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Re: Building A Computer - $800 Budget - Complete System - bought!!!!
« Reply #25 on: June 03, 2010, 01:34:02 PM »
I will never have to worry about ram again, and I can always upgrade the CPU & Video Card again at a later date.

It is AMD 2.8Ghz Quad w/ 8GB Ram, a 1 GB AMD HD5670 & a 23" monitor
The cpu support goes up to 6 core and the ram expands upto 16GB

I think I did excellent for an $800 computer.

a comparable computer already manufactured would run about $1200-$1400 with a monitor when not on sale.

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Re: Building A Computer - $800 Budget - Complete System - bought!!!!
« Reply #26 on: June 03, 2010, 02:04:22 PM »
I will never have to worry about ram again,

That's what Bill Gates said about 640k of RAM!

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« Reply #27 on: June 03, 2010, 02:45:49 PM »
pssssh What does Bill Gates know?


I can't imagine what I would be doing on that computer that would use up 8 GB of RAM.
but it's still expandable upto 16BG's, so I', sure I'll be ok.

The last computer I upgraded is maxed out at 3GB of DDR2 RAM. I made sure not to over look that when picking a motherboard this time, as building is still a learning experience for me(which was why I was asking advice for this build).

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« Reply #28 on: June 03, 2010, 05:12:13 PM »
Here is the RAM I bought.



Amazon tried to argue that it was only 1x4GB chip and that that is what they sent.
But if you look at the pic, the model number and the Product description; the pic shows to chips, the model number cites it's a 4GB chip and the Product Description says 3 times that it is an 8GB kit.

You can see form the side that I couldn't gotten it cheaper from a different supplier, but I knew Amazon would have to honor their product description, pic and model number of their item listing, so I paid the higher price to get a better deal.

p.s. the listing is still up and worded exactly the same.
so if Someone else is looking for 8GB of RAM at barely over the price of 4GB of the same ram, there you go.
« Last Edit: June 03, 2010, 05:15:12 PM by BlackNMild2k1 »

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Re: Building A Computer - $800 Budget - Complete System - bought!!!!
« Reply #29 on: June 04, 2010, 09:16:54 PM »
Gigabyte  Socket ATX Motherboard GA-770TA-UD3 - $101 Arrived
AMD  Athlon II X4 630 95W AM3 2MB 2800MHz Retail - $97 Arrived
Seagate 1TB HDD - $50 (after $30 rebate) Arrived
Ultra 500W PSU - $40 (after $20 instant rebate) Waiting on replacement
Ultra LSP550 - $50 Shipped
Cooler Master Mid Tower Case - $38 Arrived
LG 23" Monitor - $175 Arrived
Logitech Wireless Kb/M - $35 Arrived
OCZ DDR3 PC3 10666 1333 Mhz RAM (8GB?) - $138 Arrived
LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer - $28 Arrived
ATi Radeon HD 5670 - $114 Arrived

And the build begins. Motherboard arrived today!!

All I'm waiting on is the video card and the other 4GB's of RAM.
2 things I can install later

and the videocard is close by and could be here tomorrow.

I can't wait to dump this old laptop I'm on right now.
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edit: build on hold, need new power supply, not enough SATA connections to hook up HDD & DVD burner.
« Last Edit: June 08, 2010, 03:12:55 AM by BlackNMild2k1 »

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Re: Building A Computer - $800 Budget - Complete System - bought!!!!
« Reply #30 on: June 05, 2010, 04:05:40 AM »
you could get a four pin molex to SATA power adapter.

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« Reply #31 on: June 05, 2010, 05:49:50 AM »
you could get a four pin molex to SATA power adapter.

I have no idea what that is, but I just decided to spend an extra $10 get an extra 50W, have the PSU be black to match the case and get an extra cable with 2 more SATA connectors on it.

Ultra LSP550 - $49.99 (normally $85)

I'm over budget by another $10 (plus shipping.... :( ) but this should complete the build and get here hopefully around the same time as the second chip of RAM.

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Re: Building A Computer - $800 Budget - Complete System - bought!!!!
« Reply #32 on: June 05, 2010, 01:15:27 PM »

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« Reply #33 on: June 05, 2010, 01:31:25 PM »
I had no idea those existed, but I would've eventually needed 2 or more of them, so a new power adapter just simplifies things. More shipping now, less hassle later. thanx for pointing that out though. that might come in handy for my other computer.

Just another oversight I gotta avoid if I ever build another computer. The price of another lesson learned.

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« Reply #34 on: June 12, 2010, 12:24:54 AM »
Posting this from my new computer ;D ;D ;D

Windows 7 8GB Ram 4XAMD on a 23" screen.
Just need to hook up the dual monitor and I'm set to go.

after I assemble the new computer desk.....

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Re: Building A Computer - $800 Budget - Complete System - bought!!!!
« Reply #35 on: June 24, 2010, 06:18:56 PM »
Looking for more advice.

Computer is now built and working fine, but now that I found a deal on a sound card (Amazing Deals thread) I was wondering if anyone had any links or advice towards a 5.1/7.1 surround system that is both cheap, quality & looks nice. 

So far this is all I've found is: http://www.buy.com/retail/usersearchresults.asp?querytype=home&qu=5.1+surround&qxt=home&display=col
But I don't know if Frisby is a good brand or not.

edit: I should probably clarify that my motherboard already supports surround sound and the sound card just made me think about it.
Now I'm just looking for a good but cheap 5.1+ surround system that will work with my motherboard and looks good.


White: side  Black: rear  Yellow: c/sub
Red: mic  Green: output  Blue: input

I've never owned a surround sound system before, so all I need is the system right?
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Re: Building A Computer - $800 Budget - Complete System - bought!!!!
« Reply #36 on: June 24, 2010, 08:54:02 PM »
If you have a Best Buy nearby, get the one I mentioned in that thread. It's 7.1 - RocketFish branded, but it's a Creative X-Fi chipset, and it has built-in optical audio output. Some people say they have problems with drivers, but they are idiots and don't know anything about computers.
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Re: Building A Computer - $800 Budget - Complete System - bought!!!!
« Reply #37 on: June 24, 2010, 09:00:40 PM »
But I don't need a sound card. my motherboard supports 5.1 onboard.
I just want a competent 5.1 Surround System for a decent price.

or are you saying that I should have a dedicated sound card in place of the onboard surround?

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« Reply #38 on: June 25, 2010, 12:51:48 AM »
Oh my bad, I kind of skimmed through and thought you were asking about a sound card. Nice, if that's a shot of your i/o board, then you already have optical output (and coaxial, but no one uses that, even though it's basically the same thing). It really depends on how much you're looking to spend. If you're using this as a media center, then go balls out and get a bad-ass system, if not, then just read some reviews.
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Re: Building A Computer - $800 Budget - Complete System - bought!!!!
« Reply #39 on: June 25, 2010, 12:55:57 AM »
give me recomendations. I don't want to spend more than $200 and preferably something under $150, but if it's good enough and fits the look and need, more money can go towards it.

PLEASE give me some links and recommendations.
I've never had a surround system, so I really don't know what I'm looking for.

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« Reply #40 on: June 25, 2010, 11:10:49 AM »
Well, what do want the surround system for?  Is your computer also your movie player, hooked up to your main TV, or are you just wanting to hear the monsters jumping at you from behind in games?

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« Reply #41 on: June 25, 2010, 03:14:36 PM »
I'll post a pic when my internet is back up later today, but my computer is also hooked up to my TV but I would like the system to also accept a dvd player and Wii input. Id like to have it all use the surround. Something similar the self-contained system that I linked to unless that wouldn't work for what I want to do.
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« Reply #42 on: June 26, 2010, 12:29:01 AM »
As promised, here is the pic (room remodel is a slow work in progress)



Notice the computer monitor is not  near the computer, but the computer is instead near the TV.

Under the TV is the DVR box, DVD player & Wii (soon to be replaced with the Black Wii)
Those speakers are also temporary until I get a black set and that is also why I want a surround sound set.
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« Reply #43 on: June 28, 2010, 12:15:37 AM »
Thanks to kraken I have found the perfect system for what I'm looking for.
Logitech Z-5500 THX-Certified 5.1 Digital Surround Sound Speaker System

Only problem is the price. Does anyone know where to get a really good deal on this or something very very similar?

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« Reply #44 on: June 28, 2010, 06:27:45 PM »
Thanks to kraken I have found the perfect system for what I'm looking for.
Logitech Z-5500 THX-Certified 5.1 Digital Surround Sound Speaker System

Only problem is the price. Does anyone know where to get a really good deal on this or something very very similar?

I went and looked some more, I can find those cheaper Logitech speakers(Logitech X-540) but not much in between those and this. I will keep my eye out for some though!
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« Reply #45 on: July 13, 2010, 09:17:10 PM »
the last couple of days my monitor has been having issues. Its a crt monitor and it used to be my dads, we've had it for years now. Anyhow i was working on it and suddenly the brightness kicks up. So, im like uh -oh. So i turn the brightness down. It looks fine, but its a bit weird that n ow what used to = 0 now equals the middle range. It works fine for a couple of days, then it up and cataracts again. This time messing with the monitor brightness has no effect. So, i have to get a new one, kinda shitty since it worked so well before. Other dying monitors went blurry before the brightness went haywire.
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« Reply #46 on: July 13, 2010, 09:34:53 PM »
I am very satisfied with the monitor that was recommended to me in this thread.

It looks excellent.

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« Reply #47 on: July 14, 2010, 12:42:30 AM »
Keep in mind THX-certified essentially means absolutely nothing.
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« Reply #48 on: July 14, 2010, 03:41:04 AM »
Keep in mind THX-certified essentially means absolutely nothing.
I'm more looking for something that looks like that one over it's THXness.
I like the look of the speakers and the fact that it has a remote. It's "certifications" are just a bonus.

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« Reply #49 on: July 14, 2010, 06:46:30 AM »
I thought THX = Blast Processing.
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