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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Mulderator, Nov 13, 2005.

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  1. Mulderator

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    I am building a computer for my nephew--he plays mid-range games--nothing high end and am doing it on a budget--this setup is $631 before tax and shipping. Any suggestions? Comments?

    https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersio...osition=HISTORY&ID=1751078&WishListTitle=Jeff

    ASPIRE X-Dreamer II ATXB4KLW-BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 420W Power Supply - Retail
    Model #: ATXB4KLW-BK/420W -54.99

    ASUS A8N-E Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail - 109.99

    Update eVGA 128-P2-N368-TX Geforce 6600GT 128MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - 149.99

    AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Venice 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Processor Model ADA3200BPBOX - 152.00

    CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) - 73.80

    Western Digital Caviar SE WD800JD 80GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - 52.76

    NEC Silver IDE DVD Burner Model ND-3540A - OEM - $38.99

    Total $631.53
     
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    Everything is cool except the cheap PSU. Aspire cmon $54 you get what you pay for and you do not want to chince it up on a PSU. Go for something around $100 I saw a killer PSU on sale for $85 on newegg. It was an Antec. Top of the line for under $100. You will be sorry with a $54 PSU & case, trust me. A lot of people overlook that most important part of a killer system. Trust me spend the money on that part. The rest is OK. If you like the case get it without a PSU. That way you can get a good one. The makings of a good computer is a solid aluminum case and a good PSU. Ask anyone.
     
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    Hey, the same thoughts here were on an Antec TRUE 480w psu! The WD drive should
    work out quite well along with the 3200+. Here, a preference would have been on the
    SONY DRU-810 dvd-r/rw drive just spotted in a retail store for $80-! That just happens
    to be SONY's latest model dvd burner at that price retail. After extensive uses with the
    brand for cd-r/rw drives as well as dvd-r/rws, no Plextor even will be satisfactory if any
    replacement is ever needed. Corsair's VALUE SELECT has had some good reviews in the
    online articles seen lately. Just don't buy any "graphics and resource" intense games!
     
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    The case is definitely "dressed in appearance"! But, there will be no more case orders
    placed at this end with supplies included! A good deal of the time, the supplies are ???
    Try having a "cheapie" quit on the first month despite a good case design. One advice
    just giving on another about finding a board when the same cpu was the focus was to
    go to AMD to see which model board was recommended for that model cpu. Asus has
    seemed to have had a good rep for a long time now. ThermalTake makes some good
    cpu heat sink/fan combos that looked good. But as far as supplies priced that low, be
    one not to mind a little skepticism here. Antec is believe or not widely known as good.

    This is not a slam against one brand please note. The psu shown there may be just as
    good as an Antec in the long run. Antec, however, is readily seen at retail stores when
    any supply quits for "on the spot" replacement! That is one thing noticed here. Aspire
    is one name mentioned on this forum by some as having complaints. Having never used
    all different brands makes it hard to say which brand for what price is the absolute. An
    Asus board generally has some good updates available. But, one thing with the board
    used here caught attention upon the latest bios update. The "(sata,scsi), (scsi, sata)
    settings were not seen in the original and subsequent first few updates for the bios. It
    suggests that someone goofed up? The listed update for another model downloaded is
    "worthless" since the "AWDFLASH" utility error message upon fllash stated that it was
    the incorrect update for the VIA chipset. WHAT'S THIS? The Asus support page listed
    a different update then was what their bios utility said it needed!

    That was an unexpected turnabout for Asus! The A7N8X2.0 Deluxe has had no issues
    with the listed updates available. The A7V8X-MX SE on the other hand is still unable to
    be updated. The "N" is for NVidia while the "V" is for VIA on the model numbers. SO! It
    will be your choice of brands and models there. Go to AMD however for recommended
    boards by different makes is one steady advice on that. When you finally have a make
    and model that seems the best buy, do some price comparison at different vendors for
    those occasional specials and clearances. Here's a few online vendors to do this here.

    http://www.TIGERDIRECT.com
    http://www.mwave.com
    http://www,newegg,com (sound familiar?)
    http://www.zipzoomfly.com

    Hopefully, you can find a good mix by being a smart browser since one site will have a
    board at a lower price while memory or video will be found other there. And, then there
    are the occasional pakage deals on board/cpu bundles to have a look at. Yes, it can be
    a nuisance when one vendor doesn't always "HAVE IT ALL" for the "ONE STOP SHOP"!,
    especially around the holidays which is suspected as a reason for this post. Birthday?
    For whatever reason, you should be able to follow AMD's advice on finding a good mb!
    (Well? At least it will solve one item anyway!)
     
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