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Where is the best place to buy computer parts?

Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by Pop_Smith, Nov 13, 2004.

  1. Pop_Smith

    Pop_Smith Regular member

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    Hi everyone, I am currently looking into building a new computer, where do you guys recommend getting what i need?
     
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    ddp Moderator Staff Member

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    where are you loacated with "atomic annie"
     
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    @howstuffworks.com?
     
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    flip218 Moderator Staff Member

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    My vote goes to newegg.com
     
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    ok, i will check it out, has anyone heard of Zipzoomfly.com? i looked at it and it looks good, but, was wondering if anyone has been there.
     
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    ok, i (kind of) have an idea for a computer together (parts are being looked into and that is as far as i have got).

    This is going to be my gaming machine (although i will use it to backup my DVDs too)
    I currently don't have a budget set out for it (parents haven't set one yet, and this will be a Christmas present) so, here it goes:

    Case:
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=11-133-105&depa=1
    ($137 and 15.99 S&H)

    Power Supply:
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=17-148-001&depa=1
    (Aspire 500W 12V Black Dual Fan Aluminum Power Supply)($54 and $6.99 S&H)

    CPU:
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=19-116-176&depa=1
    Intel Pentium 4/ 3.2E GHz 800MHz FSB, 1MB L2 Cache, Hyper Threading Technology - OEM
    ($212 and 0.99 S&H)

    CPU Fan:
    http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=370400
    (Thermaltake A2144 Polo 735 Extreme 3 in 1 Cooler Retail)
    ($33.99 and free 2nd Day S&H)

    Hard Drives:
    http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=101220
    (WD 250GB 7200 RPM w/8MB Buffer)
    ($150 and free 2nd Day S&H)
    and
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=22-144-160&depa=1
    (Raptor 10,000 RPM 74GB) ($178) (before $25 mail-in, Free S&H) (Maybe 2)

    DVD Burner/DVD-ROM(?):
    http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=171017
    (Pioneer DVD+/-RW, DVR-108, OEM, Black) ($80.00 & Free 2nd Day S&H)
    and
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=35-106-042&depa=0
    Lite-On HD166S/167T 16X IDE DVD-ROM Drive (Black)
    ($30.50 & Free 2nd Day)

    Sound Card:
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=29-102-178&depa=0
    (Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS PCI Sound Card)
    ($80.00 and $5.99 S&H )

    RAM:
    http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproductdesc.asp?description=20-145-450&DEPA=0
    (Corsair XMS Extreme Memory Speed Series, (Twin Pack) 184 Pin 1GB(512MBx2) DDR PC-3200 - Retail)
    ($202.77 and $4.73 S&H)

    Graphics Card:
    X800 Platinum XT (not PCI/PCI-Express) ($500)
    http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=321311

    Motherboard:
    http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=240307
    Asus P4P800-E Deluxe i865PE P4 800FSB Skt478 DDR ATX Motherboard w/Audio, LAN, RAID/Serial ATA Retail (Prescott Ready)
    $112 - Free 2nd Day Shipping

    Monitor (Maybe):
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=24-116-276&depa=1
    ViewSonic VP171B 17" LCD Monitor ($443.40 and $10 S&H)

    P.S. If/when i get a budget for this computer, if the above (with suggestions) is over my
    budget, i will let you guys know exactly what my budget is.

    TOTAL (So far):
    $2258.35 (with 1 Raptor and S&H)
    With 2 Raptors (before the two $25 mail-in rebates and with S&H)
    $2436.35

    P.S. If/when i get a budget for this computer, if the above (with suggestions) is over my
    budget, i will let you guys know exactly what my budget is. Also, please don't mention "the Nvidia cards are better or the AMD processers run games better"
    I don't really care which is faster, i just go with what other people i know who have built gaming machines are using.

    One final word,
    on the areas with "Suggestions please", i don't know what to get and would like suggestions as to what you guys would use.
     
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    go with 800fsb cpu
     
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    ok, i changed the CPU to a 800fsb, any other changes recommended?
     
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    Yea for $17 more:
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=19-116-176&depa=1

    I like this case:
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=11-133-105&depa=1
    also comes in silver or blue

    CPU fan:
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=35-106-042&depa=0

    DVD Writer ... go with a Plextor :)
    DVD ROM:
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=27-131-119&depa=0

    Yea get 2 :)

    Sound card:
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=29-102-178&depa=0
     
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    If you really don't have a price, you should ask Praetor what he thinks.
     
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    lol, i will then, also on the processer, doesn't the Prescott core run hot? would that be a problem at all?
    I am not going to be doing any sort of overclocking on this computer in case anyone is wondering.
     
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    A good fan will solve that. The fan I chose, you can control the fan speed. And the case allows a temp display ... so if it starts getting hot just crank the fan to high :)

    And, I'm pretty sure Praetor would go with Prescott over Northwood
     
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    To go Dual Layer or not? That is a big question for me, becasue if the price of D/L media is coming down then, which Dual Layer drive should i get?
     
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    I have a question, on the Raptor drives, it says "OEM, Drive Only" does that mean it doesn't come with the nessary cables?
     
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    Yea usually. Also sata drives use a different power plug.
     
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    ok upon further tweaking of my list, check the updated post and look at the Mobo, from what i can tell i can use it to run 2 Raptors in a RAID config with just the mobo (no RAID hardware needed, as it is contained on the mobo) as i want to run two 74GB Raptors as one (effectively creating a 148GB HDD)
     
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    Zipzoomfly is the old Googlegear, and is a good site, but, Newegg gets my business, most of the time.
     
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    i see, thanks GrandpaBW for that i was wondering on them becasue at times, they have newegg beat price wise and ZipZoomFly usually does free 2nd day shipping on there computer parts (like there processers).
     
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    I am pulling my hair out (lol) I have to get that graphic card :). The only bad things are:
    ONE, I only want this card: http://shop.ati.com/product.asp?sku=2537962
    As it is the ATI Radeon X800 XT Platinum Edition
    and I do NOT want a third party version (i.e. Sapphire, Powercolor etc.)
    and
    TWO, I can't find it ANYWHERE.
    Does ANYONE know where i can get it for $500 or less (before shipping)
     
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