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Building new system...Opinions?

By Vehementi
Sep 28, 2002
  1. After hours of hard researching, I finally came up with this uber-list for a sub-$1k system.

    Athlon XP 1600+ - $54
    CoolerMaster DP5-6L11A HSF - $6
    ASUS A7V8x - $126
    ATI Radeon 7500 64MB DDR - $62
    256MB Kingmax DDR400 - $69
    80GB 7200RPM Seagate Barracuda IV - $110
    OR
    120GB 7200RPM Western Digital SE - $162
    Sound Blaster Live! Audigy Gamer - $84
    Lite-On 40x/12x/48x CD-RW - $57
    Antec SX630II Mini-Tower Case - $75
    Creative Modem Blaster V.92 56k PCI Modem - $19

    Total: $662, $714 w/ bigger HDD

    This price doesn't include Windows XP, MS Office, or a mouse and keyboard. I have an old mouse/keyboard, but I dunno if I want to use it...
     
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,690   +337

    What are you goign to be doing with it? You don't have broadband correct? Then I think if you are looking at saving money then you should stick with the 80 gig.
     
  3. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 3,199

    The #1 priority in this system is stability. Then longevity.

    Mostly for surfing the net, UD :cool:, the occasional game (I'll probably end up networking these two machines together), and really not much else.

    The HDD is actually for me...:rolleyes:...I'm putting one of mine in that rig.

    And scratch the case, for I'm buying it over here to save shipping money.

    Broadband may be a possibility in the future.
     
  4. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 3,199

    newegg WishList

    K guys, check that out. I'm pretty much certain that that's the final revision.
     
  5. Vassal24352

    Vassal24352 TS Rookie Posts: 49

    looks like a pretty solid system to me:D
     
  6. hdmk

    hdmk TS Rookie Posts: 150

    A pretty solid system, but it may be worth spending that bit extra (and still keeping under $1000), by getting a slightly faster CPU and graphics card - say maybe a XP1900+ and a GeForce 3 or GeForce 4 Ti4200 perhaps.

    As for the software, try to get that at the cheapest place possible - wink, wink...if you know what I mean...but that's entirely up to you.
     
  7. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,919   +9

    Do you really need it? Won't OpenOffice do?
     
  8. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 3,199

    I have 28k Mic. You should know better.

    All her vital files are on .doc, and she wants MS Office anyway...
     
  9. Nick

    Nick TS Rookie Posts: 216

    go with a gf3 ti200 for $89, HIGH quality card, won't be outdated for years. Also, i believe and XP 1700 is just $8 more.
     
  10. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 3,199

    The 7500 was $51 Nick...

    And I bet it outperforms the GF3 Ti200 :D
     
  11. Nick

    Nick TS Rookie Posts: 216


    haha and im bill gates
     
     
  12. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 3,199

    :p Yeah I know it doesn't outperform the GF3. Still, better price to performance ratio.
     
  13. Nick

    Nick TS Rookie Posts: 216

    have fun finding good drivers for it, and having it last more than a year.
     
  14. SleeperDC

    SleeperDC TS Rookie Posts: 193

    Audigy 2 is coming up very soon.
    wait until it's out so the Audigy's price will drop.

    just one thing,
    maxtor's HD last the longest, that's from experience.
    if you want to stay with these two, WD is better:D
     
  15. Elcarion

    Elcarion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 188

    I'd go with the original Seagate HD and spend the extra $60 on CPU and Video upgrades as previously suggested...80GB is a lot of space, do you really need 120GB? The HD is also much cheaper to upgrade at a later date IF needed. An added benefit is the Segate drive you listed is about half as loud as just about any HD on the market!
    You might even have enough of that $60 left over to upgrade to a better, quieter HSF combo.
     
  16. deskjet390

    deskjet390 TS Rookie

    you cant do anything with that video card............i mean you can play old games i guess........and yes i know what im talking about

    my standards are 1024x768 at 60frames+ on most of the games coming out now...........that 7500 wont be anything at all
     
  17. techjohn

    techjohn TS Rookie Posts: 17

    get the best u can afford, so it'll last a decade or two, depending on how games improve in future. Remember, Lots of RAM.
     
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