Can someone please tell me a good computer to build using parts from newegg?

By imacrazyballoon
Mar 6, 2006
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  1. Im trying to buy/make a complete computer for roughly $650. i would use this mostly for gaming but also would have it partitioned to double as a linux server. thanx. Id prefer all the parts to be from newegg.

    Rex
  2. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,565

    Do you need EVERYTHING?

    I.e., monitor, keyboard/mouse, windowsXP, case/psu etc.
  3. imacrazyballoon

    imacrazyballoon Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 40

    sorry, forgot to mention that, i have keyboard, mouse, monitor, and all cables(not internal cables).
  4. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,565

    So you need:

    CPU:
    Motherboard:
    Graphics Card:
    Ram:
    HDD:
    Optical Drive:
    Floppy drive:
    Case:
    PSU:
    WindowsXP (home):

    Right? Let's see what I can find.... (as things become glaringly obvious that I have some time on my hands right now.... lol)
  5. imacrazyballoon

    imacrazyballoon Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 40

    i dont need floppy drive and i dont need an os, everything else i need.
  6. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,565

    CPU:
    $148
    AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Venice 1GHz HT 512KB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103537

    Motherboard:
    $75 after rebate - ABIT KN8 Ultra ATX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813127222

    Graphics Card:
    $99 after rebate
    MSI NX6600GT-TD128E Geforce 6600GT 128MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814127147

    Ram:
    $70
    CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145440

    HDD:
    $87
    Maxtor DiamondMax 10 6V200E0 200GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822144012

    Optical Drive: $41
    LITE-ON Black 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2M Cache ATAPI/E-IDE DVD Burner - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827106013#DetailSpecs

    Case: $63
    Antec Solution SLK1650B Black Steel ATX Mini Tower Computer Case 350W Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811129150
    PSU: included with case above (antec 350W)


    Total so far $583
  7. imacrazyballoon

    imacrazyballoon Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 40

    cool, thanks, can you tell me how i can tell if a cpu and motherboard will fit and that kind of stuff? what do i need to match before i buy them?
  8. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,565

    With the money left over, I'd probably get a higher clocked CPU.

    Another option would be to upgrade to the Antec SonataII case, which has a good 450W psu for future upgrades.

    P.S.
    All the stuff I have lined up for you above will fit together, and are compatible.

    The good thing about that system too, is that it is extremely upgradable.
  9. imacrazyballoon

    imacrazyballoon Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 40

    and also, how do i determine a good case? cus i might want one with a little more looks than the one u specified, unless there is something really good about this one.
  10. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,565

    For an extra $60 you could get the Athlon64 3500 socket 939 cpu. That is a pretty good processor. You may want to consider the upgrade.

    As for that case I suggested, the part about it that is good is that it comes with a very reliable power supply. When people are putting together budget systems like you are now, the mistake a lot of people make is getting cheap power supplies. Trust me when I say, you don't want to go that route.

    Most PSUs that come with cases are complete trash, and actually quite dangerous to the system unless it is from a company such as Antec. If you choose to get a different case, it is probably best to get one without a power supply, and then buy the power supply separately. For the specs of the system I have put together above, you only need a 350w psu or so. Look at companies like FSP (fortron), enermax, antec etc., and make sure you have at least 24amps on the 12v rail of the PSU you do end up getting.
  11. imacrazyballoon

    imacrazyballoon Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 40

    ok thanks, and i guess i can get rid of the xp and replace it with that CPU upgrade, my dad owns a buisness so i can mooch xp off him = )
  12. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,565

    Here is the CPU you want: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103539

    For $213 you get a really nice CPU.

    The other thing you want to think about is the graphics card. The one I linked you to above is the best budget level card on the market, a 6600GT and it is only $99. It will play any game out now on medium settings.

    Newer games that are coming out now (and next year) are really going to stretch that card to it's limits. It all depends on how picky you are about FPS and picture quality. But like I said earlier, your motherboard has a "pci-express x16" slot for graphics cards, so the sky is the limit for upgrades in the future when/if you feel you need a stronger graphics card.
  13. imacrazyballoon

    imacrazyballoon Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 40

    im not the kind of person who is really into graphics, im playing diablo 2 on a computer with a graphics card thats something like 3-5 years old
     
  14. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,565

    In the beginning of this thread, you said gaming was the main purpose of this computer...

    If you are only going to be playing games like diablo2, this will change the specs of the system I am recommending above. You could get a MUCH cheaper system if all you need is a "diablo2" machine ;)
  15. imacrazyballoon

    imacrazyballoon Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 40

    hmm.....well i like this layout because it doesnt limit me. i like being able to do many things. Im not sure what else i would need it for but im sure the speed and stuff would come in handy at some point.
  16. imacrazyballoon

    imacrazyballoon Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 40

    would you be able to suggest a wireless card or adapter that would help me? because my parents are limiting me to only wireless. They have a weird setup and are adamant about it. recently, my linksys range expander broke, should i just buy another one or would a new adapter handle it?
  17. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,565

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