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Old 2007-08-17, 19:09   Link #1
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Join Date: May 2007
Age: 29
The Build a Computer Thread

So I see a lot of "help me build a computer" or "tell me if this is good" threads. I thought this idea would help a bit.

I have several price ranges here,
(Or gun for the most expensive computer you can put together. I think the most I got was $51000.)

Now pick one from above, and make your best computer. Also specify what your computer is made for: Basic e-mail/Youtube, Adobe Studio, high quality video, cutting-edge games (or not), etc.

Side rules:
- +/-$50 for your price range.
- Assume that you pull all the hard drives out of your old computer, however many you have.
- You may reuse your monitor, keyboard, mouse, and anything other than what's in your case.
- You may not reuse anything else from your computer. Not even the case.
- Do not factor in shipping costs.

EDIT: Another rule - No OS.

Last edited by Claies; 2007-08-18 at 19:47.
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Old 2007-08-17, 19:32   Link #2
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Join Date: May 2007
Age: 29
Here I go:

Price range: ~$750 - ~$900
Uses: Gaming, high-quality video
Total: $805
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Old 2007-08-17, 20:37   Link #3
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Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Ontario, Canada
Age: 33
Price Range: ~2000
Uses: Gaming

* CPU: AMD 64 X2 6000+
* Motherboard: ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe ATX AM2 Nforce 570 SLI 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI SATA2 Sound GBLAN 1394 Motherboard
* PSU: Corsair HX520 CMPSU-520HX 520W ATX Triple 12V 40A Continuous 24PIN ATX Modular 120MM Power Supply
* Memory: OCZ Gold XTC PC2-6400 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-800 CL5-5-5-12 240PIN DIMM
* Graphics card: EVGA E-GEFORCE 8800GTS 500MHZ 640MB 1.6GHZ GDDR3 Dual DVI-I HDTV Out HDCP DIRECTX10 Video Card
* CD/DVD Burner: Samsung SH-S183A Black SATA DVD+RW 18X8X16 DVD-RW 18X6X16 DL 8X INT DVD Writer OEM W/ SW
* Case: Silverstone Temjin TJ09B Black E-ATX Case 4X5.25 1X3.5 6X3.5INT No PS
* HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB SATA2 3GB/S 7200RPM 16MB Cache NCQ Hard Drive

Total Injury to Wallet: $1,931.99

Now here is a system:

Price Range:~?????
Uses: Gaming and video

Spoiler for AlienWare:

Total Injury to Annual Salary:
Spoiler for You know you want to look ;):
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Old 2007-08-18, 01:18   Link #4
You could say.....
Join Date: Apr 2007
All Systems are without O/S factor in another $100

Around $400-$450 general budget gaming (or my overclocking cheapo). Will play FEAR at 1366x768 res at high detail levels in excess of 70 fps avg, at least according to the FEAR test utility, should score around 9000 on 3dmark05, but with a little bit of overclocking can seriously do much better.

AMD X2 4000+ ($65USD approx) Can definitely be overclocked to good levels on the stock Heatsink/Fan
Abit AN52 (approx $70USD) Good overclocking bios
Corsair Value Select ddr2 667 2x1gig (approx $70USD) decent overclocking potential
Coolermaster elite 330 ($40 USD)
Hiper 480w PSU ($50USD) Don't buy a cheapo generic PSU or a POS thermaltake. You'll just fry your gear.
Nvidia 7900gs (approx $120)
ASUS dual layer DVD burner SATA - ($30USD)

approx $445

Budget HTPC $400

ANtec NSK 2400 case comes with PSU - 100USD
AMD X2 3600+ ($60USD approx) Why this? well you want energy efficiency.
Corsair Value Select ddr2 667 2x1gig (approx $70USD)
ASUS dual layer DVD burner SATA - ($30USD)
Asus m2nmx se ($55USD)
Ati 2600pro gddr3 version - (80usd) why this? well it has a rather nifty feature called Universal Video Decoder, which offloads decoding of high definition video streams and has been proven to be more effective than the Nvidia counterparts on this card. Also has HDMI and HDCP support unlike the Nvidia. Also energy efficient and a number of versions are silent.
SABRENT TV-ATSC PCI Interface ATSC & Digital HDTV/Analog TV Tuner PCI Card - ($50USD)

OPTIONAL Only if you have a dolby digital home stereo setup ie a reciever and 5.1 speakers or decent powered PC 5.1 speakers only. Or otherwise if you can't tell the difference between stereo and Dolby digital otherwise this is pointless, just use onboard sound.
HT omega striker 7.1 card - (80usd) capable of on the fly Dolby digital/dts encoding, basically turns every audio stream into Dolby digital/DTS for a true HD experience.

approx 400-450 depending on your soundcard requirements

Interesting note for Audio buffs, your soundcard may say it's 5.1 or 7.1 but unless it s capable of "on the fly" Dolby Digital or DTS encoding your output is in stereo. It will output in Dolby Digital or DTS only IF the Audio track is encoded in Dolby digital or DTS. That is why I recommend this card. It will do on the fly encoding of Dolby Digital meaning it will turn mono/stereo whatever you throw at it into a Dolby Digital or DTS audio stream.

Also note that I stuck with AMD for budget builds, although the Intel e2140 and e2160 are better overclockers for around $20 more you also need to factor in motherboard costs, and good motherboards for Intel processors are generally $20-$30 more expensive meaning you will have to cut corners in either the videocard or RAM department, where you will lose more performance overall for gaming by using less ram and cheaper vvideocards. Although the ATI 2400 and 2600, Nvidia 8500gt and 8600gt series are DX10 ready, they're just not good enough in the Bang for Buck performance IMO

Last edited by hobbes_fan; 2007-08-18 at 10:18. Reason: spellng/grammatical errors
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