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#1 .Prodigy.

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Posted 28 February 2007 - 12:25 AM

I'm planning on building a new PC. It will have one very specific uses, and I don't need any extra bells or whistles. I've had two PCs custom built for me, but I've never actually assembled one myself. Because of this, I don't know what to look for in hardware to ensure that it is compatible with everything else. It will be used to run an arcade cabinet/jukebox project that is currently in the works. Since this is just a hobby project, the PC must be as cheap as possible.

Minimum Specs (the rest is up to you)
AMD Processor (2.0GHz+)
NVIDIA DirectX 9 capable video card (S-Video Out Preferred)
1GB RAM
150GB+ HDD
A good PSU, there will be a ton of hardware connected to this
USB2.0, no firewire needed
Decent Sound card, good enough for a jukebox

I'll post more when I think of anything else I want. I'm just looking for some suggestions on hardware, and what I need to look for. I also don't know all the compatibility between the processor/motherboard/video card/etc. What should I look for to make sure all the parts I'm buying will work together?

Edited by .Prodigy., 28 February 2007 - 04:04 AM.

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Posted 28 February 2007 - 04:17 AM

You could look at something like this:

AMD Athlon 64 3800+ @ $90.
BIOSTAR NF61VM2 @ $55.
KVR533D2N4K2/1G @ $80.
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3160215A 160GB @ $55.
FSP Group (Fortron Source) FSP300-60GLS-R 300W @ $40.

That makes $320. At least it is cheap.
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Posted 28 February 2007 - 11:41 AM

Thanks for the speedy reply, that's actually much cheaper than I was hoping for. Add a GeForce FX5200 onto there... and I'm still under $400.

I'd still appreciate it if anyone wanted to add some more suggestions, or comment on Mr Alpha's. After looking at the specs for the parts you've posted, I'm fairly certain that I know what to look for when matching hardware, but further explanation can't hurt.

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Posted 28 February 2007 - 02:59 PM

The motherboard has integrated GeForce 6100 graphics. A FX5200 wouldn't really be an upgrade.

A thing worth mentioning is that both the motherboard and the PSU are MicroATX.
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Posted 28 February 2007 - 04:13 PM

I bought a BFG Technologies PC System 650 Watt ATX 12V Power Supply last year. Yeah, it's a bit pricey and 650 watts may be overkill for most PC's but I have never had a problem with it, my computer runs more smoothly and I couldn't be more saisfied with my purchase.

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Posted 28 February 2007 - 04:55 PM

No advertising, but Memory Express in Canada has a terrific webpage to help with compatible products:

http://www.memoryexpress.com/index.php?Pag..._1.php&SID=

Just pick components and it will eliminate what you cannot use. Start with processor, then work your way down.

I have built 3 machines like this, and have had zero compatibility problems :thumbsup:

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Posted 28 February 2007 - 06:26 PM

No advertising, but Memory Express in Canada has a terrific webpage to help with compatible products:

http://www.memoryexpress.com/index.php?Pag..._1.php&SID=

Just pick components and it will eliminate what you cannot use. Start with processor, then work your way down.

I have built 3 machines like this, and have had zero compatibility problems :thumbsup:


Awesome website, that's exactly what I needed. I know what most of the specs mean on the hardware, so I can pick out the ones I want, but I'm always unsure about the compatibility. Thanks for the link, it will definately come in handy.

Edited by .Prodigy., 28 February 2007 - 06:27 PM.

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