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What Do You Think About This Setup?


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#1 webe123

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Posted 08 December 2007 - 02:20 AM

OK, I have been out of the PC scene for awhile, the last computer I had built for me seven years ago, is the one I am currently using.

I will have to have someone build the system I want, because I have never built a system myself and with the newest technology, now would be a very BAD time to try....especially since I am getting parts like a top of the line Intel chip and over $2,000.00 video card!

So what I want to know form the people that have been building awhile, is if the place I picked to build my computer has somewhat reasonable prices and if anyone has used them or knows their build reputation.

The place I chose to build my computer is called J&N Computer services. They offer:
* We custom build each system and test it extensively. All systems with O/S loaded run overnight testing.
* BIOS is flashed to most current version
* If operating system is ordered, Media is included and latest patches and drivers are loaded
* 3 year JNCS warranty on systems
* 3 year free jncs tech support, you get to talk to real technicians with hands-on experience
* Extremely heavy-duty packaging, all original boxes/documentation included

This is their URL

http://www.jncs.com/

My system is going to be listed under high Performance then ultra high performance and this is what I picked out to go in it.

CASE: Coolermaster Stacker 832 Black

* Bays: 9 5.25", 4 3.5" Int., 1 3.5" Ext.
* 1 120mm Fan (exhaust) 180mm (intake)
* Optional Fans: up to 9(!!) additional 120mm
* Dual I/O (Front and Top) Firewire, 4 USB 2.0, Audio In/Out
* Please Choose from power supplies listed below ($230.00)

POWER SUPPLY:
Thermaltake WO155RU 1000 watt (SLI) (Constant) ($282.00)

CPU:
Core2 Quad QX6850 Extreme Quad-Core 3.0Ghz 8mb L2 Cache, 1333FSB ($1222)

MEMORY:
4 GB DDR3-1066 CL7 Kingston (4 1024) ($1,060)

VIDEO CARD:
PNY Quadro FX5500 1024mb ($2,902)

SOUND CARD:
Creative Labs XFi Fatality Pro ($172.00)

SATA HARD DRIVE:
1 Western Digital WD740ADFD 74GB 10k RPM SATA

DVD BURNER:
Lite-On CD-RW, DVD-RW, Dual Layer, Black ($65.00)

CD BURNER:
Lite-On CD-RW, DVD-RW, Dual Layer, Black ($47.00)

FLOPPY DRIVE ($14.00)

OPERATING SYSTEM:
Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2 with Full Installation (Includes CD & Key) ($179.00)

MONITOR:
Acerview 26" Wide-Screen LCD Monitor model AL2616W, 1920x1200 ($779.00)

KEYBOARD AND MOUSE:
Microsoft Multimedia Keyboard and Optical Mouse (Black) ($39.00)

GRAND TOTAL: $8,049.00




HERE IS THE PRINTOUT ON THE SITE:
Configuration:
Link to this configuration
Price $8,049
System ID sys-as-p5e3-deluxe
Motherboard
Warranty 3-year warranty all sys components
Services

* Full ***embly
* Burn-in Tested
* BIOS flashed to most recent stable version
* Cables routed and tied
* Excellent heavy-duty packaging
* All original boxes, CDs, manuals included

Motherboard Asus P5E3 Deluxe (MFG Link)
Case Coolermaster Stacker 832 Black

* Bays: 9 5.25", 4 3.5" Int., 1 3.5" Ext.
* 1 120mm Fan (exhaust) 180mm (intake)
* Optional Fans: up to 9(!!) additional 120mm
* Dual I/O (Front and Top) Firewire, 4 USB 2.0, Audio In/Out
* Please Choose from power supplies listed below

Power Supply Thermaltake WO155RU 1000 watt (SLI) (Constant)

* Do not choose if using Centurion, Sonata, or other small ch***is

CPU Need help? FAQ Link Core2 Quad QX6850 Extreme Quad-Core 3.0Ghz 8mb L2 Cache, 1333FSB
Memory Need help? FAQ Link 4 GB DDR3-1066 CL7 Kingston (4 1024) x4
First SATA Hard Drive(s) 1 Western Digital WD740ADFD 74GB 10k RPM SATA
RAID Options, 1st drive pair None
Second SATA Hard Drive(s) None
RAID Options, 2nd drive pair None
External SATA (E-SATA) Hard Drive None
1st CD/DVD Drive Lite-On CD-RW, DVD-RW, Dual Layer, Black
2nd CD/DVD Drive Lite-On CD-RW/DVD Reader (Black)
Video PNY Quadro FX5500 1024mb
Sound Adapters Creative Labs XFi Fatality Pro
Floppy Drive, Memory Card Reader Floppy Drive
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2 with Full Installation (Includes CD & Key)
Microsoft Office Software None
Wireless None
Modem None
Keyboards, Mice, Cables Microsoft Multimedia Keyboard and Optical Mouse (Black)
Other Acerview 26" Wide-Screen LCD Monitor model AL2616W, 1920x1200




So what do you guys think? Is this a good system?

Are there other places I can get the same system cheaper with the same kind of service?

Like I said, I have never built a computer system, but I SURELY do not want to experiment on one like this! So,someone will have to build it for me.

This IS an expensive system I know.......but to me, it is my dream system. It should fly! I am getting a lot of money on a land deal and wanted a system that would last for a long while. I figure this may fit the bill.

I know there is always going to be something faster the computer manufacturers are working on, but I also know that if you get a decent system, it should last you awhile...at least it has worked for me all these years. Though the computer I have now was nowhere NEAR being top of the line even when I had it built.


CURRENT System Specs: ATX generic case with 550 watt power supply. ASUS A7N8X-E Deluxe Motherboard. Western Digital 7,200 RPM 40 gig IDE Hard Drive.(NTFS file system) AMD Athlon XP 2600 processor.(standard fan and heatsink-Thoroughbred Core-standard speed-NO OVERCLOCK) 1 gig of Samsung DDRAM(PC 2700- 333 mhz....2-512mb sticks running in dual channel mode).Ati Radeon 8x 12000 XT (8x is enabled on motherboard). Soundblaster Audigy 2 sound card. Motorola sb 5100 cable modem (Insight Communications-Cable Connection) BenQ 16x DVD- RECORDER.(records -R/-RW or +R/+RW and CD-R formats) LiteOn 52x32x52 CD Burner. Zip 100 internal drive and a generic 3.5 floppy drive. Windows XP Professional Operating System. HP Deskjet 3520 inkjet printer and a KDS X Flat 17 inch CRT monitor.

Edited by webe123, 08 December 2007 - 02:35 AM.


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#2 Lorik

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Posted 08 December 2007 - 04:38 AM

Hmm, 8k for a computer?! That sounds like a HUGE amount...

I would get a computer for 2kish (you can get a really really nice one for that, enough to run around most things...unless you need it for huge graphic designing or something crazy... but for gaming and most everything else, you would probably be more then fine with less)

If you wanted, you could upgrade every year for 4 years...and still be in latest tech for the same price (instead of starting to fall behind like the computer you have will end up being in 4 years, lot changes in that amount of time).

But...other then that...i cant really help much with your other questions :thumbsup: im pretty new to the building computer thing myself.

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Posted 08 December 2007 - 09:53 AM

Hmm, 8k for a computer?! That sounds like a HUGE amount...

I would get a computer for 2kish (you can get a really really nice one for that, enough to run around most things...unless you need it for huge graphic designing or something crazy... but for gaming and most everything else, you would probably be more then fine with less)

If you wanted, you could upgrade every year for 4 years...and still be in latest tech for the same price (instead of starting to fall behind like the computer you have will end up being in 4 years, lot changes in that amount of time).

But...other then that...i cant really help much with your other questions :thumbsup: im pretty new to the building computer thing myself.



Yeah, I have in the past tried to go with around $2,000.00 for a computer.....just get it upgraded enough to stay ahead a year or two.......but with this, it is top of the line. And I don't really see the need to upgrade for a very long time.

The video card alone is 1 GIGABYTE in memory....I think that should last me through several next generation games.

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Posted 08 December 2007 - 02:25 PM

everything from the ddr3 to the cpu and vid card are double the price for maybe 5-10% performance improvement overall

for 3-4K you could get a premium computer with dual 8800GT's, 4 gigs of low latency ddr2, dual raid striped raptors, and use it for a couple of years and buy a much better computer then for the other 4K.

there's no such thing as future proof, in 2 years it's all obsolete
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Posted 08 December 2007 - 11:20 PM

everything from the ddr3 to the cpu and vid card are double the price for maybe 5-10% performance improvement overall

for 3-4K you could get a premium computer with dual 8800GT's, 4 gigs of low latency ddr2, dual raid striped raptors, and use it for a couple of years and buy a much better computer then for the other 4K.

there's no such thing as future proof, in 2 years it's all obsolete


I have decided to get my parts from www.newegg.com and then have someone local build it....It came out to a total of $5,425.87 for all the newegg parts. That is WITH a 26 inch widescreen monitor and a new retail version of win xp with SP2.

I figure I can get one of the residential computer services to drop by and build it and STILL come out way ahead!

This is basically the system I have decided to get built...
WATER COOLED CASE ($599.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16811133050

POWER SUPPLY FOR CASE (1200 watt) ($389.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817153054

MOTHERBOARD (Gigabyte GA-X38T-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard) ($299.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813128068

INTEL CPU (Fastest I could find) ( Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650) ($1,295.00)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819115034

MEMORY Corsair DDR 3 (4 Gigabyte) ($842.00)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820145190

VIDEO CARD ( BFG Tech BFGE88768UWCE GeForce 8800Ultra 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 ) ($799.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...a%2b768MB%2b384

SOUND CARD ( Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series) ($135.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16829102005

HARD DRIVE (WD Raptor 10,000 RPM) (74 gigabyte) (I only need this size because I backup everything to Cd or DVD) ($149.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16822136033

DVD BURNER (Lite-On 20x LH-20A1S) ($34.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16827106057

CD BURNER (I use both burners for on the fly recordings sometimes) (Lite On DH-52R2P-08) ($18.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16827106084

FLOPPY DRIVE (I use this for my firefox bookmarks and memtest) (Sony Model MPF920 Black) ($7.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16821103116

OPERATING SYSTEM (Win XP Pro with SP2 Retail) ($286.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16837116195

LCD MONITOR (26 inch) (Acer AL2616Wd Silver 26") ($579.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16824009101

KEYBOARD AND OPTICAL MOUSE (I like my desktop computer keyboard and mouse PS/2 wired, less problems) ($13.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16823126017

All with a GRAND TOTAL of $5,425.87

Edited by webe123, 08 December 2007 - 11:26 PM.


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Posted 09 December 2007 - 12:01 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16832116378
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Posted 09 December 2007 - 01:30 AM

I think in a year or so you might be pissed you spent all that money and everything is like 1/3 the price.

Also why are you going to get the retail version of xp pro when you can get the OEM virsion for like $130 or less.

What do you planning on doing with this comp? Do you really need 900 dollars worth of ram? Not trying to bash but you might be kicking yourself down the road on certain items, but just my opinion.
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