Posted 13 May 2006 - 07:59 PM
Posted 19 May 2006 - 09:35 AM
We can tell you exactly what to buy but it defeats the purpose by researching parts on review sites and shopping sites you learn the hardware capabilities and what you feel is best for you, you also learn how to build the pc and will be more confident when you do so when you know the pitfalls from your research.
I would unless you are desperate wait till June or July to build the system at the earliest as summer releases are generally popular this year there are new cpu ranges from intel and AMD as well as DX10 gfx cards all the new hardware will be significantly better than anything out now and will drive prices down.
Posted 20 May 2006 - 08:12 PM
This was their March Buying Guide for the 2500$ version of the computer.
AMD Athlon 64 X2 System
Case: Cooler Master WaveMaster TAC-T01-E1C w/Antec 550W PSU - $230
Processor: Athlon 64 X2 4400+ Retail - $458
Cooling: Thermalright XP-90C w/92mm Fan - $60
Motherboard: DFI LANPARTY UT nF4 SLI-DR Expert - $185
Memory: 2x1GB OCZ EL PC3200 Titanium - $225
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 300GB SATA - $130
Video Card: EVGA GeForce 7900GT 256MB CO Superclocked - $360
Monitor: Samsung 940b 19" LCD - $325
Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic - $115
Speakers: Logitech THX Z-5300e 5.1 Speakers - $135
DVD-/+RW: Pioneer 16x DVD+RW/-RW DVR-110D OEM - $43
Communications: None or (optional Intel Pro/1000 T or USR External v.92) - $0
Mouse: Logitech G5 Laser Mouse - $48
Keyboard: Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 - $44
Operating System: Windows XP Pro - $136
Floppy: Generic - $5
They also have an Intel processor version....but who wants that?
Posted 22 May 2006 - 07:40 AM
Posted 22 May 2006 - 08:19 AM
-Smaller hard drive: I have an 80gig which suits my 3 games fine, maybe a 120GB or something, but I find 300GB extreme overkill
-Less memory: This can always be upgraded if you are having problems, I use 1 gig and it works great
-Smaller speakers: Unless you're an audio junky, a decent 2.1 system will suffice
-Keyboard: Although ergonomics are "great" (I hate em), a basic Logitech keyboard will let you play games (but one thing to keep in mind is if you'll need to press more than 4 buttons at the same time, you'll have to upgrade to a more expensive keyboard)
-Case: $230 sounds like a lot for a case to me. Warriors SuperLanboy and my Aspire X-Navigator are both cheaper than that but get the job done, so I'd say downgrade the case (just make sure it has more than 1 fan in it )
There you go. Keep everything else and it's closer to $2,000.
Posted 22 May 2006 - 08:48 AM
Ive got a 200 and i find it to small for years i used an 80 no problem but ive filled this 200 three times now and ive got a tonne of dvds now(which i dont mind its cheaper than a new hdd.
Take out the sound card, get some cheaper corsair ram instead use the more than adequate stock hsf, a more reasonable case cheaper speakers a normal persons keyboard and mouse and a MSI or Abit mobo and the price comes down to less than $2000.
Posted 22 May 2006 - 04:05 PM
Personally, I would just downgrade the mouse to maybe a MX518 just because of the better response than from a "normal persons" mouse.
Posted 22 May 2006 - 05:46 PM
Posted 28 May 2006 - 08:43 PM
0 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users