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Building a new PC, suggestions please.

#1
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'.
 

Cosmin

Graphic Designer
#2
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 )




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

Cosmin

Graphic Designer
#4
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 :)
 
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RogerPhillis

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#5
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.
 
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autolycus

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#6
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
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.
 

Sazar

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#8
Originally posted by black-syth
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'.
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)
 

Taurus

hardware monkey
#9
Originally posted by black-syth
For Christmas I'm building this Entertainment PC for around $500.
$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:
 

Sazar

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#10
Re: Re: Building a new PC, suggestions please.

Originally posted by taurus
$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:
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...
 
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cwalker2734

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#11
IS IT EVEN POSSIBLE TO BUILD A COMPUTER FOR $500 ?

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

Sazar

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#12
Originally posted by cwalker2734
IS IT EVEN POSSIBLE TO BUILD A COMPUTER FOR $500 ?

DAMN MY RAM COST MORE THAN THAT....LOL
yes... its possible... just depends what you intend to do with it and what parts you want to get for it...
 
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cwalker2734

Guest
#14
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!
 

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