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.
NeRve wrote: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.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.
NeRve wrote:Maybe you'd rather have the Jetway version, then?JustAnEngineer 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..MSI RS480M2-IL socket-939 micro-ATX motherboard with integrated video and PCI-Express X16 slot
NeRve wrote: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.dirt-cheap pci-express graphics card (Ill use it as fodder and wait for the next gen WGF 2.0 cards