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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.
 
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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.
 
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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...
 
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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)
 
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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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