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sweetbabysims

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Hey Guys,

I recently fried the motherboard on a very old Gateway system and am looking for a replacement desktop computer. I'm at a total loss when it comes to knowing what's good or not when it comes to components.

Is this a good brand/company to buy from?
http://www.tigerdire...&Tab=2&NoMapp=0

It has all the spec's I want and at the ceiling of my price range. Any suggestion on what/where to buy would be great.

I would use the machine mainly for music and internet.

Thanks so much!
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Thebinaryman

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that would be a fine computer for music and internet, but so is any. its not very cost efficient. the pc in my sig cost me $273 to build, and it is great for music and internet. you can find cheaper if thats all you want to do. otherwise, for $600 bucks you can build a nice machine that actually has enough graphics horsepower.
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jrm20

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Hey Guys,

I recently fried the motherboard on a very old Gateway system and am looking for a replacement desktop computer. I'm at a total loss when it comes to knowing what's good or not when it comes to components.

Is this a good brand/company to buy from?
http://www.tigerdire...&Tab=2&NoMapp=0

It has all the spec's I want and at the ceiling of my price range. Any suggestion on what/where to buy would be great.

I would use the machine mainly for music and internet.

Thanks so much!
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Nice pc for the money. I would much rather have that than a dell any day. :)
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if you can change it do it. Intel should be good but i think a Celeron should be all you need. maybe a good Prescott 2.8GHz. if you can then bump the RAM up to 1Gb of DDR2 the 533MHz stuff is nice. and for quality sound get an Audigy 2 ZS but that's only if you like music a lot
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What i do like about the system.

good processor

What i don't like.

It's not PCI-E and integrated graphics usually isn't too good.
they don't state what motherboard is used( could be a cheapie)
If its AC97 sound its lousy.
its only got a 350 watt PS.

If i were to choose from tiger direct i would get this and build it like this.

http://www.tigerdire.....ku=I69-2119 F

Then i would buy these at the same time.

http://www.tigerdire...sp?EdpNo=586829

buy 2 sticks of this ram

http://www.tigerdire...p?EdpNo=1477509

http://www.tigerdire...p?EdpNo=1647585

http://www.tigerdire...78&Sku=M17-7500

Then go to newegg and order this sound card.

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16829102178

Since you really like the music the Augidy sound card is a must.

Now i count up $465 here. You dont have a PCI-E graphics card yet but it can be installed when you want to. You may like the ATI radeon 200 on-board graphics. It is just my opinion but i think this is a much better computer than the one you mention. Today newegg has a Evga 6800 256MB PCI-E video card for $125. The NEC dvd-rw lets you burn CD's and DVD's. 1 gig of memory is perfect with XP. For a bit more money you can get a SATA 250 or 300 gig HD instead of the maxtor IDE HD. If you must have a pentium 4 instead of the celeron newegg has a P4 3.0 for $177 and you could possibly sell the celeron on ebay for $60-70.

Yes, you will have to build this computer yourself. It is not hard and if you read up on the net you can do it. Heres a good start.

http://www.pcmech.com/byopc/index.htm

I built my first computer years ago with a pentium 3-800 new processor. It has been so much fun that now i am constantly building a new computer. As soon as i get done with one i start looking for something new to build. I just built a athlon 3000 tower for a friend and now have bought a Aspire X/Qpack for my next intel project.

SRX660
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