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Wish List For Inexpensive Upgrade - Suggestions?


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#1 usasma

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Posted 27 August 2007 - 07:40 PM

I'd like some suggestions for possible systems that I'm building (2 of them).

The primary use of the computers will be to get infected (2 teenagers!)

One likes to game, with some interest in music and mostly hangs out a MySpace (17 years old).

The other likes music, with some interest in gaming. Mostly tries to download free music and visit porn sites (19 years old).

I'm looking for systems that will last a while (as they move out, I'd like them to take a decent system with them) - but cost is also a factor.

I prefer Intel chipsets - but am fast becoming a doubter of their Vista support. Suggestions/opinions about the nVidia nForce chipsets?
I'd like a mobo that has some upgradeability for processors and has Vista drivers (Asus is starting to disappoint me also).
I'd like a processor that can game now - but has the potential to run games in the future (I'm an Intel fan).
Would like a video card that will handle current games (but DX10 would be a plus at a reasonable price) - I like the nVidia video chipset.

As price is a factor, I'll also consider package deals such as those from Tiger Direct, etc.

Thanks for your input!
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Posted 27 August 2007 - 09:14 PM

first I dislike tigerdirect, their reseller ratings and rebates are shakey

the amd brisbanes are the best bang for the buck, unless they are really into video encoding

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList....p;name=Brisbane

one of the things that's disappearing off motherboards is ide ports, and being conservative I want 2 of them and nothing with that crappy jmicron chipset

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813131024

add a dvd burner, they can add another standalone master later for all the cd/dvd's they will burn


http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList....=GeForce+7600GS

about the only good bang for the buck gaming video card right now

get them a decent case with a good power supply

2 gigs of cas 4 ram

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList....8081&name=4

windows xp and it will run circles around most vista machines
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Posted 28 August 2007 - 08:16 AM

No recommendations, but I've had experience with 2 teenagers. With the normal protection used, I have no problems with porn and MySpace. The only time I had problems was downloading music and they seemed to have learned their lesson. On a side note, yeah they move out, but they come back too. Just hope they're alone :thumbsup:
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Posted 28 August 2007 - 04:32 PM

Untill recently I have ALWAYS used Nforce chipsets and had Really good results. The only reason I switched was price on a socket 478 board which has the VIA chip set.

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Posted 28 August 2007 - 08:52 PM

As a side note, a good hosts file will block A LOT of the bad stuff related to porn sites and other sites of that nature (cracks, warez, etc). I recommend the one at http://www.mvps.org/ for everyone I know.

Edited by T, 28 August 2007 - 08:52 PM.

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Posted 29 August 2007 - 08:48 AM

Thanks for all the input! I'd forgotten about the Hosts file - have to add that to all the computers in the house!!!

I got the Asus M2V mobo. More features than M2A-VM and it has a Via chipset rather than the AMD one. I've got experience with Via chipsets, so that's a plus
Got the AMD in the 4400+ flavor - only $20 more than the lesser one - figgered it was worth the extra $'s
Got the eVGA 7600GS vid card (got 2 of 'em already at home)
Picked up a gig of OCZ DDR2 that had a $40 rebate - it'll end up costing about $60
and a couple of cheap Pioneer DVD burners to round it out - got the rest of the stuff at home

Any input on AMD vs Via (or other) chipsets?
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Posted 29 August 2007 - 05:09 PM

I built a HTPC around ASUS M2A-VM HDMI and Home Premium a few days ago. Thus far everything has worked fine. The chipset is doing what I want it to do, and no crashes or such yet.
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Posted 30 August 2007 - 07:31 PM

Thanks Mr Alpha!
My browser caused a flood of traffic, sio my IP address was banned. Hope to fix it soon. Will get back to posting as soon as Im able.

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