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Need help building computer

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ryan711, Apr 24, 2004.

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  1. ryan711

    ryan711 Thread Starter

    Aug 5, 2003
    I would like to build my own computer but i do not know how much i want to spend. SO i would like some people to come up with some specs for a 500$ machine a 1000$ one a 1500$ one and a 2000$ one. The reason i would like to do this is because i want to compare them and see what i can get for what money. I dont care if it is a p4 or amd. and one more thing i am a gamer so the video card needs to be decent. I am a fan of ati. Thanks in Adv.
  2. zeddy


    May 3, 2003
    Whatever the price go for:-

    Minimum 2.5ghz processor if P4

    AMD 3000XP or the new 64

    Graphics: mid range ATI 9600XT or Gforce 5700pro
    high range ATI 9800XT or Gforce 5900pro

    Memory: 512mb minimum, depending on the set up PC2700 or PC3200

    Audio: Audigy or Audigy 2 cards from creative.

    Monitor: If space isnt a problem get a nice 19" screen or if it is a prob, get a 17" TFT - look out for the contrast ratio and speed of response.

    Dont skimp on the case or PSU, go for aluminium case and a quality psu.
  3. PC_Wiz


    Nov 19, 2003
    One of the things you may want to consider is how long you plan to keep the system for, and if the system can be upgraded later on.

    When building a system you want to take advantage of the latest technologies and get the best price/performance for your bucks.

    For example you can get a P4 3.4 GB 800mhz 410$ or a P4 3.0 GB 800 Mhz for 200$.
    In my opinion the 3.0 GB is a much better deal considering price/performance.

    Another example is the Gforce FX 5950 vs Gforce FX 5900. The 5950 cost an additional 100$ that I don't think is worthed the difference.

    In this case by choosing the P4 3.0 GB and Gforce FX 5900, you already saved 300$, that you can invest towards a better, bigger monitor.

    I'll follow "Zeddy" advice.

    Other things you may want to consider is to get:
    - S.A.T.A hard drive
    - A motherboard from a good vendor manifacturer (ASUS, ABIT, MSI etc..)
    (easier to find support (i.e: Bios update etc..))

    Pricewatch.com is a good site to quickly compare prices. Also make sure to read Hardware reviews from site like Tom's Hardware, AnandTech, hardwarecentral etc...


    Apr 24, 2004
    I'd wait until the PCI Express slots will be available (later on this year) so you can upgrade.

    I cannot stress this enough. Do your research and make sure that you purchase a motherboard that can be upgraded for the next 4 years to be semi-top-of-the-line. Asus all the way! Remember about the PCI Express though.

    If you really want to build now though, go out to Asus's website

    Also get a good power supply - name brand - Antec, Ermax, etc. at atleast 400Watts (usually overlooked when building)


    Apr 24, 2004
    Oh yeah....I forgot that ATX cases will be replaced this year as well.
    So there are 2 reasons to wait for the new wave of technology
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