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Dan1887

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I have been building this PC over the past few months.

I started with a Compaq sr1430nx which was 499:
p4 2.93 ghz
512 ddr2
160gb hdd sata
2-dvd-rw

since then have done these upgrades:

new antec case and 500 watt psu : 115
asus p5ld2-vm mobo : 129
1 gb kit = 2x 512 ddr2 6400 : 90
pentium d 945 : 200
Zalman AT 9500 cpu cooler :35
250 gb sata -2 hdd : 89
ATI radeon x1650 pro : 140

Total spent on upgrades = $798
Total Spent on original PC = $499
Total Build cost = $1297

The specs of the new PC after i finished overclocking it:
p-d 945@ 4.1ghz
1gb ddr2@ 6800
ATI Radeon x1650 pro @ 680/425
250+160 gb sata-2 hdd
2- dvdrw
2- 15 inch lcd
2.1 surround sound
Zalman AT 9500 pure copper cpu cooler
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fortune82

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nice job.
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w0lverine

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i have a build in my newegg wish lists right now, better parts for less money. i recommend if you plan on changing parts anyway, not to buy a prebuilt machine. check this out:

GIGABYTE GA-M55SLI-S4 Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard - $79

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ Windsor 2.6GHz Socket AM2 Processor Model ADA5200CSBOX - $175

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL4D-2GBPK - $139

EVGA 512-P2-N635-AR GeForce 7950GT 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 KO Video Card - $229

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording) ST3250620AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - $75

NZXT LEXA-NP Black/ Silver Aluminum Construction Plastic Front Panel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $125

Antec True Power Trio TP3-650 ATX12V 650W Power Supply with Three 12V Rails - $130

Total for all those parts before shipping and tax = $955

Now i plan on getting the Asus PhysX card which is like another 150, and a second 7950 GT vid card for SLI, but thats not going to be for a while. so basically after the second vid card and the physx card i got a much faster computer for about the same price as buying a prebuilt machine and upgrading the parts. i already have dual "19 monitors, so thats covered.

But i seriously think you spent a little too much.

Also, a thought on the CPU you got:
the Pentium D 945. are you sure your talking about this:
Intel Pentium D 945 Presler 3.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80553945 - $165
you have it listed as 4.1GHz

also, where did you buy all your parts?
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I know newegg is probably one of the cheapest places to buy computer parts but I have found TigerDirect.com to have a MUCH bigger selection with more info on the items for (usually) about the same prices.

I just made my first computer by buying parts from them...

Case = Ultra XBlaster Clear Side Blk Mid-Tower Case
RAM = Crucial 1024MB PC5400 DDR2 667MHz (x2)
GFX card = NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GS 512MB PCIe w/DVI/TV-OUT
HardDrive = Maxtor 500GB Serial ATA II HD 7200/16MB/SATA-3G
CD/DVD reader/burner = Lite-On 16x Int SATA DVDRW Super-Multi SH-16A7S
PowerSupply = Ultra 600w V-Series DR PSU Black
Fan = Ultra Skt 775 Cooling Fan upto P4 3.8GHz
Processor = Intel Core2 Duo E6400 2.13Ghz Socket 775
Motherboard = Intel DG965RYCK Socket 775 Motherboard

total spent: $1082
am i satisfied?: this comp kicks a$$ lol

Yeah I've bought a few more small things since then like a frontside case fan though.
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w0lverine

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yeah i understand tigerdirect. I just like neweggs wishlist setup.

I actually just hopped over to tigerdirect to look at their prices, and already i found a setup that saves me over $100 from what i had setup on newegg. SNAP!
hehe
imma keep lookin.
nice setup btw.
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actually, i found that deal, but everything else seems a lot more expensive. also, they dont have a very good search premise setup.
and it doesnt seem like they have more than newegg, infact, it seems like they have less.
well, im sure they both have something that the other doesnt
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i know we are getting a bit off topic but When I was searching for specific items, newegg failed to have a good selection of them. What I mean is, yes, newegg has alot but not alot of choices for the same types of products.

And like i said, I know sometimes newegg WILL have cheaper prices and thats why I still use them. But I know tigerdirect has reasonable prices that are still alot cheaper then most sites.

Your best bet is to use both to get the best deals. :whistling:
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