components for new computer

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  1. myhamster

    myhamster New Member

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    Hi all,
    I'm planning on building a new computer. I'm pretty computer literate, but the current computer that I have I built 4 years ago. Need to know what the current technologies are, so here's where you guys come in.

    I'll probably try to get everything from Newegg again. Can you give some current technologies/speeds for the following please?

    My needs:
    1. Price about $600 total. I have DVDRW drive, but that's the only existing component I have.
    2. Do a little bit of gaming (counter-strike).
    3. Needs: something that'll last me a while, probably 1 or 2 GB RAM.

    1. Processor: Makes no difference to me if it's AMD or Intel right now. Not really interested in 64-bit processors. Would still like to be able to run Windows 2000 on it :)

    2. RAM: what's the current speeds? Looking to spend maybe $100 for 1GB.

    3. Motherboard: PCI, PCI-X? PCIE? ummmm....little help to figure out what makes sense for general usage.

    4. Video card: help here too. I don't need top end, just middle of the road one. Under $120 would be nice.

    5. Is ATX still the popular form factor? LOL, god I sound old.

    Thanks all. I'm a heavy computer user, just not an intense one. Just a little gaming here and there.
     
  2. mdaniel

    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    1 - Core 2 Duo. No reason to get anything less.

    2 - Any well known brand will be fine unless you overclock

    3 - Typical boards today have a PCIe x16 video card slot, a couple of PCIe x1 slots, and 2-3 32bit PCI slots

    4 - Go to Newegg and see what $120 buys for a PCIe card. I think my nVidia 7600 256MB card was about that in January.

    5- Yeah, ATX is still standard.
     
  3. Create

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    $600 is a bit slim for a new build, especially if you have to buy a new PSU as well.

    Maybe an E6400 Core 2 Duo on an Asus P5 board. Go short on the RAM: 1GB @ DDR2 for now, snag an Antec PSU, and that should sit you a bit over $500. Toss in nVidia 7600 PCI-e video and you'll blow the budget by $50'ish.

    I'm assuming you can salvage the hard drive, case, and any PCI cards you may need from the old computer.

    To save a bit, you could get a MB that'll run a Pentium D now and a Core 2 Duo when you upgrade later. I'm not a big fan of this though. Once I seat a processor to a MB I tend to keep them there.
     
  4. myhamster

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    Thanks for the info guys.

    I'll probably just get the Core 2 Duo now instead of upgrading later.

    As for RAM, what are the current specs? I only need 1GB, but what's the form factor and RAM speed on today's memory?
     
  5. JaJae

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    Depends on your processor/motherboard. For a Core 2 you'd probably be looking at DDR2 800. Try to buy memory in pairs if you can.
     
  6. myhamster

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    Can I get your opinions on these processors?


    $119.99
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ 2.3GHz Socket AM2 Processor - Retail
    2000MHz HT
    65 nm Brisbane
    2 x 512KB L2 Cache

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    $165.99
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ 2.6GHz Socket AM2 Processor - Retail
    2000MHz HT
    90 nm Windsor
    2 x 512KB L2 Cache

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    $181.00
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 1.86GHz LGA 775 Processor - Retail
    1066MHz FSB
    65 nm Conroe
    2M shared L2 Cache

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    I was thinking the 65nm AMD might be good for power savings - runs cooler?
     
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    What are you going to use this computer for?

    I mean, it'll run, but they're not the best performance/$ proc for a desktop.

    Get the E6400 or E6600 processor.

    Price drop imminent for Intel's, methinks..but not sure if it's on the desktop side or only the Centrino line.
     
  8. myhamster

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    Besides Newegg, what other online stores are good?
     
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    Zipzoomfly is "ok". I've used them. Customer service is horrible though if you have a problem. They do have good prices and ship quickly.
     

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