Help me build my new computer

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  1. Blazed Monkey

    Blazed Monkey It puts the lotion on its skin....

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    Building a new computer for the first time and I was hoping OT could help me out. I have listed all my wants and needs, but as I have never built a computer before, I need you guys to fill in the specifics. Any links you could provide to specific products you mention would be extremely helpful, as I will probably be ordering everything online. Like I said, I've never built a computer before, so I know what I want, but I don't know what I need to buy to make it all come together (i.e. motherboard, fans, case......internal components, etc.), so please be very DETAILED.

    This PC will be used for Gaming (FPS mostly, graphically intensive), digital picture editing and printing, and transferring old VHS home movies onto DVD.


    Budget
    $1000 ($1200 max)


    Required Items/Capabilities
    • DVD/CD Burner
    • 1 GB RAM (minimum to start, with expandability up to 3GB if possible)
    • Rip VHS to burn on DVD
    • Graphics card that will perform well with today's FPS games, and still be able to play games 2 years from now with good framerates.
    • Ability to plug the computer into my TV, both to record video from TV, and also play movies on the TV that I have downloaded to my PC
    • Highest processor speed available within budget constraints
    • 120GB Hard Drive (with expandability up to 4 HD's total)
    • USB 2.0 (I currently use 4 USB peripherals and will be adding more)
    • Windows XP Pro


    Things I already have that don't need to be included in budget estimates
    • Monitor
    • Mouse
    • Keyboard
    • Speakers




    Hopefully, this gives you a good idea of what I want, if I missed something, please let me know.
     
  2. Jazz

    Jazz Powerhouse of the Scrum

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    Pioneer Are you annoyed? You will be.

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    I'm looking at the A7N8X-E ...

    Which should give you everything you're looking for --- 3GB support, 4 USB 2.0, AGP8X
    Supports AMD Duron 1.4 - AMD Athlon XP 3200 (basically anything socket A)

    I'm skipping the 120 HD and going for 250 in both S-ATA and IDE, I'd like to fill up the 3GB but the only way I (currently) see to do more than 1.5GB is $1200 for just memory
     
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    Jazz Powerhouse of the Scrum

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    Is that the non-delux?

    Going for the delux will get you really nice onboard sound processing as well
     
  5. Blazed Monkey

    Blazed Monkey It puts the lotion on its skin....

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    Sorry, guess I forgot to mention, I would like to stay with the Pentium chipset.

    Thanks for the recommendations so far though, they are helping me get a good idea of the things I will need, keep it coming :)
     
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    Jazz Powerhouse of the Scrum

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    Well you could get rid of:
    Athlon 3200: $216
    Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe: $112
    Thermaltake: $27

    and get:
    P4 2.8 800 $182
    Asus P4P800 Deluxe: $125
    Zalman CNPS 7000A: $36

    That saves you about $10 too :dunno:

    I'm just a big fan of the Soundstorm on the Athlon mobo, but I guess that P4 one should work well too.
     
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    Pioneer Are you annoyed? You will be.

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    Gigabyte 8KNXP $210 at TigerDirect.com

    P4 - 400, 533, and 800

    supports 4GB w/ 6 slots (3GB w/o buying the 1GB modules @ $400+)
    Dual-Channel DDR 400/333/266 ECC

    4 IDE

    Gigabit LAN

    supports 8 USB (4 on-board)




    I think I just found my board!
     
  8. Blazed Monkey

    Blazed Monkey It puts the lotion on its skin....

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    and what would you guys recommend for a graphics card? as I said earlier, I would like to rip VHS to DVD, and I would also like to be able to hook up to my TV to play video's from my PC onto my TV.

    What would be able to do this, and also work well for the current FPS games out?
     

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