Building a Comp - Come take a look

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  1. illskills719

    illskills719 Im lost.

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    Hey im building a comp for a friend who only needs it for the average needs such as: checking email, going online, instant messaging, watching dvds, burning music and listening to it, downloading pics from camera, and doing school work...
    So i have come up with a rough layout and i was wondering is this too little or too much or what would you recommend?
    Check out the RAM should I give 1 GIG of RAM ? i heard that this is becoming standard because my friend prob wont get another comp for another like 4 years ...+ my friend really isn't doing anything but work and listening to music and stuff
    also check out the Motherboard and Processor, is 2.4 ghz good enough?
    feedbacks will be great ..
    -Thanks


    MotherBoard
    ASUS "P4P800 SE" i865PE Chipset Motherboard for Intel Socket 478 CPU -RETAIL http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProdu...-131-484&depa=0
    Processor
    Intel Pentium 4/ 2.4C GHz 800MHz FSB, 512K Cache, Hyper Threading Technology - Retail http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProdu...-116-157&depa=0
    RAM
    Kingston ValueRAM Dual Kits 184 Pin 512MB(256MBx2) DDR PC-3200 + Kingston 184 Pin 512MB DDR PC-3200 - Retail http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProdu...-141-413&depa=0
    Harddrive
    Western Digital 80GB 7200RPM IDE Hard Drive, Model WD800BB, OEM Drive only http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=22-144-102&depa=0
    CD/DVD
    Rosewill 52x32x52x16 CD-RW Black Combo Drive, Model RB-321, Retail http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProdu...-190-009&depa=0
    Floppy(BLACK)
    Samsung Black 1.44MB 3.5inch Floppy Disk Drive, Model SFD321B/LBL1, OEM Drive Only http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProdu...-103-203&depa=0
    Tower
    RAIDMAX Elite Black Mid-Tower PC Case with 380W Power Supply, Model "ATX-208BP" -RETAIL http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProdu...-156-167&depa=1
    Keyboard/Mouse
    Logitech Cordless Internet Pro Desktop -OEM http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProdu...-126-168&depa=0
    Monitor
    ACER AL1715b 17" LCD Monitor, 12ms Response Time - Retail http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProdu...ufactory=BROWSE
    Programs
    Microsoft Windows XP Pro w/SP2 Upgrade Version (Academic) -Retail http://www.newegg.com/app/viewprodu...-116-192&DEPA=0
     
  2. mooredodge

    mooredodge 3,2,1 I'm the bomb...and I'm ready to go off in yo

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    I'd say a gig of ram wouldn't hurt, if he's not going to upgrade for 4 years. If it were me, I'd try to find a larger HD and faster processor, since he won't be upgrading for quite a while. What kind of budget does he have?

    P4 3.0 HT 478 Socket for not much more cash.
    http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproductdesc.asp?description=19-116-171&DEPA=1

    Samsung 160GB 7200RPM Hard Drive, Model SP1614N, OEM Drive Only
    http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproductdesc.asp?description=22-152-014&DEPA=1

    The HD is only around 30 bucks more, twice the space.
     
  3. TucsonTerror

    TucsonTerror OT Supporter

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    My personal experience has been as follows with HDDs:

    Seagate>Hitachi/IBM>WD>Maxtor.

    I'd change out the WD drives for Seage.

    Also, check MWAVE ( http://www.mwave.com ) vs. NewEgg.
     
  4. Derrict

    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    I'd go with 1 gig of ram and a larger HD, especially if he's DLing a lot of music. The difference from 512 to 1 gig is fairly noticeable for most people.
     
  5. JohnDoe

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    DVD burners are definitely going to be standard pretty soon. Its only 30 bucks more for a DVD+-RW dual layer burner.
     
  6. FreeSpace

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    Intel on a budget system :bsflag:? I must say that is retarded.

    An Athlon XP or Sempron would be much better. Pair that up with an Asus nForce2 based mobo, and a cheap, powerful video card (Such as a Radeon 8500, c. $60, or a Ti4200, c. $80), and BAM! There is a nice system that he can fuck around with longer.

    Also, fuck the Raidmax PSU. Get him a Cooler Master, Sparkle/Fortron, or MGE. Personally I'm a HUGE fan of MGE; their Vigor series PSU's are to die for.

    I would get this one (And JollyOgre, don't even THINK about butting in with your elitist, non-informative bullshit. You're driving me nuts.)

    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=17-167-007&depa=0

    A very good PSU for an outstanding price. I have their 500w stock PSU in my MGE Viper case powering dual 2600+'s/9700 Pro no problem.
     
  7. P07r0457

    P07r0457 New Member

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    intel can be a budget system. But I don't like that motherboard or ram. Also not a fan of the 2.4C. Your choice of case is also poor.
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    I disagree.

    Seagate > WD/Maxtor (tie) > * > IBM

    The Hitachi/IBM drives are the *WORST*
     
  9. TucsonTerror

    TucsonTerror OT Supporter

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    Only if you had the early DeskSTAR GXP drives affected by or included in the class-action lawsuit. I put the current Hitachi/IBM drives as a moderately-close 2nd to Seagate with WD and Maxtor well behind. This is based on my personal experience though so maybe you have other information to add. (????)
     
  10. FreeSpace

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    HAHA! Yeah, those 75GXP stories crack me up!

    I will never buy an IBM drive, just because of those duds. I'm more of a WD/Samsung guy. I haven't had good experiences with Maxtor or Seagate...
     
  11. illskills719

    illskills719 Im lost.

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    Switched up the Specs a little replaced the 2.4c processor with the 3.0E here



    Processor
    Intel Pentium 4/ 3.0E GHz 800MHz FSB, 1MB L2 Cache, Hyper Threading Technology - Retail http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc.asp?description=19-116-171&catalog=23&manufactory=BROWSE

    Programs
    Microsoft XP Home + Microsoft Office 2003

    Speakers
    YOMMO SP-801 2.0 MultiMedia Speakers System -RETAIL http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc.asp?description=36-151-029&catalog=23&manufactory=BROWSE

    Video Card
    ASUS nVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Video Card, 128MB DDR, 64 bit, DVI/TV-Out, 8X AGP, Model "V9520-X/TD/128" -RETAIL http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc.asp?description=19-116-171&catalog=23&manufactory=BROWSE

    I dont know which speakers to get her, i mean like she wants space saving ones and these look pretty decent (The YOMMO)
    The vid card is decent and +
    shes an average user, she wont be using it for gaming or anything
    O yea i almost added in the MGE psu (thanks to FreeSpace)
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProdu...-167-007&depa=0
     
  12. illskills719

    illskills719 Im lost.

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    Jolly Ogre, what case would you buy? Whats wrong with the one I chose?

    So far the total is approximately 928$, including the monitor
     
  13. P07r0457

    P07r0457 New Member

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    if you must have a cheaper case, grab an antec sonata. Otherwise I'd say get something with style. Silverstone TJ-04 and a Fortron PSU would be killer.
     

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