Building a new machine - Advice?

5no-yt5no-yt MemberMember Posts: 79 ■■□□□□□□□□
Hi All,

Its been 4 years sence I've brought a new PC so I thought its about time to upgrade :o exciting stuff!
Below is the Configuration plus a few extras - any suggestions comments?

Also, I was wondering if I should get Vista? I don't really see much point in getting it yet?

Thanks everyone :)

NOTE: THE PRICES ARE IN NEW ZEALAND $
Configuration

1 Raidmax Ninja ATX Mid Tower Case, 520W PSU, Side Window, Black
$193.66
1 MSI K9N Neo-F Motherboard, Socket AM2, 0xDIMM, DDR, 4xDIMM, DDR2, PCIe-16, 3xPCI, 2xPCIe-1, 10xUSB2, Audio, ATA, RAID, ATX
$165.03
1 AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ CPU, 2.6GHz, Socket AM2, 32/64-Bit, ATX, Retail pack with fan
$314.49
1 Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250820AS Hard Disk Drive, 250GB, 7200rpm, 8192KB Cache, SATA-2
$127.77
1 Pioneer DVR-212 DVD Writer, DVD 12R/18W/8RW, CD 40R/40W/32RW, Internal, SATA, Black, OEM
$87.06
1 Corsair XMS2, TWIN2X2048-6400, 2x1GB, DDR2-SDRAM, DIMM, DDR2-800
$255.52
1 Gigabyte GV-NX88S320H-B-RH Video Card, GeForce 8800 GTS, 320MB, DDR3, PCIe-16, TV out, DVI, HDTV, SLI ready
$557.11
1 Generic 1.44MB, Internal, Floppy Disk Drive, Black
$20.40
1 Philips 170B7CB Monitor, 17" LCD, 1280x1024, DVI, Speakers, Black
$383.04
1 Microsoft Windows XP Professional with SP2, for x64 (64-bit) systems, OEM
$303.30
1 Cooler Master TEC-A24-ER, Rounded EL IDE Ultra-DMA-66/100/133 Cable, 0.6m, Red
$27.61
2 Generic S-ATA Data Cable, 50cm
Quantity discount of $3.54 applies to this item
$7.63
1 Generic Rounded Floppy cable, 48cm, UV Reactive Red
$10.81
1 Complete system discount
-$49.15

Extra

1 Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-150 TV Tuner, Internal, PCI, with Remote, Supports Teletext
$173.01
1 Logitech G5 Laser Mouse, Optical, USB, Black/Silver
$116.94
1 Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard, USB, Black/Silver, Retail
$136.49
1 Laser 240 Disk CD/DVD Wallet
$14.96
1 Belkin 2-Port KVM Switch with Built-In Cabling, USB
$78.48
1 Altec lansing AHS602 Headphones, 3.5mm jack, Black/Silver
$78.98




Sub total $3,007.22
Freight $0.00
Security is like exercise: everyone talks about it, but not many people do it.
-J.R.Purser

Comments

  • sprkymrksprkymrk mikej412's caddy Member Posts: 4,884 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Nice computer. icon_cool.gif

    But I never spend more than about $400 (US$) on a computer. I buy last years good stuff at 1/4 the price it was when it was brand new. Never had an underpowered machine yet, just never have the latest greatest either. :)
    All things are possible, only believe.
  • 5no-yt5no-yt Member Member Posts: 79 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Thanks :D - I can't wait to get this baby in the mail (havn't ordered it yet.. going to sit on it for a couple of days and keep looking around)

    My machine has finally come to the stage where it won't even run games anymore - I installed oblivion on it and it wouldn't even run hahaha

    I figure if i get a top of the line pc now - its going to last a few years atleast (gives me time to pay it off before the next one ;)


    Edit:

    Any thoughts on vista?
    Security is like exercise: everyone talks about it, but not many people do it.
    -J.R.Purser
  • sprkymrksprkymrk mikej412's caddy Member Posts: 4,884 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Chapt3r:4 wrote:
    My machine has finally come to the stage where it won't even run games anymore
    Old computers never die. They just play solitaire. icon_lol.gif
    Chapt3r:4 wrote:
    Any thoughts on vista?
    I wouldn't use it if you want a gaming rig - yet. Maybe in a year.
    All things are possible, only believe.
  • JDMurrayJDMurray Certification Invigilator Surf City, USAAdmin Posts: 12,845 Admin
    sprkymrk wrote:
    But I never spend more than about $400 (US$) on a computer.
    I never spend more than $400US on a video card. icon_mrgreen.gif
    sprkymrk wrote:
    Chapt3r:4 wrote:
    Any thoughts on vista?
    I wouldn't use it if you want a gaming rig - yet. Maybe in a year.
    Don't bother with Vista until service pack 1 is released. Eventually, there will be games requiring DirectX 10 and graphics adapters requiring WDDM 2.0, but that probably won't be for another 18 months or so. Until then, Vista won't be a necessity for gaming. But if you don't want to wait, I've run Half-life 2, Call of Duty, Titan Quest, and Warcraft 3 all just fine on Vista Business Edition.
  • leefdaddyleefdaddy Senior Member Member Posts: 405
    I've used AMD for years... since their K5 chips... however, the smart thing right now to do is go with intel and get a Core2duo setup... I have my first intel desktop in about 10 years i just built...

    However I've used intel laptops for years... C2D wipes the floor with amd currently though.
    Dustin Leefers
  • bmaurobmauro Senior Member Member Posts: 307
    C2D - nuff said - no contest.
  • bmaurobmauro Senior Member Member Posts: 307
    Heres a quick comparison - the chart didnt have your X2 5200 so I picked a faster AMD chip to go against the Core 2 Duo.

    http://www23.tomshardware.com/cpu.html?modelx=33&model1=431&model2=696&chart=170

    So for the same price ($31icon_cool.gif the E6700 would be a much better buy.
  • tech-airmantech-airman Senior Member Member Posts: 953
    Chapt3r:4 wrote:
    Hi All,

    Its been 4 years sence I've brought a new PC so I thought its about time to upgrade :o exciting stuff!
    Below is the Configuration plus a few extras - any suggestions comments?

    Also, I was wondering if I should get Vista? I don't really see much point in getting it yet?

    Thanks everyone :)

    NOTE: THE PRICES ARE IN NEW ZEALAND $
    Configuration

    1 Raidmax Ninja ATX Mid Tower Case, 520W PSU, Side Window, Black
    $193.66
    1 MSI K9N Neo-F Motherboard, Socket AM2, 0xDIMM, DDR, 4xDIMM, DDR2, PCIe-16, 3xPCI, 2xPCIe-1, 10xUSB2, Audio, ATA, RAID, ATX
    $165.03
    1 AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ CPU, 2.6GHz, Socket AM2, 32/64-Bit, ATX, Retail pack with fan
    $314.49
    1 Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250820AS Hard Disk Drive, 250GB, 7200rpm, 8192KB Cache, SATA-2
    $127.77
    1 Pioneer DVR-212 DVD Writer, DVD 12R/18W/8RW, CD 40R/40W/32RW, Internal, SATA, Black, OEM
    $87.06
    1 Corsair XMS2, TWIN2X2048-6400, 2x1GB, DDR2-SDRAM, DIMM, DDR2-800
    $255.52
    1 Gigabyte GV-NX88S320H-B-RH Video Card, GeForce 8800 GTS, 320MB, DDR3, PCIe-16, TV out, DVI, HDTV, SLI ready
    $557.11
    1 Generic 1.44MB, Internal, Floppy Disk Drive, Black
    $20.40
    1 Philips 170B7CB Monitor, 17" LCD, 1280x1024, DVI, Speakers, Black
    $383.04
    1 Microsoft Windows XP Professional with SP2, for x64 (64-bit) systems, OEM
    $303.30
    1 Cooler Master TEC-A24-ER, Rounded EL IDE Ultra-DMA-66/100/133 Cable, 0.6m, Red
    $27.61
    2 Generic S-ATA Data Cable, 50cm
    Quantity discount of $3.54 applies to this item
    $7.63
    1 Generic Rounded Floppy cable, 48cm, UV Reactive Red
    $10.81
    1 Complete system discount
    -$49.15

    Extra

    1 Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-150 TV Tuner, Internal, PCI, with Remote, Supports Teletext
    $173.01
    1 Logitech G5 Laser Mouse, Optical, USB, Black/Silver
    $116.94
    1 Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard, USB, Black/Silver, Retail
    $136.49
    1 Laser 240 Disk CD/DVD Wallet
    $14.96
    1 Belkin 2-Port KVM Switch with Built-In Cabling, USB
    $78.48
    1 Altec lansing AHS602 Headphones, 3.5mm jack, Black/Silver
    $78.98




    Sub total $3,007.22
    Freight $0.00

    Chapt3r:4

    Questions:
    1. Which operating system are you planning to install onto that computer?
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    2. If the intended operating system is Microsoft Windows, have you verified each of those components with the Hardware Compatibility List?
    [*]Which applications are you planning to install onto that computer?
    [*]Does each of those components meet or exceed the system requirements for the operating system and the applications you are planning to install on it?
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    Source:
    1. Products Designed for Microsoft Windows - Windows Catalog and HCL - http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/hcl/default.mspx
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