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So Is This Barebone Any Good?

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#1 Temo


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Posted 25 September 2006 - 02:02 PM


So I want to build a computer... I am a broke College student that doesn't have too much money... I got like $350 and maybe later on I will have more...

Anyways... I was thinking about this barebone

Asus Vintage
I think it has integraded graphics (hope it has pixel shader)

Processor - Athlon 64 Orleans 1.8Ghz

Ram - 240 Pin (cheap) 2 x 256

Internal Harddrive - Sata 80GB 8mb catch (I am not sure if this is compatible with my motherboard..)

So after all this... Is this worth $322.96
And ... I am not a big gamer, and my best game is Area 51 and Star Wars Commando which both need Pixel Shader which at this time I don't have...

Also... anything else I should look at..

Thanks for any help in advance

Edited by Temo, 25 September 2006 - 02:05 PM.

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Posted 26 September 2006 - 08:27 PM

Well it seems reasonable.
Needs OS eg XP Home + approx $90
Maybe a CD or at least a floppy drive
What type of internet do you have, will you need hardware
Do you have a monitor
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Posted 27 September 2006 - 06:44 AM

If gaming was a big consideration I would look for a bigger processor.

The motherboard looks good and will support 4 sata drives.

If you can afford it, more ram is always good. Make sure you buy the right ram. Memory Type Supported DDR2 667/800

Looks good.

Eventually you may want to upgrade the video, but the shared memory, onboard GeForce 6150 will do the job for now but remember it cuts into your system ram.

Make sure you get a good power supply. The ones that may come with cheap cases are iffy even if they say they have enough wattage, and the purported 300w stated in the ad is minimal anyway and gives little room for expansion should you want to upgrade the processor and/or the video at a later date.

And of course as boopme suggested, a dvd writer and a floppy (floppys are cheap).

Edited by Enthusiast, 27 September 2006 - 07:02 AM.

#4 Temo

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Posted 27 September 2006 - 01:50 PM


Anyways... I got a Cd-burn and a dvd reader so I didn't care about those right now. The monitor is a big one. I got a deal to get one for like $10-15 dollars that is a crt and about 17inches. I got broadband and I already have a OS...

Also thanks for the advice on the processor... How does that processor compare to a Pentium 4 (Presco<SP?>) running at 3.06ghz.

Edited by Temo, 27 September 2006 - 01:52 PM.

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