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October 18, 2008 3:35:57 PM

I was asked by a roommate to make a custom built computer for him and he is willing to spend $1000. I have not built a computer in 3 years so I am almost completely out of the loop. He would like good graphics but doesnt need dual SLI or anything like that. He wants to be able to run multiple programs with very little lag. What is the best he can get for at or under $1000.

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October 18, 2008 8:35:00 PM

you can do an Itel quad, p45 chipset and ATI 4850.

a b B Homebuilt system
October 18, 2008 9:04:46 PM

Does he already have a monitor, keyboard, mouse, and speakers (from an old computer perhaps), or does $1000 need to include everything?
Will he be real happy if it only costs him $850-$900, or would he just grunt if you told him it would be $1100?
Does he just want smooth multitasking, or are there certain games he wants to play? What resolution and/or screen size?
Should it be relatively quiet and subdued so as not to waken sleeping roommates, or would he want to suspend it from the ceiling and have disco under it?


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October 18, 2008 9:05:26 PM

yep, intel quad q6600, p45 chipset gigabytes have good deals, Nvidia 9600 gt if you need to add a screen or the ati 4850 is really a good buck for the bang.
October 19, 2008 6:59:04 AM

heres a build to start with:

mobo: asus p5q pro $140

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

cpu: intel core 2 duo e7300 $133

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

cpu cooler: zalman 9500a 92mm ball $55

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ram: 2x2gb corsair ddr2-800 $70

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

vga: sapphire 4850 $160

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

hdd: seagate 640gb 32mb cache 7200 rpm $80

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

psu: corsair 620w $150

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

dvd drive: lg black dvd+r cd-rw burner $27

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

case: antec 300 $60

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

os: vista home premium 64-bit $100

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

the total comes out to $975 before tax, shipping, and rebates. is your friend going to be doing any ocing?
a b B Homebuilt system
October 19, 2008 9:00:30 AM

Here's what I'd recommend:

CPU/mobo combo - $307 - $20 MIR = $287!! Has e8500 and p45 X-fire mobo too!! Not the badest mobo, but has plenty of options for upgrades later!!
4th combo from the bottom!!
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

GPU - $302 shipped!! One of the better GPU's that you can get for the $!!!
HIS Hightech H487FT512P Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Turbo Video Card - Retail

HD - $75 shipped!! One of the fastest HD's for the $!!
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

DVD Burnerhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DVD_recorder - $29 shipped!! Retail version so you will get the software to read/Burn DVD's with!!!
LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - Retail

PSU - $104 - $20 MIR = $84!!! One of the best PSU's you can get for the $. Comes with 60A on the 12v rail and has 4 x 6 +2pin PCI-e power connectors, so you won't have to worry about getting adaptors for your possible 2 x GPU's later!
Corsair TX CMPSU-750TX ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply

Case - $78 shipped!!! One of the best cases out there right now. Hard to beat at this price!
Cooler Master 690 without Power Supply - RC-690-KKN1-GP

Memory - $96 - $35 MIR = $61!!! Some of the fastest DDR2http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DDR2_SDRAM 800mHz RAM out there!
Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

Total = ~$971 - $55 MIR's = $916!!! Now you should have Vista 64 bit OS to take advantage of the 4 gb's of DDR2.
a b B Homebuilt system
October 19, 2008 12:23:59 PM

Lunyone's build is better, but use this RAM instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - $50 after $20 MIR. Will achieve 5-4-4-12 timing on the JEDEC standard 1.8V.
We still don't know if that $1K budget needs to include a monitor and other peripherals.
October 19, 2008 4:51:53 PM

He is not a gamer. He is into watching DVD's and running a couple programs at the same time. He wants little to no lag. The $1K budget does not include anything other than the computer (no monitor, keyb, mouse, speakers, etc).
October 19, 2008 4:57:05 PM

Also he is looking for a good monitor 20-24 inch that is around 250. He is mostly only going to be watching movies. What can he get.
October 19, 2008 5:01:57 PM

I wouldn't waste my money on getting a 4870 over a 4850 unless it came with 1 gig of memory. the extra memory might not do much now, but down the road it'll make a big difference.
you could get by with one of those Antec case and PSU combos, if it comes with the 500 watt psu. some of those go very cheap.
PSU lunyone, you forgot a $20 MIR in your math.

if you need to carve out $200 for a monitor, its very doable, just get a 4850 and a cheaper case/PSU, and you are there. If hese the type who realy needs a quad and a monitor, you might want to consider and AMD quad or q6600.
October 19, 2008 5:04:17 PM

22" monitors are easy to find right about $200. I like Acer for a cheapee. You cant get bigger for less than $300 (maybe more I haven't been looking real hard lately)
October 19, 2008 5:10:07 PM

for watching movies with programs in the background, get an AMD 780g or 790gx mobo with a quad, a blu ray player and a big screen TV
the computer can be put together pretty cheap, then use the extra money for the Blurayplayer (about $100) an a 1080p TV with.

basicly $750 for the TV, $500 for the computer.
if your bud likes this idea, ask again and we'll redo the build suggested

ps. $500 is too cheap for a quad core, but you get the idea
October 19, 2008 6:57:09 PM

I asked my roommate to make a list of exactly what he wants out of this computer. This is what he came up with.
24 inch monitor, HD, High quality(not included in $1000)
4+GB of RAM
Terabyte of HD
Wireless Keyboard (No in $1000)
TV Tuner
Bluray Player, DVD Burner
High Quality MOBO
High Quality Proc
Dec Case (Good Airflow, Appearance Doesnt Matter)
Good Power Supply

He wants to be able to watch movies. Run multiple programs with little or no lag. Wants to be able to record and watch TV on computer.
a b B Homebuilt system
October 19, 2008 8:31:48 PM

groo said:
I wouldn't waste my money on getting a 4870 over a 4850 unless it came with 1 gig of memory. the extra memory might not do much now, but down the road it'll make a big difference.
you could get by with one of those Antec case and PSU combos, if it comes with the 500 watt psu. some of those go very cheap.
PSU lunyone, you forgot a $20 MIR in your math.

Yes you are right, forgot to double check my numbers. It takes about 15-20 minutes to cut/paste all of the information in, when I'm getting the build together, so I missed that!
The new total would be $896 with the missed $20 MIR!!! Now since this isn't a gaming machine, I'd recommend just changing out GPU to the 4670. That would be over $200 in savings and won't require any additional power. So you could get the Antec Sonata III case for $110, but the then again he could just get the Corsair 550vx and the Antec 300 for about the same $. The Corsair 550vx has 41A (sonata's has 34A) and it also has 1x6pin PCI-e and 1x6+2pin PCI-e power connectors (sonata has 2x6pin). This is minor differences now, but might make a huge difference later. Either way $110 for Sonata III case w/500w PSU or $116 for Antec 300/Corsair 550vx the system will be fine. I thought that he might want to have some gaming options, because once someone know that they can play all of the recent games out, they usually start gaming more!!!

$109 shipped from Buy.com! $130 shipped from Newegg!
Antec Sonata III Chassis

Corsair 550vx - $84 - $20 MIR = $64!!!
Corsair VX550W ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply

Antec 300 case - $52 shipped!! $82 shipeed at Newegg.
Not as good as the CM 690 quoted earlier, but still quite a nice case too!!
Antec Three Hundred ATX Computer Case

AMD 4670 GPU - $109 - $20 MIR = $89!! Has double slotted cooler, so the heat generated from the GPU gets pushed out the back of the case and isn't left to heat up other parts within the case.
HIS Hightech H467QT512P Radeon HD 4670 IceQ Turbo 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

so if you substitute in the Antec 300, Mushkin RAM, AMD 4670, & the Corsair 550vx your total drops down to ~$676 after MIR's. Now add in a $350 24" ACER LCD screen and your at ~$1,026!! Just add your keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS and your done!!!

$350 24" LCD shipped!!
Acer P243WAid Black-Silver 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor with HDCP Support 400 cd/m2 3000:1 ACM - Retail
a b B Homebuilt system
October 19, 2008 8:33:05 PM

Onus said:
Lunyone's build is better, but use this RAM instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - $50 after $20 MIR. Will achieve 5-4-4-12 timing on the JEDEC standard 1.8V.
We still don't know if that $1K budget needs to include a monitor and other peripherals.

Yep, keep forgetting that RAM. Will need to add to my mental vault. LOL!!
a b B Homebuilt system
October 19, 2008 8:53:02 PM

Here's an AMD build. The philosophy behind it was low noise; lower power options were chosen to keep heat down and thus fan speeds low.

Antec NSK6580 Black/ Silver 0.8mm cold-rolled steel construction ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 430W Power Supply - Retail
Model #:NSK6580
Item #:N82E16811129033

$119.95 $119.95
The PSU with this case is an Earthwatts 430, which is 80+ certified for efficiency.

GIGABYTE GA-MA790GP-DS4H AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Model #:GA-MA790GP-DS4H
Item #:N82E16813128352

$138.99 -$10.00 Instant $128.99

AMD Phenom 9350e Agena 2.0GHz Socket AM2+ 65W Quad-Core Processor Model HD9350ODGHBOX - Retail
Model #:HD9350ODGHBOX
Item #:N82E16819103293

$169.99 $169.99
I went for low wattage here. He may prefer to go for a faster, 125W 9750.

mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996587 - Retail
Model #:996587
Item #:N82E16820146731
Mail-in Rebate

$69.99 $69.99
Will likely OC (if desired) to the 1066 speed supported with Phenom on this board.

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31000340AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Model #:ST31000340AS
Item #:N82E16822148274

$139.99 -$10.00 Instant $129.99
This drive is for data.

LITE-ON Black 4X Blu-ray DVD-ROM SATA Model DH-4O1S-11 - OEM
Model #: DH-4O1S-11
Item #:N82E16827106227

$94.99 $94.99

AVerMedia AVerTV Combo PCIe MCE ATSC/NTSC/QAM Tuner Card w/MCE Remote & L-P Bracket 7 95522 96066 5 PCI-Express x1 Interface - Retail
Model #:7 95522 96066 5
Item #:N82E16815100014

$109.99 -$15.00 Instant $94.99
I will readily admit I have no experience with TV Tuner cards. I picked this one because the feature set looked good and there weren't too many poopy reviews.

nMEDIAPC ZE-C128 Black Aluminum Panel 5.25"All-in-one USB x 3 / IEEE 1394 / eSATA / HD (or AC97) Audio Internal Card Reader - Retail
Model #:ZE-C128
Item #:N82E16820132021

$24.99 $24.99
I threw this in in case he has other media he wants to read, like off a digital camera. A simple USB reader would be cheaper; remove if not needed.

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Model #:ST3250410AS
Item #:N82E16822148262

$54.99 $54.99
OS drive. I think he'll avoid that lag he doesn't want if he separates his media from his OS and programs.

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model iHAS220-08 - Retail
Model #:iHAS220-08
Item #:N82E16827106265

$28.99 $28.99
This DVD burner is the Retail version so it will have burning software.

$917.86
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Intel variant forthcoming...
a b B Homebuilt system
October 19, 2008 9:06:09 PM

I like these Intel choices better. I think performance will be better.
Substitute the following CPU and mobo, and add the video card to the AMD build:

Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80580Q8200 - Retail
Model #:BX80580Q8200
Item #:N82E16819115055

$199.99 $199.99

ASUS P5QL PRO LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Model #: P5QL PRO
Item #:N82E16813131329

$84.99 $84.99

ASUS EAH3450/DI/256M Radeon HD 3450 256MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Low Profile Video Card - Retail
Model #:EAH3450/DI/256M
Item #:N82E16814121259

$29.99 $29.99

Subtotal: $933.85

a b B Homebuilt system
October 19, 2008 9:16:55 PM

Looks pretty good, but you forgot to mention the $44 in shipping charges with that build. Of coarse you didn't mention the $20 MIR on the Mushkin RAM, so that would be about $24 more for the build. Not a big deal, but can make a difference with the overall price.
I'd recommend buying the Antec Sonata III case/PSU combo over the 430w one that you suggested. It's $29 cheaper than the 430w/case combo. It has the 500w >80% efficient PSU with it, so it's just a tad better than the 430w PSU. Both cases/PSU's are good quality systems, so you can't go wrong there, just I'd spend the $29 less and get the better system!
$109 shipped!!
Antec Sonata III Chassis
a b B Homebuilt system
October 20, 2008 2:31:16 AM

The Sonata is nice. I just used one for my wife's PC, and it is one of the most solid cases I've ever used. I thought it might be a little big or heavy for this one, but if those aren't an issue, then yeah it would be a great choice.
October 20, 2008 6:04:51 PM

To finally change it up again. What would you suggest assuming the 24 inch monitor (250-350) and a wireless keyboard mouse was included in the 1000.

24 inch monitor, HD, High quality
4+GB of RAM
Terabyte of HD
Wireless Keyboard
TV Tuner
Bluray Player, DVD Burner
High Quality MOBO
High Quality Proc
Dec Case (Good Airflow, Appearance Doesnt Matter)
Good Power Supply

He wants to be able to watch movies. Run multiple programs with little or no lag. Wants to be able to record and watch TV on computer. Is this possible for under 1000 with Monitor and Keyboard/Mouse Combo?
a b B Homebuilt system
October 20, 2008 9:35:07 PM

scubasam0706 said:
To finally change it up again. What would you suggest assuming the 24 inch monitor (250-350) and a wireless keyboard mouse was included in the 1000.

24 inch monitor, HD, High quality
4+GB of RAM
Terabyte of HD
Wireless Keyboard
TV Tuner
Bluray Player, DVD Burner
High Quality MOBO
High Quality Proc
Dec Case (Good Airflow, Appearance Doesnt Matter)
Good Power Supply

He wants to be able to watch movies. Run multiple programs with little or no lag. Wants to be able to record and watch TV on computer. Is this possible for under 1000 with Monitor and Keyboard/Mouse Combo?

Now your really asking for a for a $650-$750 system, which can be done. Did you read my comments above? I had a system with a $350 24" monitor for just over the $1000 limit. I'd probably drop down on the CPU to a e7200 for $130. Or you could go with an AMD rig with onboard GPU, which is quite good. This would drop down the price another $80 or so.

Recap:
* Go with e7200/Gigabyte combo deal and save ~60 off of my previous build. Keep the 4670 installed too.
4th combo down from the top
* Go with AMD 790gx mobo w/AMD x2 6000+ 3.0 gHz CPU!! $181 shipped!! Run with onboard GPU, which is plenty for viewing BRay movies and such!
First combo from the top!!

Other parts to either system:
Case/PSU combo - $80 shipped!!! PSU is >80% efficient (less heat) and has 27A on the 12v rails, so you can power even a 9800gt/4850, if you so desire.
Antec NSK4480B Black 0.8mm cold-rolled steel construction ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 380W Power Supply - Retail
If you want more upgrade room than get the Antec Sonata III case I linked earlier for $30 more!

Memory - $70 - $20 MIR = $50!!! Hard to beat this speed and price combo here!! It's at 1.8v too!! Which means cooler running RAM!!!
mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

Blue Ray DVD Burner - $240 shipped!
LG Black 6X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 6X Blu-ray DVD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Internal Blu-ray Burner Super Multi Blu-ray Disc Burner & HD DVD-ROM Drive Model GGW-H20L - Retail

HD - $130 shipped!! 1TB HD, what else needs to be said??
Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EACS 1TB SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

Total is $701 - $20 MIR's = $681!!! Now you add your LCD, keyboard, & TV tuner card. Your going to probably going to have to step down to a 22" LCD to fit those into your $1k budget.

P.S. I'm assuming you already have your 64bit OS???
a b B Homebuilt system
October 20, 2008 11:30:58 PM

I read his post as wanting two drives. The Blue-Ray player doesn't also have to be a burner. That should be a little cheaper too; $95 for Blue-Ray and another $30 for a DVD burner.
a b B Homebuilt system
October 20, 2008 11:51:06 PM

Onus said:
I read his post as wanting two drives. The Blue-Ray player doesn't also have to be a burner. That should be a little cheaper too; $95 for Blue-Ray and another $30 for a DVD burner.

Yep, your right, I missed that while reading it. That'll save $100 on the price.
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