Building my 2nd PC

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  1. oz02

    oz02 New Member

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    Well since my first setup for a client of mine went so well he's recommended me to someone else who wants a new PC, but before I order the parts I have a few questions. He will be using the PC mostly for office work and internet browsing, but once in a while he enjoys some light gaming, as well as using it for some video editing.

    What I have so far:
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    A455-2114 :: Asus A8V-E Deluxe Via Socket 939 ATX Motherboard / Audio / PCI Express / Wireless & Gigabit LAN / USB 2.0 & Firewire / Serial ATA (3.5 lbs)
    $188.99
    CP1-A64-30009 E :: AMD Athlon 64 3000+ / 512KB Cache / 2000MHz FSB / Socket 939 / Venice Core / Processor with Fan (1 lbs)
    $215.99
    T925-2076 :: Thermaltake Black Soprano AXT Mid-Tower Case with Clear Side, Front USB, Firewire and Audio Ports and 430-Watt Power Supply (22 lbs)
    $128.99
    C13-4911 :: Corsair Value Select Dual Channel 1024MB PC3200 DDR 400MHz Memory ( 2 x 512MB ) (0.5 lbs)
    $159.99
    N27-1878 :: NEC ND3540A / 16x8x16x DVD+RW / 16x6x16x DVD-RW / 8x DVD+R DL / 4x DVD-R DL / 48x32x48x CD-RW / Black / Dual Layer / OEM DVD Burner with Nero Software (4 lbs)
    $59.99
    L12-1052 :: Lite-on SOHD-16P9S / 16x DVD-ROM / 48x CD-ROM / Black / Internal / Drive (3 lbs)
    $32.99
    TSD-80AS3 :: Seagate / 80GB / 7200 / 8MB / SATA-150 / OEM / Hard Drive with NCQ (1 lbs)
    $91.99
    M95-3010 :: Micro Innovations Internet Desktop Duo Keyboard and Wireless Mouse Combo (3 lbs)
    $33.99
    A162-2082 :: Altec VS-3151 6PC Multimedia Home Theater Speaker System - White (30 lbs)
    $67.99
    E145-5108 :: eVGA GeForce 6600 / 256MB DDR / PCI Express / VGA / DVI / TV Out / Video Card (1 lbs)
    $55.99
    M17-5635 :: Microsoft Windows XP Home Upgrade Serv. Pack 2 (1 lbs)
    $133.99
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    Subtotal: $1,270.89
    Shipping: $73.08
    Tax: $201.60
    Total: $1,545.57
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    My questions are;
    1) What can I do to bring the price down (because it's in canadian the price differs greatly from a newegg setup) but not compromise perfomance too greatly? My client would rather not end up spending more than $1,300 CAD if he could.

    2) Is the Asus A8V-E's onboard audio powerful enough to use the speakers I chose to the best of their abilities?

    3) Is the power supply that comes with the case powerful enough to keep this setup running smoothly, or should opt for a different case and power supply completely?

    4) What else should I throw in to keep this PC running cool, or is the fans included with everything enough?

    Any other suggestions would also be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. oz02

    oz02 New Member

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    Bump^^
     
  3. Yep

    Yep Knick knack paddy whack, give the old dog a bone

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    Why two CD/DVD ROMs?
     
  4. chips

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    Well try zipzoomfly there prices are better but im not sure if they ship to CA .
    and MOST of the time the power supplys that come with cases are not that great and are very cheap. Getting a good power supply should be a must for any system you spend alot of money on. its like geting a motor that is built to run on race gas and puting watered down unleaded in it.
     
  5. oz02

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    I'm getting 2 CD/DVD Drives because it's useful to have more than one and they're very cheap.

    Unfortunately zipzoomfly does not ship to Canada, so that's not an option.
    As for the power supply, I think I might be able to get a pretty good one from a friend of mine, so that's not a problem.

    Anyone else have any suggestions or answers to my questions?
     
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    If there's a local University computer surplus store available, they usually have whole systems for $20. You can gut them out and just use the case. But that'll only bring the case and psu down to about $80.

    Surely there must be a cost effective mobo as you do not need overclocking ability. I would look to DFI and MSI, heck, maybe even ECS.
     
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    newegg is supposebly going to go to canada sometime in oct. if you can wait, you could probably save a couple or hundred bucks
     
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    Newegg!!!!!!!!1
     
  9. oz02

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    Wow, I did not know that. I guess he can wait then. Thanks
     
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