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Old 01-08-04, 07:32 PM
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Best computer I can put together at $500?

I am asking you, the DVDTALK computer guru's, to find the best computer you can for $500. I already have a mouse, keyboard, speakers, moniter, OS and a dvd burner. I need a system that is good on the internet, and can also burn cd's semi quick. I do play games on occasion but I do realize for this price that part of the P.C. will suffer. Mail in Rebates are welcome but I would be hesitent to spend more than $200 in rebates.


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Old 01-08-04, 11:03 PM
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my suggestion in your case would be to buy a Dell PowerEdge 400sc. it's a server and comes with a rebate. i'd recommend getting the 2.4 @ 800 and getting the absolute minimum on everything else. then add the ram and video card that you want. it's $348 after $100 rebate. add 2x256 pc3200 ram for $100, or 2x512 pc3200 for $200. video card depends on what you want to play, but the 400sc does have an 8x agp on board. the stock card is something like a 8mb ati rage pro pci, so you won't be able to play any games (unless they're real old) on it. the 9600 pro/xt and 9700 pro are good cards for pretty much every game on the market right now.
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Re: Best computer I can put together at $500?

Originally posted by shadowhawk2020
I need a system that is good on the internet, and can also burn cd's semi quick.
I think I still have an old 486 around that will handle those jobs without a problem. Seriously.

I'd recommend figuring out what kind of system you need to play the games you like. Any machine that can play today's games will be just find at burning and on the Internet.
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Okay I didn't go with the dell, here is what i have, tell me what you think.



Foxconn Silver Mid-Tower Super Tower 400W Power Supply :$28
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduc...1&searchdepa=1

nForce2 ULTRA AN7: $103
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduc...7&searchdepa=1

2600+ "Barton", 333MHz FSB, 512K Cache $104
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduc...8&searchdepa=1

Kingston ValueRAM Dual Kits 184 Pin 512MB(256MBx2) DDR PC-3200 $87
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduc...3&searchdepa=1

Lite On Beige 52x32x52 CD-RW Drive $37
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduc...9&searchdepa=1

Albatron GeForce FX 5600XT Video Card, 128MB DDR, 64-bit, DVI/TV-Out, 8X AGP, Model "FX5600XTP" $105
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduc...7&searchdepa=1

Maxtor® 80GB Ultra ATA/133 Internal Hard Drive, 7200 RPM $29.99 after coupon and MIR's
http://www.officedepot.com/ddSKU.do?...2002_SK_678133

$494 PLUS SHIPPING

Any comments will be appreciated

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If you want to save $14 more, buy the AMD Barton 2500+ chip for $90 (from newegg). You won't see any difference really between it and the 2600+. Also, you can overclock the 2500+ chip fairly easily if you need to get more out of it.
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Originally posted by Shadow Ace
If you want to save $14 more, buy the AMD Barton 2500+ chip for $90 (from newegg). You won't see any difference really between it and the 2600+. Also, you can overclock the 2500+ chip fairly easily if you need to get more out of it.
Thanks for the tip, does the system look ok? Anything else you can suggest?



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I would get the ASUS version of that board and pay the additional $12.

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...=BROWSE&depa=1

I also am hearing that newer 2500+ are coming locked so to overclock it to its potential you will need to unlock it. I might stick with the 2600+ which might overclock better since you might get luckier in finding an unlocked one than the 2500+ which is a better seller plus it has a higher multiplier.
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Originally posted by gcribbs
I would get the ASUS version of that board and pay the additional $12.

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...=BROWSE&depa=1

I also am hearing that newer 2500+ are coming locked so to overclock it to its potential you will need to unlock it. I might stick with the 2600+ which might overclock better since you might get luckier in finding an unlocked one than the 2500+ which is a better seller plus it has a higher multiplier.
I liked that board but my wife is stuck on the built on firewire on the other...

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Originally posted by shadowhawk2020
I liked that board but my wife is stuck on the built on firewire on the other...

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It is true the Asus has firewire that you have to plug a cable to a card that is put into the rear of your computer versus the Abit that has one firewire port already on the rear of the MB.

Since it takes only a minute to hook the firewire card up I did not think of that as being a difference.

It would take up a slot in the back. However with all the things built into MB's now. I rarely find a need for all my pci slots
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Originally posted by gcribbs
It is true the Asus has firewire that you have to plug a cable to a card that is put into the rear of your computer versus the Abit that has one firewire port already on the rear of the MB.

Since it takes only a minute to hook the firewire card up I did not think of that as being a difference.

It would take up a slot in the back. However with all the things built into MB's now. I rarely find a need for all my pci slots

The real problem is that she doesn't understand these things, and when I was telling her what I found she was happy about the firewire. Then when I discussed changing she didn't like the idea. Guess I could just do it and she would never know


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Originally posted by shadowhawk2020
The real problem is that she doesn't understand these things, and when I was telling her what I found she was happy about the firewire. Then when I discussed changing she didn't like the idea. Guess I could just do it and she would never know


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You know. If it keeps things happy at home buy the Abit

Plus if you switched and had any problem at all even not related to the MB you would probably hear about it.

Sometimes in a marriage you need to buy an electronics component to keep the peace
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http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...=BROWSE&depa=0

how does this compare to:

http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduc...7&searchdepa=1
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The sale one does not have the firewire already on the back of the MB.

There may be other differences. i would buy the other one since it has the firewire ready to go like you wanted.

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