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build computer from scratch- under $1,100

by Howlleo / December 15, 2005 8:52 AM PST

My professor has assigned a project where we have to research and configure a computer for a specific type of user with a budget of $1,100.

I could just buy an Emachine for a home user, but that's boring. And I would like to actually learn something in this stupid course.

So I've decided to build a computer from scratch. Thing is, I know about processors and RAM and all that easy stuff, but I dont know much about the other things on the motherboard. I'm not even certain i know everything that's inside the CPU.

Can anyone help me with the components?

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by HKPK_2005 / December 15, 2005 9:27 AM PST
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Latest issue of MaximumPC
by Ray Harinec / December 15, 2005 10:08 AM PST
In reply to: Dude....

magazine gives step by step for a $300.00 one. Uses Linux, but one can buy an OEM XP Pro CD for $150, XP Home for about $95. Tyhen you'll actually learn what you are doing.

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some direction
by linkit / December 15, 2005 10:18 AM PST

In the SEARCH textbox at the top of this CNET Forums page, type FIRST BUILD. After you get the search results, click on DATE to sort them by date. Read some of those threads to get ideas and links.

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components lists
by linkit / December 15, 2005 10:47 AM PST
In reply to: some direction

Look at the components lists for the 3 computers at the top of this page:

Some of the articles are older, so check the dates. The parts are not necessarily what I would recommend today or purchase myself, but the lists will give you an idea of the categories.

NOTE: Some budget computers will have some components (such as video and audio) integrated into the motherboard.

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(NT) (NT) Do you need speakers, monitor, etc.
by Eddiefromalienwarecomps / December 15, 2005 10:32 AM PST
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Here I'll give it a shot
by Eddiefromalienwarecomps / December 15, 2005 10:35 AM PST
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thanks but- Max pC?
by Howlleo / December 16, 2005 12:18 AM PST

I'm going to look over the stuff- thanks for the pointers. Maximum PC doesn't seem to be quite free online, is it?

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(NT) (NT) not free, check local bookstore
by linkit / December 16, 2005 12:20 AM PST
In reply to: thanks but- Max pC?
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You can build a demon of a fast PC for under $1100...
by martylk2 / December 16, 2005 6:25 AM PST

I did. Mine is based on a Pentium 4 and features nVidia SLI.


These 3 sites are all you'll need for supplies.

cNet is all you'll need for info. Search it.

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RE: Play around with it
by damasta55r / December 16, 2005 8:49 AM PST

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AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Venice Socket 939 Processor-173
Arctic SIlver Premium Photosynthetic Silver Thermal Compound Arctic Silver 5-8
GIGABYTE GA-K8NF-9 Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4-4X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail-76
CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model VS1GBKIT400-73
Western Digital Caviar SE WD800JD 80GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive-55
NEC Black IDE DVD Burner Model ND-3550A-40
Windows XP Home Edition w/SP2-98 (Do you need?)
eVGA 256-P2-N386 Geforce 6800GS 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card-205
ASPIRE ATX-CW500WP4 ATX 500W Power Supply-35
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