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post #1 of 11
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Hello All,

I'm looking to build a rig with the theme of cheap speed. What is the fastest box I can build for $300-400? I have a monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, and an optical drive that can be donated to the project. Otherwise, all components need to be purchased (including OS: XP or Vista). I'd love to hear everyone's recommendations for the build. Of course, I am happy to OC to help get most bang for the buck.

The machine will be used for graphic design work, video and audio encoding and playback, and general computing tasks. It will not be used for gaming, so a powerful GPU is def. not needed.

Thanks!
dynocomet


EDIT: I should add that I can donate one of my PATA hard drives to the system, so that's a potential source of savings
Edited by dynocomet - 6/1/08 at 3:37am
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post #2 of 11
Mine is ok fast i got $200 in it
post #3 of 11
E2*** cpu's are really cheap and overclock really well

such as
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...6070&Tpk=E2220,

a PSU for a low level system,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817182022
now people will say get a better PSU, but ive had a million cheap PSU's and ended up donating,selling or throwing away before being broken

RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820146565

thats around $180 i think

for 300-400 bucks i'd suggest trying to buy a used PC tho
Edited by flag182 - 6/1/08 at 4:03am
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E8400 @ 3.00 UD3P w/ HR-05 9800GT Evga 4GB 2x2 G.Skill ddr2 800 
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post #4 of 11
mine was built on the cheap m8 an i think its pretty fast tbh.
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post #5 of 11
You wont get much for $400 if you also need an operating system.
post #6 of 11
Microsoft Windows XP Home With SP2B 1 Pack
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832116056
$79

Intel Pentium E2160 Allendale 1.8GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819116036
$65.50

GeIL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820144047
$40.99

ABIT IP35P LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813127049
$62.99

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250310AS 250GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148261
$59.99

POWERCOLOR AX3850 512MD3 Radeon HD 3850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814131096
$99.99

total = $408.46
post #7 of 11
^ looks good to me
You can probably step down the video card a tad though, and for what you want to do with it, I would recommend 4gb of memory (helps for undo levels in 3d design ).
I would look at getting a q6600 from the FS section here, and then finding a cheap motherboard/ram and an OS.
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I7 2630QM Nvidia Geforce GT 555 Hitachi BLU-RAY 
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1080p Matte 95% Color Gamut Yamakasi Precision 2703 LED IPS Microsoft Sidewinder 
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Opteron 170 DFI NF4 Ultra-D 8800GTS 4x1GB GSkill 500mhz HZs 
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160GB + 120GB LiteOn LiteScribe DVD burner Windows 7 Home Prem. Samsung 220WM 22" + LG f-Engine 17" (dual screen) 
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1080p Matte 95% Color Gamut Yamakasi Precision 2703 LED IPS Microsoft Sidewinder 
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Opteron 170 DFI NF4 Ultra-D 8800GTS 4x1GB GSkill 500mhz HZs 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
160GB + 120GB LiteOn LiteScribe DVD burner Windows 7 Home Prem. Samsung 220WM 22" + LG f-Engine 17" (dual screen) 
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HP Internet/Media Keyboard Ultra 600W AeroCool AeroEngine II. Rice for computers Logitech LX7 
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post #9 of 11
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Guys,

Incorporating your suggestions, I have come up with the following. What do you think (all prices from newegg)?

CASE: Rosewill RZS01 BLK Black Sturdy SGCC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $38.99
PSU: Antec earthwatts EA430 430W ATX12V v2.0 Power Supply - $29.99
GFX: SAPPHIRE 100203L Radeon HD 2400PRO 256MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - $14.99
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Tracer 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - $19.99
MB: ABIT IP35P LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - $62.99
CPU: Intel Pentium E2180 Allendale 2.0GHz 1MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - $69.99
OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 32-bit English 1pk DSP OEI DVD - $109.99

TOTAL = $346.93

Would the configuration above be highly OC'able? Should I look into purchasing a GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L (would that make any difference) instead of the ABIT IP35P? Also, seems that I could step up to an e7200 and remain more or less w/in my budget. Would that be a worthwhile upgrade to the specs above?

Thanks!
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post #10 of 11
Crucial Ballistix Tracer 2GB isnt 19.99 its 59.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820148076 I would get the G.Skill http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231098
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i7 5820k asus x99 sabertooth Gigabyte GTX 1070 8GB 16 GB CORSAIR Vengeance LPX DDR4 2666mhz 
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SanDisk Extreme PRO 480GB Phanteks PH-TC14S Win7 64 Acer XB271HU 
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SanDisk Extreme PRO 480GB Phanteks PH-TC14S Win7 64 Acer XB271HU 
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