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October 23, 2003 12:34:08 AM

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

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October 23, 2003 2:05:40 AM

Here is what I could fine in 10 mins.

ANTEC LIFE STYLE SERIES SONATA PIANO BLACK Model# Sonata w/ ANTEC TRUE380 380W Power Supply.
us$99.00

Lite On 52x32x52 Beige Color CDRW Drive LTR-52327S - OEM
SMART-BURN avoiding Buffer Under Run error, Automatically adjusting writing strategy & running OPC to provide the best burning quality
$36.99

LITE-ON XJ-HD166S 16X DVD ROM Drive - OEM48X CD-ROM Access all format DVD-ROM/R/RW ,CD-ROM/R/RW title & disc
$31.99

Maxtor 80GB 7200RPM Hard Drive 8MB Model # 6Y080P0
$83.00

KINGSTON HyperX 184-pin 512MB Kit (2x 256MB) DDR400 (PC3200) DDR RAM modules, Model# KHX3200AK2/512
$127.00

Asus Motherboard for AMD Athlon XP/Duron Processors, Model# A7N8X Deluxe Retail
Socket A AMD Athlon XP/Duron (support AMD XP 3200+ "Barton")
$118.00

AMD ATHLON XP 2500+ "Barton" 333 FSB PROCESSOR CPU- RETAIL
$93.00

ATI RADEON 9600 PRO 128MB 8X AGP DVI/TV RETAIL
$172.00

For a total of:$760.98


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October 23, 2003 3:36:05 AM

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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October 23, 2003 3:38:38 AM

I can attest to samsung cd burners kicking arse. Mad quite, and fast!

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October 23, 2003 4:05:20 AM

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>
October 23, 2003 4:07:25 AM

dvd burners, even if he had the money, are pointless atm. They still don't work too well, discs are expensive, they cost a lot, and are slow.

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October 23, 2003 7:49:42 AM

Just curious.. why would you "like" an intel system ? Wouldnt you just prefer bang for your buck regardless wether that means intel/amd/via ?

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October 23, 2003 7:07:21 PM

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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October 24, 2003 12:31:27 AM

OK, I love putting together budget systems here goes. All prices come from NewEgg and include shipping....

Case- Maxtop CSX-147K2F-GF-USB-GRAY $43.00
PSU- Fortron FSP400PFN 400W $71.99
MB- Abit NF7-S $112.00
CPU- Athlon XP 2500 Barton OEM $87.00
CPU Cooler- Speeze 5F263B1M3 $12.00
Memory- 2 x Geil 256MB PC-3200 Model# GE2563200 $102.00
Hard Drive- WD "Special Edition" 80GB 7200RPM 8mb Cache $75.00
Video Card- Sapphire Atlantis ATI Radeon 9600 PRO 128MB 8X AGP DVI/TV RETAIL $156.00
CD/DVD- Lite On 48x24x48x16 CDROM/CDRW/DVD Combo Drive LTC-48161H - OEM $48.99
Floppy Drive- Mitsumi D359M3 FDD $11.99

Total Price (US Dollars)- 719.97

Nice, quiet, low temp system with easily overclockable components. Sorry, I still can't justify the extra $100 for a P4 2.4c

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October 24, 2003 12:47:42 AM

LiteOn rocks! LiteOn CD-RW/Combo drives are the best. I love my LiteOn LTR-40125S CD-RW.

IMO, he should get a LiteOn combo drive or LiteOn DVD-ROM and LiteOn CD-RW. Though LiteOn DVD-ROM is bit noisy when inserting discs, they're not noisy after that and rips movie DVD real fast.

If he can spend $110, then LiteOn 4x DVD+RW is a good buy.

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October 24, 2003 2:24:31 PM

LOL!!! I just built that system today...really...I got all the same components except for the hard drive. I put two 40 GB Maxtors in raid 1 for data integrity. THat's spooky.

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October 24, 2003 10:17:49 PM

Umm, alrighty, lemme put some other things down i should have earlier

I dont need a dvd rom/burner of any assortment, this is pure gaming

Fine, i'll use Amd...

Harddrive can be 60

sry for the inconvience

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