Help me build a system

Discussion in 'Desktop Computers' started by justin5809, Aug 17, 2004.

  1. justin5809

    justin5809 New Member

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    hey all. im looking at building a computer on a budget of $600-800 for my car. its gonna be a pretty cut and dry system but i want to be able to play some games on it like UR and other multi games. im also gonna be using it to store dvds and playback DVD's want them to playback at high quality. also will use gps and store music and thats about it. any suggestions? Thanks
     
  2. tristan

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    Sure man.. I can suggest a few things. First off, I suggest shopping at NewEgg. (www.newegg.com) Great prices and great shipping.
    With that budget I would start with a AMD processor.
    AMD Athlon 3000+ XP 154$
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=19-103-381&depa=1
    ASUS A7N8X 78$ http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=13-131-455&depa=1
    MSI Radeon 9800 Pro 195$
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=14-127-127&depa=1
    Corsair 512 PC3200 DDR Ram 79$
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=20-145-026&depa=1
    Western Digi 120gig HD 85$
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=22-144-118&depa=1
    Antec 430w TruPower PSU 69$
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=17-103-908&depa=0
    TOTAL=660$

    The case is up to you man.. its all preference (get one without a PSU, you want that antec)

    These are just my suggestions on how I would spend the money.
     
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2004
  3. tristan

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    If you want to overclock down the road.
    Chance CPU to this, just doesnt have heatsink 145$
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=19-103-380&depa=1
    Get this heatsink
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=35-106-042&depa=0
    These case Fans would be good (should get these reguardless if you overclock)
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=11-999-114&depa=0
    This you should also get with your rig reguardless: Artic Silver 5
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=35-100-008&depa=0

    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=35-100-008&depa=0
     
  4. Praetor

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    Nice setup there, I'd drop the CPU to the lower XP2500 to save some cash, since he's reccomended an aftermarket fan you should be able to OC all the way to the top anyways :)
     
  5. justin5809

    justin5809 New Member

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    like the setup and the price. got a few questions though is the onboard audio of the mobo give pretty good quality or would it be better off upgraded and also how would that msi card compare to the ati 9800?
     
  6. Praetor

    Praetor Administrator Staff Member

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    Sound card will be acceptable -- then again you'll be more interested in getting the overall system performance first. As for the video card, the MSI one will be superior but it will also cost more :)
     
  7. justin5809

    justin5809 New Member

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    praetor from that setup should i be able to run pretty big games (i.ei unreal tourny) and all or is their anything i need to change to do that? and as for sound card, system performance is big deal sound is kinda important too i plan on running alot of mp3s and dont want any scratchy sounds or any static like sounds with this in mind what would you reccomend? thanks alot
     
  8. Praetor

    Praetor Administrator Staff Member

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    Yah you'll be fine :)

    Get a baseline Soundblaster card and you'll be fine :)
     
  9. justin5809

    justin5809 New Member

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    would it be a waste to run the 3200 barton if i can overclock the 3000 or would their be any noticeable difference. sorry for the newb questions just wanna get it right the first time.
     
  10. Praetor

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    It would be somewhat of a waste as all the Barton chips (2500,2700,2800,3000) will OC to 3200 and beyond :)
     
  11. EMO-TOCROSS

    EMO-TOCROSS New Member

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    The system I have in my signature was slightly under $800 w/ shipping all from new egg. Its a seriously good computer.. Great with most games, runs all aplications, stores lots of stuff. Take a look at the specs
     
  12. AAAsnwbordr

    AAAsnwbordr New Member

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    Shop for your computer stuff a newegg. its the best place to get computer parts. They got it all.
     
  13. justin5809

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  14. tristan

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    For what you will be doing the XP would be great. XP's dont die unless you push them too hard, and thats kinda hard to do without a) messing up or b) doing some extreme clocking. I prefer the 400fsb on the 3200+ so that is why i suggested that.

    What i suggested it almost what I have but with a ABit board and it runs games like COD at 200+FPS. It will run Doom3 great also.
     

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