liquidsquid wrote:Problem being is after the X2 (OEM to get the fan and warranty), you will only have $450 to work with for the rest of the system. So get a non SLI 939 MB ~$100 + PCIe-x16 vid ~$150 + 1G Ram ~$80 + large SATA $100 and you should be very close. Of course you still need power supply and case.
This is not quite possible. Hardware requirements for Vista are not final yet. And you never did say you want low-end, Aero or Aero Glass specs.NeRve wrote:Bottom Line: Must be able reach or even beat Windows Vista recommended specs!!
JustAnEngineer wrote:It sounds like he really wants to buy the Dell. Let's see what we can do for an AMD-based system.
$ 470 Motherboard+CPU+HSF bundle from MonarchComputer
$ 93 MSI RS480M2-IL ATI RS480 socket-939 micro-ATX motherboard with integrated video and PCI-Express X16 slot
$ 0 Integrated DX9 Video
$ 0 Integrated 5.1 sound
$ 0 Integrated 10/100bT ethernet
$ 0 Integrated USB 2.0
$ 0 Integrated IEEE-1394 Firewire
$369 AMD Athlon64 X2 3800+ Manchester 2.0GHz dual-core, 2x512KB L2 cache, Socket-939 processor
$ 8 AMD-certified no-name heatsink & fan
$ 0 Far Cry game on DVD
$ 0 Half-Life2 and CS:S license on Steam
$ 0 Four months of Napster downloads
$ 88 2x512MB Corsair Value Select PC3200 CAS2.5 unbuffered DDR SDRAM
$ 84 160GB Western Digital CaviarSE WD1600JS 7200rpm 8MB cache SATA2 hard-drive
$ 47 NEC ND-3540A dual-layer DVD burner, black
$ 23½ Mitsumi 3½" floppy drive and card reader, black
$ 41 Linkworld 435-10 C2228 ATX mid-tower case with 430W ATX 12V 2.0 power supply, black
$ 21 PowMax keyboard + optical wheelmouse + crappy speakers, black
$ 60 Sennheiser PC150 stereo headset with retractable microphone
$360 to $430 Dell UltraSharp 2005FPW 20.1" 1680x1050 wide-screen LCD monitor, black
That's around $1200, without WindowsXP. Add $250 for a good 3D graphics card.
Maybe you'd rather have the Jetway version, then?NeRve wrote:That looks great JustAnEngineer, the integrated graphics is a pretty good idea - however, I want motherboards with PCI-Express X1 slots for the rest of the expansion slots instead of standard PCI slots for the board..JustAnEngineer wrote:MSI RS480M2-IL socket-939 micro-ATX motherboard with integrated video and PCI-Express X16 slot
Power: Thermaltake 420W - $37
Case: Lian-Li PC-7 Plus - $90
Ok, one comment on that. "next-gen WGF 2.0 cards" and "dirt-cheap pci-express graphics cards" serve extremely different markets. It's not a matter of limping along, it's a matter of hardware that simply won't do what you want it to do. If you want to game at all, get a card that's at least minimally competent. If you don't care to game, WGF 2.0 isn't really going to matter a whole lot anyway. Get at least a midrange card, and don't worry about the requirements of an OS that's not due out for a long time. Just buy stuff that does what you need now as well as possible within your budget and you'll be set.NeRve wrote:dirt-cheap pci-express graphics card (Ill use it as fodder and wait for the next gen WGF 2.0 cards
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