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Wonderful Budget CPU System

Discussion in 'Computers, Games, Electronics etc' started by endlesszeal, Feb 19, 2005.

  1. endlesszeal

    endlesszeal Senior Member

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    Hey guys Im helping my girlfriend's family build a computer. They dont game a whole lot, maybe the Sims or something. However, the son is getting into some Doom3 and Halo. But mostly, they use it for browsing, burning, and word processing. I want a system that would last for them. They have a Compaq with a P3 that is like 5 years old. I want this system to last them another 5 years. Im trying real hard to keep it under $600. Here is my setup. Tell me what you think:

    AMD 64 3000+ 939 : $151
    DFI 939 Ultra : $157
    Seagate Baraccuda 120GB IDE = $70
    E Power Tagan 450 Watta PSU = $55
    Leadtek 6200 Turbo Cache 256mb Version = $77
    Corsair 512 MB Value RAM = $75
    Codhegen Case: $40

    Comes out to be around $620, shipped. The optical drives, monitor, and speaker will come from there old system. Do you guys think this is overclockable to at least 2.2-2.3ghz with the value ram and psu? Ive seen people get up to 2.6ghz with the same motherboard and processor.
    I ruled out socket 754 because it wont be upgradable later on. No dual channel, not that it matters, expensive AGP cards unless used, and i havent seen overclocked 3000+ Newcastles.
    Please tell me what you think and suggest. THANKS A WHOLE LOT!.
     
  2. phunky.buddha

    phunky.buddha Admin with a big stick Admin VIP

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    Look around... I laid out a complete build for a guy a month or so ago that would run about $450 shipped, and that included the little things you don't think about- fans, cables, optical drives etc. Depending on how long it will be before you decide to upgrade, I wouldn't worry too much about the board/chip socket type. Chip manufacturers are running through form factors like crazy these days, and even if they're still using an older type of socket- you'd probably want to upgrade the board the next time around too to use a higher bus speed, better type of memory etc.

    On your list, I would recommend a lesser chip and board, then more RAM- it would be much better balanced, and you can still get some pretty good overclocks out of the newer Athlon XP chips.
     
  3. Citizen_Insane

    Citizen_Insane Senior Member

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    2x Xeon 1.6ghz's - $100 ebay (you can buy they by the pair)
    aftermarket coolers for the Xeons - $50
    Asus PC-DL Mobo - $210 ebay
    2x512 crucial ddr400 - $150 Crucial
    Some AGP Graphics Card $60-100
    160gb HD - $80 best buy sale
    Now, for the magic part.....

    You overclock the 1.6's to 3.2ghz a peace, and turn on hyperthreading, and you have 4x3.2ghz processors. Don't worry about the OC..these things have been stable @ up to 3.8ghz and there are many people running them at 3-3.2 for exteneded amounts of time. Check out more:

    http://forums.2cpu.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=61271
     
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    Asus PC-DL Mobo - $210 ebay


    good stuff
     
  5. ScrapinSi

    ScrapinSi Senior Member

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    if its a family PC, why not just buy a dell?

    Intel p4 2.8 Ghz 800mhz FSB
    512mb RAM
    80gb HD
    128mb vid card
    17" LCD Monitor
    XP Home

    $479 shipped. Can't beat that with a stick...
     
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    Citizen_Insane Senior Member

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    I would go for the dualie...but then again, I will NEVER own a single processor machine ever again :ph34r:
     
  7. endlesszeal

    endlesszeal Senior Member

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    Mm.. Is that deal still offered?

    Anyway, anyone heard of moding an ATI 9800Se to a Pro?
     
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    Sabz5150 FALCON PUNCH!!!

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    Dual/quad systems rock. Make sure your OS can handle SMP well though ;)

    I floored a 16 processor SGI Origin 2K once. Oooohhhh the power. :worthy:
     
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