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February 28, 2007 5:38:03 PM

Looking to build my first PC and I was recommended to this website for help. I am clueless about hardware so I need all the advice I can get. I don't have any parts to use. Basically, I would like to get a PC that can be easily upgraded in 1-2 years when I have more money to spend. The only games and programs that I use are: Battlefield 1942, The Movies, Second Life, 07 EA Sports games, Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere, and Poser. I do a lot of multitasking so I think a dual-core processor would help.

http://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/wishlist/PublicWish...
I just made a wish list on NewEgg.com of stuff that other people were buying but the total amount is about $200 more than I want to spend. I am not even sure if everything is compatible or not. I think the stuff that I picked out is more for overclocking which I don't really know much about. Does anyone have any recommendations on how to stay within my budget?

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February 28, 2007 8:30:04 PM
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March 1, 2007 2:28:23 AM

At a CNET board, someone suggested this:


"mobo, $112: gigabyte ga-965gm-s2
cpu, $185: core2duo e6300
2gb ram, $165: corsair vs2gbkit667d2 2x1gb ddr2-667
250gb hard drive, $80: seagate st3250824as sata
mid-range video, $155: sapphire radeon x1950gt 256mb
dvd burner, $40: any lg/lite-on/sony 16x-18x retail
keyboard/mouse, $42: microsoft 69n-00013s wireless combo
vista premium oem, $120

newegg total: $899

case/power supply $125: antec sonata ii w/450w power supply from circuit city/best buy/compusa
(i always buy cases locally so i don't wind up with a damaged unit; price is about the same since shipping is pretty expensive.)

grand total: $1024"

I have some more confidence in not having to order from online retailers. I found a place nearby that'll put my system together for $75.

More suggestions please! I'd like to get the best bang for my buck. Please rate the above components.
March 1, 2007 2:38:20 AM

Would this setup be compatible? Can anything be upgraded or are there ways to save more money? Should I hold off on a video card and wait for prices to drop even lower?

* AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ Brisbane 1.9GHz Socket AM2 Processor Model ADO3600IAA5DL - OEM
* BIOSTAR TFORCE 550 Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 550 MCP ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
$149.99 combo
* pqi 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5400) Desktop Memory Model MAC41GUOE - Retail
$68.99
* Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600JS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
$52.99
* EVGA 256-P2-N615-TX GeForce 7600GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
$89.99 after rebate
* LITE-ON 18X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write Black IDE Model LH-18A1P-185 - OEM
$29.99
* MITSUMI Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive - OEM
$6.99
* Rosewill R604TSB-N 120mm Fan ATX Mid Tower Computer Case+450W Power Supply - Retail
$44.99
* Hanns·G HW-191APB Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
$149.99 after rebates

($594 + shipping)
March 1, 2007 11:43:07 AM

Quote:
Would this setup be compatible? Can anything be upgraded or are there ways to save more money? Should I hold off on a video card and wait for prices to drop even lower?

* AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ Brisbane 1.9GHz Socket AM2 Processor Model ADO3600IAA5DL - OEM
* BIOSTAR TFORCE 550 Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 550 MCP ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
$149.99 combo
* pqi 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5400) Desktop Memory Model MAC41GUOE - Retail
$68.99
* Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600JS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
$52.99
* EVGA 256-P2-N615-TX GeForce 7600GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
$89.99 after rebate
* LITE-ON 18X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write Black IDE Model LH-18A1P-185 - OEM
$29.99
* MITSUMI Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive - OEM
$6.99
* Rosewill R604TSB-N 120mm Fan ATX Mid Tower Computer Case+450W Power Supply - Retail
$44.99
* Hanns·G HW-191APB Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
$149.99 after rebates

($594 + shipping)


I would suggest a less expensive mobo and use the money for the X2 3800 and DDR 800 RAM, if you're going with AMD. As for compatibility, the RAM would be the one to check and the best way to do this is to go to the mfg website, enter your mobo, and it will tell you what RAM is compatible
March 3, 2007 12:43:12 AM

Fry's has an Ultra mid-tower case on sale for free after a $40 rebate with free shipping and handling as well:

http://shop1.outpost.com/product/5124886

I used the same case for a budget build for a relative and there is nothing wrong with it ... no sharp edges, both sides come off for easy installation of the drives and it has front USB & Firewire ports.

You will need to buy a case fan (it can accommodate 1x120 & 1x80), but it will still save you a considerable amount to put towards the actual performance parts. Later on if you have some more money and want to upgrade to something better you will be out nothing.

I have bought a number of items from Fry's (all good experiences) and have also submitted several rebates to Ultra that were all paid (after the requisite 6 week wait).

(The only modification I made to the case was I did not care for the CPU duct on the inside, so I removed that).
March 3, 2007 1:24:29 AM

Just wanted to add two other points. First, I did not see an OS in your list ... you may already have a license, but I wanted to point that out to make sure you did not overlook it. Second, when trying to get the best possible bargains for that type of budget you may need to pick up a part here or there separately to get the best possible deal, rather than order everything at once from one place.
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