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Old 12-23-2004, 02:35 AM   #1
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Default First computer Build need some help!!

Ok heres the deal I will be building my first computer in the next couple of weeks and just needed some opinions. I am going toward a HTPC look and I will be using my HDTV as the monitor it has DVI input. What I want my PC to do is record TV shows you know do all the media things play DVD's, MP3's etc..The OS I will be using will is WMCE 2005. I also like to play alot of games mostly FPS like Halo, COD stuff like that. The budget is 1600$.I need some help though putting it together this is what I came up with so far. Oh and I am open to any suggestions so please let me know what you think and if I can make the system any better. The CPU can be Intel or AMD doesnt matter(comparable).

Case: http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduc...factory=BROWSE

Drives:
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduc...factory=BROWSE
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduc...factory=BROWSE

Harddrive:
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduc...factory=BROWSE

MOBO:
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduc...factory=BROWSE

Memory:
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduc...factory=BROWSE

CPU:
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduc...factory=BROWSE

Sound Card:
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduc...factory=BROWSE

Video Card:
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduc...factory=BROWSE

Thanks for your time.
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bump really need some help! please.
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Old 12-23-2004, 02:51 PM   #3
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Ok I am here to help you. Look, $1600 isn't really high enough for a recording computer. You need massive hardrives! I would go AMD64. Hang on, my next post will have links on what to buy. I will not go over that budget. Be back in 15mins.

BTW, that case is completely OVERPRICED. I find you a better one. You DO NOT need a MEDIA CENTER case at all, a normal tower will suffice!
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$1600 CPU System for You:

MOBO- GigaByte GA-K8NS Ultra-939 w/nForce3 Ultra Chipset
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...128-263&depa=1
COST- 115.00 + 1.99 Shipping = 116.99

CPU- AMD Athlon64 3500+ 939Pin with 512KB L2 Cache
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...103-463&depa=1
COST- 273.00 + 1.99Shipping = 274.99

HDs- SATA 200GB HDs
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...144-357&depa=1
COST- 117.00 x 2 + 4.69Shipping x 2 = 243.38

Video Card- Same One you Chose
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProdu...ufactory=BROWSE
COST- 239.00 + 6.00Shipping = 245.00

Sound Card- Same You Chose, Except the Gamer is a Waste of Money!
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...102-178&depa=0
COST- 81.00 + 5.99 Shipping = 86.99

RAM- This Ram Whips the Corsair Value Select BIG TIME! For 20 More!
Geil UltraSeries Value DualChannel(512MBx2)PC3200 w/Blue HeatSprdr
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...144-310&depa=1
COST- $165.15 + $4.73Shipping = $169.88

Case- This is much Cheaper, and has a 500Watt PSU in It, with 5 Fans
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...144-089&depa=1
COST- 159.99 + FREE SHIPPING = 159.99

Drives- Same you used!
COST TOGETHER w/Shipping = $106.98

GRAND TOTAL!! = $1,406!!!!!!!!!! This Setup PWNS! Buy this, and BE HAPPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Thanks alot AMD zen.
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So the sound card and video card were good choices? Will the card allow me to play Halo and stuff like that without lag? Thanx in advance.
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The 9800 Pro is a good card. I will do some research, and try to find a better GPU that will be about $150-$200 more, but much better performance.
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Perfect!!! This card pwns the 9800Pro! It is the x800 Series!! bang!
It costs less then $200 more, so you are still under budget!

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...102-375&depa=1

BUY THIS ONE!! WOW! Now this system will play any game on the market, NP!
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Old 12-23-2004, 10:14 PM   #9
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Thats a nice GPU but I dont think it has a TV tuner so I dont think it would work for me thanks for the help Zen. I have one last question how do both CPU's compare the AMD 3500+ vs P4 HT 3.4ghz. I gonna order all my stuff tonight so anything you might want to add would be great as far as accessories, tools, stuff like that. Again thanks for the help.
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