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The_End_Of_Reality
19-10-2005, 09:22 AM
I am considering getting a new computer and i will build it myself. i was just wondering what would the best hardware be to get for it? it will be used for 3D gaming, video encoding, LANs and just other general home use any views are welcomed :)
Thanks

Metla
19-10-2005, 09:25 AM
# AMD K8 64bit Athlon 3500 939 pin
# Philips 190S6FB 19" LCD, Less then 8ms responce, 3 year pixel cover
# Mushkin 2GB (2x1GB) High Performance CL 2-3-2 DDR400 Dual Channe
# Asus A8N-5X 939 Motherboard
# 2x Seagate 200GB 7200 S-ATA Harddrives in Raid configuration
# CREATIVE LX520 5.1 SPEAKER
# ASUS DRW-1608P 16X DVDRW BLACK
# Thermaltake SOPRANO 400W with Window
# BFG 7800 GTX OC Version 256MB PCI-E

The_End_Of_Reality
20-10-2005, 12:39 PM
Wow that is one beast of a computer but i forgot to mention that i have a budget of about $1500 max :( . i also dont need HDD, modem, screen, keyboard, mouse and speakers
Thanks

Metla
20-10-2005, 12:44 PM
Middle of the road I would say AMD 64 3000,1GB ram,A8N-5X 939 Nforce4 Motherboard,6600GT Video card.

Come in under $1500 and kick much arse.

Im putting one together at the moment with an ATI X800XL video card, Im looking foward to how she runs, the card is sexy, damn sexy.

The_End_Of_Reality
20-10-2005, 02:59 PM
That doesnt sound bad but i was thinking possibly going dual core with AMDs 3800+ with those specs you mentioned perviously :thumbs:

Shortcircuit
20-10-2005, 03:19 PM
I built much what Metla described in his 'middle of the road' system a few months ago... and yes, it kicks much arse. From what I've read I don't know that it's worth it for the dual core.

God only knows why I didn't spend the extra on a Mac and 'be cool'. :cool:

Battleneter
20-10-2005, 07:02 PM
That doesnt sound bad but i was thinking possibly going dual core with AMDs 3800+ with those specs you mentioned perviously :thumbs:

You will struggle to get a dual core system for $1500. Don't sacrifice your video card or memory for dual core. There is NOT a single game that utilises dual core CPU's yet and probably won't be for around a year.

I generally agree with Metla's specs, however he can keep his Asus MB as there failure rate is high compared to other brands in my experience. However its the Holden vs Ford argument, I just hate Asus, they get good review but don't last.

If you have the cash go for a 6800GT or 7800GT vid card, the 6600 does struggle in some new games with the better settings, and a dual core won't help.

The_End_Of_Reality
21-10-2005, 12:29 PM
I have been surfing pricespy to get a general idea on price and have come across these specs for a dual core comp tell me what you think.
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core 3800+ 2.0GHz Socket 939 $579.38
512MB PC3200 DDR400 SDRAM $66.23
512MB PC3200 DDR400 SDRAM $66.23
GeForce 6600 GT 256MB PCI Express $268.05
or
GeForce 6800 GT 256MB PCI Express $550.13
Gigabyte GA-K8NF-9 Socket 939 nForce4 PCI Express ATX $167.06
Cobra Metal Case (Black) $130.00
Total $1276.85
or $1558.93

somebody
21-10-2005, 12:47 PM
Bear in mind that some companies which come up cheap on pricespy charge horrendous amounts for shipping.

The_End_Of_Reality
21-10-2005, 12:52 PM
Yes i know they do but i was just getting a rough idea on the price and what you think of it. by the time i am able to afford this computer hopefully early next year :( all prices will be down :D

pctek
21-10-2005, 02:15 PM
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I generally agree with Metla's specs, however he can keep his Asus MB as there failure rate is high compared to other brands in my experience.

And what experience is that? I have only ever had one faulty ASUS in 10 years. And that was just a faulty LAN on it.
They are the most reliable brand in the world, any review site will tell you they come out tops on quality.

pctek
21-10-2005, 02:16 PM
Yes i know they do but i was just getting a rough idea on the price and what you think of it. by the time i am able to afford this computer hopefully early next year :( all prices will be down :D
What Metla has quoted is good. If you wait until next year its a waste of time getting quotes now, not only will the pricing be different but there will be new models of everything out too.
Wait till you are ready then get quotes....

Shortcircuit
21-10-2005, 02:17 PM
I'd have to agree with PCtech, I've had two Asus boards... everything else may crap out around them but they just keep on going

Battleneter
21-10-2005, 08:57 PM
And what experience is that? I have only ever had one faulty ASUS in 10 years. And that was just a faulty LAN on it.
They are the most reliable brand in the world, any review site will tell you they come out tops on quality.


Selling and/or install at least 500+ motherboards over 12 years (really not sure of amount that is rough a guess), not our main brand of board.

I doubt you have dealt with many having only 1 single faulty board?, all brands have at least a 3%+ field failure rate in reality.

techie
21-10-2005, 09:28 PM
And what experience is that? I have only ever had one faulty ASUS in 10 years. And that was just a faulty LAN on it.
They are the most reliable brand in the world, any review site will tell you they come out tops on quality.
Ditto.

pctek
22-10-2005, 07:26 AM
Selling and/or install at least 500+ motherboards over 12 years (really not sure of amount that is rough a guess), not our main brand of board.

I doubt you have dealt with many having only 1 single faulty board?, all brands have at least a 3%+ field failure rate in reality.
Sorry to disappoint you but yes I have dealt with the sort of numbers as you say. And no many items don't have at LEAST 3%. Crap items do.
Thats one thing I have always done, kept documentation on which items came back, who from, type of fault, etc etc. Then you can collate it at certain times and see exactly the failure rates for particular brands.

Battleneter
22-10-2005, 11:29 AM
Sorry to disappoint you but yes I have dealt with the sort of numbers as you say. And no many items don't have at LEAST 3%. Crap items do.
Thats one thing I have always done, kept documentation on which items came back, who from, type of fault, etc etc. Then you can collate it at certain times and see exactly the failure rates for particular brands.


OMG you are claiming 1/500 boards over there 2-3 year field warranty. I doubt there is a Mobo manufacturer on earth that would claim anything like that rate.You are either incredibly lucky (I will assume this, to give you the benefit of the doubt) or lying, you can take your pick.

If you have a heart to heart with one of the Techy lads at Ingram/Tp or Morningstar, I am sure they will ADMIT to at least a few percent which would be normal excluding anything I am saying.

Anyway, this argument is hijacking this thread