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amitabha
09-12-06, 16:14
Ok, it's nothing special compared to PC's now. But I will be building this machine for low poly 3ds max work, photoshop 6.0 (though I use gimp more), and minor game usage (mainly, black & white, dreamfall, fable, tr series, HL2). I just need some advice on my setup before I purchase. :)

motherboard: ASRock K7VM3 Socket
CPU: Athlon XP 2700
video card: ATI Radeon 9800PRO
memory: pc2700 ddr 2gb
hard drive: Maxtor 120GB 7200rpm
Case: Broadway Com 450W PC Case Mid Tower
KeyBoard: Logitech Deluxe 250 USB B
Monitor: Hitachi 17 inch CTR
CD Drive: Samsung 16x IDE DVD-ROM Drive
OS: Windows XP Home Edition S

total: $644.12

EscondeR
09-12-06, 16:27
Amitabha, what's you cash top limit for the new PC?

Better buy ASUS DVD+-RW ;)
And if possible you can afford better main platform (CPU+MB+MEM)... So I wanna know the limit.

Joseph
09-12-06, 16:30
I don't agree about the Asus DVD burner. In a thorough test i read, this burner had a disappointing low compatibility with many blank-dvd disc brands. NEC scored high. Plextor (as always) scored high. Samsung scored high.

amitabha
09-12-06, 16:30
$750 :)

I use my laptop for high speed internet and web design. I just need something pretty basic to handle my low-poly 3d modelling. My laptop just can't handle it. Also, do you think i'd be ok with pc2700 ddr ram for 2 gigs?

Mr.Burns
09-12-06, 16:33
I don't agree about the Asus DVD burner. In a thorough test i read, this burner had a disappointing low compatibility with many blank-dvd disc brands. NEC scored high. Plextor (as always) scored high. Samsung scored high.

Agreed. I've a Sony that's worked quite well.

$750 :d

Depending on where you go, you might be able to get something better in specs with that limit.

Joseph
09-12-06, 16:42
Ok, it's nothing special compared to PC's now. But I will be building this machine for low poly 3ds max work, photoshop 6.0 (though I use gimp more), and minor game usage (mainly, black & white, dreamfall, fable, tr series, HL2). I just need some advice on my setup before I purchase. :)

motherboard: ASRock K7VM3 Socket
CPU: Athlon XP 2700
video card: ATI Radeon 9800PRO
memory: pc2700 ddr 2gb
hard drive: Maxtor 120GB 7200rpm
Case: Broadway Com 450W PC Case Mid Tower
KeyBoard: Logitech Deluxe 250 USB B
Monitor: Hitachi 17 inch CTR
CD Drive: Samsung 16x IDE DVD-ROM Drive
OS: Windows XP Home Edition S

total: $644.12Your setup resembles my older PC:
Pentium 4 2.66 Ghz
ASUS P4PE
2 GB PC 2700 DDR
ATI Radeon 9700 Pro
1 x 250GB WD IDE, 2 x 80GB WD IDE
Lian-Li PC-70 case
EIZO T765 19" @1600x1200/85 Hz
SONY DVD-RW DRU-530A
PLEXTOR CD-R PX-W4824A
Logitech Internet keyboard
Logitech MX 518 mouse
Windows XP Home SP2

You will be able to run Half-Life2 at medium settings, 1024x768. The rendering in 3ds max, photoshop 6.0 will take at least twice as long as on a more modern PC (which will cost at least double this price that is without monitor), but it is do-able.
Considering you pay $644.12 including monitor, i'd say it is a fair price.

EscondeR
09-12-06, 16:56
You can buy the following with the rest of your list:

M/B ASUSTeK M2V SocketAM2 <K8T890>PCI-E+GbLAN U133 SATA RAID ATX 4DDR-II - 86$
CPU AMD ATHLON-64 X2 3600+ (ADO3600) 512?b/ 1000??? Socket AM2 - 181$
Original SAMSUNG DDR-II DIMM 1Gb <PC-4200> - 143$
HDD 120 Gb SATA-II 300 Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 <3120811AS> 7200rpm 8Mb - 64$

The prices are given for Russia, so for you it can be easier to fit the limit ;)

amitabha
09-12-06, 17:52
i'll check the us pricing

Mr.Burns
09-12-06, 18:03
i'll check the us pricing


www.pricewatch.com or www.newegg.com either of those would be good places to start looking.

amitabha
09-12-06, 21:09
would this setup work?

Radeon 9800 Pro, 3200 Athlon 64 and a gig of RAM

Joseph
09-12-06, 21:26
Of course it would work.
But what you wanted is in your initial post. Why not changing the CPU up a bit, lowering the RAM?

The clue here is: your initial setup for that price is fine.
But it is pretty outdated hardware for today's standards (so you know). You can change a few percents up or down, but that doesn't make a big difference.

Jade Rae
10-12-06, 19:36
Newegg.com is where I buy all my PC supplies! It really is a great online store and has good customer service too.

I build PCs for people and have used Newegg for almost all my purchases. PCprogress is also good, I can occasionally find parts cheaper their than I would at newegg.

TigerDirect also has good prices, but in my opinion Newegg is typically lower. :)

Good Luck with your PC, be forewarned though, PC building is addictive! :)

amitabha
10-12-06, 20:54
nm

JANKERSON
11-12-06, 06:10
I don't agree about the Asus DVD burner. In a thorough test i read, this burner had a disappointing low compatibility with many blank-dvd disc brands. NEC scored high. Plextor (as always) scored high. Samsung scored high.

I 2nd Plextor. :D

I have been using them for a long time now and they are great.

Joseph
11-12-06, 16:26
Plextor is awesome, super reliable, top of the line! Only expensive too...:(

JANKERSON
11-12-06, 16:33
Plextor is awesome, super reliable, top of the line! Only expensive too...:(

Yeah but the burn quality is always great. :D

Apofiss
11-12-06, 17:35
motherboard: K8T800 Pro
CPU: Athlon 64 3000+
video card: ATI Radeon 9800pro
memory: PC3200 DDR 512+512(MB)
hard drive: Maxtor 120GB 7200rpm
Case: something nice and simple, under $30
KeyBoard: Logitech Deluxe 250 USB B
Monitor: Samsung SyncMaster 797DF 17" (0.200 pixel size) RR 100Hz
CD Drive: Samsung 16x IDE DVD-ROM Drive
OS: none for starters

Another perspective; less money, more quality/power :)

Joseph
11-12-06, 17:43
NO operating system, Apofiss? :confused:

Apofiss
11-12-06, 19:36
NO operating system, Apofiss? :confused:

Umm... that would go with less money thing :whi: ..but WinXP Home edition would be just in time.

Fish.
13-12-06, 20:18
motherboard: ASRock K7VM3 Socket
CPU: Athlon XP 2700
video card: ATI Radeon 9800PRO
memory: pc2700 ddr 2gb
hard drive: Maxtor 120GB 7200rpm
Case: Broadway Com 450W PC Case Mid Tower
KeyBoard: Logitech Deluxe 250 USB B
Monitor: Hitachi 17 inch CTR
CD Drive: Samsung 16x IDE DVD-ROM Drive
OS: Windows XP Home Edition S

total: $644.12

I'd say that it's pretty cost effective with the stuff you're putting in it, and from the sounds of the RAM and hard drive, it should be pretty kewl!

PS: Love your avatar! I saved it! :tmb:

amitabha
13-12-06, 21:25
Umm... that would go with less money thing :whi: ..but WinXP Home edition would be just in time.

so perhaps windows 98 SE or Windows ME? ;)

Jade Rae
14-12-06, 00:52
so perhaps windows 98 SE or Windows ME? ;)
I wouldn't reccomend ME...I don't believe I've ever heard a good thing about it...And I certianly didn't have a good experience with it. :)

98SE is great though. When you have it properly upgraded it runs real smooth. Not the best for gaming though...

Joseph
14-12-06, 01:31
But ME is the same as 98SE! The main, huge, difference is the user's interface, ME being an improvemnmet imo. ME was nicknamed 'Win98TE' (3d edition) for a reason. I used both. Both tend to become unstable easily.

I still have ME on my oldest PC (however that's parked without a PSU atm).

JANKERSON
14-12-06, 02:09
WINME was great for me. :D

I found it smarter and more stable than 98SE ever was and it booted a lot faster too. :)

EscondeR
14-12-06, 05:51
I found it smarter and more stable than 98SE ever was and it booted a lot faster too. :)

Can hardly say so ;)
If to choose the best one is WinXP Home (if no chance to get PRO) ;)

Joseph
14-12-06, 18:46
XP is such a GRAND improvement! :tmb:

JANKERSON
15-12-06, 03:11
Can hardly say so ;)
If to choose the best one is WinXP Home (if no chance to get PRO) ;)

Well I am a big NT fan so I was running NT4 until Win 2000 came out then Win XP Pro. (Never ran Home)

WINME, 95 and 98 were on other machines, I usually have like 4 running.

EscondeR
15-12-06, 05:29
Well I am a big NT fan so I was running NT4 until Win 2000 came out then Win XP Pro. (Never ran Home)

WINME, 95 and 98 were on other machines, I usually have like 4 running.

Yep, XP PRO rocks! :tmb:

Chug a Bug
15-12-06, 14:45
But ME is the same as 98SE! The main, huge, difference is the user's interface, ME being an improvemnmet imo. ME was nicknamed 'Win98TE' (3d edition) for a reason. I used both. Both tend to become unstable easily.

Indeed! It was certainly no more stable than 98 in my experiance at least. It felt like 98SE with some cosmetic improvements.

Well I am a big NT fan so I was running NT4 until Win 2000 came out then Win XP Pro.

They're more stable but try and play older software without compatibility mode! It was possible eventually with Win 2000 and SP3 and registering a DLL but still a bit of a headache. XP was the only must have version of NT for me. ;)

Joseph
15-12-06, 18:33
I think we all agree that XP rulez! :tmb: I can't say that about Vista yet...:( however, i only tested Vista RC2 build 5744 and graphic and sound drivers are beta... Vista's LOOKS are cool.