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Mah Sister's Computer: Blueprint


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Purpose: To play Final Fantasy XI; web design/ using various applications for web design (IE photoshop, etc.) + word processing.

 

Requirements:

40 gigs, [harddrive]... but it should have a decent amount of ram, and a goooood processor.

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my only suggestion to to get more hard drive space, maybe 1 80 gig. You coiuld offset the price difference with a slightly lower vid card. I don't suppose she'd need the 9800, maybe a 9600 in the $150 price range. Plus, you don't have to get everything from newegg. Try Pricewatch to find the best deals on each part.

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If you wanna save time, I've got a P4 system for sale for $600. Specs:

 

2.4GHz P4 (northwood)

FIC VC11 board (I know, not an OCer's dream)

384MB RAM (128MBx3)

Powercolor Radeon 9700 (4500 in 3DMark03 on stock setting, never OCed)

80GB hard drive

CDRW drive

Keyboard and mouse included

XP Pro already installed

 

Computer's in great shape, only a few months old. Only defect is a small dent in the top of the case (no paint chips or anything, just a dent). Also, the picture is a little old, and I've since cleaned off the fingerprints (gotta protect my identity :P). Free shipping if you're actually interested. If not, then the only thing I'd change about your plan is maybe only get 1x512 or 2x256. She won't really need 1GB (although it is nice to have)

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the way i see it with the ram and video card thing is... you can always add another hard drive later but buying another video card will cost you more in the long run.

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I'd look into a 2600+ Mobile chip, better for OC and faster overall.

 

For Ram, stay away from value ram, check out the Patriot 2x512, they've got some good ram (according to reviews, and Clay Meow just bought some).

 

For MOBO go DFI ultra infinity or abit nf7-s (then you don't have to buy a soundcard).

 

Look into a new psu (antec/enermax) for cleaner voltage and more on the 12v rail.

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