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raven

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Toronto
Hey everyone!! Its been a busy couple of months, and so i havent been able to fully stay in tune with all the new hardware the is comming out. But my friend has asked me to put together a computer for him, and i would like to know what you guys think of this? MY friend is on a budget, so the given total (in Canadian Dollars) is approximately what he is willing to spend. So, if u guys could give me ur advice on things that are out now (we are buying and building this next week) and things i should change to this set up, that would be great!

Lets keep in mind that we are not looking to overclock much, and this computer is meant to last for a good 4 years.


Pentium 4 3.0C GHz 512KB HT 289.00
2 x KingMax 256MB PC-3200 DDR400 SDRAM 126.00
AI7 i865PE uGuru 800/533FSB HT Dual DDR400 155.00
WD 80Gb, 7200rpm, 8Mb Cache 86.00
Samsung 52x32x52 32.99
CAS-K228D Mid Tower w/ 400W PSU 35.00
PowerColor Radeon™ 9600PRO EZ 128MB 177.00
17" Samsung SyncMaster™ DynaFlat™ 753DF 159.00
Logitec Cordless Freedom Optical 58.00

TOTAL $1,117.99 + tax


Also.. I was thinking of getting an x600 vid card, but i cannot seem to find those at any local stores yet.. and also.. what is an ATI 9550 anyways? (is that the next 9200?)

Also.. i am a bit worried about the PSU because it coems with the case and in total both cost only $35... so im worried that it might crap out soon..

So any help or advice would be appriciated!


Raven
 

stang8118

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Yeah i would definatly increase the video card to a 9800pro if it has to last 4 years. Bigger HD would be nice too.
 

David

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I would suggest a DVD drive as well, or replace the CDRW with a CDRW/DVD combo. Things like RAM and Hard disk space can be easily added later, I would concentrate on getting core things like CPU/mobo/Vcard/PSU up to scratch. Its easy to pop in another 512mb ram a few years down the line, and add another hard disk.
 

nealric

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I would switch to Athlon 64- not because of any amd bias, but If its going to be a long term rig, he will apreciate 64 bit support as it becomes available. It would be about the same cost too. Actually, a 3200+ with mobo will probably be a bit cheaper.

Also, I would be more than wary of a $35 case and psu combo. That thing will be a POS and probably dangerous to the rig.

I have had good luck with the raidmax 420w combos ($50 at directron.com). The case actually feels pretty solid and the psu, while limiting overclocks a bit, allowed a decent oc while maintaing good voltages.

If he dosent mind big, check out monitors on ebay. He could get a 21inch that does ludicrous resolution for that price.
 
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Stupid Boy

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nealric said:
I would switch to Athlon 64- not because of any amd bias, but If its going to be a long term rig, he will apreciate 64 bit support as it becomes available. It would be about the same cost too. Actually, a 3200+ with mobo will probably be a bit cheaper.

Also, I would be more than wary of a $35 case and psu combo. That thing will be a POS and probably dangerous to the rig...
If he dosent mind big, check out monitors on ebay. He could get a 21inch that does ludicrous resolution for that price.

Ditto

Athlan64's are really fast because of the memory controller.

Regardless of the CPU, get 2x512MB of PC3200. That'll only cost about $160.

But I highly doubt any computer can last four years and still be good for gaming.
 
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raven

raven

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Ok. Thanks everyone for you replies!
My friend has bought all the parts for his comp and we will eb putting it together today. And he did decide to get a better case and PSU, but the price difference between the 9600pro and the 9800pro was just to great, so he decided to stick with the 9600pro. If anything, i am sure it will last him a few years, as the 8500 has lasted me for a good while now.

Im not sure about what CPU he decided to get, because he hasnt told me, but lets hope for the best!


raven