Building a PC

Discussion in 'Computers' started by Shawn C, Aug 10, 2004.

  1. Shawn C

    Shawn C Screenwriter

    May 15, 2001
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    I've got a couple of questions regarding builing a PC.

    I used to build my own computers "back in the day", but I have been out of the hardware loop for a while. I've been buying pre-builts systems from Dell, etc.. The last PC I built had a Celeron 500 on an Asus PB2 motherboard. That's about where I stopped paying attention.

    Anyways, I am looking for the best "bang for the buck" in motherboard and CPU's. I want to build a gaming / home PC. Probably around 3.0 3.2 ghz. 80 gig drive, decent video card (for playing Doom 3, HL2).

    Anyone have any suggestions? I was thinking of going AMD to save cost, but is that really the case anymore? Does AMD save you any money? I am looking to avoid the PCI Express boards due to the cost.
  2. Alf S

    Alf S Cinematographer

    Apr 23, 2000
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  3. SethH

    SethH Cinematographer

    Dec 17, 2003
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    Hi Shawn. I started the thread that Alf linked you to above. Here's what I'm planning to do soon:

    Antec case with 350 watt PS . . . $74
    MSI K8N Neo Platinum motherboard with nForce3 250Gb . . .$126
    AMD Athlon64 3200+ . . . $218
    512MB Kingston PC3200 RAM . . . $80
    Chaintech Nvidia GeForce FX5700LE 8xAGP . . . $84
    120GB Hitachi SATA HD . . . $90
    NEC 8x DVD Burner . . .$72

    Total = $739

    You can save about $60 by getting the Athlon64 2800+ which I'm still considering.

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