Home Systems June 2003

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Aron Schatz
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June 27, 2003
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Home systems are back for the month of June. Cheaper and cheaper the high end systems get each month with much better specs. Read it to find out my picks for the systems this month.
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<B>Intro</B>:

Welcome to another edition of the system guides. Yes, I'm in my element of home systems. Too bad I made the game systems very similar. DOH!

<B>Case</B>:

<table><tr><td>Systems Guide Case</td><td>A case is just a case. The same case as the gaming systems is fine. <a href="http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduct.asp?description=11-154-017&depa=0">Newegg has it</a>, it looks nicer and comes with a 350 watt PSU. You'll spend a scant $43 on this one.</td></tr></table>

<B>Motherboard</B>:

<table><tr><td>Systems Guide Motherboard</td><td>Just like last edition, we'll use the nForce 2 with everything on it. <a href="http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduct.asp?description=13-127-143&depa=1">Abit's NF7-M has everything you need</a>. Everything is on this board, everything. $122 from Newegg.</td></tr></table>

<B>CPU</B>:

<table><tr><td>System Guides CPU</td><td>An AMD motherboard requires an AMD CPU. <a href="http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduct.asp?description=19-103-379&depa=1">An Athlon 2500+ is perfect</a>. Speedy at 1.83 Ghz, and it is the newest Barton type CPU. It comes with a heatsink and fan, but you can get a better one is you want. $90 at Newegg.</td></tr></table>

<B>Memory</B>:

<table><tr><td>Systems Guide RAM</td><td>$40 for a stick of PC2700 256MB <a href="http://www.crucial.com/store/PartSpecs.asp?imodule=CT3264Z335&cat=RAM">of Crucial Memory</a> is just what you need. Great stuff at a good price. You can get free memory right now at Officemax, but Crucial is better.</td></tr></table>

<B>Video Card</B>:

<table><tr><td>Systems Guide Video Card</td><td>Pretty simple with onboard video.</tr></table>

<B>Optical & Magnetic Storage</B>:

<table><tr><td>Systems Guide Optical</td><td>Systems Guide Hard Drive</td><td>CompUSA has a 160GB 8MB cache Harddrive for $100. 48x CDRW at OfficeMax for $20 AR. A home system requires a DVD drive at all times. Pick up a Lite On DVD at <a href="http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduct.asp?description=27-131-112&depa=1">Newegg for $36</a>.</td></tr></table>


<B>Monitor</B>:

<table><tr><td>Systems Guide Monitor</td><td>We'll opt for a 19 inch. Still <a href="http://www.compusa.com/products/product_info.asp?product_code=296017&pfp=BROWSE">a Viewsonic one</a> from CompUSA for a price of $229.97 (AR)</td></tr></table>

<B>Mouse, Keyboard, Speakers</B>:

<table><tr><td>Systems Guide Mouse</td><td>Systems Guide Speakers</td><td> Systems Guide Keyboard</td><td>Altec Lansing AVS500w are nice 4.1 speakers on the cheap. Good quality, and the price is right at $35 (CompUSA +tax). You also need a mouse and keyboard so go for the Logitech cordless elite duo from Office Max for a price of $49.99. Network card is onboard. Sound is onboard.<td></tr></table>

<B>OS</B>:

Linux is free, but <a href="http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduct.asp?description=37-102-014&DEPA=6">Windows XP Home</a> will run you $93 at Newegg.


<b>Summary</b>

AMD Athlon XP 2500+ (2GHZ) $90
Abit NF7-M $122
Case + 400Watt PSU $43
Crucial 256 $40
160GB $100 (+tax)
48x CDRW $20 (+tax)
DVD $36
Logitech Elite Duo $49.99
Speakers $35 (+tax)
19inch Viewsonic Monitor $229.97 (+tax)
WinXP Home $93
Pretty Impressive, good stuff for a budget system.
Total: ~$860 After rebates. Awesome.
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A much better video card is on the block now.

<B>Case</B>:

<table><tr><td>Systems Guide Case</td><td>The same case! <a href="http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduct.asp?description=11-154-017&depa=0">Newegg has it</a>, it looks nicer and comes with a 350 watt PSU. You'll spend a scant $43 on this one.</td></tr></table>

<B>Motherboard</B>:

<table><tr><td>Systems Guide Motherboard</td><td>We'll drop the all onboard motherboard. <a href="http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduct.asp?description=13-127-144&depa=1">The normal NF7 is fine</a>. Everything is on this board, everything. $101 from Newegg.</td></tr></table>

<B>CPU</B>:

<table><tr><td>System Guides CPU</td><td>An AMD motherboard requires an AMD CPU. <a href="http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduct.asp?description=19-103-379&depa=1">An Athlon 2500+ is perfect</a>. Speedy at 1.83 Ghz, and it is the newest Barton type CPU. It comes with a heatsink and fan, but you can get a better one is you want. $90 at Newegg.</td></tr></table>

<B>Memory</B>:

<table><tr><td>Systems Guide RAM</td><td>$80 for a stick of (2x) PC2700 256MB <a href="http://www.crucial.com/store/PartSpecs.asp?imodule=CT3264Z335&cat=RAM">of Crucial Memory</a> is just what you need. Great stuff at a good price. You can get free memory right now at Officemax, but Crucial is better.</td></tr></table>

<B>Video Card</B>:

<table><tr><td>Systems Guide Video Card</td><td>A Radeon 9700 is a good card for this midrange system. <a href="http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduct.asp?description=14-137-009&depa=1">The FIC A97</a>. $229 at Newegg.</tr></table>

<B>Optical & Magnetic Storage</B>:

<table><tr><td>Systems Guide Optical</td><td>Systems Guide Hard Drive</td><td>CompUSA has a 160GB 8MB cache Harddrive for $100. 48x CDRW at OfficeMax for $20 AR. A home system requires a DVD drive at all times. Pick up a Lite On DVD at <a href="http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduct.asp?description=27-131-112&depa=1">Newegg for $36</a>.</td></tr></table>


<B>Monitor</B>:

<table><tr><td>Systems Guide Monitor</td><td>19 inches Big monitors. Still <a href="http://www.compusa.com/products/product_info.asp?product_code=296017&pfp=BROWSE">a Viewsonic one</a> from CompUSA for a price of $229.97 (AR)</td></tr></table>

<<B>Mouse, Keyboard, Speakers</B>:

<table><tr><td>Systems Guide Mouse</td><td>Systems Guide Speakers</td><td> Systems Guide Keyboard</td><td>Logitech's z540 is good. Good quality, and the price is right at $62.68 (CompUSA +tax).. You also need a mouse and keyboard so go for the Logitech cordless elite duo from Office Max for a price of $49.99. Network card is onboard. Sound is onboard.<td></tr></table>

<B>OS</B>:

Linux is free, but <a href="http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduct.asp?description=37-102-014&DEPA=6">Windows XP Home</a> will run you $93 at Newegg.


<b>Summary</b>

AMD Athlon XP 2500+ (2GHZ) $90
Abit NF7 $101
Fic 9700 $229
Case $43
Crucial 256MB (2x) $80
160GB $100 (+tax)
48x CDRW $20 (+tax)
Logitech Elite Duo $49.99
DVD $36
Speakers $63 (+tax)
19inch Viewsonic Monitor $230 (+tax)
WinXP Home $93
Total: ~$1135. Very nice for this type of system.
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$2000 is the upper limit here, and we want the best of the best.

<B>Case</B>:

<table><tr><td>Systems Guide Case</td><td>The same case. <a href="http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduct.asp?description=11-154-017&depa=0">This case</a> is cheap and easy. Why go with something more elaborate if you don't have too? You'll spend a scant $43 on this one.</td></tr></table>

<B>Motherboard</B>:

<table><tr><td>Systems Guide Motherboard</td><td>The newly released Canterwood will do just nicely for our best of the best. <a href="http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduct.asp?description=13-127-152&depa=1">Abit's IC7-G</a> has the new BIOS that makes it compare with their IS7. Audio and Lan included, this is what a new system needs. $199.99 from Newegg.</td></tr></table>

<B>CPU</B>:

<table><tr><td>System Guides CPU</td><td>The 3 GHZ CPU is not the fastest, but a good mix of price and performance. <a href="http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduct.asp?catalog=343&DEPA=1&submit=property&mfrcode=0&propertycode=&propertycodevalue=4186,4720">Much cheaper this time around</a>. Intel CPUs usually have good quality heatsinks. $400 at Newegg.</td></tr></table>

<B>Memory</B>:

<table><tr><td>Systems Guide RAM</td><td>Two times the memory for the Canterwood. $180 gets two sticks <a href="http://www.crucial.com/store/PartSpecs.asp?imodule=CT6464Z40B&cat=RAM">of 512MB of Crucial memory PC3200</a> is just what you need. Great stuff at a good price. </td></tr></table>

<B>Video Card</B>:

<table><tr><td>Systems Guide Video Card</td><td>A Radeon AIW 9700 Pro. Get nothing else, you won't be sorry. Get it from Newegg. <a href="http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduct.asp?description=14-102-250&depa=1">Get an ATI one, $360</a>.</tr></table>

<B>Optical & Magnetic Storage</B>:

<table><tr><td>Systems Guide Optical</td><td>Systems Guide Hard Drive</td><td>CompUSA has a 160GB 8MB cache Harddrive for $100. 48x CDRW at OfficeMax for $20 AR. Pick up a Lite On DVD at <a href="http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduct.asp?description=27-131-112&depa=1">Newegg for $36</a>.</td></tr></table>


<B>Monitor</B>:

<table><tr><td>Systems Guide Monitor</td><td>19 inches here. Still <a href="http://www.compusa.com/products/product_info.asp?product_code=296017&pfp=BROWSE">a Viewsonic one</a> from CompUSA for a price of $229.97 (AR)</td></tr></table>

<B>Mouse, Keyboard, Speakers</B>:

<table><tr><td>Systems Guide Mouse</td><td>Systems Guide Speakers</td><td> Systems Guide Keyboard</td><td>We need crap in the pants speakers. The Logitech's z560 (THX) is good. Really really expensive $200 (CompUSA +tax). You also need a mouse and keyboard so go for the Logitech cordless elite duo from Office Max for a price of $49.99. Network card is onboard. Sound is onboard.<td></tr></table>

<B>OS</B>:

Linux is free, but <a href="http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduct.asp?description=37-102-014&DEPA=6">Windows XP Home</a> will run you $93 at Newegg.


<b>Summary</b>

Intel 3Ghz (800Mhz FSB) $400
Abit Canterwood $195
ATI AIW 9700 Pro $360
Case $43
Crucial 1024MB $180
Logitech Elite Duo $49.99
z560s $200 (+tax)
160GB $100 (+tax)
48x CDRW $20 (+tax)
DVD $36
19inch Viewsonic Monitor $229 (+tax)
WinXP Home $93
Great system, it'll last for a few years.
Total: ~$1906 After rebates. Great deal.

Yes, pretty much same as the gaming system high end. Like I said, I'm better at home systems.

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