The system in my signature (Adaptec SCSI controller, despite what everyone says) was about $2200 when purchased...$1600 now. If you adjust the sound/video to your taste and add another SCSI or larger IDE HDD for storage, and faster MP processors, you'll be within budget and have as close to top-of-the-line as you'll need before Hammer and the potential code bloat arising therefrom in 3-4 years (It'll be rock-solid stable, too). I could not be happier with this system.
Dan is a lot of fun to read: 3 computer-building articles near the top of http://www.dansdata.com/altindex.html
- it won't tell you how to build (or choose) a high-end computer per se, but the same issues arising from inexperience are exactly the same for a $500 computer as for a $3000 one (jumpers, setting slave/master drives, care in cable routing, quality power supply, adequate fans, etc.)
Tyan TigerMP - 2x1.2 Athlon MP - U160 SCSI/Seagate Barracuda 19 GB - IBM 40 GB IDE - 1024 Crucal PC2100 DDR - ATI All-in-wonder Rage 124 - Zip 100 - Plextor 12x CD-R - Pinnacle DV IEEE-1394
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