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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by PritomD, Oct 12, 2003.

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  1. PritomD

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    Hey, FYI, this isn't a brag topic or anything, it was named the way it is cause I actually DO want you to beat it. Anyways,

    Hello, could you all give me suggestions on how I should build a better computer then the one I have listed, if possible, give me suggestions that I can use from off of iBuyPower(I would rather they build me a comp, then me build it myself.)! BTW I am on a roughly $700 budget. Currently what I am making is:

    BOARD: [ULTRA-400] ASUS A7N8X W/USB 2.0, LAN, AUDIO, 8X AGP MB (+ 39)
    CAS: RAIDMAX A268 MID-TOWER CASE + 350 WATT POWER + WINDOW
    CASCOLOR: BLACK COLOR
    CAS_2: [SPECIAL!!!} UPGRADE TO 420 WATT POWER SUPPLY (+ 19)
    CD: 16X DVD-ROM (+ 34)
    CDCOLOR: BLACK COLOR (+ 2)
    CDRW: 52x24x52 CD-RW DRIVE
    CDRWCOLOR: BLACK COLOR (+ 2)
    CPU: AMD ATHLON XP 2800+ QuantiSpeed CPU [512K L2 CACHE] (+ 514)
    FAN: Certified CPU Fan and Heatsink
    KB: PS2 104 KEY WINDOWS 98 KEYBOARD
    MEMORY: [DDR400] 512 MB DUAL CHANNEL [256MB X2] PC3200 MEMORY (+ 49)
    MOUSE: [SILVER] OPTICAL MOUSE (+ 10)
    OS: [NEW] MS WINDOWS XP PROFESSIONAL EDITION (+ 139)
    RUSH: NO; SHIP OUT IN 5~10 BUSINESS DAYS
    SOUND: 3D STEREO SOUND ONBOARD
    SPEAKER: 480 WATTS PMPO 3 PCS SUBWOOFER SPEAKER SYSTEM (+ 6)
    VIDEO: ** 8X AGP ** ATI RADEON 9200 128MB W/ DVI + TV OUT VIDEO (+ 26)
    WARRANTY: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY + LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT

    It's $835, but I am not getting the hard drive, since I would be ordering over phone, and the guy said it would make the computer $735 or so.
     
  2. compilerxp

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    Any $10 hammer can destory your that computer.

    When comparing a product for other to see... provide a link please. :(

    1 - MOBO: unless youre going for the DELUXE model (which inlcudes Firewire & SATA, dual LAN) - save a few few bucks and get the regular Nforce400. The performance between the two is minimal... almost the same which was shocking.

    2 - case: cheap. bad design. The $15 extra for the 868 is much MUCH better.

    3 - Power supply : 420 watt units seems to be the same generic JUNK. Man, I could make money selling junk... I just can't bring myself to do it. :( Ibuypower doesn't offer a good low-cost PSU which start at $50. If you buy from these clowns, get it with the 350watt, then go to CompUSA and drop $50 for an Antec 350 PSU... or find a shop that will sell a 300watt Enlight - these are really good.

    4 - CPU princing system makes little sense... $514 for the CPU?

    5 - Silver mouse? brand? They make $10 optical mice... ugh. My logitech mouse is 4+ years old... There isn't an optical mouse on the market that I'd like to replace it with (and I like optical mice).

    6 - Speakers : youre not getting 480 watts for $6 (or whatever) go to any store and get the Logitech Z640s for $60~70 or get it from Ibuy... which I think are charging more.

    7 - Entry level video card? If you're planning on modern gaming, this is low end. Get the ATI 9600Pro (+119) which is an acceptable price.

    You only need XP PRO if youre planning on taking your machine to a LAN party or have a network of 4 or more other computers.

    Work with that... with the ATI9600 - it may get the price around $800. (Get lower end ASUS board to save $40).
     
  3. ReNxWar

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    Your kidding, right? 514$ for the CPU? You can get a Athlon 64 3200 for 486$! www.tigerdirect.com

    www.maincomp.com has INCREDIBLE prices on prebuilt computers, and you can customize them to how you want it.
     
  4. compilerxp

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    It's not $514 for the CPU in real life, the site has an ODD way of adding PRICE up for their forms, or its a typo... I don't know.
     
  5. ReNxWar

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    Ok, it better not be, cuz that'd be seriously messed up. I'd still go with maincomp, or www.pricewatch.com
     
  6. GwizJoe

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    In order to get the system as "assembled",I had to include a hard-drive.So,I picked one that would work well,or could later be used as a secondary.(With a burner available,I went smallish)
    I think this is configured of a few better parts (as already discussed) and a few of my preferences.
    It came out (including shipping to NY) at about $911,from MultiWave.I know they run a little high,so it should be possible to get something similar a little cheaper elsewhere.

    http://direct.mwave.com/mwave/index.hmx?

    Here's what I picked out:
    AK18105 1 Microsoft Windows XP Home (OEM)*Must be purchased with a complete system (Barebone Systems not eligible) $78.00
    ASSEMTEST 1 ASSEMBLY & TESTING
     Assemble your selected configuration
     Load necessary software/drivers
     Thoroughly test system & check compatibility
     No REFUNDS on assembly/testing
    Please allow 5-7 working days for assembly $79.99
    BA14465-BA01080 1 ANTEC SX635BII (BLACK) MINI TOWER W/SL350 350W (PENTIUM 4 READY) ATX POWER SUPPLY (80mm FAN(BLACK)) $79.50
    AA20240 1 LG ELECTRONICS 48X/24X/48X + 16X CDRW/DVD-ROM EIDE INTERNAL COMBO DRIVE W/SW #GCC-4480BI (Retail) $53.00
    AA23780 1 ATI RADEON 9600 256MB 8XAGP DDR W/TV & DVI (OEM - POWERED BY ATI) $129.00
    MB03-BA19446-BA03105-BA13301-BA02599- 1 ATHLON XP - 333Mhz (OEM) BUNDLES
    (ASUS A7N8X-X-MB; AMD XP 2800+(333Mhz); MWAVE 512MB DDR333) $318.35
    AA11495 1 WD 40GB WD400BB EIDE ULTRA-ATA/66-100 9.5MS 7200RPM 2MB BUFFER (Bare drive) $53.00
    1700894 1 BELKIN 3-BTTN OPTICAL USB/PS2 MOUSE W/SCROLL WHEEL $19.62
    1435105 1 BELKIN 105-KEY CLASSIC KEYBOARD AT (Black) $28.46
    1269270 1 LABTEC PULSE 420 25WATT 3-PC SPEAKER SYSTEM $28.94
    Sub Total $867.86
    S&H (Ground - Approx. 5-6 business days) ' $43.50
    Grand Total $911.36
     
  7. ReNxWar

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    Thats still running steep. I still recommend www.maincomp.com. You can custom build one like both of those, with quality parts (and extremely cheap)
     
  8. GwizJoe

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    I don't know how you figured that...,the same bundle(CPU,MB,DDR) alone is $100 MORE at maincomp...
     
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    What mobo did you use?
     
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    I picked out the exact same pieces I selected at Multiwave...
     
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    And...,from looking at their stuff (MainComp),I would agree that he can get a "similar' system a bit cheaper,but not the parts I picked at MultiWave.
    I picked out "quality" parts at MultiWave and they have a much better selection to choose from.MainComp only has 1 CDRW/DVD combo drive to choose?

    Also,check the original posting,he doesn't want to build it himself,so choosing a particular configuration is pretty difficult through MainComp.As for their preconfigured systems...,well...,you couldn't get me to put a PCchips board in anyone's computer without holding a gun to my head.
    Yes...,they have cheaper prices,but that is exactly what they have...,cheaper parts.

    I suggest you take a little time and look through MultiWave's site.Actually,if you are really going to look through it,plan on sitting there a while.Their "Best Sellers","Clearance",and "New Products" departments alone will keep you busy for a good long while.
     
  13. ReNxWar

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    Yes, but you cant go on a shoping spree with a 700$ budget. Your system was 911$ with quality parts. I'm showing how to get a decent system for a good price with room to upgrade.
     
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