Building my first PC

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    Building my first computer.
    Any advice/suggestions?
    Tommorrow, as part of my A+ Certification, we'll be assembling one in class.
    Tonight, however, I'm drawing up plans for the one I want to build for myself.

    Right now I have a Mac G3 and a Toshiba laptop.
    This will be a PC desktop I'm building.

    Would love some input from someone who has done this before, mainly on how to get the most bang for my buck.

    That's what Hugh Grant said, doh!
     
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    whats your budget like?
     
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    hmm.
    I suppose unlimited, as I think I should be able to build myself a real good computer at a reasonable price. Well, let's say $500-$1500.

    I paid close to 3 grand all told for my G3(17" monitor, scanner, internal dvd/cd, 6GB HD, 392 MB RAM) so if I can build a sweet PC for $1000 or so I'd be real happy. Am I close?
     
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    For $1000 you should be able to build an outstanding computer!

    Here's a few sites to check out for parts and or complete/barebones systems:

    http://www.tigerdirect.com
    http://www.newegg.com

    I would buy a barebones system from tigerdirect. It'll be shipped with a case, floppy drive, power supply & motherboard (depending which of the many setups you can choose from). This will run anywhere from $150-$500 depending on which model you choose. Some of the kits actually come with the whole 9 yards! The parts all come in one box and you'll need to assemble yourself.

    This is what I would buy seperately:

    512Mb memory minimum
    Video card (preferably 8x AGP)
    Hard drive (great deals for drives between 80Gb and 120Gb)
    Sound card (I don't like built in, I would get a soundblaster)
    Monitor (You can get great deals across the net)
    CD/RW - Dirt cheap, you can get a 52x writer for less than $50)
    DVD writer - Again, dirt cheap, can be bought for around $50, maybe more if you want it to come with software like DVDXcopy

    You should be able to do this for about $750.

    Here's one I am looking at:
    Chieftec Dragon Mini-Tower Red ATX Case with Front USB, FireWire and Side Fan
    Ultra 400Watt ATX Power Supply with 120mm LED Cooling Fan - Titanium-Color
    SOYO - KT600 DRAGON PLUS - VIA Socket A ATX Motherboard with Audio, AGP8X/4X/2X/1X, IrDA, USB 2.0, Firewire, Serial ATA and 10/100Mbps Ethernet LAN Support
    AMD Athlon™ XP2800+ / 512K Cache / 333MHz FSB / Socket A / Processor / Barton Core
    Ultra Copper Base Cooling Fan For AMD Athlon Processors Up To XP3000+
    Ultra 512MB PC2700 DDR 333MHz Memory
    PNY GeForce4 MX440 Video Card / 64MB / AGP 8X / TV Out
    Seagate 120GB / 7200 / 2MB / ATA-100 EIDE Hard Drive
    Artec CD Burner / 52x32x52x CD-RW / Beige
    Keyboard and mouse

    $529!!!!

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...ls.asp?EdpNo=860180&Sku=S450-4102 R&CatId=332
     
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    I speak English, Spanish and $529!!!
    Checking that system out, looks like a great deal thanks for all the info.

    I'll be back, to quote the governator....
     
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    I'd go with a 128 MB video card though.
     
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    Is that for porn collector?
    Ha-ha, j/k.
    Yeah, I want to go with high end specs like a huge hard drive(100 GB or so), lots of RAM(512+ MB), and I guess a 128MB VCard, fast processor, UPS, CD-R/CD-RW, and last but not least.... a flat screen monitor. That last part will be the price-breaker I'm sure.
     
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    128 MB video cards need only one word to justify it.....GAMES!!!!:D
     
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    :cool: I used to play Quake and Myst.
     
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    Since nobody asked the most relevant question, what are you going to run?

    What will be the OS?
     

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