Help Build My Computer !!!

prgr5

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Ok hurricane Charley fried my computer, so I need to get a new one as soon as possible. Here's the thing...I only have $799.00 to spend on this.

So like to hear from all of you guys the best config for this price ?
 

jpeyton

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Yep, see my signature.

Do you need a monitor? Take a look at the parts from my Budget and Mid Level Systems; make a nice computer to fit your needs accordingly.
 

zainali

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how badly was it fried and what were the specs? maybe you can used some of the stuff again.
 

prgr5

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Dude...It's all fried, nada.

Come on now, I thought this forum whould be a good place to get some good config options for a new rig...$799.00 with some creative thinking could be done right ?
 

prgr5

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OMG...Everything but a monitor. Looking for anybody who can be creative and build a new box for that price.
 

Mloot

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What is the main use for your pc? Gaming, video encoding, web surfing, etc? Also, do you, or will you overclock?
 

mauiblue

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Obviously there are a lot of variables that must be considered before deciding what route to go in building a new box. You did mention one criteria (price) but as you can see from the subsequent posts, other factors must be considered before other opinions can be submitted for your perusal.

A quick and shotgun approach could be just buying off the rack. Many players on the market has rigs that fit your price and could easily accommodate your preferences whatever they are. Good luck.

All the best to all in the group.
 

Mloot

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1. Antec SLK3700AMB w/350w PSU - $63/shipped

2. Vantec 120mm fan for front of case - $15.99/shipped

3. Abit NFS-7 mobo - $87.99/shipped

4. Athlon XP Mobile 2600+ - $99/shipped

5. Zalman 7000 AlCu HSF - $39.99/shipped

6. Kingmax pc3200 512mbx2 - $149.98/shipped - should give a little extra overclocking room above 400mhz FSB

7. Seagate 80gb SATA HDD - $72/shipped

8. NEC 2510 DVD burner - $68.99/shipped

9. Powercolor 9600xt 128mb - $135/shipped

10. Windows XP Home Ed. OEM - $87.00/shipped


Total - $818.95/shipped


This hypothetical rig is based on the assumption that you will overclock. You could save $5 by going with a Mobile XP 2500+ instead of the 2600+, but w/the 2600+ you get a guaranteed 2ghz, if you don't want to overclock. The Zalman HSF should keep your 2600+ nice and cool to at least 2.3ghz, and maybe more. The only weak link I can see here is the 9600xt video card. If you really want a decent gaming card to go with an overclocked Mobile Athlon, then you should look at a minimum of a 5900xt or 9800Pro, for a little more. But with the 9800 Pro, the total cost of the rig rises to $877.94/shipped. If you could spring that much, you would have a nice, balanced gaming rig that should handle most tasks you could throw at it. Of course, if you drop the RAM from 1gb to 512mb, that would give you the extra cash you need to spring for a better video card, but then some of your newer games that thrive on 1gb of memory might suffer.

Lastly, this also assumes that you have a keyboard, mouse, and speakers that were not fried. If not, then you would have to pony up some extra cash or make sacrifices somewhere else in the build to afford them.

Anyway, hope that helps a little.
 

Mik3y

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Originally posted by: prgr5
Dude...It's all fried, nada.

Come on now, I thought this forum whould be a good place to get some good config options for a new rig...$799.00 with some creative thinking could be done right ?

u've been given a very good one by jpeyton. you could be a little less rude and be a little more helpful on telling us what you want (gaming? multimedia? overclock?). like whattaguy said, do some research. anyone who can build a computer knows what to get for themselves. most are just too lazy to do the research. as you can tell, everyone here is trying to help you, but you're not being too helpful yourself. answer our questions and we'll answer yours.
 

prgr5

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Originally posted by: Mloot
1. Antec SLK3700AMB w/350w PSU - $63/shipped

2. Vantec 120mm fan for front of case - $15.99/shipped

3. Abit NFS-7 mobo - $87.99/shipped

4. Athlon XP Mobile 2600+ - $99/shipped

5. Zalman 7000 AlCu HSF - $39.99/shipped

6. Kingmax pc3200 512mbx2 - $149.98/shipped - should give a little extra overclocking room above 400mhz FSB

7. Seagate 80gb SATA HDD - $72/shipped

8. NEC 2510 DVD burner - $68.99/shipped

9. Powercolor 9600xt 128mb - $135/shipped

10. Windows XP Home Ed. OEM - $87.00/shipped


Total - $818.95/shipped


This hypothetical rig is based on the assumption that you will overclock. You could save $5 by going with a Mobile XP 2500+ instead of the 2600+, but w/the 2600+ you get a guaranteed 2ghz, if you don't want to overclock. The Zalman HSF should keep your 2600+ nice and cool to at least 2.3ghz, and maybe more. The only weak link I can see here is the 9600xt video card. If you really want a decent gaming card to go with an overclocked Mobile Athlon, then you should look at a minimum of a 5900xt or 9800Pro, for a little more. But with the 9800 Pro, the total cost of the rig rises to $877.94/shipped. If you could spring that much, you would have a nice, balanced gaming rig that should handle most tasks you could throw at it. Of course, if you drop the RAM from 1gb to 512mb, that would give you the extra cash you need to spring for a better video card, but then some of your newer games that thrive on 1gb of memory might suffer.

Lastly, this also assumes that you have a keyboard, mouse, and speakers that were not fried. If not, then you would have to pony up some extra cash or make sacrifices somewhere else in the build to afford them.

Anyway, hope that helps a little.

Thank you papa...Finally got a nice spec for a rig !

Just found out that my ATI 9800 Pro is alive and my 80 HD Is not wiped out...Now not having to worry about buying a new video card gives me the option to explore other options.

Now should I go ATI 64 ot Intel ?
 

prgr5

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Thank you papa...Finally got a nice spec for a rig !

Just found out that my ATI 9800 Pro is alive and my 80 HD Is not wiped out...Now not having to worry about buying a new video card gives me the option to explore other options.

Now should I go ATI 64 ot Intel ?
 

Mloot

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Originally posted by: prgr5
Originally posted by: Mloot
1. Antec SLK3700AMB w/350w PSU - $63/shipped

2. Vantec 120mm fan for front of case - $15.99/shipped

3. MSI K8N Nforce3 mobo - $127.99/shipped

4. A64 3200+ Newcastle, retail - $218.00/shipped

5. Use retail HSF - fairly nice and quiet, does pretty good job of cooling an A64

6. Kingmax pc3200 512mbx2 - $149.98/shipped - should give a little extra overclocking room above 400mhz FSB

7. Use your current HDD

8. NEC 2510 DVD burner - $68.99/shipped

9. Use your 9800 Pro

10. Windows XP Home Ed. OEM - $87.00/shipped


Total - $730.95/shipped

Thank you papa...Finally got a nice spec for a rig !

Just found out that my ATI 9800 Pro is alive and my 80 HD Is not wiped out...Now not having to worry about buying a new video card gives me the option to explore other options.

Now should I go ATI 64 ot Intel ?

Well, since your HDD and video card work, then that gives a little more room to play. :) Judging by the fact that you have a 9800 Pro, I assume that you are a fairly heavy gamer. In that case, it definitely makes more sense to go w/an A64 setup. I made some changes to the list above to reflect what I would get, assuming I had your budget and a working HDD and video card.

In case you aren't aware, there are two different A64 3200+ CPU's, one with the Clawhammer core and one with the Newcastle core. Here are the main differences between the two:

3200+ Clawhammer - runs at 2.0ghz and has 1mb of L2 cache

3200+ Newcastle - runs at 2.2ghz and has 512kb of L2 cache

Going on the assumption that you will not be overclocking, I think you would see more benefit out of the extra 200mhz than you would the extra 512kb of cache that the Clawhammer 3200+ possesses. Now, you can pocket the savings if you want, or you want to spend the extra $70 or so left out of your budget, you might want to either get another 80-120gb HDD (because you can never have too much storage), or get a cheap CD/DVD player to go with your DVD burner, in case you want to burn CD/DVD's on the fly, without having to save them to the hard drive first.