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New Year means new computer! Help requested for first homebuilt!

Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by Guttboy, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. Guttboy

    Guttboy New Member

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    Hi Everyone!

    Well it is a New Year, Happy 2009 everyone, and it is time for a new computer! I have been WAY out of touch recently on the technologies and my head is spinning with the "new" stuff around. The rig in my profile was built by a friend of mine for me and functioned just fine, but I am looking for something new that will be able to accomplish different things.

    I would like to build this all by my lonesome (of course with the help from TPU!) partly because I am up for the challenge and would like to take pride in actually doing this myself finally!:)

    I do not think I can "recycle" many of the parts I already have so this will be a totally new build. I am on a budget and want to stick to it as best I can. I do NOT have to have the latest and greatest on the market (as it would most likely be cost prohibitive).

    Here are some of the things I would like to be able to do with the new computer:

    1. Surf the net
    2. Transfer my old VHS and 8mm movies to DVD (I have never done this but really need to as I have a bunch of old family movies that need to be archived!).
    3. Store video from my home security camera (Axis 207W) and access it remotely.
    4. Capture TV and be able to store it on the PC.
    5. MAYBE get back into PC games (pretty doubtful but don't want to limit myself)....I loved America's Army but stopped playing about a year ago.
    6. Overclocking is not out of the question but not a neccessity.

    About the only thing that I may be able to recycle is my Soundblaster X-fi Extreme Gamer PCI sound card.

    I would also need to purchase an Operating System and Vista seems like it is the way to go now.

    My last computer was an AMD platform but my helicopter flight simulator had issues with AMD processors so I would like to go the Intel route.


    Budget.....well ideally Free is the best way to go but I would like to keep it under $750 if possible. I may be able to stretch that upwards a little bit. If I can accomplish the above things and be less expensive then I am all for that too.

    I really look forward to all your advice and suggestions! Thanks a bunch in advance and I appreciate all the information for my first build!!!!!!

    Regards,

    :)
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    beesagtig New Member

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    what about recycling monitor keyboard and mouse?
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    My setup for you:
    Asus P5Q Pro - $114.99 after MIR.
    Intel Q6600 - $189.99
    Antec Sonata 3 + Anted Earthwatts PSU - $99.99
    Crucial Ballistixs 800mhz 2x2GB - $41.99
    Sony SATA DVD Burner - $24.99
    Samsung SpinPoint F1 1TB HDD - $99.99
    Palit 9600GT - $89.99 :rockout:
    MS Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit - $99.99


    Optional List:
    Crucial Ballistixs 800mhz 2x2GB - $41.99. Another set of these for 8GB of ram would sure help your decoding and let you multitask without worry and with having 64-bit Vista it won't be a worry either.
    Xigmatek HDT-S1283 - $26.99 after MIR. Cool that Quad some more for higher OC's. :)


    Total:
    $761.92
    with optional list: $830.90
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    Very good point! I will be recycling my keyboard and mouse! Monitor as well...for now...hehehehe...I am itching for a newer one. I currently have a samsung syncmaster 17" and its decent for me, however I would like some more screen real estate. I use dual monitors at work and love it. But I am waiting until I have the system before I get the other monitor!

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