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Time to build a new pc

Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by Ustop, Aug 14, 2007.

  1. Ustop

    Ustop Regular member

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    I am concerned about space, speed, and viewability. I want to get a 22 inch widescreen monitor. What I do most is surf net, play web games, listen to music and watch and burn movies. I am not into extreme gaming. I would like a good solid pc. I'm no dummy when it comes to in and outs of a pc, but I do need to know where to start? What i'm askin is, what should I build from? Motherboard, cpu, psu, etc? Tell me if I'm pissin in the wind when I say my budget is a 1,000 or less. Preferably less. Thanx for any advice.
     
  2. mikeh0303

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    I would build from the motherboard, or CPU up.

    You can still build a good computer for $1000, but with the monitor I dont think you can do it.
     
  3. AXT

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    I Will post things form newegg.com since it's the easiest site to navigate, however, not necessarily the cheapest so look around on the net for better deals.

    OS: If you want Vista - $220

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116142

    Monitor: - $270 for a good monitor on average

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001096
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001083
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824254020

    CPU: - The E6750 from Intel would be your best bet. $200 OR a AMD Athlon 64 X2 offer a lot of bang for the buck.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103759
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103030
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103767
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103751

    Motherboard: - A P35 would be your best bet ONLY if you are willing to buy a Video Card since it does not offer integrated graphics. on average $120

    Or a G33 MB which do offer integrated graphics.

    Or one of these AMD motherboards. Since I am not familiar with AMD motherboards i cannot give you a suggestion.

    Just Make sure the MotherBoard has PCI Express 16x support.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...071020466+1388027176+1387927158&name=DDR2+800

    PSU: - Corsair, Thermaltake, or Enermax. $ Depends what feature you want (Modular Cabling, ESP12V, SLI Support) and power.

    Of Course AT LEAST 2GB of RAM which can be obtained pretty cheap. As low as $100

    Case: Don't know.

    Hard Drive: 500 GB hard drive for $119. Seagate, Wester Digital, Samsung. Or a 320 GB Hard Drive for $80. Hard drive wise i think newegg is the best. I have looked around and no other site hard drives cheaper than newegg.

    SO If you are going to do simple thing on your computer, then you Should get An AMD system which is cheaper as far as CPU and Motherboard are Concerned if you can eliminate the Cost of the OS from the equation that would be great. Monitor wise I would stick with Samsung.

    So my suggestion is that you should build an AMD system since it will give you the most bang for the buck and Probably keep you under $1000 dollars.

    Just do the research, look around on the web for deals, and build an amd system and it should keep your cost at or a little below $1000. You might also want to get a graphics card, but that can wait.
     
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  4. AXT

    AXT Guest

    Of Course you can stay in Budget if you go AMD or cheap intel Core 2 Duo. As I said, stick with AMD and you will make it. Eliminating the Cost of the OS will open a whole new realm of possibilities.

    Cheap Intel CPU = Good
    Cheap Intel MOBO = Bad

    AMD = Good = Cheap
     
  5. mikeh0303

    mikeh0303 Regular member

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    there are some really good cheap asus boards for the socket 775, for example the P5K-SE





    by the way, going with onboard graphics with a 22" monitor is not the best, it does not look very good.
     
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  6. Ustop

    Ustop Regular member

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    First of all, thanx for the quick replies. Something I didn't mention b4 was that I do spend alot of time encoding video. This allows me 2 do nothing else in the process. Will either one of the cpu's u mention help with that. Or is that a ram issue? I personally would like to stick with xp. My wife has vista on her notebook, and although it does have some nice features, I believe it would only hinder some of the things I like to do. Has for the $. I wasn't figuring in os or monitor. The monitor will b xmas present. I am glad u mentioned integrated video. Obviously, with a 22 inch screen I want it to look the best possible, so will have to add video card to list. Also, I have a good speaker system. Is a sound card recommended? Thank u very much.
     
  7. Ustop

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    I also need to add that I know it seems stupid 2 get this good size monitor and not want spend alot on the pc. I will spend what I need to to get a good solid system. I just want to way my options. I just don't want to buy a bunch of high end hardware that I don't need. Thanx.
     
  8. GrandpaBW

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    Encoding is CPU intensive. RAM isn't a big factor, but along with the CPU, a good video card is needed for the rendering of whatever you are encoding.

    If you are into doing video editing an burning, you better set your budget a bit higher.
     
  9. sammorris

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    Core 2 Duo E6750 CPU $212
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115029&Tpk=E6750
    GA-965P-DS3 Motherboard $121
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128012
    2GB Corsair PC6400C4 RAM $104 ($30 rebate)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145590
    Samsung 500GB Hard drive $120
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152052&Tpk=Samsung+500GB
    EVGA 7600GT Graphics card $96 ($15 rebate)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130062
    Thermaltake 500W Power supply $60 ($15 rebate)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153052
    NZXT Apollo case $70 ($20 rebate)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146025
    18x Sony-NEC DVD Burner $30
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827152076
    Viewsonic 22" Widescreen $275
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824116076

    Total cost $1088, $1008 after rebates.

    That gives you a powerful CPU to encode video with, enough memory to encode and do other things at the same time, a hard disk big enough to store all those encoded videos, a fast enough DVD burner to make light work of burning them again, a graphics card that's inexpensive but can play most modern games should you want to, and a decent 22" monitor. Plus, it looks the part.
     
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  10. Ustop

    Ustop Regular member

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    Damn Man, did u want to build it 4 me to. I'm goin 2 by 1 piece at a time and hopefully have it built by xmas. I will look for deals along the way of course. Ur info is greatly expreciated. I will continue to b amazed by the helpfulness of this site, sorry couldn't think of a better word. Once again and always, I do not know what I would do without guys/girls. Thank-you very much.
     
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    Ustop Regular member

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    Another ? Why do most of the motherboards only come with 4 usb ports. What I have now has 7 in back and two front. And yes I do use them all. Not a huge issue, just curious. Obviously not all of them need to b plugged in all the time, but I don't feel the need to have to switch things around everytime I want to do sumthing. Thanx.
     
  12. mikeh0303

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    this has 12 http://canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd=pd&pid=014629&cid=MB.157
     
  13. sammorris

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    Motherboards usually only have 4 USB ports, but they also often have another 4, 6 or even 8 USB HEADERS. Headers are connectors on the motherboard that you can run additional USB ports too. For example, if your PC has some on the front, they go to a header. If you have a memory card reader in your PC that also includes a USB port, that goes to a header. Also, if you need yet more USB ports, some motherboards come with a bracket you can sit at the back of the PC that plugs into a header and gives you two more.
     

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