1. Welcome to TechPowerUp Forums, Guest! Please check out our forum guidelines for info related to our community.

My Friend Needs a Rig.

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by AM4A1, Dec 12, 2007.

  1. AM4A1 New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2007
    Messages:
    84 (0.03/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1
    Location:
    New York, NY
    I have a friend who wants a new rig that he will be building himself. He has a budget up to $1000. He requested that he wants the computer to be quiet because if it's too loud, he wouldn't be able to play games during the night because his old computer had a loud fan that always disturbed his parents. He said that it will be used for moderately gaming. He will be using Vista ultimate edition.
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2007
  2. Kreij

    Kreij Senior Monkey Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2007
    Messages:
    13,881 (5.12/day)
    Thanks Received:
    5,615
    Location:
    Cheeseland (Wisconsin, USA)
    No offense, but you are leaving out a ton of information.
    Does he want to build it himself?
    Does he want a prebuilt?
    Are you going to build it for him?
    Are his parents deaf? (just kidding)

    Give us some more details so we can help.
  3. keakar

    keakar

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2007
    Messages:
    2,376 (0.89/day)
    Thanks Received:
    292
    Location:
    just outside of new orleans
    unless he sleeps in the same room as his parents i cant see how a computer fan keeps them awake :rolleyes:

    anyway, for around $900 you can get this from newegg.com:

    cpu - q6600 quad 2.4ghz $280 (great overclocking cpu)
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16819115017

    hard drive - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200KSRTL 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s $85
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136039

    psu - epower zu-550 $55 (its super quiet and very high quality)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817101021

    motherboard - gigabyte P35 DS3L $97 (great overclocking board but if you want to raid get the DS3R for $130)
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16813128059

    memory - A-DATA 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) $48
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16820211066

    video card - EVGA 512-P3-N802-A1 GeForce 8800GT Superclocked 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 $290
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16814130303

    dvd burner - SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B - OEM $32
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151153

    case fans - i recommend using Scythe fans, they are very quiet and reliable, i like the 120mm s-flex the best
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010110573 50002108&name=Scythe USA

    thats around $900-$950 after you add in the shipping then you just need to pick a good quiet case and case fans

    EDIT: read my "Guide to proper case airflow design" in my sig, it will help you set up your case airflow to be quiet
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2007
  4. Paulieg

    Paulieg The Mad Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2007
    Messages:
    11,912 (4.41/day)
    Thanks Received:
    2,978
    Location:
    Wherever I can find the iron.
    hmmm....let's see. Here's my thoughts...under $1000...

    [​IMG]
  5. JrRacinFan

    JrRacinFan Served 5k and counting ...

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2007
    Messages:
    19,414 (7.26/day)
    Thanks Received:
    4,483
    Location:
    Youngstown, OH
    ^^ I like that build but, you could be a budget minder and play the "waiting game" until next month when the 45nm chips get released. Do like an e2140 or something for the time being. May be worth the wait while using the "cheaper" cpu.

    What monitor is your friend planning on getting/using?
  6. OrbitzXT

    OrbitzXT New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2007
    Messages:
    1,969 (0.74/day)
    Thanks Received:
    59
    Location:
    New York City
    I would honestly wait, there's a new line up of technology coming out very early next year in January/February that will drive prices of certain "older" technologies down. Your friend will be able to get a lot more for his money if he can hold off just another month or two.
  7. AM4A1 New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2007
    Messages:
    84 (0.03/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1
    Location:
    New York, NY
    thank you guys for all helping, his room and his mom room is right next to each other by a thin wall, that is how his parents hear the computer. i already told him to wait, so expect this post next year about the same topic.
  8. btarunr

    btarunr Editor & Senior Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2007
    Messages:
    28,198 (11.43/day)
    Thanks Received:
    13,569
    Location:
    Hyderabad, India
    Did you say Windows Vista Ultimate? Well then add $300 to that shopping cart, as that's what it costs (or $170 OEM).
  9. keakar

    keakar

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2007
    Messages:
    2,376 (0.89/day)
    Thanks Received:
    292
    Location:
    just outside of new orleans
    ok a simple solution is to go to home depot and buy a sheet of pink foam board used for exterior house insulation. it will block all sound from going through the wall and since it is dense celular foam it wont crumble or shed like those foil backed styrofoam boards will. it only costs $8 and you just put it between your computer and the wall so your not actually attatching it to anything.

    this is what it looks like: http://www.owenscorning.com/comminsul/systems.asp?system=79

    this is what home depot has: http://www.owenscorning.com/comminsul/products.asp?product=25&system=79

    it comes in 1/2" thick sheets that are 4ftx8ft just like sheetrock or plywood
  10. Paulieg

    Paulieg The Mad Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2007
    Messages:
    11,912 (4.41/day)
    Thanks Received:
    2,978
    Location:
    Wherever I can find the iron.
    But isn't this always true? Always new technology, but it comes out so fast these days that it still takes months for "older" technology to come down in price. Also, when I did the parts list I assumed that he already had Windows Vista Ultimate. I mean, why spend that much money on a craptacular operating system, when for half the price you can get xp and get the new sp3.
  11. Paulieg

    Paulieg The Mad Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2007
    Messages:
    11,912 (4.41/day)
    Thanks Received:
    2,978
    Location:
    Wherever I can find the iron.
    I would not invest $290 in the GT. Because the price is so inflated, next week you'll probably find it available for $250. Actually, I just bought my BFG 8800GT for $237.
  12. keakar

    keakar

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2007
    Messages:
    2,376 (0.89/day)
    Thanks Received:
    292
    Location:
    just outside of new orleans
    that was for the 256mb version not the 512mb that is $290 lots of 256mb can be found for $240

    when you find a deal give us a link please, help the community by sharing :toast:
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2007
  13. Paulieg

    Paulieg The Mad Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2007
    Messages:
    11,912 (4.41/day)
    Thanks Received:
    2,978
    Location:
    Wherever I can find the iron.
    I was going to do just that, however I found it before I went to work in the morning, and by the time I got to work and near a computer it was already all sold out!!
    keakar says thanks.
  14. AM4A1 New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2007
    Messages:
    84 (0.03/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1
    Location:
    New York, NY
    sorry to bump up a old thread but my friend asked me to post this thread again but this time the budget is around 800-950. thank you for you help.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guest)

Share This Page