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DiO
So ive worked my ass of and its time to spend some of my money. Im getting my moms friend to build me a computer and im looking to spend around 2 grand which i know will get me a fucking tank. but i gotta tell him more than "SPEND 2G'S AND MAKE IT GOOD!! Jumpy.gif ".


I see computers in future shop catalogues for around that price that have Quad processors, 4GB of memory, and 1 terabyte of storage. I dont know too too much about this shit but that is really tank. but Im not and idoit and im sure i can get a beter on for the price thats custom built. So im just asking with a 2g budget give or take a couple hundy, what am i looking at spec wise?

DonkeyTits
You're looking to run a CAD program on it?

I have a 2.1 ghz dual core and 2 gigs of ram. My graphics card wouldn't cost more than 100 bucks I'm sure, but I can run Solidworks at the highest settings. I could also run Crysis on High. My pc wouldn't cost more than 400 bucks I'm sure.

Look into what components you will actually need. Save money. Just cause you have 2 grand to spend on a pc, doesn't mean you need to. You could put a really god pc together and have enough money left over for a huge flatscreen and mabe stereo system.
FrankCastle
QUOTE(Squirrelboy @ Mar 11 2008, 11:28 PM) [snapback]1398652[/snapback]
You're looking to run a CAD program on it?

I have a 2.1 ghz dual core and 2 gigs of ram. My graphics card wouldn't cost more than 100 bucks I'm sure, but I can run Solidworks at the highest settings. I could also run Crysis on High. My pc wouldn't cost more than 400 bucks I'm sure.

Look into what components you will actually need. Save money. Just cause you have 2 grand to spend on a pc, doesn't mean you need to. You could put a really god pc together and have enough money left over for a huge flatscreen and mabe stereo system.


I don't think he meant CAD as in the program. I think he meant Canadian dollars.

I agree with you about saving on the cash. I built my last two PCs and both were in the 2K and up range. I realized recently that even as a gamer it is not worth it. In fact I will continue to build my PCs but I will definitely cut down on costs as much as possible. The reason I feel it's not worth it is because even if you play games it doesn't justify paying so much. PCs are best for FPS and RTS games and decent ones don't come around often for me because I'm not a big RTS fan. So I only get a few months of decent gaming every year. Unless you buy new PC games all the time I think it is a waste of money building a 2K+ system. The only other reason for a high end system like that is video editing. If you're really into video editing your better off with a MAC anyway.

I have seen really nice specs on manufactured PCs these days for cheap. I have seen a quad core system for about $600... just to give you an idea of what's out there.
Severus Snape
Using www.newegg.com to price the parts (having built a few machines myself), and using American Dollars (which is close to CAD), the specs I came up with are:

Motherboard = ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe AM2 nVidia NForce 570 ($135.00)
Processor = AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ Windsor 3.2 GHz Socket AM2 Dual Core ($170.00)
Memory (RAM) = Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240 pin DDR2 800 ($110.00)
Video Cards (yep, 2 of them in SLI mode): ASUS EN8600GT/HTDP/512M GeForce 8600GT 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready ($140.00 each, $280.00 total)
Sound Card: Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series ($136.00)
Hard Drives (2 of them): Western Digital Caviar SE WD5000AAJS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s ($95.00 each, $190.00 total)
1st Optical Drive: LITE-ON Black SATA Blu-ray DVD-ROM Drive Model DH-4O1S-08 ($150.00)
2nd Optical Drive: LITE-ON 20X DVD▒R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model DH-20A4H-08 ($31.00)
Case: COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKA1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case Real Power Pro 550W Power Supply ($150.00)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake CL-P0114 120mm CPU Cooler ($45.00)
Keyboard/Mouse: Logitech LX310 Black USB Cordless Standard Desktop Laser Mouse Included ($55.00)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 w/SP2B ($115.00)
Monitor: ViewSonic X Series VX2240W Black-Silver 22" 2ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor ($300.00)
Speakers: Creative Inspire P7800 90 Watts 7.1 Speaker ($80.00)

Total cost = $1947.00, not including shipping or cost to put together. And this is one mother of a system.
Pieface
QUOTE(Arch Angel @ Mar 12 2008, 03:30 PM) [snapback]1398705[/snapback]
Using www.newegg.com to price the parts (having built a few machines myself), and using American Dollars (which is close to CAD), the specs I came up with are:

Motherboard = ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe AM2 nVidia NForce 570 ($135.00)
Processor = AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ Windsor 3.2 GHz Socket AM2 Dual Core ($170.00)
Memory (RAM) = Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240 pin DDR2 800 ($110.00)
Video Cards (yep, 2 of them in SLI mode): ASUS EN8600GT/HTDP/512M GeForce 8600GT 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready ($140.00 each, $280.00 total)
Sound Card: Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series ($136.00)
Hard Drives (2 of them): Western Digital Caviar SE WD5000AAJS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s ($95.00 each, $190.00 total)
1st Optical Drive: LITE-ON Black SATA Blu-ray DVD-ROM Drive Model DH-4O1S-08 ($150.00)
2nd Optical Drive: LITE-ON 20X DVD▒R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model DH-20A4H-08 ($31.00)
Case: COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKA1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case Real Power Pro 550W Power Supply ($150.00)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake CL-P0114 120mm CPU Cooler ($45.00)
Keyboard/Mouse: Logitech LX310 Black USB Cordless Standard Desktop Laser Mouse Included ($55.00)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 w/SP2B ($115.00)
Monitor: ViewSonic X Series VX2240W Black-Silver 22" 2ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor ($300.00)
Speakers: Creative Inspire P7800 90 Watts 7.1 Speaker ($80.00)

Total cost = $1947.00, not including shipping or cost to put together. And this is one mother of a system.

I would say get one 8800GT than two 8600GT's and then witht he added money, save up and buy another for full performance
FrankCastle
QUOTE(Pieface @ Mar 12 2008, 11:12 AM) [snapback]1398721[/snapback]
I would say get one 8800GT than two 8600GT's and then witht he added money, save up and buy another for full performance


I was thinking the same thing. I think it would be better to have one high end 3d card equally priced as two lower end cards working together. The 8800s cost more for a reason. SLI is nice to have but not just for the sake of saying "I have two graphics cards".

Everything else seems reasonable except for the sound card. Maybe it's just me but $136 for a sound card seems too expensive. Creative makes decent audio cards well under $100.
Severus Snape
QUOTE(FrankCastle @ Mar 12 2008, 05:57 PM) [snapback]1398831[/snapback]
QUOTE(Pieface @ Mar 12 2008, 11:12 AM) [snapback]1398721[/snapback]
I would say get one 8800GT than two 8600GT's and then witht he added money, save up and buy another for full performance


I was thinking the same thing. I think it would be better to have one high end 3d card equally priced as two lower end cards working together. The 8800s cost more for a reason. SLI is nice to have but not just for the sake of saying "I have two graphics cards".

Everything else seems reasonable except for the sound card. Maybe it's just me but $136 for a sound card seems too expensive. Creative makes decent audio cards well under $100.


Yes, he could very well get a single 8800 and then save up and buy another one later. Wasn't thinking along those lines - was thinking that if he was building a gaming rig that he should go with SLI right away.

The same thing applies for the sound card. I personally would get the more expensive one, but he can get one cheaper than $136.00.
lunasea
wouldent he be better off getting a quad core like a amd phenom quad core 2.2ghz from like best buy they got some good deals around 600 canadian buck mark. Then get the graphics card/s and extra Ram. Depending where in canada you are there should be some decent computer shops around but like others have said your better off getting bargins online check out Buy.com
they might have a .ca i know they had a good deal on a N router an i saved 30 bucks by going onto the website at best buy tongue.gif

i may be wrong but i heard amd spent longer or sumthing perfecting there quad cores than intel did and they have a better bus cashe or sumthing for the 4 seperate cores of the cpu to help them work together.
DonkeyTits
Did you ever get a new pc built?
1UP
Damn, I read this whole topic then noticed the dates, squirrely why don't you just send him a message for fucks sake.lol, Seemed a bit over the top to bump this. mellow.gif
ENVi3
QUOTE(1UP @ Jan 4 2009, 05:32 AM) [snapback]1477629[/snapback]
Damn, I read this whole topic then noticed the dates, squirrely why don't you just send him a message for fucks sake.lol, Seemed a bit over the top to bump this. mellow.gif
yeah i was reading it too, and then i see that post.
i too would like to know if he got some rap34ge
Pieface
Seems like Last month I made that post. Not 8 Months...
DiO
QUOTE(DonkeyTits @ Jan 2 2009, 06:50 AM) [snapback]1477425[/snapback]
Did you ever get a new pc built?



No, Im holding off. When I was doing this I was counting on a job opportunity that never panned out.


FUCK!

I still have more than enough in the bank for an amazing PC but its going towards my college.
DonkeyTits
Hey man, college will have to wait. I just saw your computer specs in the other topic and I lol'd.
DiO
This computer is old/10. It was top of the line when we got it.
psych°
QUOTE(DonkeyTits @ Jan 15 2009, 12:18 PM) [snapback]1478949[/snapback]
Hey man, college will have to wait. I just saw your computer specs in the other topic and I lol'd.

College is clearly better than a computer...college has a bar, many a bar.
1UP
Why can't he just get both. College and a computer smile.gif
DiO
Because I am not rich.
psych°
QUOTE(1UP @ Jan 16 2009, 04:32 AM) [snapback]1479044[/snapback]
Why can't he just get both. College and a computer smile.gif

Because clearly any excess money should be spent on booze, it is the law.

And any excess overdraft...........
1UP
QUOTE(Ayreon @ Jan 16 2009, 03:36 PM) [snapback]1479136[/snapback]
Because I am not rich.

You never know you could skip lunch every other day for awhile.
QUOTE(psych° @ Jan 16 2009, 03:36 PM) [snapback]1479136[/snapback]
Because clearly any excess money should be spent on booze, it is the law.

And any excess overdraft...........

You win sir.
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