to deal with a bit of lag when switching programs :( . Dell seems alot more expensive for the same thing, so I'm keeping with newegg.
July 29, 2006 3:13:04 PM

Well I was looking at other options for the procesor, and have to decide between one of these.

Intel Pentium D 805 - 97$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819116001

Intel Pentium 4 531 - 85$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819116230

AMD athlon 64 3200+ - 85$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103535

AMD athlon 64 3000+ - 76$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103537


First I was wondering for the AMD's if it's worth the extra .2ghz for 10$, it dosen't sound like it would be. also I could just go 10$ more and get a decent dual core, but at 2.6ghz it seems like one of the 85$ procesors might be more cost effective.

How much could I get a overclockable system for on the dual core though? I've heard that they are really good for that, but I've never overclocked before, and hardly know anything about it.
July 29, 2006 6:26:19 PM

I'm seeing two things that burn a hole in my retinas.

1:The case. It's a BOX. I used to put together CPUs on pieces of wood and mount everything like a giant breadboard(electronic type for building circuits manually) ten years ago. Get a used box. Now, that saves you a lot of money since you can get a good new power supply for $50-$60.

2:The monitor. Wow - that's the single most expensive component. I;d get a used 17 inch KDS X-flat monitor or simmilar for $50. Make due for now and toss every penny you have into the main components of the build.

These are the two biggest areas that I see over and over peope wasting money on with a silly tight budget. IF you have $1000, sure, get a fancy monitor and case. If you have $500, well, start recycling and buying used for the items that aren't critical if they are new or not.
July 29, 2006 7:06:18 PM

yea I'm planning to get a cheaper box then the one suggested, I was just a bit worried about the power supply, from what people tell me I have to get a powersupply other than the one that comes wiht most boxes, becuase those suck ><, and will kill comp.

And after looking at benchmarks I'm going with the pentium 4 531, but can someone tell me a good ram and motherboard for this?

For the ram I think i'm going with the one rwpritchett suggested, but I haven't looked around much yet, and if I can get a cheaper one that uses 128meg that would help out my tight budget more. I really don't want to go with an onboard becuase I will want to replace it later when I get some more money,
July 29, 2006 8:52:30 PM

Can anyone tell me what ram and mobo I will need for the pentium 4? I'm hoping to buy within a few hours.
July 30, 2006 12:33:38 AM

Ok well I just picked stuff, I think it's compatable by what it says, but I'm not sure. Got it as close to 600$ as I could. Just making sure I have everything and that it's all compatable. Right now all I have is the keyboard, mouse, and operating system. So I need to make sure I have all the wires and everything. Also I don't really care about upgrading, or anything becuase when I decide to get a new comp I will just buy everything new, right now I just care about price.

650$
Pentium 4 531 - 85$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16819116230

ASRock ConRoeXFire - 83$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16813157096

GSkill Extreme 1gig - 70$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16820231041

Evga 256meg - 70$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16814130030

Chimei 19" widescreen - 180$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16824252002

Samesung 160gig hd - 55$


Floppy - 6$

Floppy - 6$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16821104101" target="_blank">

Floppy - 6$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16821104101" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16821104101]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16822152020http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16821104101" target="_blank">

Floppy - 6$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16821104101http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16827106014

Coolmax case - 25$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16811212033

Antec SmartPower - 45$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16817103934" target="_blank">

Lite-on DVD RW - 40$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16827106014

Coolmax case - 25$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16811212033

Antec SmartPower - 45$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16817103934" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16827106014

Coolmax case - 25$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16811212033

Antec SmartPower - 45$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16817103934" target="_blank">

Lite-on DVD RW - 40$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16827106014

Coolmax case - 25$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16811212033

Antec SmartPower - 45$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16817103934" target="_blank">
Lite-on DVD RW - 40$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16827106014

Coolmax case - 25$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16811212033

Antec SmartPower - 45$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16817103934" target="_blank">

Lite-on DVD RW - 40$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16827106014

Coolmax case - 25$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16811212033

Antec SmartPower - 45$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16817103934" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16827106014

Coolmax case - 25$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16811212033

Antec SmartPower - 45$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16817103934" target="_blank">

Lite-on DVD RW - 40$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16827106014

Coolmax case - 25$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16811212033

Antec SmartPower - 45$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16817103934
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