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sytaylor
10-26-05, 02:19 AM
Since people are always asking what the best *insert PC part here*, I thought it would be a good idea to start a thread where we gather concensus. Maybe at the end we could get an official "nVidiot's reccomended PC". It could even be a quarterly thing :D. Keeping in mind we're enthusiasts but usually on a bit of a budget.

Lets see what we can come up with for

CPU: price/performance?
Motherboard: future proof/overclockable?
RAM: price/performance/amount
Storage: SATA/ATA? Size?
Vid card: (well we know what this is gonna be ;))
Sound card: price/performance
Monitor: PRICE/performance
Mouse/KB: look/feel
Speakers and Headphones: price/quality
Case: Features/Quality
Cooling solutions: Ease of use/Quality
PSU's: Quality
Others: (for those gadgets we know and love)

Ok folks, lets hear it!

PaiN
10-26-05, 05:47 AM
...I hate to have to think before I've had a full cup of Jo /// :rolleyes:
These are mt "price vs. performance" picks...which is what I think sytaylor was asking for:

CPU: price/performance = A64 4000+ (SD)
Motherboard: future proof/overclockable/ = take your pick of the nf4's
RAM: price/performance/amount = the OCZ 2gb sets
Storage: SATA/ATA? Size? = SATA2 250gb HDs
Vid card: (well we know what this is gonna be ) = :confused: hehe
Sound card: price/performance = Audigy2 ZS
Monitor: PRICE/performance = Dell 2005FPW
Mouse/KB: look/feel = Logi MX or G series
Speakers and Headphones: price/quality = Logi Z-5300e
Case: Features/Quality = just use one :)
Cooling solutions: Ease of use/Quality = Arctic Cooling(Air), Koolance(liquid)
PSU's: Quality= AeroCool turbine(really)
Others: (for those gadgets we know and love)

sytaylor
10-26-05, 07:23 AM
Yeah I figured a midrange enthusiast rig... something we could wholeheartedly reccomend without feeling guilty about banking a n00b nVidiot :)

ENU291
10-26-05, 09:54 AM
CPU: price/performance? AMD Athlon 64 3800 (Venice)/AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800
Motherboard: future proof/overclockable? DFI Lanparty UT SLI DR
RAM: price/performance/amount Patriot 3200 2gb kit/OCZ Gold Series 2gb kit
Storage: SATA/ATA? Size? HITACHI Deskstar 7K500 500GB 16MB SATA
Vid card: midrange/highend 7800GT/7800GTX
Sound card: price/performance Audigy 2 ZX/Audigy X-Fi
Monitor: PRICE/performance Dell 2005FPW/2405FPW
Mouse/KB: look/feel Saitek Eclipse KB/Logitech G5 mouse
Speakers and Headphones: price/quality Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 speakers/Sennheiser P160 headphones
Case: Features/Quality Asus Vento :afro:
Cooling solutions: Ease of use/Quality Cooler Master Hyper 6+ HSF:D
PSU's: Quality OCZ PowerStream 520
Others: (for those gadgets we know and love) ThrustMaster Firestorm Dual Power 3 gamepad

|JuiceZ|
10-26-05, 12:02 PM
Good idea :thumbsup:

jAkUp
10-26-05, 12:14 PM
CPU: price/performance? AMD Athlon 64 3800 (Venice)/AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800
Motherboard: future proof/overclockable? DFI Lanparty UT SLI DR
RAM: price/performance/amount Patriot 3200 2gb kit/OCZ Gold Series 2gb kit
Storage: SATA/ATA? Size? HITACHI Deskstar 7K500 500GB 16MB SATA
Vid card: midrange/highend 7800GT/7800GTX
Sound card: price/performance Audigy 2 ZX/Audigy X-Fi
Monitor: PRICE/performance Dell 2005FPW/2405FPW
Mouse/KB: look/feel Saitek Eclipse KB/Logitech G5 mouse
Speakers and Headphones: price/quality Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 speakers/Sennheiser P160 headphones
Case: Features/Quality Asus Vento :afro:
Cooling solutions: Ease of use/Quality Cooler Master Hyper 6+ HSF:D
PSU's: Quality OCZ PowerStream 520
Others: (for those gadgets we know and love) ThrustMaster Firestorm Dual Power 3 gamepad

I second this list.

Strahd
10-26-05, 01:26 PM
I second Jakup's 2nd :thumbsup:

sytaylor
10-26-05, 02:07 PM
ENU291 seems to be winnign the cookie, any mitigating suggestions? Cookie going once...

Roliath
10-26-05, 02:08 PM
CPU: price/performance? AMD Athlon 64 3800 (Venice)/AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800
Motherboard: future proof/overclockable? DFI Lanparty UT SLI DR
RAM: price/performance/amount Patriot 3200 2gb kit/OCZ Gold Series 2gb kit
Storage: SATA/ATA? Size? HITACHI Deskstar 7K500 500GB 16MB SATA
Vid card: midrange/highend 7800GT/7800GTX
Sound card: price/performance Audigy 2 ZX/Audigy X-Fi
Monitor: PRICE/performance Dell 2005FPW/2405FPW
Mouse/KB: look/feel Saitek Eclipse KB/Logitech G5 mouse
Speakers and Headphones: price/quality Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 speakers/Sennheiser P160 headphones
Case: Features/Quality Asus Vento :afro:
Cooling solutions: Ease of use/Quality Cooler Master Hyper 6+ HSF:D
PSU's: Quality OCZ PowerStream 520
Others: (for those gadgets we know and love) ThrustMaster Firestorm Dual Power 3 gamepad


I like this list, except for the case and cooling solution.
I'd much rather have an XP90 (or XP90c/XP120), along with a much different case.
IMO the ASUS Vento is hideous...

/EDIT: for the storage I'd go with two 74GB Raptors instead..

DiscipleDOC
10-26-05, 02:09 PM
Storage: SATA/ATA? Size? HITACHI Deskstar 7K500 500GB 16MB SATA
I'll go with a Maxtor or a WDC before I touch ANYTHING that's called "DeathStar"! :bleh:

And as for the case and cooling...I would suggest Koolance water cooling. It's cheap, and it gets the job done.

Strahd
10-26-05, 02:10 PM
I agree with the case, there are much better one's out there like the one in my sig which is a big :thumbsup: with me. But the list overall rocks. Also the XP-120 has a new version called the XI-120 which I would also recommend

DiscipleDOC
10-26-05, 04:37 PM
Would anyone recommend the Asus A8N-SLI?

|JuiceZ|
10-26-05, 04:58 PM
Would anyone recommend the Asus A8N-SLI?

Think DFI may have the edge when it comes to overclocking but when we're talking about stability, ASUS normally ranks at the top.

Riptide
10-26-05, 05:10 PM
Wow that's way to much for me to bother with so I'll just throw out a couple select components I think aren't bad deals.

For video cards the 7800GT is ofcourse a good deal, with the X1800XL coming in a fairly close second. Also, the Western Digital WD3200 series are reasonably good drives for the price. I've seen the 320GB model (7200RPM, 8MB cache) go for as little as $115 after rebates. 3 year warranty, tough to beat that.

Oh, and ofcourse Dell flat panels if you find a good coupon code. The 2405FPW for $899 or less is a steal.

ENU291
10-26-05, 05:25 PM
I threw the Asus Vento in there for the heck of it. I saw it up close and thought it looked strangely appealing (I'm wierd that way!:p ). I also picked the Hitachi for it's shear size!! 500GB WOOHOO!! :eek: :D The Cooler Master Hyper 6+ was a personal choice because I currently own it. It's a massive beast of a HSF. You can check out some pics here: http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=58700

sytaylor
10-27-05, 10:00 AM
I'll go with a Maxtor or a WDC before I touch ANYTHING that's called "DeathStar"! :bleh:

Damn I wish I had the imperial march in a wav file or smth... :afro:

Sazar
10-27-05, 09:28 PM
Heh, I threw my OST theme's cd in and started that song up after I read DD's post :cool:

sytaylor
10-28-05, 02:19 AM
Damn j00! (we need a fist waving smiley)

Gator
11-02-05, 10:26 AM
CPU: A64 X2 3800
Motherboard: Asus Nforce *.*
RAM: 1gig (or more) Crucial or Corsair w/ cas 2.5 (or faster); and I always recommend faster than DDR400 to give yourself a little overclocking room
Storage: Seagate 7200 RPM 8mb cache (SATA or ATA, whatever size fits your budget and needs)
Vid card: 6600GT for budget folks who don't play higher than 1024x768; 6800GT for midrange; 7800 anything for performance gamers; brand I don't care
Sound card: integrated, to hell with Creative ;)
Monitor: Viewsonic, Samsung, Sony, or Nec 19" LCD with 12ms (or faster) response time
Mouse/KB: Logitech MX518, nough said
Speakers and Headphones: el cheapo walmart special boombox, as long as it's loud and clear
Case: simple Cheiftec Dragon style cases, I dont care about brand or specific model so long as it's similar to this style with plenty of fan slots and aluminum material
Cooling solutions: air cooling, I look for high CFM with low db
PSU's: Antec True or Neo, nough said