New rig on the cheap?

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  1. Chris S

    Chris S Cinematographer

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    I've been lurking around for a little bit and have read a bunch of suggestions on building a new computer and I think I'm ready to take the plunge. I have never built a machine on my own, even though I have a CS degree, but I am pretty confident that I can do it. Here's what I'm trying to do.

    I'm trying to put together a new computer for around $450 although I have obviously already gone over. I plan on porting a lot of my hardware (GeForce3 video card, sound card, and DVD drive) from my current machine which is a Dell 800Mhz P3. My main use for this machine will probably be gaming and surfing HTF. So far this is the configuration that I am looking at:


    Chieftec Black Server tower DX-01BD $73.00

    ABIT KX7-333 Socket A VIA KT333 Motherboard $89.00

    ENERMAX EG365P-VE(FM) 350W Power supply $49.00

    AMD ATHLON XP 2000+/266 FSB PROCESSOR $125.00

    CRUCIAL MICRON 256MB 32x64 PC 2100 DDR RAM $71.00

    WD WESTERN DIGITAL EIDE HARD DRIVE 20GB 7200RPM $69.00

    Cooler Master CPU FAN CP5-6J31C-01 For AMD $7.00

    Total: $483.00


    All of these prices have come from new-egg.com as I am to lazy at this time to really hunt down the best price. I will be sure to do that once I have the hardware nailed down. Any suggestions on things to change or to reconsider?
    Thanks,
    Chris S.
     
  2. Rob Lutter

    Rob Lutter Producer

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    Might I suggest a larger HD? 20GB is SMALL compared to today's standards. (go for something 80GB or larger [​IMG] )
    Also, I think that mobo that you have picked supports DDR333, which supports PC2700 RAM. (that is something to look into)
    [​IMG]
     
  3. Jonathan Lofgren

    Jonathan Lofgren Stunt Coordinator

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    I just built a computer and it's not very hard. I have a few things to suggest. If you're really concerned with budget you could get an XP 1800 for about $40 less than the XP 2000. I would also suggest a bigger hard-drive. For the motherboard you might want to consider the Gigabyte GA-7VRK, or the MSI KT3-Ultra. I wish you well in your endeavor.
     
  4. JasenP

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    Here is a lesson I learned the hard way:

    Download all your drivers in advance and burn them to to a disk. Silly me expected the NIC to work.

    I would also recommend a larger HD.
     
  5. Danny R

    Danny R Supporting Actor

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    Since you are moving over so much from your old machine, is there a reason why you can't just use the case and power supply that came with it?
     
  6. brentl

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    How about a better fan. They did a review of a bunch at Tomshardware a while back.

    Brent
     
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    I wouldn't build any system with
     
  10. Jonathan Lofgren

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  11. Gabriel_Lam

    Gabriel_Lam Screenwriter

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    You could always start with a Dell Dimension 4500 tower based on a P4 2.0ghz (512kb L2 cache), 128mb DDR SDRAM, 20gb hd for $439 after $100 rebate with free shipping.
     
  12. Jim Badger

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    I was checking out the Dell 4500 for $439. It's in the "Small Business" section of Dell's site. Do you need a business license or anything special to buy thru Dell's Small Business section?
     
  13. Gabriel_Lam

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    Nope, just place your name in there for the business name.
     

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