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Ok i went online and built a computer. This is from CyberPowerSystem
Here is what it has

CASE : NZXT Nemesis Elite Aluminium Mid-Tower Case 420W W/Window, Temp.Display & Fan Control (BLACK COLOR)
CPU : (Sckt775)Intel® Pentium® 4 650 CPU w/HT Technology 3.4GHZ 800FSB 2MB Cache, 64 Bit
MOTHERBOARD : Asus P5ND2-SLI nForce4 Chipset LGA775 DDR2/667 SATA RAID Dual PCIE w/7.1Audio,GbLAN,
MEMORY : 2GB (4x512MB) PC4200 DDR2 Dual Channel Memory (Corsair Value Select)
VIDEO CARD : NVIDIA Geforce 6600 256MB 16X PCI EXPRESS VIDEO CARD
VIDEO CARD 2 : NONE
MONITOR & LCD : NONE
HARD DRIVE : (SATA150) Maxtor 300GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache Hard Drive
Hard Drive 2 : NONE
Optical Drive : PIONEER DVR-110 DUAL FORMAT 16X DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW DRIVE DUAL LAYER (BLACK COLOR)
Optical Drive 2 : SONY 52X CD-ROM (BLACK COLOR)
SOUND : HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO

Total Price = $1291 shipped.
Good or no?

posted by  newyorker

It's definately going to work out for you.

posted by  67Coronet383

It's amazing...but why would you need 300GB?!

Not sure if the Processor is the best, because from what I know (which isn't very much :doh: ) the ATi's are cheaper, and better...

posted by  chris_knows

Not too bad, I can still build a system better than for $800-$900 though. But that's just me :mrgreen:

Change the P4 to an AMD FX and the Video card to a ATi and it's got my vote of very decent.

posted by  thunderbird1100

I just thought of that.

posted by  newyorker

Another Option

CASE : NZXT Nemesis Metal Mid-Tower Case 400W W/ side-panel Window (BLACK COLOR)
CPU : (939-pin) AMD ATHLON64 X2 4200 CPU w/ HyperTransport Technology
MOTHERBOARD : (Sckt939)ASUS A8N-SLI nForce4 SLI Chipset SATA RAID Dual PCIE MB w/Gb-LAN,USB2.0,IEEE-1394,&7.1Audio
MEMORY : 2048 MB (1GBx2) PC3200 400MHz Dual Channel DDR MEMORY (Corsair Value Select)
VIDEO CARD : NVIDIA Geforce 6600 256MB 16X PCI EXPRESS VIDEO CARD
VIDEO CARD 2 : NONE
MONITOR & LCD : NONE
HARD DRIVE : (SATA150) Maxtor 300GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache Hard Drive
Hard Drive 2 : NONE
Optical Drive : PIONEER DVR-110 DUAL FORMAT 16X DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW DRIVE DUAL LAYER (BLACK COLOR)
Optical Drive 2 : NONE
SOUND : HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO

Final price: $1193.00

posted by  newyorker

I'd say thats better, even though it's cheaper...

posted by  chris_knows

Cause of the case and the motherboard was a bit cheaper.

posted by  newyorker

Here's your system...

CASE : TURBO X-DREAMER CASE 350 WATT W/ WINDOW & LCD Temperature Display (BLACK COLOR)

CPU : (939-pin) AMD ATHLON64 X2 4200 CPU w/ HyperTransport Technology

MOTHERBOARD : (Sckt939)Asus A8N5X nForce4 Chipset SATA RAID PCI-E w/GbLAN,USB2.0,&7.1Audio

MEMORY : 1024 MB (512MBx2) PC3200 400MHz Dual Channel DDR MEMORY (Corsair XMS High Performance Memory w/ Heat Spreader)

VIDEO CARD : ATI RADEON X800 GT 256MB 16X PCI EXPRESS VIDEO CARD

HARD DRIVE : 200GB Hard Drive (SATA150 - Maxtor 200GB 7200RPM 8MB Cache Hard Drive)

Optical Drive : (Special Price) LG GWA-4161 16X DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW DRIVE DUAL LAYER (BLACK COLOR)

SOUND : Creative Labs SB AUDIGY 2 VALUE 7.1

Price: $1214.00

Much better for the price, you dont need a 300gb HD, 200gb is PLENTY! Hell even on my budget system I haven't filled up but 40-60gb. The graphics card is near top of the line and will allow you to play any game you want on it. DONT use onboard sound, they SUCK, and kill frame rates in games. I added the most basic Sound Blaster Audigy 2 card there was, it will give you nice sounds. I didn't add speakers because you can get them for a lot less in other places. You dont need 2gb of memory...1gb is plenty, and in 3-4 years when you need more add another gig in for like $20-$40. Plus, I gave you the better performing Corsair memory, the Value select sucks, cant overclock on it at all really. You can save a few bucks over the Pioneer DVD-RW drive but just getting the Lite-ON, they will work at the same speed and Lite-ON is a good company when it comes to potical drives.

posted by  thunderbird1100

I've filled 250GB....

posted by  windsonian

Do me a favor. Go on www.cyberpowersystem.com and see what you can put together. Price limit w/o monitor is 1350 topps. Something for gaming and school use. This is for thunderbird BTW

posted by  newyorker

Man thats a lot of porn :laughing:

posted by  newyorker

Now, go through all of that, and delete what you haven't used in over a month, watch it drop below 100gb. Promise. Only way you can fill up that much space is if you rip a bunch of movies to your computers...OR have a ton of games, of which you probably play 3-4 on a regular basis.

posted by  thunderbird1100

??? I already did.

posted by  thunderbird1100

:ohcrap: didnt notice that

posted by  newyorker

true only to a point. my machine has three drives. a 160gb boot drive (40gb left), 200gb storage drive (c50gb left) and a 120gb "server" drive (20gb left). that's taken up mostly with music, programs, and assorted videos and whatnot. i use my machine as an intranet host of sorts (it's also my main machine), so i use it to stream music/movies/applications to my laptop and other machines around the house. i've also got quite an extensive collection of software. part of it comes from being a mac user and a collector, alot of the older software is abandon-ware and damn near impossible to find, so when i do find it (and i've found alot, lol) i save it for future use. i also use each drive to kind of backup the other, so even if one fails i can piece all the data from it back together from the other two drives.

on that note, 300gb HD isn't practical. if you want that much HD space, i would recommend getting two 160gb sata drives and either RAID-0 or just have two separate drives. i wouldn't feel comfortable having all my data on a single huge drive. especially a maxtor. i've had more maxtor drives come DOA into the comp-shop than any other brand. i also wouldn't go with a P4. the amd athlon 64x2 series of CPU's is cheaper than competitive P4's, and $ for $ they yield better performance. also, being an audiophile, i wouldn't use the on-board audio. i'd go for an M-Audio sound card, either a revolution 5.1 or 7.1 (i have the 7.1). they have ridiculously clear sound, and are cheaper than the higher-end soundblasters. the ati fanboy in me is saying go ati, but the latest round of performance tests indicate that the 6xxx series of geforce' outperform even the newest X-1xxx series of radeons, so good choice on that. also, 2gb ram is just kind of overly redundant. get 2x 512mb sticks, you'll save some money and you can always upgrade later if you ever reach a point where you regularly run out (you will eventually, but for the next 2-4 years 1gb ram should be plenty, depending on what vista demands).

also, and this is just a personal preference, i'd go for an Antec Performance TX case, preferably this one (http://www.antec.com/us/productDetails.php?ProdID=61050#). they offer good cooling and are an absolute dream to work on. built like a tank.

i dunno...jus go fer whatever ya want :mrgreen:

posted by  enron fever

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