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Old April 12th, 2005, 05:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Another tard building computers

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I need a good setup, i'm busy paying off my laptop, and don't plan to upgrade it too much. I'm stepping into desktops. Instead of a tower, i want the one that you can set your monitor on to save space in my room. (if thats viable, i suppose)

could anyone hook me up with a good setup under 1000? without monitor. I can buy one on my own, or jack the one in my brothers room.

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Old April 12th, 2005, 05:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Um, well a tower's the same thing as the ones that you lay down, it's just a different case. You might be able to find a case like that, not sure, they've been phased out more or less. I know Dell still makes comps that use them, so I guess there's gotta be cases like that somewhere.

Anyway, I suggest using www.newegg.com for everything. With a price limit of $1000 or so you can build a really nice comp.

1.)Get a nice motherboard, with Serial ATA, maybe with a PCI x16 slot or two. Make sure it supports the CPU.
2.)AMD processor. A 64-bit would be sweet, but if not it'll still kick ass. Great for gaming. Be sure to get a good heatsink. Thermaltake makes good stuff usually, and Cooler Master is pretty decent as well.
3.)Try Crucial, Kingston, or OCZ for RAM. Get the fast stuff, and get two 1GB sticks.
4.)Serial ATA hard drive. The faster the RPMs, the better. I've had good experience with Western Digital, so try checking them out.
5.)A DVD burner would be nice, along with a 2nd DVD-ROM drive (for burning copies of CDs/DVDs). For $8, you might as well throw in a floppy drive just for the hell of it.
6.)Get a nice case. Read reviews, you don't want a flimsy case. This is pretty much your preference. I personally like black towers with the acrylic windows and lights. They usually come with a case fan, and also a nice power supply. You'll want at least a 400 Watt PSU. Oh, and if you want more cooling buy a few case fans as well.
7.)An Operating System of some kind. WinXp is about $100, but of course there are other ways of getting it....
8.)A nice video card. I suggest ATI. You can also get a sound card if you want, but it's not really necessary.

That should just about do it, assuming you have a monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, etc.

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Old April 12th, 2005, 05:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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hmm thanks. (should have probably just searched, i'm sure this question has been asked a bajillion times.) Isn't win 2000 pro cheaper?
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well they don't make many of that type of case nowdays...but, for space saving you could buy a small form factor(cube/fragbox) computer if you don't intend to upgrade it much.
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Old April 12th, 2005, 05:38 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Probably, but XP is what you want. While it's not worth the money, and Linux still owns it, WinXP is the only Microsoft operating system you should even think of installing.

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ugh. i was hoping to save space, if i got a tower, i'd go huge so i could upgrade later.

Looks like i gotta ditch the hand made chess set
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Huge? You don't really need a huge tower. Mid-size is all you need, anything bigger is just going to be wasted space. Everything you could ever want to put into a comp will fit in a mid-size...Unless you have a need for more than 4 CD drives, 2 floppy drives, and like 4 or 6 hard drives.

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could always use more RAM!
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Old April 12th, 2005, 05:51 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Yeah, but RAM plugs into the motherboard, so really you are limited by your motherboard for RAM, not the case. Almost all motherboards will fit inside a mid-size case, and if they won't then it's probably not meant for a desktop.

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