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Well, it's been over 3 years since I built my last pc. I've been happy with my 1.2ghz oldass machine so far but it's time to upgrade mainly because I need some writeoffs this year for taxes.

What's the latest and greatest as far as motherboards, processors, memory, video, etc.. I'm not looking for the best of the best. I'm looking for the best bang for the buck. Great performance without remortgaging. I haven't checked in a while and I'm sure someone here does this crap for a living and can save me the time in research!

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Mark
 

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I already have a sony dru-530 dvd burner in my old pc that I'll throw into the new one. No real need for video capture, my mini-dv feeds into the pc with firewire. Just a basic machine with enough power to play the latest and greatest games.
 

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You'll find it impossible to beat Dell's 400SC server as a starting point. ~$380 for this:

PE400SC
Date & Time: August 31, 2004 3:56:31 PM
SYSTEM COMPONENTS
PE400SC Qty 1
Intel® Pentium®4 processor, 2.8GHz, 512KB Cache, 800MHz FSB, No Operating System, Other Unit Price $633.00
Save $150 on select PowerEdge 400SC servers through the Small Business division.
Memory 256MB DDR, ECC, 400MHz, 2X128MB 256M2D4 [311-2977] 3
Keyboard Standard Windows Keyboard,Gray S [310-1680] 4
1st Hard Drive 50% OFF the Upgrade to a 80GB 7.2K RPM IDE Hard Drive 80GBH [462-2952] 8
Floppy Drive 3.5 in, 1.44MB, Floppy Drive FD [340-8975] 10
Mouse Logitech PS/2 2-button Mouse with Scroll L2M [310-4405] 12
Network Adapter Onboard NIC OB [460-6604] 13
CD ROM/DVD ROM 48X CD-ROM CD48X [313-1928] 16
Hardware Support Services 1Yr,Parts + Onsite Labor (Next Business Day) W1YOS [950-3040][900-9054][960-1305] 29
Mail- In Rebate $100 Mail-In Rebate MRQ3S00 [463-1892] 81
Purchase Intent Purchase is not intended for resale. NOT4SEL [462-4506] 138
TOTAL: $483.00


Total Price
Sub-total $483.00 ($100 rebate drops this down to $383)
 

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ND4SPD said:
I tend to stick to MSI or Gigabyte boards, they seem to run the best. Maxtor for hard drives, Crucial memory and a decent Nvidia video card. www.newegg.com has awesome prices and awesome service...
:wstupid: Yeah, newegg.com is pretty good, although I would prefer Western Digital over Maxtor. Just my .02
 
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