Suggestions on my future PC?

By BobbyV
Dec 2, 2006
  1. Here's my situation. I want a PC that will:

    -Recognize my external hard drives flawlessly, and let me browse the drives quickly, including my internal drives.

    -Be able to run multiple programs flawlessly (Winamp, Word, AIM/Trillian, a Firewall, and an Antivirus is an example of what I would be running at one time).

    -Gaming power isn't a priority, but I would be interested in gaming once in awhile.

    -Easily upgradeable.

    -Play videos with ease.

    -Hard drive space isn't a priority because I have a lot of hard drive space already.

    -Decent sound card. Running a Klipsch 2.1 IFI, so I want to take full advantage of the speakers.

    -OS would be XP, Vista in a year or two after all the kinks are worked out.

    Not sure how much a PC like this would cost, but I'm looking to spend 1000-1500. I've read the mid-grade PC build guides, and they've been helpful, but are my PC priorities akin to what the guide describes? What do you all think?
  2. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

    I'll show you pretty much the most powerful system currently possible and you can work your way down from there unless you want an insane system like this:

    CPU - Core 2 Extreme QX6700 Quad-Core 2.66GHz - $1700

    Motherboard - ASUS P5N32-E SLI - $300

    RAM - 2X Corsair XMS2 2GB Dual Channel Kit (Total 4GB RAM) - $280x2

    Video Card - 2X Geforce 8800GTX SLI - $630x2

    That system could multitask like hell. Could probably run 2 instances of Oblivion at the same time and still get 20FPS+ in both of em. That can play ANY game (besides oblivion) at 80FPS+ @1280x1024 guaranteed. Total cost for those parts is $3,820. You also need hard drives ($100) and DVD Drives ($40), Case ($50-$200) Power supply (1000W PLUS ONLY) ($200+). So the total there comes to around $4,200. Of course if you don't want to pay that much, the best 2 things to do are to get rid of one of the 2 videocards and to get a cheaper CPU.
  3. BobbyV

    BobbyV TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the reply. Do you think I'll have to spend somewere in the neighborhood of 2 - 3 grand? I guess I should've put down how much I was expecting to spend. I'm gonna say 1000-1500. Feasible?
  4. Cpt_Subtext

    Cpt_Subtext TS Rookie Posts: 257

    I agree with MetalX except id swap the motherboard for the Asus Striker extreme and maybe the processor for the Core 2 Duo Extreme X6800, currently the better gaming processor of the two and slightly cheaper. The system I am going to be building is gonna cost me £2,761.74 ($5,466.57 For you Yanks, $6,258.41 Canadian) And thats without the second Graphics card for SLI so for all the stuff you want I think your gonna have to spend a similar amount.

    If thats too pricey for you im sure there are others who can help more than I can but check this link to a thread of mine with the system I plan to build in Febuary. Subject to changes.... I swear its gonna be the dogs Doodahs! :D
  5. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    What the **** is with the 2-3Grand suggestions lol, get a E6600 a Core 2 Duo and a decent video card and 2G of RAM.
  6. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

    Lol, I always wanted to make an example of a REALLY powerful overkill system. ALthough in the area of Oblivion, that system isn't really overkill.
  7. sghiznaneck

    sghiznaneck TS Maniac Posts: 403

    For the time being, if you purchase a Core 2 Duo, the specs I've read about the 8800 GTX is that it's just insane to run two of them in SLI at this time. Sure, you could own untouchable "bragging rites", but just to spend an extra $629 to do so is just a waste. Take the extra money and go for a quad chip, or upgrade your sound card to a Creative X-Fi series and go 5.1 or 6.1. You'd still have money left over to get a killer set of speakers.
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