Building a new PC, suggestions please.

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Black-Syth, Nov 28, 2003.

  1. Black-Syth

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    For Christmas I'm building this Entertainment PC for around $500.

    Shuttle SN45G Nforce2 based. (Mini PC)
    AMD Athlon 2500+(Barton)
    512MB PC3200 RAM
    AIW ATi Radeon 9600pro 128MB
    80GB Seagate 7200rpm 8mb cache
    Logitech iTouch Wireless mouse/keyboard combo.
    Sony DVD-R/RW

    I think it's a pretty solid PC, any suggestions for improvement are welcome. I need em'.
     
  2. Cosmin

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    Case wasn't specified in your list ..
    Just brand suggestions :

    * Gigabyte ( ATi R. 9600Pro )
    * DDR ( PQI - Kingmax ddr400 )
    * Recommended case :
    Case ATX model MX-01B-D-U
    Case ATX Matrix MX-01B-DU, 360W CE, 6*5.25", 2*3.5" black (B) with door (D), ports Usb & Firewire

    USD 96.00 ( here )

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    Pretty curious about that price , here that pc is more expensive but .. good luck :rolleyes:
     
  3. _plague

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    Shuttle SN45G Nforce2 based. (Mini PC)

    That's the case.
     
  4. Cosmin

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    Yes :eek: , I've realised later that but minipc's have a lot of disadvantages ... but his decision is the most important .. what I've recommended is listed up there :)
     
  5. RogerPhillis

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    System looks ok........personally I would switch to a Hitachi(IBM) 120 or 80GB Deskstar H/ Drive.
    Its read speed outstrips all other ATA makes, even my Maxtor SATA Drive.
     
  6. autolycus

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    The "MINI" computer that you are thinking about buying is good. I would have to say to go with a Deskstar, but that is my opinion.
     
  7. LeeJend

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    I'd worry about getting that much heat out of a mini-pc case.

    Barton, 400 mhz RAM, fast video...

    Make sure the case has good cooling layout and intake and exhasut fans. Your looking at the same heat as a gaming tower in about a third the size. Thats going to make for thermal issues

    Also, make sure it has a real power supply (350W minimum with a high rating on the 5Vdc output). A lot of the mini cases have been putting in mini power supplies.
     
  8. Sazar

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    not bad m8 :)

    power draw should not be a problem with that video card and the cpu should not cause any problems either...

    I would consider switching the hdd though... the new mainstream seagate's don't stack up that hot v/s maxtor's/western digitals...

    believe me... I went through a whole bunch of reviews and factoids and crap before getting my stuff..

    also I think if you can save enough money here and there consider buying the logitech cordless MX duo... you may be able to pinch a penny or two with a slightly cheaper dvd +/- RW (I recommend that over a -r/rw)
     
  9. Taurus

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    $500?? i'm curious how? the xpc, 2500+, and 9600pro is $500 already. then the memory, hd, dvd burner, kb/mouse would push it well over $800.
    :confused:
     
  10. Sazar

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    Re: Re: Building a new PC, suggestions please.

    the xpc is around 250-300 depending on where you get it from AFAIK... the 2500+ is sub $100 and the AIW 9600pro is just over $200...

    so unless the shuttle is coming in way cheap as well as some other parts... I am not sure about the pricing...
     
  11. cwalker2734

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    IS IT EVEN POSSIBLE TO BUILD A COMPUTER FOR $500 ?

    DAMN MY RAM COST MORE THAN THAT....LOL
     
  12. Sazar

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    yes... its possible... just depends what you intend to do with it and what parts you want to get for it...
     
  13. Black-Syth

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    Ever hear of www.pricewatch.com? News: My budget is now $1000. New suggestions are definitely welcome. I have a mouse/keyboard/monitor already. A new case may be purchased.
     
  14. cwalker2734

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    pricewatch is the bible when scouring for parts, be sure to check out vendor ratings.

    Good Luck - congrats on the budget increase, $500 was too low, unless you wanted an e-machine---yuk!
     
  15. Taurus

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    been using it for years. great, simple site.