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The Mad Monk
02-03-2006, 20:23:48
Finally hammered down everything, mom is getting:

ASUS A8N-SLI Premium Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813131540 $163.49
ASUS Black E-IDE/ATAPI DVD Burner With 5X DVD-RAM Write Model DRW1608P2SBLACK - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135063 $42.99
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Venice 1GHz HT Socket 939 Processor Model ADA3200BWBOX - Retail
Item #: N82E16819103572 $168.00
CORSAIR ValueSelect 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered System Memory Model VS2GBKIT400C3 - Retail
Item #: N82E16820145579 $149.99

ATI ALL-IN-WONDER Radeon X800XL 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814102582 $299.00
Antec TRUEPOWERII TPII-550 ATX12V 550W Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16817103931 $89.99
3 Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200KS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drives - OEM
Item #: N82E16822136003 $405.00 (one is for me, other two will be mirrored)
Microsoft Windows XP Professional With SP2 - OEM
Item #: N82E16837102062 $146.95
TRENDnet TK-206I USB KVM Switch - Retail
Item #: N82E16817107250 $19.99
SONY Black 1.44MB External USB Floppy Drive Windows & MAC OS - OEM
Item #: N82E16821103510 $24.99
U.S. Robotics USR5660A 56Kbps Modem - Retail
Item #: N82E16825104143 $19.99
Subtotal: $1,525.38
Tax: $0.00
Shipping: $46.48
Total: $1,571.86

Plus this case:

Sunbeam Transformer IC-TR-B Blue Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811166005 $82.50


I decided to to overspec the motherboard and PS, so there will be room for upgrades if that becomes necessary. The CPU looks underspeced compared to the rest of the system, but I was bottoming out budget wise, and it should be simple enough to upgrade to dual-core if the time comes.

Mom will have the hottest computer in the family. :cool:

03-03-2006, 02:00:07
My eyes! :)

But seriously, the last problem it should ever have is sluggishness.

03-03-2006, 09:09:29
The case is bloody awful and $25 for a floppy drive :eek:

Should run great and seems future* proof with the option to upgrade to dual core and running 2 graphics cards in SLi.

*(3 years)

03-03-2006, 13:13:02
If only she knew how to use it.

03-03-2006, 13:26:10
I'm not quite sure on this one but as you've bought an OEM version of XP SP2; I think you have to buy another license if you change your CPU?

The Mad Monk
03-03-2006, 13:54:27
Better not be, and I don't believe that to be true. Otherwise, there must be hordes of unhappy prebuilt upgraders out there.

$25 for a floppy drive

A $25 external USB floppy drive. Hopefully the last floppy drive I will ever have to buy.

03-03-2006, 13:54:31
And there was I, told you could reactivate it with a whole new motherboard. (http://www.counterglow.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=33150)

Non-OEM only eh ?

03-03-2006, 16:04:17
Is your mother an extreme gamer or did she just have money to waste?

The Mad Monk
03-03-2006, 18:09:32
She wanted a case kind of like mine. :)

08-03-2006, 23:48:35
Seeing as nobody else has said it;

Nice job. Well done. Good luck.

09-03-2006, 12:03:43
kewl computer......so now it's fun to visit mum.
def. a win-win situation.