My budget is $1000 and this is the system I want to buy now! Here's my question, if the new AMD T-Bred CPU is coming out soon, should I wait to see if AMD will be dropping prices in a couple of weeks or should I just buy my system?? I can't afford the new T-bred cpu but how significant do you guys think the price drop will be on the AMD XP 2000?? Buy now or wait 2 weeks?
AMD Athlon XP 2000 CPU-retail
ASUS A7V333 KT333 Motherboard w/out Raid-Retail
Samsung PC2700 DDR/333 512MB Memory
IBM 80 GB 7200rpm Hard Drive
ATI Radeon 8500 128MB DDR AGP Video Card-Retail
Sound Blaster Audigy Gamer-Retail
3COM/USR V.90 Performance Pro 5610 Modem-Retail
MS Windows XP Pro Full Version - OEM
(I already have a case, cd-rw, toshiba dvd, and floppy)
This system will cost me $912 + $83 shipping = $995
I hope i picked the best components for my computer. I wanted a good computer for games, music, mp3, photo and video editing, dvd movies, Internet....just about everything. Thanks!!
Prices always go down eventually, waiting is up to you....You can shave some $$ off that pricetag now. Why do you need XP Pro? XPHome is cheaper. You should buy the audigy OEM, and nevermind the game you get w/ the retail.
Do you have a good PSU? You will need at least 300W of name brand supplied power....Antec or Enermax.
may as well get one now, the thing with cpu prices is that they are constantly falling.
you could wait indefinately for a xupremely cheap XP processor, but in the meantime newer faster ones will come out and for all that time you wont have a processor.
i suggest just get it now.
couple of points to add:
1. u sure u need a XP2000+? could easily get a 1800+ or 1900+ for significantly less, and you only loose a very small amount of all round performance. that price saving could be applied elsewhere.
my XP1800+ is easily fast enuf for any game or application i throw at it. most often the limiting factor is my ageing graphics card.
sheer cpu grunt is only really a factor when i do lots of divx encoding, but that takes ages anyway regardless of if its a XP1800+ or 2000+.
2. get a decent case and Power Supply for that system. all high end systems get warm, what with the cpu, graphics and multiple drives running. a good case will have better airflow.
like wise a quality PSU will help you avoid alot of problems. besides, Generic PSU's have a high rate of failure. i suggest 300W or greater in either Enermax, TopTower, Sparkle or possibly antec.
Thanks for the suggestions!! I plan to buy this system after Father's day weekend. This will give me a couple days to choose what speed Athlon XP i want. This is a tough decision deciding what speed cpu i want. I thought about buying the XP1800 for $100 bucks but I start thinking, "what's another $50 dollars?" Well hopefully I will notice a difference spending the extra $50 for an XP 2000. All the other parts of my system i am pretty happy with. Since i've heard many good things about the Turtle beach card, I plan to buy both the SB Gamer and Turtle Beach card and test it out myself. I could always put the extra card in my brother's system. I just want a card that sounds great for everything. I do have an Enermax case with 3 case fans inside. This thing is like an air condiditoner in my room.
I just made a system with a XP2000+, I select that CPU since it had the best price/performance in my eyes.The 2100 was 30-40% more, so the 2000 looked good to me. Im very happy about my system and I would stick with your selection of the sound/Audigy card, specialy if you play games. Only thing I would recommend is low noise Fans, PSU etc. its nice to hear yourself think!
checkout http://www.quietpc.com/ I got lots of stuff from them.