I don't have the means to build my pc from scratch, i don't
want to buy parts seperate and have a store build it
either...i know it costs a bit more and i get less bang for
the buck so to speak....but im
lookin for a gaming pc in the 2,400 price range...any
recomendations would be greatly appreciated...thank you
$2400? You can get a killer machine for that. Ask one of the builders around here to make one for you. You'll want to look for either Athlon (socket A), or the newer P4s (socket 478).
I can't really recommend any companies to build one for you, as I haven't found one I really like yet.
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I had never built a machine before my first Athlon 1.4GHz. It is very easy to put one of these together and throw a OS on it. I would suggest doing it yourself. I spent slightly under $500.00 and here is my setup.
Now I could have gone with a better video card or hard drive, but for the games I play and what I use this machine for it performs extrememly well and was in my opinion very inexpensive.
Now with what your showing for your budget, you could get the best of everything. Highly overclockable board, PC2400 DDR, Geforce3 video card, water cooled peltier system, etc..
So it's up to what you need the machine for and expected performance but again I'd say you can probably do it yourself.
<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Killian on 09/18/01 06:53 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
As a THG reader you probably know that the Athlon+DDR will get you the most for your money. I did some research a few weeks ago and found 3 brands that sell it, HP, Micron and Compaq. For 2400$ you can get a great PC. I found HP to give you the most for your money and Micron and Compaq almost the same. Anyways , check the online stores of them, and build your own dream machine there. My recomendations will be:
Make sure the Monitor can handle 85HZ refresh rate with your working resolution (1024*768 on 19' ~1280*1024 on 21')
Good speakers (with subwoofer)
At least 2 years warrenty!!!
I hope this helps, if you need some more help, let me know
You can also use pricewatch. Just click on pc windows and select your processor speed. Then scan through the first 2 or 3 pages until you find the motherboard and features you like. Some generic systems are faster than the name brands. Be sure to get a Ddram or rambus system. Remember that if you go p4, socket 423 is on the way out, and the 845 motherboards only work with slower sdram.
Click <A HREF="http://www.mpipc.com" target="_new">here</A> and then click on configurator. It lets you kind of assemble your pc. You can't screw it up and they offer a 3 year warranty and one year on site.
When you say "means", are you saying you don't have the skills or the time?
If its the former, just get a PC basics book. Building a PC is so simple that if you leave a chimp in a room with all the right parts, eventually you'll have a complete PC. But the problem is, he might somehow end up installing MacOS. :wink:
All the slots and sockets on the motherboard are different enough to ensure that you don't put the wrong thing in the wrong slot. The only thing is to make sure that the Heatsink goes on properly with some thermal compound in between. There are spacers available to ensure the core isn't crushed while installing the Heatsink. The rest is a doddle.
When you get all the parts, don't just put the motherboard in the case. It should come in an antistatic sleeve. Put that sleeve on a flat surface i.e. the Motherboard box. Put the board on top of that.
Connect the power supply and put the memory in. Put the CPU in, Put the HSF on. Put the Graphics card in, connect it to the monitor. Switch on. If it comes on and passes the BIOS tests, then all is cool. Switch off.
Take everything apart, except the ram. In some cases the ram slots are hard to reach, their kinda below the PSU and such. Also with some cases you can leave everything on, even the PCI cards when assembling the case!
Put the rest of the perhipherals on, and the HDD etc. Next, Install the software. (I would usually put, tweak the bios, before install the software, but thats a different tutorial.)
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