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Old 10-08-2007, 02:45 PM   #1
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Default first-time computer builder--advice?

I've never built a computer before, but I'm starting school in the Fall and need a more powerful/reliable machine for everyday use. I've scoured the internet for reliable building advice, and am thinking of using Arstechnica's "ultimate budget box" (I'm on a very tight budget) guidelines.

Here are the specs I'm working with. This particular configuration was put together in May, so better products are probably out there. I'm hesitant to substitute out individual pieces, though, as I don't want to buy something that isn't compatible with something else.

Asus M2A-VM mobo
AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ Retail
1GB DDR2-667
Samsung Spinpoint 160GB
DVD-RW/CD-RW: Lite-On LH-20A1S
In-Win Z589T

Plus whatever CRT monitor I can find on craigslist.

Veteran computer builders, does this look like a good setup to you? Any other advice? Thanks.
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Old 10-08-2007, 03:28 PM   #2
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what do you want to use the computer for?
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Old 10-08-2007, 04:50 PM   #3
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what do you want to use the computer for?
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I'm starting school in the Fall and need a more powerful/reliable machine for everyday use.
Anyways, personally, I would at least go for a 4200+. Its still a budget item, but its better then what you had.

Or even something along the lines of a Pentium 631.
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Old 10-10-2007, 12:46 PM   #4
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would the pentium chips still work with my motherboard? I'm not going to be doing any gaming, but will be using second life.
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Old 10-10-2007, 12:49 PM   #5
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for school, that is. apparently schools now use second life. no outside-school gaming.
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Old 10-10-2007, 01:11 PM   #6
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Default Re: first-time computer builder--advice?

Be sure to use newegg or tiger direct for your parts. Guessing your budget is $500 and lower?
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Old 10-10-2007, 01:44 PM   #7
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yeah, maybe $600 or so. does this build seem about the best you can get for that $???
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Old 10-10-2007, 05:40 PM   #8
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813188017
nvidia 650i 80 bucks

core 2 duo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115029
196

ram 60 2g
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820211066

case 20 bucks
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811147071

psu 60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817182017

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136075
hard drive 50

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827106055
dvd burner 35

video card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16814121038R
89

cpu cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835186134
20

all = 610 bucks
if you need to cut money we can lower the gpu and cpu
can run windows vista no prob
and if you want to game can run gears of war for pc =P
oh and btw if you dont game at all this pc with just some ram upgrade will last you for years
also supports intels new 45nm qaud core coming out
8g of ram
need a new hard drive throw it in
blue ray hd dvd support with that powerful gpu
full 1080p rez
built in 7.2 sound
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Why not just get an E6750 for a little less?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115029
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shit i didnt even notice that one sec ill edit thanks man
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