Advice on a new system.

By Villa- ยท 10 replies
Oct 24, 2003
  1. I'm currently interested in buying a new system, one for gaming of course. I don't really know what range of price I want (1000-2000 probably, canadian).

    Anyways, could any of you give me some advice on the kind of system to get that will perform good with most new games / etc? I'm looking for a good graphics card, something around 2.8Ghz, lot's of ram, etc etc.

    Anyways, if possible anyone have a nice setup that I could base around what I get? And also any good canadian sites to purchase from (Preferably in the vancouver area, good?)


    Also; I do not need a monitor, mouse, keyboard, speakers, anything like that..just the tower.
  2. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    Have you looked at the alienware pc's? They are pretty nice for gaming.

    BTW :wave: Welcome to TechSpot :wave:
  3. acidosmosis

    acidosmosis TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,350

    If you have money growing on a tree :p.

    I can write up some spec's for you just as good as Alienware's PC and you can built it yourself ;-) or I can find you a good site to customize a PC from and you'll come out a LOT cheaper than Alienware with a PC that is just as good or better for about $800 less.

    I normally purchase from either:

    At Monarch you can customize a PC and they have great prices. They ship very well, on time, and do a great job in general. I definately recommend them if you want a custom PC that compares to anything Alienware can do. You just won't get the nifty case :).
  4. somekid007

    somekid007 TS Rookie Posts: 271 or are probably the best computer places in vancouver area. they both offer competitive prices. atic is good for intel systems, where as anitec lean toward amd systems. both are very good stores.
  5. somekid007

    somekid007 TS Rookie Posts: 271

    raidmax scorpio 868 case with 420 watt psu- $95
    amd athlon64 3200+- $599
    lg dvd+/-rw & dvd-ram dirve- $159
    western digital 1200jd 8mb cache sata h/d- $149
    asus k8v - $199
    2x kingston 512mb pc3200 - $250
    ati radeon 9800 pro - $509.95

    total $1960.95

    prices from anitec

    good luck!
  6. atlasm

    atlasm TS Rookie

    Just got an e-mail about the Asus K8V mobo

    I took the advice from another poster about the K8V mobo and purchased it for my Athlon 64 3200+. 2 days after the purchase I got an e-mail saying that they where contacted by Asus regarding a flaw in the mobo and that they should not ship these boards. Anyone hear anything specific about this? I've heard that the post reporter chip is way too close to the WiFi port thus preventing it from seating correctly. Also, that the design with regards to either the IDE ports or the power ports is bad. Anyone else have a gripe about this?
  7. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    This is the story ->

  8. farmer

    farmer TS Rookie Posts: 48

    If you want a ready built, then I have to agree with Acid, Monarch is as good as there is. Their a bit slow, but when you get it, it'll be right. Tech support if you ever need it is great also. My current rig, for the most part came from Monarch, 'cept the CPU and mobo. They also ship to Canada. Check out their prices...

  9. SubKamran

    SubKamran TS Rookie Posts: 166

    I will set up a document with all the parts and URLs to NewEgg for you. I built a computer for $1200 USD and it scores 5998 on 3dMark03 with no memory overclocking and no video card overclocking. It also scores 16277 on 3dMark01 same.

    Just IM or PM or email me :)

    * Raidmax Scorpio Black Tower
    * Intel Pentium 4 2.4CGhz @ 2.95Ghz
    * OCZ EL 256x2 PC3200 Platinum RAM
    * Western Digital 40GB HD
    * Sapphire Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB
    * ASUS P4P800-Deluxe motherboard

    It's very fast and it's overclockable to 2.95Ghz maximum and has room to spare for maximum OC of the video card which I'm going to do today (ExtremeOverclockers got 465/378 with stock cooling! Normal is 380/340). Their score was 18642 on 3dMark01.


    Ready built, Monarch seems good, but custom built is very simple to do!
  10. bushwhacker

    bushwhacker TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 783

    custom built computer

    Hello, just wondering Villa, if you want the best gaming and the coolest paintjobs, try this link and find out

    Alienware Computer

    Falcon Northwest

    I know Falcon NorthWest is a little bit obsolete, but they still hang on and provides the coolest paintjobs. If you like beautiful women, FNW is the best one to go. Smile :)

  11. Masque

    Masque TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,058

    Re: Just got an e-mail about the Asus K8V mobo

    That was me, atlasm, and I checked the board in the machine out after seeing Didou's post (and thanks for the info Didou). Everything appears well, no instabilities and no appearance flaws. In fact, I've gone out and purchased the same board for my new rig with the 64-bit 3200+. As soon as I can get the money together for my Antec P160, it'll go together.

    But that aside, based on my observations I still stand by it.

    Didou, I clicked on the link and read the info but I've done a search on the U.S. site and not found any info on it (your link was for the Taiwan home site) and early December. It's possible that board revisions since have been fixed (I would hope). Just my observations but thanks for the info to jump in with all the info at hand. :grinthumb
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