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1st time building a new pc need help :$1000 buget(14 yrs old)

By tedrjr03
Oct 16, 2005
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  1. i have a $1000 budget and need help picking the parts.. this is including software...dosent include moniter. i will be using it for storing a lot of videos and music files and internet use... a dvd rw dl is a must. a 200 gig hd would be great. i like amd. this not a gaming computer but a game once in a wile like red alert or the sims. at least 1 gig ram. i would like windows media center and a good tv tuner.
  2. Eric Legge

    Eric Legge TS Rookie Posts: 224

    If you want to use Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, you have to be careful about the hardware you install because it won't tolerate substandard components.

    Read this page: http://www.pcbuyerbeware.co.uk/MediaCenterPCs.htm

    Build Your Own Media Center PC:

    http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1558,1742236,00.asp

    Online retailer selling OEM copies of Windows Media Center Edition 2005 with no system -

    http://www.engadget.com/entry/6213211453364177/

    I would buy an AMD Athlon 64 Socket 939 processor and an Asus, MSI, Gigabyte, or Abit Socket 939 motherboard with onboard sound.

    See this page for video cards and TV tuners that fit your budget. Click the Avg Rating for reviews.

    http://www.newegg.com/ProductSort/Category.asp?Category=38

    Remember that you need to have hardware that is compatible with the Media Center Edition 2005.
  3. Merc14

    Merc14 TS Rookie Posts: 464

    Here is a pretty solid rig, case and all, for $989.50

    3200+ Venice core CPU $190
    ABIT KN8 Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 ATX AMD Motherboard $83
    Corsair Value-Select 2 x 512MB $84.50
    WD Caviar SE 320GB SATA HDD $140
    FSP Group (Fortron Source) AX450-PN 450W Power Supply $50
    KWORLD VS-LTV883RF PCI Interface TV/FM Tuner, DVD Maker Card $43
    XFX Geforce 6800 256MB PCI-e Video Card $209
    Thermaltake Swing VB6000SNS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $60
    Microsoft Windows XP Media Center 2005 - OEM $130
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