What would be the best way to spend about 1000$ (cdn)(roughly 700, 750$ usd) on a computer? i want it to be a fairly good gaming machine also. OC'ing is great, and this wont be purchased until the price drop, so, how should i fair? I would LIKE an Intel base, but if its not welcome to the budget, a AMD will do. Thanks in Advance, (just put the entire system down and rough costs of each item) THIS IS STRAIGHT FROM SCRATCH! not a psu, case, nothing, I already have a nice monitor, 5.1 speakers, new keyboard and mouse.
Prefered features: Fair onboard surround
and the best gaming solution money can buy
Rather than go a Lite-On CDRW and Lite-On DVD, I'd go with the Samsung SM-352BRNS 16x DVD/ 52x16x52x CDRW Combo Drive for $61. I bought that Lite-On CDRW and absolutely hated it. It sounds like a jet engine. I seriously could not use it, it was so loud. It would drown out everything in the room, was ridiculous. I love this Samsung. Super fast, yet super quiet. Not only do I think it is far superior to the Lite-On, you'd end up saving a little bit of money getting it.
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personally i would opt for a dvd burner and spend 150 max for a good dvd burner that can do +-... it can burn cds and dvds although the cd burn wont be as fast but you will get everything and it will be in your budget
LOL nevermind didnt see 1000 canadian... assumed american dollars... sorry
<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by jurians on 10/23/03 00:06 AM.</EM></FONT></P>
Have you considered a console? An Xbox (Intel based, hehe)costs just 175USD, a GameCube even less.
If not, then P4 2.4C and Abit IS7-E is the base for a cheap modern Intel system. I'd go with a 350W PSU if you're getting a video card that doesn't need a power cable, if you're getting one that does (Radeon 9700, 9800, Nvidia 5600, 5900, 5950) take a 400W.
Go see the Graphics card section's FAQ about buying one (the most important part)
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