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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 08-09-2003, 02:21 PM Thread Starter
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Computer Guru's help me build my computer!

What's up guys, I've decided it's definitely time for a new computer. Only problem is I don't know squat about computers. My friend turned me on to www.econopc.com I've picked out some stuff already and they'll build it for me. I know you guys will probably take me to something much better & cheaper but here's what I picked out. I definitely want some opinions and constructive critisism! I'm on my computer a lot probably 4-6 hours a day, usually always online, and I have a crap load of MP3's. Ok well I'm going to copy down what I picked out, let me know what's up.

Econoswift Intel P4 socket-478 based system

motherboard- ECS P4MM2 Pentium4 socket-478 board, video/sound, DDR/SDRAM

Processor- Intel P4 2.2GHZ 512k cache 400FSB

Fan- Cyber cooler P4 fan for socket-478

Case- Enlite ATX mid tower case 7233 W/300 watt power supply

Memory- 512mb PC-2100 DDR branded ram 266mhz bus 1/yr warranty

Hard Drive- IBM 80GB EIDE 7200rpm ATA-100 hard drive

Floppy Drive- Mitsumi 1.4MB floppy drive

CD-Rom- Toshiba 16x/48x DVD

Video Card- Matrox G450 DDR 32MB dual head 3x AGP video card

Sound Card- Soundblaster audigy MP3 Retail Box

Modem- 56k V.92 PVI fax/modem

Network card- Intel PCI 10/100 Ethernet Card etherexpress pro

OS- Windows XP Home edition

1 year parts and labor warranty

Total: $1,076.30

I'm on dial up right now but I'll be getting DSL for the new computer, what do you guys think? I'm looking to spend around a $1,000 and I want to get my moneys worth, don't want something that will be outdated in a month.

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Oh yea one more thing how is that video card? After I finally get rid of this dial-up junk I'll probably be downloading lots of videos.
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Wowsers thats expensive. try going to http://www.buyxg.com/

That vid card is ok. Do you game or not??? If your gonna be watching vids...I would suggest something a little better. Also Dont skimp on the power supply. A bad name PS can cause you problems. Antec's or Thermal Takes are good bets.


The system I'm building is going to cost me only $800....and thats with a good vid card, 3200pc ram and a dvd/cd burner.

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Just an FYI....I went to your link and compared some prices.... My cpu I'm getting is $38 less at my spot and the vid card is $80 less. Try going to my link and check the prices....I'm sure it will be cheaper.

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OK Sorry Nick....but I was bored. I went to buyextremegear and priced out the stuff for your comp. The grand total, mind you with a 64 meg vid card instead of 32 came to $631. $400 cheaper than yours. Not to shabby.

Edit....I went back and got you a 128 meg vid card and the total is $645.

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Awesome, yea I definitely have some shopping around to do and learning, thanks for the link!
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This would be a nice machine for you. You have to have the burner. I have only used dell. I replace them only cuz I like newer stuff(every 2 years) Check out there site.

http://www.dell.com/us/en/dhs/produc...dimen_4600.htm
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I didn't match the prices, but you guys might want to check out NewEgg.com. They usually have pretty good prices, and excellent, excellent customer service and shipping times. They've never taken more than 3 days to get my order to me and they'll replace anything that's defective. I know a lot of computer guys who shop at that site, and I built my comp from parts from that site.
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Dude.........you're getting a Dell. Too bad Dell's dont use AMD's.

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I didn't match the prices, but you guys might want to check out NewEgg.com. They usually have pretty good prices, and excellent, excellent customer service and shipping times. They've never taken more than 3 days to get my order to me and they'll replace anything that's defective. I know a lot of computer guys who shop at that site, and I built my comp from parts from that site.
I've tried newegg also. They are just a tad bit higher then extremegear. But, very good site as well. Stay away from googlegear...way to overpriced. Also..pricewatch isnt to bad either.....but there you have to buy from different places...hence higher shipping charges.

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Kind of confused, I didn't see for sure but I think they do, does extremegear build it for you if you change some of the things in the packages they're already offering?
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No...they dont have pre-built systems. I take it you want a pre-built one? It's fairly easy to put it together. Basically they are charging you to build it for you. If you need it pre-built...then extremegear isnt the place. My bad.

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Actually I was looking for some place where I pick the components I want and they send it to me built, that's why I was originally looking at econopc, I know there's a few more sites out there that do it because when I was going to get a new PC last time I had the links I just can't remember them.
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If you are going to piece it together go to pricewatch.com good prices all online though.

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You should check out this page on ebay. This company in located in Naperville. They have pretty good prices.

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good link crash. Nick...have you built a system before??? I learned how to do it, and I've built 2 so far. It's just alot cheaper to do so. The only mistake I made was the damn thing wouldnt boot up correctly.....come to find out I had the floppy cable on upside down.

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Here is a kickass computer for you already pre built.....plus its in Naperville...so you can pick it up and save the $79 shipping charge.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...tem=2736019876

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Sweet, I think I'm going to stop in there store monday and check it out!
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here's the link to yet another store, plus they have a wharehouse in Napervile across from Craft&Barrel so u can go there and check their prices
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...C255-XP-2500-S
plus did anybody have previous expierience with them?? couse im looking for some feedback

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here's the link to yet another store, plus they have a wharehouse in Napervile across from Craft&Barrel so u can go there and check their prices
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...C255-XP-2500-S
plus did anybody have previous expierience with them?? couse im looking for some feedback
I've been there. Their prices are reasonable, but still not as cheap as buyextreme. In a nutshell...I havent found any places lower then buyextreme. I bought both my monitors from Tiger direct when it use to be Global Computer Outlet Store.

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The main problem with that system is the prosessor, I like the AMD's. They run a little hot but If all your going to do is surf and watch movies it wont be a problem. If you do heavy prosessing stuff you just need to get a good fan. Also Id recommend lite-on cd rom and DVD drives. There cheaper then most name brand stuff, and just as good quality. Id also buy the harddrive and memory at best buy or circuit shitty, when then have a sales with mail in rebates its dirt cheap, you just have to remember to mail it in. you can also check out www.pcprogress.com their prces are alright, but their waehouse is right by SOW, so if you place an order you can hve it set up for pickup and get it the same day, no showroom though

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With the newer stuff out I think intel is the way to go. A year ago I would have said amd but based on bus speeds and processor speeds the intels have the edge now. I have to buy laptops for the portability and dell is for sure the best out there with laptops. You can't go wrong with their desktops either but if I was going to buy a desktop I would seriously consider a custom one. If you want your own desktop system built you can also try abs or cyberpowerinc. The price you were getting and the system you were getting is way old and overpriced IMO.



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Thanks for all the good info guys, I just found out a good friend of mine has a dealers license I'm getting a P4 2.4ghz, 120gig HD, 1gig of ram and a 64mb video card for a little over $800 and he's putting it all together this evening for me On my way to school in a minute hopefully when I get home I'll be browsing the site with my new computer :-
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Thanks for all the good info guys, I just found out a good friend of mine has a dealers license I'm getting a P4 2.4ghz, 120gig HD, 1gig of ram and a 64mb video card for a little over $800 and he's putting it all together this evening for me On my way to school in a minute hopefully when I get home I'll be browsing the site with my new computer :-
Sweet deal. Glad you got something you're happy with for a good price.....now hook me up so I can get dealer prices.

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pricewatch.com and I think Acubyte used to let you go and pick parts up to save the shipping costs. I don't know if they still do though.

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pricewatch.com and I think Acubyte used to let you go and pick parts up to save the shipping costs. I don't know if they still do though.
yes Accubyte stil lets you go pick stuff up.. but they make up their loss of shipping if you pick it up in person with a mandatory extended warranty.
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yes Accubyte stil lets you go pick stuff up.. but they make up their loss of shipping if you pick it up in person with a mandatory extended warranty.
Also...you have to pay sales tax, if its convienent enough for you to pick it up.

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Also...you have to pay sales tax, if its convienent enough for you to pick it up.
Seriously Nick....hook a brotha up.

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