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Need Custom Built Desktop - Max Performance for given budget

Posted on 2008-06-14
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Last Modified: 2013-12-10
Hello, I am a laptop person. IBM Tablet X41, T42P, T43. (2 GB RAM)
have decided to get a desktop/ or workstation? (any brand, self built, doenst matter)

1. I am planing to spend up to $1000.
2. use it mostly for business, no gaming. have usually the following 12-15 programs open at the same time on a daily basis:
2-3 x Excel, 3-4 x Word, Scottrade, 7x IE windows, Photoshop CS, Macromedia DW MX, Outlook 2007, Skype, Google Desktop, ActiveWords, Babylon (dictionary) and a few more (in my taskbar have sometimes over 110 processes running. Sometimes use Nero and other editing software to edit DVD videos and converting to various formats etc.
3. it has to have min 4GB RAM and be Quad-Core
4. i have already a 47inch LCD Samsung 1080 HDTV that i will use.
5. Tower size doesn't matter
6. will need a cordless keyboard (not sure if bluetooth is good, delay?)
7. have a 1TB MyBook Hard Drive Network Edition (Need maybe 500-750 GB HD built in)
8. have an External DVD burner (i don't mind to have one that is built in)
9. prefer if the machine is quite
10. have a brother Network Laser printer.
11. have Office 2007 Enterprise
12. using windows XP professional. thinking of going Vista if you suggest
13. Need min 3-4 USB ports
14. also use the pc often to watch DVD or movie files, or Netflix on the 47" LCD Samsung TV.
15. sound is not very important to me.
16. most important to me is fast startup, fast program startup, quick switch amongs programs, saving large photoshop files (100MB) etc given the internet speed.

Need your help to
a.) find me a website that has what I need for very low price. I need them to build it for me and ship it ot me to NY. I have enough PC knowledge to add extra hardware if you recommend me to buy some parts from different vendors.
b) tell me which combination of RAM, (latest )Quad-Core, HD type to experience the most NOTICEABLE performance within the given budget. Need to know what to select. Cache, MHZ etc, not sure with details like that.

best website i found so far is PCUSA.com
let me know if you have any other questions.


Question by:expresscam
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I dont have the time to run thru a list of hardware for you yet, but will try it a bit later.  I checked out some of the items that pcusa has, and the first turn off is ECS,  second turn off the prices 'to me' seem a bit higher than say the likes of Newegg.com or some places like that.  However newegg wont build it.  I'll have to do a bit more comparing.  But anyway I hate to hit and run....but I'll be back a bit later to give more info.

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no problem at all. thanks for the update.
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Video card cheapest I found that is DECENT that has HDMI on the card, instead of HDMI Via adapter from DVI to HDMI.
Its middle of the road card....so should do everything you want.

But here's a setup from PCUSA.COM
$1039 for Package 538: >> Configuration: # 1
Warranty :   Fully assembled and tested. Shipout in 3 Days. 3-Year limited warranty plus lifetime tech support.     QTY: 1    
Case :   aBX: [ CA-ST402B ] ( Front USB, Audio ), Black w/ 350W PSU     QTY: 1    
Power Supply [ PSU ] :   Original Case Power Supply     QTY: 1    
CPU Processor :   Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600, LGA 775, 2.4GHz, 64-Bit Quad-Core, 2x4MB Cache; 1066MHz     QTY: 1    
Cooling Fan :   Intel factory Auto-RPM Silent CPU Air Cool     QTY: 1    
System Board :   GigaByte Intel P35, 8GB Max, RAID, S/PDIF, Audio, GbLAN. [ GA-EP35C-DS3R ]     QTY: 1    
RAM Memory :   4G (2x2GB) PC6400 DDR2/800     QTY: 1    
VGA :   Geforce 9600GT: 512MB     QTY: 1    
Monitor LCD :   OPTIONAL     QTY: 0    
Hard Drive 1 :   750GB SATA-II 7200RPM     QTY: 1    
Hard Drive 2 :   OPTIONAL     QTY: 0    
Hard Drive 3 :   OPTIONAL     QTY: 0    
Hard Drive 4 :   OPTIONAL     QTY: 0    
Optical Drive 1 :   20x Dual-Format/Dual-Layer LightScribe DVDRW Driver     QTY: 1    
Optical Drive 2 :   OPTIONAL     QTY: 0    
Floppy :   OPTIONAL     QTY: 0    
Flash Reader :   12-in-1 Flash Media Reader / Writer     QTY: 1    
TV Tuner :   MSI Theater 650PRO, TV Tuner/FM, w/Remote Control, PCI-Ex1     QTY: 1    
Sound Card :   High Definition 7.1 Digtial Surround Sound     QTY: 1    
Speakers :   OPTIONAL     QTY: 0    
Network :   Integrated onBoard 10/100/(1000) Port(s)     QTY: 1    
Wireless Net :   OPTIONAL     QTY: 0    
Modem :   OPTIONAL     QTY: 0    
Operating System :   OPTIONAL     QTY: 0    
Software :   OPTIONAL     QTY: 0    
Keyboard :   Wireless: Logitech Cordless Desktop S 510: Keyboard + Mouse, [ 967557-0403 ]     QTY: 1    
Mouse :   OPTIONAL     QTY: 0    
URL Link :       http://www.pcusa.com/shopKitConfig.asp?id=KIT-538&selectList=0,0,0,0,0,46,3,9,0,5,0,0,0,2,0,0,1,2,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,16,0,

I dont know if the video card listed there has HDMI as a port out on the card, but worse case scenario you can convert DMI to HDMI.
Also included a High def Tv tuner....which you can take out as well..
No OS...cuz it sounds like you have XP?
Anyway a bit over 1000 w/ tv tuner etc.
LMK what you think or if you would rather have your money spent somewhere else in the system.


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i called them to order it and they told me something that if I install Windows XP Pro 32 Bit will only support up to 3 GB RAM and not 4GB RAM.

can you tell me more about 32 vs 64 bit Windows?
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Just to give you an idea of what is going on with 32 vs 64.  

The bad thing is windows XP 64 is pretty much gone or not supported.  The other issue is that not all programs play well with 64 bit OS.  So i suggest researching your programs and games and whatever else you plan to install/run and decide which OS is going to best suit your needs.

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