View Full Version : My early Christmas gift

27-11-2003, 21:46:48
Well I finally went ahead and did it. I splurged and spent (what I consider to be) a shitload of money on a new barebones system from newegg.

I bought the following items:
CPU P4 3.0 Ghz, 800 Mhz FSB, 478P/512k HT retail
Motherboard: Asus P4P800 Deluxe Springdale retail
RAM: Geilís 512MB PC3200 Dual Channel DDR Kit (256x2)
Case: Antec server tower, PLUS1080AMG, Retail, w/ 430w PS

For a grand total of $625.99

Once this is all delivered I will have those items plus these in my system:
GEForce 3 Ti200 (it's old, yes, but I will upgrade this later)
Creative Labs Soundblaster Audigy 2
Cambridge Soundworks 5.1 speakers
WD 100 GB hard drive
24x CD burner
other miscellaneous crap


Sir Penguin
28-11-2003, 03:04:57


28-11-2003, 03:44:21
If it's any consellation, my wallet is taking a huge hit from this - but I told myself that this upgrade is going to have to suffice me for a long time. When the system begins to grow obsolete I will overclock it to last longer.

Sir Penguin
28-11-2003, 10:23:21
I respect your restraint.


Qaj the Fuzzy Love Worm
01-12-2003, 16:11:05
Isn't that just a little expensive for what you got?

01-12-2003, 21:27:38
Originally posted by Qaj the Fuzzy Love Worm
Isn't that just a little expensive for what you got? The processor ran me the most. The rest was all the relatively high end components. Plus tax was 45 bucks.

Link to the case. (http://www.newegg.com/app/Showimage.asp?image=11-129-115-09.jpg/11-129-115-10.jpg/11-129-115-06.JPG/11-129-115-05.JPG/11-129-115-11.jpg/11-129-115-04.JPG/11-129-115-12.jpg)
Link to motherboard. (http://secure.newegg.com/app/specification.asp?item=13-131-450)

And the RAM specs:
Geil Dual Channel 184 Pin 256MBx2 DDR PC-3200 - Retail
Manufacturer: Geil
Model: GL5123200DC
Speed: DDR400(PC3200)
Type: 184 Pin DDR SDRAM
Error Checking: Non-ECC
Registered/Unbuffered: Unbuffered
Cas Latency: 2 6-3-3
Support Voltage: 2.55V-2.95V
Bandwidth: 3.2GB/s
Organization: two 32M x 64 -Bit
Special Features: Enhanced SPD for Dual Channel DDR motherboard

I could have gotten a similar system for cheaper if I wanted, yes. I could have bought a smaller case, a lower model motherboard, and regular OEM RAM. That would have saved me maybe 80 to 120 bucks. However like I said, I wanted to go for a little bit more high end items this time so that I can make sure I have lasting performance for the next two years. And Newegg was having a Thanksgiving sale, I couldn't resist :clueless:

Qaj the Fuzzy Love Worm
01-12-2003, 22:27:17
Ah. All important tax :) I know that deal - when I built my system (pricing through PriceWatch) I had to calculate whether buying outside CA would be cheaper (even if base price was more expensive) than the extra taxes I'd pay :)

Buying at NewEgg, while reputable, is a little more expensive than elsewhere. F'rinstance, the difference between the CPU bought from Newegg.com (CA) and Monarchcomputer.com (GA) is only the tax - base price is the same. Just think of all the groovy colored fluoros you could festoon your case with just based on that one saving alone :D

But all in all, quite nice, and only a little expensive, not a great deal. In fact, I'd gladly hit you in the back of the head with a sock full of oranges for that :)

02-12-2003, 01:00:08
:) Yeah, I was a bit curious about the tax. I also checked out all the items I was purchasing through price watch and compared the cheapest ones with Newegg's prices (which as you know are conveniently listed on pricewatch) and due to the sale, I was either getting 5 bucks less than everywhere else, or just 5 bucks more - nothing major. And since I live in CA, I had to pay an 8.25% tax on it all :(

Shipping is free though, which I absolutely love! I'm still waiting on the products to come - I purchased on Thanksgiving day.

Sir Penguin
02-12-2003, 02:06:38
We have to pay 15% tax.