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Thread Starter
May 24, 2002
I'll be using the pc mostly for games, email, stuff like that.
I'm willing to spend around 2k, but I sort of hope I won't have to, as the cheap sod I am.:D

I'm just looking for some recommendations, since I don't really know where to start myself. Thanks in advance.
Feb 12, 2003
this is a bit rushed but it will do

Qty Product Item # Unit Price Qty x Price

Cases (Computer Cases, ATX Form)
ANTEC SOLUTION SERIES MODEL SLK3700AMB w/ANTEC SMART POWER 350W P4/AMD POWER SUPPLY ATX12V - RETAIL Offering a large 8-drive capacity in a convenient mid tower. This cost-effective new Super Mid Tower comes in an attractive color - Antec Metallic Bronze - with the features and quality you expect from Antec. Driver Bays: External 4 X 5.25" - 2 X 3.5" (Tool-less Drive rail system for 5.25 Devices) - Internal 5 X 3.5" (Quick Release Drive cage for 3.5" Drive bays) System Board: Standard ATX Expansion Slot: 7 Slots USB/IO: 2 X USB (front) Fans: 1 X 120mm ( rear) Case Dimensions: 18.6" (L) X 8.25" (W) X 18.3" (H) more info> N82E16811129122 $72.00
CD/DVD Burners (RW Drives)
PIONEER INTERNAL ATAPI DVD-RECORDABLE DVD-R DVD-RW DVD+R DVD+RW MODEL DVR-106D - OEM, BARE DRIVE ONLY Specifications: Inferface: ATAPI Buffer: 2MB Access Time (Random Average) DVD: 150 Msec, CD: 130 Msec Write Support: DVD-R: 4X, 2X, 1X DVD-RW: 2X, 1X DVD+R: 4X, 2.4X DVD-RW: 2.4X CD-R: 16X, 12X, 8X, 4X CD-RW: 10X, 4X Read Support: DVD-ROM: Max 12X CAV CD-ROM: Max 32X CAV OEM - Bare Drive Only (see pictures) more info> N82E16827129134 $179.99
PIONEER INTERNAL ATAPI 16X DVD-ROM MODEL DVD-120 - OEM, DRIVE ONLY Specifications: Interface: ATAPI EIDE Data Transfer Rate: DVD-ROM: 8910~21600Kbytes/sec. (6.6X - 16X) CD-ROM: 2586~ 6000 Kbytes/sec. (17.2X - 40X) Average Random Seek Time: DVD-ROM 85ms CD-ROM 80ms Average Random Access Time: DVD-ROM 95ms CD-ROM 90ms Horizontal or Vertical Mounting Capabilities MTBF: 100,000 POH (20% duty) Horizontal or Vertical Mounting Capabilities OEM Pack (see pictures for details) more info> N82E16827129125 $35.99
Hard Drives
Seagate 120GB 7200rpm EIDE Hard Drive Barracuda 7200.7 ST3120026A - OEM Specifications: Size: 120 Gigabytes Interface: IDE ULTRA ATA100 Seek time: 8.5ms RPM:7200 Data Transfer: 100MB/sec Cache 8MB (OEM See pic) 1 Year Manufacturer Warranty: more info> N82E16822148022 $103.00
Memory (System Memory)
GeIL Golden Dragon Value Series DDR 512MB PC3200 400MHz MODEL# GD3200-512V - OEM Specifications: 6 Layer Lower Noise Golden Dragon PCB, bulk pkg 5ns WLCSP Pin Count: 184 CAS/Timing: 2.5/7-4-4 2T Voltage: 2.6v-2.9v Warranty: Lifetime more info> N82E16820144609 $92.00
Motherboards - AMD
Gigabyte GA-7VT600-L, VIA KT600 chipset for Socket A ATX motherboard RETAIL Specifications: Supported CPU:AMD Athlon™ XP / Athlon™ /Duron Chipset:VIA KT600,VIA 8237(8235) FSB:400/333/266/200 MHz RAM:3x DDR400/333/266 184 Pin Max 3GB IDE:2 x UDMA ATA133/100/66 Max 4 Devices Slots:1x AGP (8X,4X) and 5x PCI Ports:2xPS2,2xUSB,2xCOM and Audio Ports Onboard LAN: 10/100 8101L Ethernet Onboard Audio:ALC655 AC97 6 Channel more info> N82E16813128193 $71.00
AMD ATHLON XP 3200 "Barton" 400MHz FSB PROCESSOR CPU- RETAIL Specifications: CPU: 2.2 GHz Type: XP 3200 Barton Core Cache: 512K L2 BUS: 400MHz Socket A RETAIL (Included Heatsink and fan) more info> N82E16819103390 $458.00
Video Cards
Leadtek WinFast A310 TD MyVIVO-256 Geforce FX5600 256MB VGA DVI & TV - RETAIL Specifications: Chipset: NVIDIA GeForce FX 5600 Memory: 256 DDR 128-bit 4ns Bus: 8X AGP RAMDAC: 400MHz Max Resolution: 2048x1536 @ 85/75/60Hz Max DVI Res: 1600x1200 Max TV-Out Res: 1024x768 Support VGA, DVI, MyVIVO Adapter for Video In/Out Retail box (See pictures for details) more info> N82E16814122172 $170.00

Subtotal » $1,181.98


Thread Starter
May 24, 2002
Oh yes, I've decided already. It won't happen right away though, thanks to a few arsey things that's happened lately.:(

Am I the only one with a 5 year old comp that's never been upgraded, ever?:rolleyes:
Oct 23, 2001
for a good gaming rig you will need at least this config:
cpu=2.5ghz or higher
ram=512mb-1gb pc2700 or faster
graphics=ati 9600 pro or nvidia 5600 w/128 mb ram
case=any good one with modular construction and both front and rear coolling fans, min. 350w power supply
audio=sound blaster audigy 5.1
speakers=logitech 5.1
mouse=logitech 770(i think) wireless optical w/charger
monitor=best would be a 21" flat screen crt but they are pricey. 19" samsung or viewsonic are good chouces at a reasonable price.
optical drive=msi 52x cdrw($45)-very good for the money. if you want dvd either the sony 510a or the pioneer a06.
depending on the optical drive and monitor you should be able to get all of this for 2k or less.
Feb 24, 2002
Originally posted by melby:
I'll be using the pc mostly for games, email, stuff like that.
I'm willing to spend around 2k, but I sort of hope I won't have to, as the cheap sod I am.:D
You don't need to spend $2000 for a setup...

Here are specs I would go for with such a budget... for TODAY.

1 - case, go to various stores and find a good case you like - it should have good air cents in the front. Good cases are: Antec, Chieftech, Thermaltake, Kingwin, LianLi, Coolermaster... note some cases are better than others.


(With your budget perhaps blow $200 on a ThermaltakeIII which should include a 500watt PSU - like at SOME Frys store. Some are selling it with the 420watt generic PSUs)

2 - Motherboard : DFI LanParty... it is highly rated, includes ROUND cables (1 floppy, 2 IDE) RAID, Firewire, front modular bay unit and a carrying harness for the case.
$150... Or an ASUS A7N8x-Deluxe ($135). Both boards have the NFORCE2 chipset which is vastly faster than the KT400 and KT600 chipsets which have been put into the "low cost" market.
The high end NForce board have better performance, more features (like 2 Ethernets, firewire) and better sound.


3 - CPU: AMD XP 2500 RETAIL version. With stock Cooling fan, you can overclock this baby to AMD XP2800 speeds. With a bigger fan, about AMD 3000~3100speeds. Save you $150. NOTE: don't get the fastest... they aren't that much faster - and in 4 months, in 2004 technology is going to start changing drasticly.

4 - Video Card: ATI 9800PRO - $350, hands down. I have 3 Nvidia cards... if I had $400, it wouldn't be another one.
Read this:

5 - Soundcard - use onboard Nforce sound, its quite good. Audigy2 is top dog for this $75~200 card, but they may be unstable.

6 - 120GB 7200 RPM Maxtor drive - $100~120 - almost silent.

7 - 2 sticks of 256mb RAM (if your thing is gaming, 512mb total is enough): crucial, Samsung, Micron and Corsairs are top - refer to motherboard recommendations - usually available on the website.

8 - DVD-ROM drive : Pioneer SLOT LOAD unit - $40
9 - CD-RW drive - Samsung (Pay $30~40 more for DVD-ROM mode version) - $50 - very fast, include good software. DVD-RW drives are not quite the thing to get yet... unless you need to save 4gb of data... which you don't when playing games.

10 - Keyboard & mouse - whatever FEELS good to you, buy locally for these. I like Logitch keyboards, and their basic mouse models - the totally screwed up on their "high" end mice. Microsoft has a better mouse for 4-5 button operation (and I don't like m$ - but I'm being honest) $75~100

11 - Logitech Wireless joystick - $50 Very nice... bug a little big.

TOTAL: $1200~1350

12 - If needed - 19" Samsung flat-screen TUBE monitor - $250~300...

Need heavy duty cooler:
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