P/S 500W ATX12V V2.0 PS/2 DUAL FAN UL FCCB Antec super Lanboy Aluminum mid tower case Antec TriCool Fan Case 3-speed2x120mm case fans AsRock 939Dual-VSTA Audio/LAN.PCI-E and AGP/STAT3G/DDR/ATX 64 939 with AMDAthlon 64x2 4200+ Dual-Core 512K Per Core 90nm SATA ST3808110AS Barracuda 80g 7200rpm Asus CB-5216AG 52X CDRW/DVD Combo Drive Asus DRW-1608P3S 16X DVD-RW Drive Creative Labs Sound Blaster SB0610 Audigy 4 24bit 7.1 Retail
$683 I have a GPU I just bought Sapphire X1600 Pro 512 AGP, I know pci-e but it'll have to wait.... What do you think?
Should've gone Conroe. And even if you didn't go Conroe because you wanted AMD or whatever, you should've gone with AM2.
Tech is where you'll find me..
13th April 2005
I don't think that it's as bad as you make it out to be. Those AMD 64's are insanely good deals at the moment. However, yea, he should have gone with AM2. But for that price, you did pretty well.
I'm not saying it's bad, but his choices are rather...shortsighted.
I tawt I taw a puddy tat...
30th December 2002
I too would recommend going with a Conroe build.
The above build looks ok, except the psu looks like it might not be too great. What make/model are you considering?
A fairly cheap Conroe build idea:
DVD Burner x2: NEC Black Dual Layer DVD Burner ($29x2) = $58 (a non burner is only $7 cheaper - pointless)
Sound: Creative Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS $75
Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 $50
Total: $1052 + ~ $30 for shipping = $1082
You may want new speakers, mouse, keyboard and monitor, but for now you could probably just use your old ones to save some money.
I am the Walrus
24th October 2004
I'd Rep you but I can't. ;)
That is a good build that Oblivious posted. I'm not a huge fan of Gigabyte motherboards, or Intel chipsets. But the rest seems good.
As for the original build.
The PSU seems to be a no-name, which is a no-go, especially when dealing with expensive equipment.
AsRock motherboards are generally good value, but I would go for a better quality brand, such as ASUS, MSI, or DFI. But, they do cost more money and I can understand if you are reluctant in spending too much. But a few things I will point out is that is a socket 939 board, and 939 is now 'out-of-date' and won't have much, or any value to it anymore. I would defenatly recommend an AM2 board, as they are roughly the same price, and AM2 support DDR2. Another thing is I would steer clear of AGP and PCI-e boards in one. Just get yourself a good quality PCI-e board.
Rob™or Intel chipsets. But the rest seems good.
On the Intel side of things, I've never used anything remotely as good as an Intel chipset. The imminent nVidia chipset should be good, but until then Intel is the only real choice IMO. The offerings from SiS and VIA just don't cut it as far as I'm concerned. They would if they were drastically cheaper, but they're aren't any cheaper than the lower-end Intel chipsets. So there's no real reason to buy an inferior product. Unless you're looking at something top-of-the-line like a 975X board, which are all expensive - but except for the future nVidia boards there's not actually anything to compete with them, so it's irrelevant.
I tawt I taw a puddy tat...
30th December 2002
Rob™'m not a huge fan of Gigabyte motherboards, or Intel chipsets. But the rest seems good.
I'm not a big Gigabyte fan either. I just went for the cheapest Conroe board I could find of a brand I've at least heard of! That would be a component that could use some upgrading should the possible budget allow it. Heck, for about $1500, you could build a pretty darn good Conroe system. Too bad I couldn't wait to build earlier this year. :uhm:
I totally concur with the rest of your post regarding the 939 boards and AM2.
OK the PSU is Antec I believe...I'll have to look again and may have posted the wrong thing. My concern isn't the value of the system...I don't want nor need to resell this comp at a later time. I am strictly looking to have a great time without breaking the bank and I think this system would blow my Dell 8300 out of the water. If it isn't a good system I want to know why as I am fairly new at this, having said that I know there will always be biased answers to vague questions because of what people like vs. what works...... On the AGP/PCI-e, I have an AGP card I just bought and will upgrade in the future to the PCI-e but don't want to spend an arm and a leg in the build process......
Ok what do ya think..... 2 Antec super Lanboy Aluminum mid tower case $90 [COLOR=black]Antec P/S 500W ATX12V V2.0 PS/2 DUAL FAN UL FCCB $72.21[/COLOR] Asus M2NPV-VM GeForce 6150 Video/Audio/GB-LAN/PCI-E/SATA3G/DDR2/uATX 64 (Socket AM2) with AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ Dual-Core 512K Per Core 90nm (Socket AM2) (Retail Box-w-Fan) 278.98 SATA ST3808110AS Barracuda 80g 7200rpm $49.99 Asus CB-5216AG 52X CDRW/DVD Combo Drive $32.13 Asus DRW-1608P3S 16X DVD-RW Drive %=$38.43 [COLOR=black]Creative Labs Sound Blaster SB0610 Audigy 4 24bit 7.1 Retail $81.70[/COLOR] ATI RADEON X1900 GT $269.99