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Those were the first set of specifications when my girlfriend asked me to build a computer for her.

She'll be using it for the usual facebook/msn/music type stuff, as well WoW and a bit of photo editing... actually, since I moved in with her I've taken around 3-400 shots with my 30D, and she's put well over a thousand through it.

When we talked about budget and the level of performance she was looking for, I said I could probably build something for ~$1000 all-in, using budget parts, that would meet all her requirements.

"Screw that noise, spend two grand and get me killer performance with the newest parts!"

I love my girlfriend.

NZXT Lexa Classic Series Aluminum Chassis - $159.95
Corsair TX 650W Power Supply w/ 120mm Fan - $95.95
Scythe Slip Stream (Kaze-Jyuni) 120mm Case Fan, Medium Flow - $9.95
Intel Coreâ„¢2 Duo Processor E8400 3.00GHz w/ 6MB Cache - $209.95
Asus P5Q-E w/ DualDDR2 1200, 7.1 Audio, Dual GB Lan, 1394, PCI-E x16 CrossFireX - $169.95
Mushkin EM2-6400 Enhanced DDR2 SDRAM, 4GB Dual Pack - $94.95
2x Western Digital 640GB Caviar SE16 7200rpm SATA II w/ 16MB Cache - $189.90
Samsung SH-S203B 20X SpeedPlusâ„¢ DVD-Writer, SATA, Black - $24.95
VisionTek Radeon HD 4850 512MB PCI-E w/ Dual DVI, HDTV-Out - $199.95
Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer - $94.95
D-Link Wireless-G Desktop Adapter - $34.95
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard, v.2 - $79.95
Logitech G5 Laser Mouse - $59.95
Samsung SyncMaster 2253BW 22in Widescreen LCD - $269.95

Total - $1705.25

The only things I'm a little uncertain on are the monitor and the wireless adapter(g=lag?), though any other suggestions are welcome.

Cheers, Cam
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post #2 of 16
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A couple of other notes;

The HDDs are going in RAID1, she lunched a hard drive once and lost alot of pictures and videos of her boys.

An OE copy of Vista Home Premium 32 bit - 99.95
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post #3 of 16
Make sure the adapter isn't USB and she won't attempt to murder you in your sleep because the connection is slow and drops

Also I would get this RAM for your board:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231166
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i have no regrets buying the monitor in question.
what about os?
you alway could get 3 hd's 2 smaller ones for raid and 1 large for storage. as a nother option.

wifi adapter you will only nottice lag in online games like fps's and stuff not sure about wow and games like that.
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ah, that was the third note.

Everything is being purchased from here.

We live in Calgary and she'd rather just pick up the parts and build the thing than wait for parts to come and spend money on shipping.

Girls...
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Quote:
Originally Posted by noobdown View Post
i have no regrets buying the monitor in question.
what about os?
you alway could get 3 hd's 2 smaller ones for raid and 1 large for storage. as a nother option.

wifi adapter you will only nottice lag in online games like fps's and stuff not sure about wow and games like that.
If I did that it would be one small os drive and two in raid1 for storage, the emphasis is more on saving those precious memories than speed.
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post #7 of 16
I'd try to get a 500gb drive with 32mb of Cache rather than a 640gb drive or whatever with 16mb of Cache, otherwise the amount of Cache you're using on the drives might just let you down.

Edit:
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Product...19181(ME).aspx
Like this.

Edit: I'd also spend $10 more and get a quad.
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Product...15884(ME).aspx
Edited by Torched-Geek - 7/5/08 at 6:35pm
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post #8 of 16
Get Vista 64 bit to utilize all of the 4gb of memory
also
with a budget like that, I'm sure you can get an HD4870 instead
where are you buying the parts from?

http://www.directcanada.com/
and
www.ncix.com
are nice stores in Canada with good prices
post #9 of 16
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Product...10841(ME).aspx <- One of those instead of a wireless card is my reccomendation, see my sig link, but in short, it takes a wired connection from the PC (and anything else) and then throws it all over the wireless network. (That version can have alternative (linux based) firmware put on it, and is beastly (I'd reccomend DD-WRT or Tomato if you are looking for something easier), it isn't 'for Linux' as that page puts it). It's generally a lot more stable, you can hook up more stuff, and it also tends to be easier.
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post #10 of 16
stock cooler on the cpu or are you planning to go aftermarket for that?

edit: my friend has 4gb of ram running under vista 32bit so you might be able to pull that off
www.canadacomputers.com
www.tigerdirect.ca

i always get my parts from those two stores
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