New Computer - need help choosing parts

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  1. ASoT

    ASoT New Member

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    So I ended up getting $3000 in bursaries this semester and seeing that my tuition is about $2000, I got about 1 grand to treat myself to a new rig.

    I'm not a complete noob when it comes to computers but I haven't followed along for a couple of years so I have no idea what to buy now. I live in Canada land so I'm buying from www.ncix.com. They have a New Years Sale that lasts until Jan. 15th so I've been looking at some of the cheap parts. My budget is max $1000 but I would like to keep it as cheap as possible while getting a decent system. I don't need top of the line stuff. As far as games go, I don't really play any but I would like a medium system that could run some of the newer games in case I wanted to play those (COD4 etc.).



    Here's what I have picked so far:

    Antec Sonata III Black ATX 16IN Mid Tower Quiet Case 3X5.25 2X3.5 4X3.5IN 500W 120MM Fan $123.40
    Arctic Cooling Arctic Fan 12L Low Speed 120MM 1000RPM 37CFM 20DBA FDB ANTI-VIBRATION Mounting $7.99

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 160GB Hard Drive SATA2 7200RPM 11MS 8MB Cache 5YR MFR Warranty $55.99

    LG L194WTX-BF 19IN Widescreen LCD Black 5MS 1440X900 2000:1 300CD/M2 VGA DVI-D F-ENGINE Monitor $189.99

    Good deal on those? It'll be my first LCD monitor so I'm not looking for anything fancy. Plus I don't have much room on my desk so 19inch is even pushing it. It comes with express coverage for 9 bucks that guarantees zero dead pixels or any other malfunctions.



    I need help with the following:

    Motherboard - looked at a few ASUS ones but I have no clue what to get here.. I read in another topic that eVGA was good.. does brand matter a lot or should I be looking at chipset? Price range $100-150

    CPU - I would like an Intel Core 2 Duo dual core processor here.. E6550 good for 177 bucks?

    RAM - I would like 2gb.. Corsair or OCZ? DDR2? They have lots of cheap sales on memory at the moment on the New Years page

    Video Card - lots of cheap eVGA's on the New Years page.. would be ideal if I could keep this less than or around 100 dollars but I'm willing to go up a bit if need be.. 256mb good enough? as I mentioned, I don't play many games.. mostly just use my computer for music, movies, and internet

    I already have DVD burner, keyboard & mouse, and speakers so that should be it. Any help I can get in choosing some parts would be greatly appreciated. Things have changed so much since 4 years ago when I did this :hs:
     
  2. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Seagate has a new 32mb hard drive series out that is SMOKING fast.

    250mb per platter, and the 1tb drive has faster throughput than the Raptors.

    Well I just saw that they are releasing it in a single platter 250gb drive.

    That is going to become THE drive to park your os on.

    zipzoomfly.com has them in stock, but they're charging $105 for them,
    and you can get the 500gb ones for $120.
    Hopefully the 250gb drive prices will come down before too long.

    edit* oh well, apparently zipzoomfly doesn't like hotlinking an item. Just do a search for seagate 32mb and it will pull all of them up.

    www.zipzoomfly.com
     
  3. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Oh, from your links you must be in Canada?

    Motherboard - Overclocking? If so, GIgabyte P35 DS3
    Not overclocking? Intel motherboard.

    CPU - E6550

    Memory - Corsair, XMS2 if you can get a good deal on it.

    Graphics - I'm a big fan of eVga cards. If you can get a good deal on
    an 8600GTS, go for it. But being in Canada, are you able to get good deals
    on ATI? I've been seeing some good comments on the new 3800 series.

    LCD monitor - That's one of those things you need to look for deals on.
    Here in the states at least, you can often find a 22" model going for around $200.
     
  4. Chris

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  5. Silfx

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    Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L ATX LGA775 P35 1333FSB 1PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 3PCI SATA2 Sound GBLAN Motherboard
    OCZ Platinum XTC PC2-6400 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-800 CL5-4-4-15 DDR2 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Quad Core Processor LGA775 Kentsfield 2.40GHZ 1066FSB 8MB Retail Box
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB SATA2 3GB/S 7200RPM 16MB Cache NCQ Hard Drive
    Antec NSK4480 New Solution ATX Mini Tower Case 3X5.25 2X3.5 3X3.5INT 380W ATX12V V2.0 Black
    Samsung 206BW 20IN Widescreen LCD Monitor Glossy Black Finish 1680X1050 3000:1 2MS VGA DVI-D HDCP
    Gigabyte GeForce 8400GS

    total of 1017,76 @ NCIX

    picked a 20" widescreen for bigger resolution (should be worth it to check out if it fits).
     
  6. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Whoa... Netherlands?

    :cool:
     
  7. DAN513

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    I've got a DS3L at home in one of my systems, it's a huge value for the money. Decent overclocker too.
     
  8. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Gigabyte is so good lately. They're really a lot like Abit and Epox were a few years ago.
     
  9. ASoT

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    eideteker Who jarked off in my frakkin' coffee? OT Supporter

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    The top card listed looks like it has two DVI-I ports, while the bottom one has a VGA port and a DVI-I port. Most cards nowadays come with a DVI-I to VGA adapter anyway so it isn't that big of a deal.
     
  11. Skankin'

    Skankin' We are Ginger. We do not forgive. We do not forget

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    Get the EVGa 8600 GT with DDR3 RAM and the dual DVI ports. It is great for anything from light gaming to movie watching. I use the card in my Linux/Light Gaming box that runs XP and Ubuntu 7.10 with dual 19" widescreeens and it does everything beautifully. For $100 it is a hard card to beat.
     

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