Can anyone choose the parts to my new PC? I would like all my parts from one site (preferably newegg). I would like it to be a PCI-E machine. My budget is $2000 (w/out monitor and printer) but it would be great if it was lower. Sorry if you think this is dumb asking you to find parts but I will know I will most likely be getting the right parts and everything. So whoever does this thanks.
be a bit careful, though, since there will probably be many different "sets", just take it slow when people post what they think you should have, and then re-evaluate, but at least wait a week, since spending $2000 wrongly is not very wise, but you can get a very good computer with that kind of funding ;)
Mmm... I'd listen to Sh0wdowN; there's a lot of theories about building and what you need or don't need, should or should not have and so on. Soliciting opinions is good, but nothing can replace your own research. First, the Big Question: what's the primary purpose? You're posting here, so it should go without saying that gaming will be a factor, but how big of one? What games? Does it need to handle multimedia duty? Fileserving or web hosting? All that kinda stuff. Also, do you plan to hang onto it for awhile (I suspect that you do), or are you likely to do piecemeal upgrades every few months?
OK. I will definitely be gaming on the PC. The games I am playing right now are the Half-Life, Counter-Strike, Medal of Honor AA, and Battlefield 1942. I am wanting to play Source games but I dont really want to get them on low settings. I will also be wanting to have a PC that will be not necessary to upgrade for a few years, I dont need the fastest stuff on the market right now though. Other than gaming I will use the PC for regular internet browsing and schoolwork. And I think that is it, if you want me to be more specific or want to know something else, just ask and you shall recieve.
I just ordered some guts for one of my LAN gaming PC's from www.newegg.com Not a pci-e machine, but it makes a kickass gaming machine without spending a lot of money. other than that I'd go with an Athlon FX series chip for gaming, I am waiting for the PCI express to come out to the AMD boards.
MB NFORCE2 A7N8X-E DELUXE ASUS RTL (Qty=1,Price=[COLOR=Green]$89.00[/COLOR]) CPU AMD|3200/400 ATHLON XP BARTON % (Qty=1,Price=[COLOR=Green]$186.00[/COLOR]) DUAL DDR 1GB|PC3200XL CORSAIR RT (Qty=1,Price=[COLOR=Green]$251.00[/COLOR]) (XMS Series RAM) CPU FAN AMD|SILENTBOOST A1889-1 RT (Qty=1,Price=[COLOR=Green]$29.99[/COLOR]) ROUND CABLE HD|IDEATA133 24"3H BLACK RT (Qty=1,Price=[COLOR=Green]$7.49[/COLOR])
Not bad for $563.00 and change. Stuffing it all in a lian li case and Antec power supply. Add your DVD Writer/CDR whatever and you are set. Choose your video card and sound card and you are set.
Of course if you are like me and want more power, I am waiting for the PCI express to come out on the AMD boards before I plunge deep into the good stuff :)
Decided on another case to play with and went with good ole Lian Li. CASE LL ALUM|435ATXMDSLPC61USBB2 RT (Qty=1,Price=[COLOR=Green]$100.99[/COLOR]) POWER SUPPLY ANTEC TRUE550 ATX RTL (Qty=1,Price=[COLOR=Green]$99.49[/COLOR])
Alright... it's getting on too late into the night for me to seriously mount a search for a good set of system components, but I'll look into it tomorrow.
Until then, take heart: Source will probably go down in history as one of the greatest FPS engines in the history of gaming (or at least, the best since Quake). Not only is it gorgeous, but it's incredibly easygoing on graphical resources considering how well it looks. I found it to be quite playable on an AIW 9800 Pro, 1280x960x32@65Hz, 6xAA/16xAF and all other settings as high as they'd go. Not fantastic framerates, but playable.
How does this look so far? Kinda limiting...
This is what I've found so far, I'll double check these, and search for the rest tomorrow.
The PSU is weak, but the Case is nice, and its cheap. I'll see what a 400 watt PSU costs, vs a case with a 400 watt PSU.
See ya Later...
Found this one that I might get! ASUS "A8N-SLI Deluxe" nForce4 SLI Chipset Motherboard For AMD Socket 939 CPU -RETAIL [COLOR=Green]$269.00 [/COLOR]
That and this chip. AMD Athlon 64 FX-55, 1MB L2 Cache, 64-bit Socket 939 Processor - Retail [COLOR=Green]$879.00 [/COLOR]
Ok, now I am on a spending spree to build a nice rig! Soon as this card is in stock :) ASUS ATI RADEON X800 XT Platinum Edition Video Card, 256MB GDDR3, 256-Bit, Dual DVI/VIVO, PCI-E, Model "EAX800XT/PE/2DHTV/256" -Retail [COLOR=Green]$699.50[/COLOR] So for $1847 and change you can have a really nice MB and chip. GOOD Memory will set you back another $3 - 400.00.
ASUS A8N-SLI Dlx is a good buy: socket 939 and SLI support. Newegg is price gouging ATM, however. Still, call it at $270 for now. The FX-55, for all of it's greatness, is too expensive for a $2000 budget that doesn't "need the fastest" stuff right now. Consider instead a considerably cheaper A64 3500+ Newcastle. I don't know if the 90nm Winchester cores are worthwhile yet or not. AMD Athlon64 3500+ Retail: $272. OCZ PC3200 EL Platinum Revision 2 1GB kit: $270. Don't argue with me on this one; it's worth it. The big coup: if you don't need top-notch performance right now, get a 6600GT. All the PCIe versions of this are SLI-enabled, and 2x6600GTs are about as powerful as a single 6800GT, moreso in some cases. Gigabyte GeForce6600GT GV-NX66T128D: $188. Buy a second as needed.
So far, that's CPU, mobo, memory and video. $1000 (less shipping) to this point. What you have to this point is the--IMNSHO--best A64 motherboard in retail existence, a solid CPU and video solution, and 2-2-2-5 memory capable of DDR600 speeds, should you ever choose to overclock. The video card can be paired with a second 6600GT sometime in the future for boosted performance at budget cost, or can be wholly replaced (this is a PCIe solution, after all). Similarly, the CPU can be replaced as needed, as AMD doesn't seem to be in any hurry to replace the socket 939 package.
Other goodies: OCZ PowerStream PSU. 420W may be enough, I'd spring for the 520W unit, however ($142) Antec Sonata. Nice, quiet, and prettily black. They also ship with an Antec 380W PSU which would probably work for you. If not, then you've got a spare PSU. ($100) Lite-On 16x dual layer DVD±RW ($63) Creative Labs SoundBlaster Audigy2 ZS, OEM. Basic sound, nothing fancy ($81)
Non-core stuff price so far: $386
I've got to get to work now. No HDD yet (about $110 for a 160GB drve or so, I think). If I'm forgetting something else... someone point it out. I'll take care of it later.
Hmmm, found these cases. A lot better than my first choice.
A-Top XBlade Black/Silver Ultimate Gaming Machine With 450W PSU & Side window, Model "AT859A-BK" - Retail $56.99 Sorta Like an Alien Ware case.
Thats got to be enough power. =======Hard Drive==========================================
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The Logitech mice, are to match the case you choose.
Microsoft IntelliMouse Optical 1.1 PS/2 /USB -OEM $18.25 ^ A Top rated mouse, And a Value.
Logitech Marble Mouse (trackball) USB/ PS/2 -RETAIL $17.00 ^ Its a Trackball mouse.
Or a Keyboard and Mouse combo, I'll let you search for a keyboard. =======Software===================== Microsoft Windows XP HOME Edition With Service Pack 2 -OEM $92.25 ^ Gaming Forums Recommends WinXP Home, I recommend pro.
Norton System Works 05 Price: $67.99 Mail-In Rebate: -$30.00 Final Price: $37.99 ^ Get this, or AVG 7 from www.Grisoft.com.
Norton Personal Firewall $39.00 ^WinXP's firewall is a joke.
edit- or this
Roxio Easy Cd And Dvd Burning for Windows - Retail $25.25 ^Big proce difference, I recommend the sceond one.
-EDIT- ===========Memory===================== Corsair Value Select Dual Channel Kit 184 Pin 1G(512MBx2) DDR PC-3200 - Retail $143.00
Don't ask me about memory. I don't know...
==========================================================  Okay, what we have for definate is. ASUS "A8N-SLI Deluxe" nForce4 AMD Socket 939 $269.00