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So I was hit with a bit of a bombshell today when my step dad came to me proposing an idea. He had just taken ownership of a pool hall, that has extra space not being used for anything.
When he described the space, for some reason my mind screamed at me, LAN CAFE!!
HE BOUGHT IT!!!!

So Now I'm in charge of the whole project, security, web cams, computer setup, servers, this that! *grabs tissue

Ok, continuing. He wants 6 computers to start with, to see if it takes off or not.
Can't we all have some fun with this?

Budget per computer, I would ideally like to be around $1,000
Each computer has to be EXACTLY the same.
I am going with AMD. <-Notice the period
Gaming Computers
More $$ into the video card preffered

The main computer store near me is NCIX, in Canada

Giggidy

This is what I've come up with!

Main
Case: http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=57879 - Thanks Redwoodz

PSU: http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=47698 - Thanks Redwoodz

CPU: http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=58644 - Thanks Volvo, 840 was cheaper too

Mobo: http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=52679 - Instant on internet, perfect!

RAM: http://ncix.com/products/index.php?s...5&promoid=1302 - Thanks Redwoodz

GPU: Still deciding >.<

HDD: http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=36050 - Thanks Volvo!

DVD: http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=40435


Accessories
Monitor: http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=54570

KeyB: http://ncix.com/products/index.php?s...8&promoid=1302

Mouse: http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=59372

HeadSet: http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=24618


Questions, comments...concerns? All welcome
Edited by Mr.Steve - 3/30/11 at 12:54pm
    
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I built 6 Thuban-based machines with 8gb of ram for my school (but integrated graphics) and a 2tb hdd for $600 USD......that was with no monitor though. but you could almost build 6-core machines, including a monitor, for that price, but if these are just internet machines that only need to be a *bit* snappy I would say do this:

Athlon II X2
Biostar board w/ intergrated ATi 3000 (the one I used)
4gb DDR3 ram (corsair or other good brand)
320gb max hdd.

Now the fun part is your server.

Are you "obtaining" (wink wink) a copy of Win server, using linux or other freeware, or buying licenses?

I recommend building a semi-good Active directory server to manage all the comps, no need for excessive hdd space but definitely lots of ram and cpu power (not dual opterons but you get the idea)

run Win2k3 on it, maybe 2008 if you're up to it.

And a high end ethernet switch and router.

As for software to control access time I have no idea.
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I should have specified that as well Editing OP

GAMING RIGS! lol

I'm wanting to sink more money into the video card more than anything else

We will deal with all the server goodies, software, and others in a couple days. I just need to focus on hardware for the moment to give my step dad some numbers to work with. He just needs to know how much the computers them selves will be to build for now.



So far I was thinking this for a case, because it includes a 620w PSU
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=57880&...ufacture=Antec

It also has a lock on the front of it it looks like, which would be a nice bonus
    
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the case itself is 160 but yeah comes with PSU if its a antec psu yeah thats nice but thats atleast 600 right there almost but for gpu i say go with a cheap gtx 460 if you want latest or buy some nice used gtx260 of this site something along there
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post #5 of 47
Does the $600 include monitors, keyboard, and mouse?

An Athlon II 250 should be suffice for gaming. I am doing this on my phone, so I cannot give links. But this is what your looking for:

Athlon II 250
$90ish AM3 Motherboard
$50ish DDR3 RAM
$60-$80 Case
$55 Samsung F3
$60ish PSU
$130 5770
$100 win7 64bit
$20 dvd drive
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Maybe go with a mATX mobo? All the rigs I assume are only going to have the gfx card in the expansion slot anyway, so maybe you could save some money there without sacrificing much, if anything.
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Originally Posted by alwang17 View Post
Maybe go with a mATX mobo? All the rigs I assume are only going to have the gfx card in the expansion slot anyway, so maybe you could save some money there without sacrificing much, if anything.
From the look of the mATX boards, their lack of at least passive power cooling worries me.

I may be overclocking them too
    
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I would switch the 8GB kits for 4GB, saving a few bucks for a bigger graphics card, depending on the games you are willing to run on them, and a athlon II X3 or X4 tops, instead the PhII 555.

Another thing i want to suggest is to lower specs in order to have 6+1 PCs in case of one of them have problems so you can replace it ASAP and don't loose the income of the broken rig.

What games are you planning on run?

Running a business, incoming is the key
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8GB is pointless here.

I'd pick up an Athlon II X4 640 over the X2 555.
Also, go with WD Caviar Blue 500's for the drives. Seagate drives aren't known for reliability these days.

You never did factor in a power supply, did you?
Order a PSU from Newegg. The Antec Neo ECO 400C, Corsair CX430 and FSP Aurum 400 are all good choices.
A quality 400W supply is enough to handle an i7 and anything up to a HD6950.

As for graphics, going with a Sapphire HD6870 may be cheaper.

EDIT:

Lower the cost, get an Asus M4A78LT-M LE board with 2x 2GB sticks of Kingston Value RAM.
As you have mentioned, these are basically LAN shop computers with no need for overclocking and fancy features.
As such, an mATX board like the Asus I mentioned above, or a Biostar A880G will do.
The difference between the Mushkin and KVR RAM won't be noticed, so pick the cheaper one.

Besides, as someone above mentioned, having a cheaper fleet allows you to cater for spares in the event that one or more computers break down.

If you are using components of reasonable quality though, I won't see why they will break down.

Going with the cheaper 780G Asus and the KVR will also let you spend a bit more money on things like fans, and a CoolerMaster Hyper 212 CPU cooler.
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