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Tue Jan 15, 2002 2:09 pm

Does anybody know a good site or sites that list components for a top notch system. I am building a new rig for a rich friend and I am looking for some quality advice for a good system. thank you

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Tue Jan 15, 2002 2:58 pm

Check out this article in Linux journal. My box is somwhat similar with some changes geared towards saving some loot and compatability with FreeBSD.

You can also check out the system guides on Arstechnica and Anadtech for something more pedestrian.
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Tue Jan 15, 2002 3:06 pm

I was thinking more Window rather than Linux but I guess it doesn'tmatter with the hardware.
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Tue Jan 15, 2002 8:31 pm

A "top-of-the-line system" is pretty vague, what kind of a budget are you looking at???
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Wed Jan 16, 2002 1:02 pm

I am thinking 3k without the Monitor. But that is adjustable.
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Mon Jan 28, 2002 1:28 pm

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 - 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.)
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Mon Jan 28, 2002 2:56 pm

Just take NRobinsons system, add a Geforce 3 Ti500 or a top of the line Geforce 4, or possibly a All in Wonder Radeon 8500.

The system you get is hideously good.

And about 3-5 times faster than the system I´m about to get within days/weeks.

But I´m gonna use something close to the equvivalent of 550-700$, and i expect that system to last me for a minimum of 3 years with minor upgrades.
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Mon Jan 28, 2002 3:15 pm

You should definitely check out

(Sorry, couldn't resist... :wink:
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Mon Jan 28, 2002 3:53 pm

Hey, does your rich friend want a tax write-off? If he gives me $3,000 for a computer that I will use for my, uh, *ahem* non-profit charity that I run, HTPG (Help the Poor Gamer) I will let him know what components I choose and how well they might work in a similarly configured box that he would use...

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Mon Jan 28, 2002 5:14 pm

I would have to agree with two posts above. Linux Journal has specs for one of the most potentially ass-kicking systems on their site.

NRobinson's system also looks really good. Dual processors kick ass for serious multi-tasking and a gig of DDR RAM will do anyone well. I would go with the MSI K7D (AMD 762 MPX chipset). It has onboard LAN.

Don't forget to add a Pioneer 16x DVD slot drive. Getting a plain old CD-ROM drive nowadays would be close to silly. Those drives are for value-end, bargain basement, this-computer-is-for-a-little-girl Gateway and Dell computers.

And if your friend has a lot of cash to put toward this computer, don't skimp on the monitor--that's his interface to his computer and monitors are just one of those things that don't go obsolete, even after a couple of years.

My recommendation for speakers is the Logitech Z560 (4.1). I haven't heard a single bad thing about them and even though your friend may have lots o' cash at his disposal, these speakers are a far better deal than the Klipsch Promedias

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