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Building A Computer For A School Project


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#1 compuser9

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Posted 10 September 2007 - 02:08 PM

Hello everyone,
I am going to build a computer for a school project and I am kinda new at this. I understand the basic components, but i was just wondering if I had everything I needed and if this computer would be sufficient for college next year. I am looking to build a computer that can be easily upgradeable. Also a computer that can last me through college at least. I have a list of the parts that I have and it would be great if someone could tell me if I have all the necessary parts and whether or not they are quality. I am open to any suggestions for hardware that you prefer or have heard good reviews about. This will help me tremendousily for my school project and also for personal use. Once again thank you and I appreciate your help.

1. http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?...N82E16811208006
XION II XON-102 Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 450W Power Supply - Retail

2. http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?...N82E16813128059
GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

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http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?...N82E16814130062
EVGA 256-P2-N615-TX GeForce 7600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

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http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?...N82E16817341010
OCZ StealthXStream OCZ600SXS ATX12V / EPS12V 600W Power Supply - Retail

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http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?...N82E16819116198
Intel Pentium 4 630 Prescott 3.0GHz LGA 775 EM64T Processor Model BX80547PG3000F - Retail

6.
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?...N82E16820231065
G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400PHU2-2GBHZ - Retail

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http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?...N82E16822136011
Western Digital Raptor X WD1500AHFD 150GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM

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http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?...N82E16824252008
CHIMEI CMV 221D-NBC Black 22" 5ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail

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http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?...N82E16832116056
Microsoft Windows XP Home With SP2B 1 Pack - OEM

Edited by compuser9, 10 September 2007 - 02:23 PM.


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Posted 10 September 2007 - 02:22 PM

Alas! Your link leads to an account log in screen. Can you copy and paste the specifications to a reply? I think our Members would also be helped if you told us whether you did a lot of gaming, video editing, or musical stuff on the computer, in addition to the normal use for school and web-browsing. Do you have a required price range?
Getting a good grade on the project and having a decent computer sounds like a good endeavour, and I am sure our Members can give you good advice and help throughout the process.
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Posted 10 September 2007 - 02:29 PM

Yes I actually wouldn't mind using it for gaming and media purposes such as music and movies, but that is not my main purpose. I realize this isn't a gamers dream computer, but that is not what I'm looking for. I also plan on fooling around with video editing programs so that is another feature that I'm looking into. I am looking for a computer that should run fast and smooth with regular upkeep and maintenance. The price for all of the parts is about $1,100 and I am willing to spend that amount if these parts actually perform the way the reviews and specifications say they do.

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Posted 10 September 2007 - 06:48 PM

Alright I have finalized all of my products execpt a few that I am still up in the air whether I should change or upgrade and I could use some suggestions.

1.
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?...N82E16813128059
GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

2.
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?...N82E16814121031
ASUS EAX1950PRO/HTDP/256M Radeon X1950PRO 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail

Thank you

Edited by compuser9, 10 September 2007 - 08:17 PM.


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Posted 10 September 2007 - 07:14 PM

http://www.tomshardware.com/2007/07/16/cpu...007/page26.html

pentium 4's run hot and are not a good value

http://www.tomshardware.com/2007/07/16/cpu...age14.html#prey
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Posted 11 September 2007 - 04:40 PM

You could switch to AMD and get a dual core processor for.. Well they have an Athlon 64X2 Brisbane on Newegg for 65 bucks. Link Here.
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Posted 12 September 2007 - 05:27 AM

Thats a great school project, shame I couldn't of done that when I was at school! The price of PC parts was enormous at the time back in the early 1990's!!

Don't forget your keyboard, mouse, CD/DVD drive, and power lead/kettle cable!! I see your purchasing a seperate powersupply, however your case comes with one already, is there an option to get the case without a powersupply and save some money?

I'd agree with SneakyCyber, go down the AMD route and get a dual core CPU but remember to get a compatable motherboard!
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Posted 12 September 2007 - 06:53 AM

Yeah I ended up getting AMD for my motherboard and my processor, but what exactly is a power lead/kettle cable? i purchase a liquid cooling system for my processor to keep everything at a low temp instead of buying seperate fans.

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Posted 12 September 2007 - 09:02 AM

Yeah I ended up getting AMD for my motherboard and my processor, but what exactly is a power lead/kettle cable? i purchase a liquid cooling system for my processor to keep everything at a low temp instead of buying seperate fans.

Not sure what everybody else calls the power cable from the power supply in a comptuer to the main electricity supply but in the UK we sometimes refere to that cable as a Power cable / kettle lead.

Whoops triple post!! applogies, IE was being slugish! Please remove duplicated posts.

Edited by FireKracker, 12 September 2007 - 09:07 AM.

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Posted 12 September 2007 - 09:02 AM

Yeah I ended up getting AMD for my motherboard and my processor, but what exactly is a power lead/kettle cable? i purchase a liquid cooling system for my processor to keep everything at a low temp instead of buying seperate fans.

Not sure what everybody else calls the power cable from the power supply in a comptuer to the main electricity supply but in the UK we sometimes refere to that cable as a Power cable / kettle lead.
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Posted 12 September 2007 - 09:02 AM

Yeah I ended up getting AMD for my motherboard and my processor, but what exactly is a power lead/kettle cable? i purchase a liquid cooling system for my processor to keep everything at a low temp instead of buying seperate fans.

Not sure what everybody else calls the power cable from the power supply in a comptuer to the main electricity supply but in the UK we sometimes refere to that cable as a Power cable / kettle lead.
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Posted 13 September 2007 - 06:10 AM

Hi,

From what I could see you are on a tight budget. You do have some good things but others are not.

With regards to the motherboard, I would not go for Gigabyte but would opt for an Asus motherboard which is much more reliable and serves you more that a Gigabyte would. I also had Asus and never had trouble or whatso ever with them.

As for the CPU, I own a Prescott 3.0GHz LGA 775 and is good but it gets hot very easily and also it is very old about 4yrs+ and also now-a-days there are the Dual core, the Core 2 Duo and the Quad core, but for you, I think that the Dual core 2.0GHz would be ok, thus you would have 4GHz which would be much better than the Prescott one and would be much more faster.

For windows, I would go for the Vista Home Premium which in my opinion is the best (I own one) and is very good.

The rest is ok.

Hope you would do the right choice and that if you need further assistace just reply.

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Posted 13 September 2007 - 04:09 PM

I really would get a core 2 duo if possible, it's really a good investment. The 6320 runs 175.99, but it is really worth it.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819115015

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Posted 13 September 2007 - 04:58 PM

it seems any older stepping is not as good a deal

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819115030

but if I had to hold my budget down to under 100$ this is probably the best bang for the buck

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819103749
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