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Kain
05-03-03, 12:02 PM
What kind of computer (just the box) can I build for $1,000-$1,500?

digitalwanderer
05-03-03, 12:05 PM
A totally kick-ass one that'll anyone here would be proud to own, why do you ask?

Kain
05-03-03, 12:06 PM
Cuz I need one right now. :D

Kain
05-03-03, 12:07 PM
So, what kind of specs are we talking in this price range?

Kain
05-03-03, 12:15 PM
Would this fit in this price range?

Processor: AMD Athlon XP 3000+
Motherboard: Asus A7N8X Deluxe
RAM: 512MB Corsair XMS3500
Hard drive: Western Digital WD800JB
CD/DVD-ROM: Toshiba SD-M1712 (16X/48X)
Graphics card: ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB
Sound card: Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2
Power supply: PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 425 ATX/ATX12V
Case: PC Power & Cooling Aluminum Mid-Tower

volt
05-03-03, 12:27 PM
Drop 3000+ get the 2800+ and save more :)

digitalwanderer
05-03-03, 12:28 PM
Originally posted by Kain
Would this fit in this price range?

Processor: AMD Athlon XP 3000+
Motherboard: Asus A7N8X Deluxe
RAM: 512MB Corsair XMS3500
Hard drive: Western Digital WD800JB
CD/DVD-ROM: Toshiba SD-M1712 (16X/48X)
Graphics card: ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB
Sound card: Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2
Power supply: PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 425 ATX/ATX12V
Case: PC Power & Cooling Aluminum Mid-Tower

Should be if you shop smart and don't mind a no-name case instead of a Lian or something. (There's a LOT of good no-name cases out there, and they're a lot cheaper!)

Now comes the fun part, just go to pricewatch and start hunting down each of the pieces. :)

BTW-I'd skip the Audigy and get either a TurtleBeach Santa Clare or the FortissimoIII. Creative is NOTHING but trouble!

Kain
05-03-03, 12:32 PM
I really don't have time to hunt right now. :(

Would someone please give me an estimate price on that computer?

volt
05-03-03, 12:35 PM
Why you lazy? Go to http://www.newegg.com/app/catalog.asp?DEPA=1 :)

Kain
05-03-03, 12:36 PM
Thanks.

But the thing is that I am doing my homework right now and don't have much time.

digitalwanderer
05-03-03, 12:44 PM
Originally posted by Kain
Thanks.

But the thing is that I am doing my homework right now and don't have much time.

Sorry, no can do.

I can't get that into pricewatch/parts hunting right now...I promised the wife I wouldn't buy anything for the PC for a while and the temptation would just be too great for me. :rolleyes:

Kain
05-03-03, 12:48 PM
Thanks anyway.

But, do you think I will be better off with a NVIDIA GeForce FX or an ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB?

CaptNKILL
05-03-03, 12:51 PM
All of these prices are from www.newegg.com:

Processor: AMD Athlon XP 2800+ Retail -$230 (the 3000+ costs $320!)
Motherboard: Asus A7N8X Deluxe -$140
RAM: 512MB Corsair XMS3500 - Im assuming you want 2 sticks of 256Mbs to use dual channel memory- $162
Hard drive: Western Digital WD800JB - $95
CD/DVD-ROM: Toshiba SD-M1712 (16X/48X) - $42
Graphics card: ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB - $425
Sound card: Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 - $78... although you dont even need this. The Integrated SoundStorm audio is good enough for anyone.
Power supply\Case: Newegg doesnt have that PC Power thing, but you can get one of THESE (http://www.newegg.com/app/Viewproduct.asp?DEPA=1&order=VOTES&submit=list&catalog=7&description=&srchFor=%20PLUS1080AMG) for a measly $130

And all that comes out to: $1302!!! WOW!!!!!!!!!

Remember, you still need an OS, speakers, mouse, keyboard, monitor, so that'l set you back another $500 if you get good stuff.

Smokey
05-03-03, 12:53 PM
If you going to blow money, go with the 9800Pro, if you want to save a few bucks, get a 9700Pro.

CaptNKILL
05-03-03, 12:57 PM
Originally posted by Smokey
If you going to blow money, go with the 9800Pro, if you want to save a few bucks, get a 9700Pro.

I agree. I could probably build a computer that isnt MUCH slower for about $400 less. Although it would involve overclocking ;)

Kain
05-03-03, 12:59 PM
Okay, I went to Price Watch and did the hunt.

The total for that computer comes out to $1,494.65! HA! That is exactly in my price range (well the border line anyway). :D

Kain
05-03-03, 01:03 PM
Oh! I forgot about the dual channel thing. Yeah, I'll need to get two 256MB sticks instead of one 512MB stick.

Kain
05-03-03, 01:06 PM
By the way, do you recommend that I get the Corsair TWINX512-3200LL or two Corsair XMS3500 256MB sticks?

CaptNKILL
05-03-03, 01:25 PM
Originally posted by Kain
Okay, I went to Price Watch and did the hunt.

The total for that computer comes out to $1,494.65! HA! That is exactly in my price range (well the border line anyway). :D
I think you should just shop at NewEgg. Pricewatch has a lot of scammers and no-name companies. Plus, why would you want to spend $200 more than what I found at NewEgg?

Kain
05-03-03, 01:31 PM
Because I live in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and www.newegg.com does not ship internationally. But, I might have my uncle, who lives in the USA, ship me the stuff I can't find here locally.

Kain
05-03-03, 01:32 PM
By the way, how does the Hercules Game Theater XP compare to the NVIDIA nForce2 sound?

CaptNKILL
05-03-03, 05:26 PM
Originally posted by Kain
Because I live in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and www.newegg.com does not ship internationally. But, I might have my uncle, who lives in the USA, ship me the stuff I can't find here locally.
Oh, lol.

Thats the kind of thing we need to know about to help you with this kind of thing :)

I dont know what the prices are like where you are from, so I dont know how much I can help :\

CaptNKILL
05-03-03, 05:28 PM
Originally posted by Kain
By the way, how does the Hercules Game Theater XP compare to the NVIDIA nForce2 sound?

The game theater XP is ok I guess, its got the same chip on it as the Turtle Beach Santa Cruz. The Santa Cruz is a pretty good soundcard (I have one), but from what ive heard so far since my upgrade to Nforce 2, the SoundStorm blows it away.

Keep the soundstorm.

Smokey
05-03-03, 06:33 PM
Originally posted by Kain
By the way, how does the Hercules Game Theater XP compare to the NVIDIA nForce2 sound?

If you are not going to go with the Audigy2, stay with the SoundStorm ;)

Kain
05-04-03, 08:46 AM
Okay, I have made some changes:

Processor: Intel Pentium 4 3GHz (800MHz system bus)
Motherboard: Asus P4C800 Deluxe
RAM: 2x 256MB Corsair XMS3500
Hard drive: Western Digital WD800JB
CD/DVD-ROM: Toshiba SD-M1712 (16X/48X)
Graphics card: ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB
Sound card: Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2
Power supply: PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 425 ATX/ATX12V
Case: PC Power & Cooling Aluminum Mid-Tower

The total price of this computer comes to $1,833.14 from www.newegg.com.

What changes could I make to this computer in order to bring the price down to around $1,300?

I would like to keep the processor and motherboard as it is, but the rest can be "modified."