What do you think of this PC?

Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by Rick, Aug 12, 2005.

  1. Rick

    Rick New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2002
    Messages:
    1,735
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Henderson, NV
    My friend wants me to put together a PC for him and I have been out of the PC loop for awhile now, but this is what I came up with.

    Antec LifeStyle SONATA II Piano Black
    Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    450Watt SmartPower 2.0 ATX 12V V2.0 for
    AMD & Intel systems Power Supply - Retail
    $104.00

    AMD Athlon 64 2800+ Newcastle
    Integrated into Chip FSB Socket 754
    Processor Model ADA2800AEP4AX - OEM
    $115.00

    GIGABYTE GA-K8U Socket 754 ULi M1689
    ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    $54.00

    crucial 512MB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR
    400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered System Memory
    Model CT6464Z40B.8T - OEM (x2)
    $87.76

    PNY PCFX5700APB Geforce FX5700 128MB
    DDR AGP 4X/8X Video Card - Retail
    $72.00

    Maxtor DiamondMax 10 6L200M0 200GB
    7200 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM
    $89.50

    LITE-ON Black IDE DVD Burner Model
    SOHW-1693S Black - Retail
    $48.00


    $604.40 shipped. He doesn't need a sound card so I left that out. What do you think?
     
  2. Poon

    Poon New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2004
    Messages:
    2,138
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Right next to you
    .
     
  3. lowfat

    lowfat 24/Mac/SciFi/PC Crew OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2003
    Messages:
    63,949
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Grande Prairie, AB, Can
    What is he going to using the computer for?

    I would also suggest a different motherboard.
     
  4. RyanL

    RyanL OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2004
    Messages:
    4,584
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    St. Paul, MN
    I would say get another motherboard too, asus is a good choice.
     
  5. jag6984

    jag6984 New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2004
    Messages:
    991
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Rio De Janeiro
    maybe a better video card as well
     
  6. Mikey D

    Mikey D New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2002
    Messages:
    6,666
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Royal Oak, MI
    Get rid of the 754 pin chip and mobo, go 939 pin.

    Drop the 5700 and get a 6600GT or 6800GT

    Everything else looks ok, personal opinion i'd use Corsair for the RAM and NEC or Pioneer for the DVD burner. I prefer the Seagate SATA drives over the Maxtor as well.
     
  7. JaJae

    JaJae New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2004
    Messages:
    5,987
    Likes Received:
    0
    Save 25 bucks on the case if you can and spend the money on an Asus board and a different video card.

    I would also switch to the Corsair as suggested above for the same price. Crucial is fine, but if you can get a better name for the same price..

    Also, I'm personally not a fan of Maxtor harddrives...
     
  8. Goonigoogoo

    Goonigoogoo Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2004
    Messages:
    14,765
    Likes Received:
    0
    .

    S754 is finito bandito S939 is the future ... for now.

    FX5700 is utter trash along with all other FX5xxx series cards. 6600 or 6800GT for the win.

    Antec Sonata is a beautiful and quiet case. :bigthumb:

    Personally i'd swap the Maxtor for a Western Digital.
     
  9. JaJae

    JaJae New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2004
    Messages:
    5,987
    Likes Received:
    0
    There's nothing wrong with 754. You can sometimes save money by going with the 754. If your friend has no intention of upgrading there's nothing wrong with spending a little less money with the 754. Going to a 939 over what you currently have is going to set you back about another $50 on the processor alone and probably another $50 or so on the motherboard. In my opinion the added performance benefit isn't worth the extra $100. If you're gonna increase your budget an extra $100 you can get more performance by upgrading to a 3400+ or a better video card for gaming.

    6600GT or 6800GT is overkill for a budget computer and will send you over your budget if you're trying to keep it around $600.

    This is probably not the best forum to ask for advice on a budget computer. People here don't seem to understand the concept of bang for the buck within a price range. Try other forums if you really need advice.
     
  10. Mikey D

    Mikey D New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2002
    Messages:
    6,666
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Royal Oak, MI
    Hasn't been determined if it's a budget PC yet so given that info I think it'd be a really bad investment to go with the 754 pin. If he goes with 939 down the road he can upgrade a lot cheaper than having to buy a new mobo as well as a new chip. He's got dual core options as well using a 939 pin chip.
     
  11. Goonigoogoo

    Goonigoogoo Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2004
    Messages:
    14,765
    Likes Received:
    0
    Sorry if you took my post as trolling, i didn't mean it like that. But future upgradibility IMO has a lot to do with a budget PC. He will save money in the long run.
     
  12. lowfat

    lowfat 24/Mac/SciFi/PC Crew OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2003
    Messages:
    63,949
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Grande Prairie, AB, Can
    If the computer is just going to used for daily tasks, there is nothing wrong with socket 754, nor a FX5700, if its a budget system, how is adding a 6800GT going to keep it a budget PC?


    Get something besides a ULi chipset motherboard, and it will do fine if you don't do any major gaming. If he plans to do a bit more gaming but doesn't want to spend anymore money, get a Nvidia 6200, non turbocache one. The majority of them softmod to a 6600 without any troubles.
     
  13. huntz0r

    huntz0r New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2005
    Messages:
    15,951
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Charlotte, NC
    The case is a good choice and will last longer than any of the other stuff. Keep it.

    Switch out the board for something with a SiS 760 GX chipset. You should be able to find a comparable quality brand for the price. (Newegg, I think, has an Asus micro board with that chipset for about $65)

    Crucial vs. Corsair is a wash, IMO. Tied for #1. Get whichever is cheapest by a cent.

    A GeForce 6200 is at least as good as the FX and cheaper.

    I'm not a big fan of Maxtor, I'd recommend whatever size Seagate Barracuda you can get for the price. Better quality, better warranty.
     
  14. Rick

    Rick New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2002
    Messages:
    1,735
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Henderson, NV
    It is pretty much a budget computer as he wanted to keep it around $600. So the general consensus is to swith the motherboard for a 939 one and different video card? The video card should be fine since he isn't going to be playing any games on it.
     
  15. Rick

    Rick New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2002
    Messages:
    1,735
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Henderson, NV
  16. RyanL

    RyanL OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2004
    Messages:
    4,584
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    St. Paul, MN
  17. PeacefulAnarchy

    PeacefulAnarchy You get one for the money, two for the show, three

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2005
    Messages:
    810
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Long Island, NY, USA

Share This Page