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Internet cafe owner looking for some advice

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I have a net cafe in the Philippines and looking to add 10 to 15 units.Here are the requirements of the most popular game played at my shop MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
CPU P3-1G or AMD Athlon 1.0 P4-1.8G or AMD Athlon XP 1800+
RAM 256 MB 512MB
VGA Geforce3 (64 MB) / Radeon 9000 Geforce FX 5700, Radeon 9500
DirectX DirectX 9.0c
Required Memory 500Mb

what do you suggest I build with about $15,000 to spend.I don't need any keyboards,os, speakers,mouse,or cases.I build 14 units last year 7 quad cores and 7 i5-750's with 4gb ram 500gb hdd's 23"acer monitors and 1gb vga I spent about $1,100 each unit and feel i went a bit overkill in terms of my video card.I would like to keep the i5-750 builds and some usb 3.0 mobos.Let me know it's an exciting project i have an account with com usa and newegg and order out of Miami Fl. Thanks in advanced!
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  1. I'll find some parts and make a recommendation. First though, please read the sticky in the homebuilt section about asking for build advice. The more important questions that need to be answered in my opinion though are:

    -What game is this? People may have more experience and be able to pick better parts for the game.
    -Do you need power supplies too?
    -Do you have brand preferences? (eg, want to stick with intel setups)
    -I can think of $700 builds that would meet your needs. Would you like to hear about them or keep performance to at least the same as your other current computers (if the second, then we need the specs on those computers)?
    -Do you need an operating system for each computer?
    -Do you need monitors?
    -Can you provide us more information on what you need from each system other than just one game?
  2. I would say to cut down on your overal cost you should go with AMD systems build them around a Phenom II 965 BE and you should be able to cut cost quite a bit.

    AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ965FBGMBOX $179.0
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727


    ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard $89.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131406


    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $106.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231193


    Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 $112.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131163&cm_re=hd_4850-_-14-131-163-_-Product


    Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $74.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319


    Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 $79.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371015


    Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $59.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042&cm_re=antec_300-_-11-129-042-_-Product


    Acer H235Hbmid Black 23" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor $199.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009201


    Total: $903.89 Per computer

    Total for 15 of each $13,558.35
    You will be saveing almost a $1000 total by not doing I5s and going with AMD

    I am sure newegg will give discounts for buying so much so it should be even cheaper.


    EDIT: I updated the video card and case selection to match your current system in looks and performance.
  3. Well thanks so much for the interest.My first units are (win7 32-bit ultimate) due to the net cafe software which monitors my time and pricing won't run in 64-bit, CAFE MANILA.
    VGA ati Radeon HD 4850 1GB
    HDD Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache
    MOBO ASUS P7P55D LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel
    CPU i5-750
    RAM OCZ Gold 6GB (2x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
    PSU CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W
    CASE Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid
  4. kenstarr said:
    Well thanks so much for the interest.My first units are (win7 32-bit ultimate) due to the net cafe software which monitors my time and pricing won't run in 64-bit, CAFE MANILA.
    VGA ati Radeon HD 4850 1GB
    HDD Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache
    MOBO ASUS P7P55D LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel
    CPU i5-750
    RAM OCZ Gold 6GB (2x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
    PSU CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W
    CASE Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid

    I edited my previous post to match the performance and look of your current systems.
  5. The most popular game and pretty much the only game my customers play is called SF Online Philippines, it's a old type of shooter game.Other then that just students using word and surfing and of course facebook.My cafe is the only of it's type here in my city mostly all net cafes here run old amd systems on there last limp.Being that I'm surrounded with net cafe's and I intend to keep my units updated with quad cores i5's 23" lcd's.Brand wise I intend to stick with intel cpu's and the rest I'm really open.Please remember ware and tare is important due to the fact were open 24hours 7days a week.Stable parts are of great importance to me no OCing and no real heavy games or apps.You've seen the min. specs of the game there running and it's verry simple.I just want to build something that can last me to the wheel falls off cause I come home to the States every year and and 10 or 15 units.
  6. Best answer
    Well to be honest the Phenom IIs are very stable and reliable they are not like the first generation Phenoms at all and in some cases they will out perform an I5 750 but hey you want to stick to Intel I can understand that AMD has a shaky track record.

    Well here you go with an I5 750

    Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache $199.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215&cm_re=i5_750-_-19-115-215-_-Product


    ASUS P7H55-M PRO LGA 1156 Intel H55 $109.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131623


    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $106.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231193


    Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 $169.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150447


    Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $74.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319


    Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 $79.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371015


    Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $59.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042&cm_re=antec_300-_-11-129-042-_-Product


    Acer H235Hbmid Black 23" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor $199.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009201


    Total $1001.88 per computer
  7. I'm a bit wary of the Antec EarthWatts series, personally I'd go with Corsair:

    CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W
    $99.99 ($79.99 after MIR)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005&cm_re=corsair_psu-_-17-139-005-_-Product
  8. SAAIELLO ty so much for everything i love what you suggested.Could you help me find a better mobo. I think this year I want to turn it up a notch and get usb 3.0 something that will keep these build a bit more up to date compare to my last years builds.I don't really have a problem of going over budget I have three places that give me big credit lines and 12months no interest tigerdirect,comp usa and Newegg.I recover my overhead within 6months and I'm looking to keep it rolling.
  9. I wait a couple more years on the usb 3 & SATA 3, there's not to much out there right now and it's at a premium.
  10. amnotanoobie said:
    I'm a bit wary of the Antec EarthWatts series, personally I'd go with Corsair:

    CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W
    $99.99 ($79.99 after MIR)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005&cm_re=corsair_psu-_-17-139-005-_-Product

    I'd be more wary of the basiq than the earthwatts. Have you had experience with either?
  11. Best answer selected by kenstarr.
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