My friend got his computer stolen...

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  1. clusterone

    clusterone New Member

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    First off it is my first time here so I would like to say hello.

    Secondly, my friend is looking to build a new computer after the robbery, and has a $1300 budget. He does not know which parts to buy. He is looking for the best bang for his buck. If anyone would help it would be highly appreciated. Thanks.
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    what does he do with the systems? Does the budget need to include a monitor?
     
  3. clusterone

    clusterone New Member

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    I would say the primary purpose of his system would be gaming. Also I forgot to include no monitor, mouse, or keyboard is needed.
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    well, if no monitor is needed, let me crunch some numbers.... brb
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    $149 - Intel D915PBLL

    $215 - Intel 540 Pentium 4 3.2GHz LGA775 1MB L2 800FSB
    $199 - Corsair DDR2 533MHz 1GB Kit (2x512)
    $186 - XFX GeForce 6600GT Dual-DVI PCI-E
    $110 - Seagate 160GB 7200RPM SATA-150 8MB Buffer Hard Drive
    $99 - Antec Sonata Quiet Case w/120mm Fan and 380W PSU
    $68 - NEC 3500A 16X Double Layer DVD+/-RW Drive (Black)
    $39 - Lite-On 52x/32x/52x/16x CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo Drive (Black)
    $7 - Sony 1.44MB 3.5" Floppy Drive (Black)
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    $1072

    still has a few hundred left over to expand.... maybe a better sound card, or something. But that's a good base to start with. Personally, I'd ditch the antec for a SilverStone (about the same price) and put around $70 in for a sparkle psu... But the Antec sonata is a good case that I recommend as a starter-high-end solution.
     
  6. ILuvMtnDew

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    nice machine :)
     
  7. CompiledMonkey

    CompiledMonkey New Member

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    Welcome to OT. :wavey:
     
  8. WannaZO6

    WannaZO6 There are 10 types of people in the world, the one

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    you and your friend should look at the buying guides over at www.anandtech.com those guys are bigger dorks than we are
     
  9. Fee

    Fee Boba Fett Likes the Nips

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    If only for gaming why not go with an AMD 64
     
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    Fee Boba Fett Likes the Nips

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    Yea they rule

    Gaming is 64
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    Multitasking and creating content is for Intel
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  11. P07r0457

    P07r0457 New Member

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    and if you head over to hardforums, you'll see how highly (or should I say how little) they think of benchmarks.

    For the money, I think that Intel system I recommended will beat a comprable AMD system.
     
  12. zero xeal

    zero xeal Guest

    how the hell did it get stolen? lan party?
     
  13. Mikey D

    Mikey D New Member

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    Any reason why you didn't put the NCQ Seagate in there? It's only three bucks more. Otherwise everything else looks cool, i'm not one for two burners though. Probably just go with a CD/DVD reader IMHO.

    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=22-148-034&depa=1
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    the NCQ seagate has no benefit unless you have a sata controller that supports NCQ. I am not aware of any onboard controller that supports this, and I feel limiting yourself on the PCI bus with an NCQ-capable controller would be counter-productive.

    as for having a dvd/cd-rw or just a dvd, I like the combo drive. You can burn cd's while having a DVD in your burner, and you can also burn 2 copies at a time. Not to mention that you probably burn more cd's than dvds, so why wear out the more costly drive? The difference in price between a reader and a combo is minimal, so I like to keep my options open.
     
  15. Toaster Oven

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    There is no point in going Intel for a gaming system. You may not feel it makes any difference, and you're certainly entitled to your own opinion. But EVERY tech site agrees that AMD64 is better for gaming and the benches prove it. Anandtech, Tomshardware, HardOCP, etc. While I prefer Intel personally myself, and the system you specced is very nice, it'll get it's ass handed to it by an AMD64 setup for gaming.


    Anyhow, I put together an A64 system:

    CPU: $251 AMD Athlon 64 3500+ 512K 90nm (939)
    http://www.monarchcomputer.com/Merc...ode=M&Product_Code=120423&Category_Code=AMD64

    HSF: $40 Thermalright XP-90 (Intel and AMD) w/ Free Fan
    http://www.frozencpu.com/cpu-tri-13.html

    Mobo: $209 MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI nForce4 SLI Athlon 64(FX) Skt939 DDR ATX Motherboard w/Audio, Gigabit LAN, RAID/Serial ATA Retail
    http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=241159

    Case: $75 Antec Super Lanboy Aluminum Mini Tower Case w/ Window(no Power)
    http://www.excaliberpc.com/product_info.php?cPath=578_185_321&products_id=3135

    DVD Drive: $72 BenQ DW1620 Internal Dual Layer DVD±RW Drive (Black) ***Free 2nd Day***
    http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=173815

    HD: $60 Western Digital 120GB WD1200JDRTL Serial ATA (SATA/150) 8MB - Retail Hard Drive Kit
    http://shop1.outpost.com/product/3868527

    PSU: $90 Fortron Blue Storm 500W ATX12V V2.0 Power Supply with 120mm Fan, P4 and AMD ready, Model "AX500-A" -RETAIL
    http://www.electroseller.com/Mercha...oduct_Code=PS_FSPAX500-A/R&Category_Code=_fsp

    RAM: $220 Patriot Dual Channel Kit 184-Pin 1GB(512MB x 2) DDR PC-3200 w/ XBL Technology - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=20-220-033&depa=0

    Video Card: $190 MSI nVIDIA GeForce 6600GT Video Card, 128MB DDR3, 128-Bit, DVI/TV-Out, PCI-Express, Model "NX6600GT-TD128E" -RETAIL
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=14-127-147&depa=0

    Total: $1207


    What you get here is the latest A64 Nforce4 SLI setup based on the latest Winchester core Athlon 64. You can leave it stock or you can overclock it (all the components picked are suitable for overclocking). You have good air cooling, low latency RAM that overclocks very well, and a strong power supply. The system should easily overclock to A64 4000+/FX-53 speeds and whoop up on any P4 gaming system. The system also supports SLI so you can run 2 video cards simultaneously for even better performance. And the system is of course 64 bit compatible which is nice as XP 64 bit is set to debut this summer. It's all wrapped up inside the Antec Super Lanboy case which is a lightweight aluminum and compact case. Great for taking to LAN parties.
     
  16. Mikey D

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    The Intel 915 and 925 chipsets support the NCQ drives, so i'd go with the NCQ Seagate still.
     
  17. Derrict

    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    Processor AMD Athlon 64 3500+ 512K 2.2 GHz (939) 90nm $260
    Processor AMD Athlon 64 3200+ 512K 2.0 GHz (939) 90nm $180

    Motherboard MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum $131

    Memory Mushkin Dual Pack 2x512 PC3200 2.5-3-3 $159
    2x512MB PDP Systems (Patriot) PC3200 2-3-2 1T $192
    2x512MB Crucial Ballistix 2-2-2 1T $262
    2x512MB OCZ Platinum Rev. 2 PC3200 2-2-2 1T $275

    HD Maxtor 300GB SATA 7200RPM 16MB Model 6B300S0 $207
    HD Seagate 160GB SATA 7200RPM 8MB Model ST3160023AS $93

    Optical Drive NEC DVD+/-RW Drive Model 3500A $72

    Sound Card Creative Labs Audigy 2 ZS $ 75

    Case Antec Lanboy Aluminum $88

    Power Supply Antec True480 480W PSU with Blue LED $85
    Ultra X-Connect 500W PSU $98

    Silverstone TJ06 (Black) (sst-tj06-b) ATX Tower Case $140

    Video Card XFX GeForce 6600GT AGP 128 MB $229

    ~ $1400 but a few things can be reduced, especially the extra hard drive or a less expensive processor, and a less expensive case.
     
  18. clusterone

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    Thank you everyone!! My friend and I greatly appreciate all your help. Also my friend got his computer stolen by a robber breaking into his house.
     

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