new computer help

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  1. GuOD

    GuOD mcflurry diet

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    I want to get a new computer, but honestly I don't know how to build one or have friends who can help. I'm sure it isn't THAT difficult and I can figure it out though.

    I have 3 options:

    1. Purchase parts and make it from scratch
    2. Get a barebones thing and just buy the cpu and some other parts
    3. Get something from DELL

    I live in Canada so I can't get anything from newegg, and I heard tigerdirect.ca is really bad with selling refurbished products as new.

    Dell I know will be pricier, and there's hardly ever deals for dell canada.

    The store i COULD get parts from would be www.canadacomputers.com but they are TERRIBLE for returns/exchanges and I'm not sure if the prices are even worth it.

    OT please guide me :)

    Sorry I forgot the most important part! Budget is $1000 Canadian (I hope I can get something decent for this price)

    Also, I will be using a 2005fpw monitor


    Already have: 16bit sblive soundcard with 4 channel so dont need new
    20gb harddrive (probably needs replaced)
    ethernet card (dont need replace)
    64mb geforce 2 mx 400


    I currently only browse/use msn but i hope to be able to play some of the newer single player FPS etc with the new computer

    I'd prefer if the computer isn't super noisy because I like to leave it on overnight and I sleep near it. I
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    that video card sucks. Get at least an ATi 9550 (still not very good).
     
  3. GuOD

    GuOD mcflurry diet

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    i realise the video card sucks. it's not nearly good enough for new games. i was just saying i have it (it doesn't even have dvi)

    i was mainly looking for mobo/cpu/ram advice etc or if i should just buy one from dell
     
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    lowfat 24/Mac/SciFi/PC Crew OT Supporter

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  5. GuOD

    GuOD mcflurry diet

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    thanks a lot! Just wondering, how can I compare Athlon64 speeds to pentium4?

    I've googled benchmarks/reviews for the 3000+ but I can't find anything really.

    Is it really the same speed as a 1.8 or is it like 1.5x that?

    oh yeah, will that video card be good enough to support games at 1680x1050 res?

    sorry, one more thing, woudl I have to buy a case seperately or would that come with a case? Would any case fit the computer?

    Sorry for the many questions, I'm really new to this

    Thanks
     
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    MacAlert Maxima driver OT Supporter

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    If you have a ATX case right now, all those parts will fit in it.
     
  7. casull

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    AMD numbers their chips by their equivalent pentium speed. for example, that 3000+ is supposed to be roughly equivalent to a pentium 4 @ 3 ghz.

    Edit: it would be easier just to give us a price range to work with for the video card...

    Here's a short list, prices are approximate and in american dollars
    100-150- 5900xt
    150ish- 9600xt
    200- 9800pro
    between 200-250 there's the 6600gt
    looks like you're probably not willing to spend more than that.

    edit #2:
    You might try to buy a video card used, some cards, like the 9800 that was posted in the guys list, are hard to find new... I bought one used, it worked out fine, and I saved about 50$
     
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  8. GuOD

    GuOD mcflurry diet

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    Decided to go with the following. MUCH THANKS to lowfat

    AMD ATHLON 64 3200+ PROCESSOR S939 2.0GHZ 512KB L2 CACHE RETAIL BOX
    ABIT AV8 K8T800 ATHLON64 S939 DUAL DDR AGP 5PCI SATA RAID 1394 SOUND 1000LAN MOTHERBOARD
    CORSAIR VALUE SELECT DUAL CHANNEL 1024MB KIT PC3200 DDR CAS2.5 2X512MB
    SAMSUNG SPINPOINT 120GB HARD DRIVE 7200RPM 8MB ATA133 OEM
    BENQ DW1620 DVD+-RW 16X4X16 DUAL LAYER +R 2.4X BEIGE IDE OEM W/ SW
    XFX GEFORCE 6600 GT 128MB DDR3 AGP 8X DUAL DVI & TV OUT VIDEO CARD

    Not sure which case I will get. I am leaning towards Antec Sonata or similar.

    Any input appreciated. Final decision is tomorrow morning.

    Also, if anyone sees compatibility problems please let me know! mb/cpu etc.
     
  9. Penguin Man

    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    Antec makes awesome cases, the Sonata would be a great choice.

    Like lowfat said, ncix.com has a very good reputation. Whatever you do, don't fall into the canadacomputers.com trap, they have very attractive prices, but the worst service of any company I've ever dealt with, the world would be a better place if they went out of business.
     
  10. P07r0457

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    be warned that the sonata is a pita to build if you have big hands. very small on the inside.
     

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