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Posted: 8/15/2007 5:50:45 AM EDT
Here are the components that I have on order for building a new Home PC. It will be used for all the normal stuff plus lots of digital photo and video storage and editing. I wanted something with some horsepower to begin with as well as the flexability to upgrade over the next few years. My wife and I have seperate user accounts and will continue to use the Fast User Switching as we do with XP now so we need a larger amount of memory to keep both sessions active and performance good.

This will be my first full build. I'm wide open to your thoughts and suggestions. I have the total cost right around $1500. I can post individual prices if you want.

Component

CPU Intel E6750

Motherboard ASUS P5K DELUXE/WIFI-AP LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Memory Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail BL2KIT12864AA804 (x2 = 4 Gb RAM total)

Graphics EVGA 256-P2-N751-TR GeForce 8600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

Sound card none

Keyboard Microsoft Natural 4000 B2M-00012 Black 107 Normal Keys 17 Function Keys USB Wired Ergonomics Keyboard - Retail

Mouse MS Wireless Optical Mouse 2000

Hard drive (2x) SAMSUNG SpinPoint T Series HD501LJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

Optical drive SAMSUNG Black 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner With LightScribe Technology - OEM

Case Antec Sonata III Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply - Retail

Monitor Acer 22" wide X221WSD

Speakers ALTEC LANSING BXR1121 15 Watts 2.1 3 piece music and gaming speaker system for PC and MP3 player - Retail

Floppy drive/media reader Koutech IO-RCM620 USB 2.0 Card Reader - Retail
Koutech KW-F7771-B FireWire 1394a + USB 2.0 Combo Internal Front Bay Connector Module - Retail

OS Windows Vista Ultimate (not included in price)

Link Posted: 8/15/2007 8:22:00 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/15/2007 9:43:03 AM EDT
I wish I could paste in my spreadsheet and not lose all the formatting since I ended up purchased most parts at Newegg, but a few locally at MicroCenter as well as BestBuy. I bolded the price that I paid and you can line it up with the 3 locations at the top of the data.

Yes, Bestbuy! They had the best prices and selection on keyboards and mice. Otherwise, their prices are nuts vs. newegg. These prices are net to newegg and don't include rebates. Total cost right around $1500 after rebates.

Component Newegg Micro Center Bestbuy

CPU Intel E6750 $211.99 $189.00

Motherboard ASUS P5K DELUXE/WIFI-AP LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $219.99 $299.99

Memory Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail BL2KIT12864AA804 (x2 = 4 Gb RAM total) $190.00 $179.99

Graphics EVGA 256-P2-N751-TR GeForce 8600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail $99.99 $109.99

Sound card none $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Keyboard Microsoft Natural 4000 B2M-00012 Black 107 Normal Keys 17 Function Keys USB Wired Ergonomics Keyboard - Retail $49.99 $34.99 $39.99

Mouse MS Wireless Optical Mouse 2000 $15.99 $31.99

Hard drive (2x) SAMSUNG SpinPoint T Series HD501LJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $239.98 $224.98

Optical drive SAMSUNG Black 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner With LightScribe Technology - OEM $33.99 $59.99

Case Antec Sonata III Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply - Retail $149.95 $139.99

Monitor Acer 22" wide X221WSD $239.99

Speakers ALTEC LANSING BXR1121 15 Watts 2.1 3 piece music and gaming speaker system for PC and MP3 player - Retail $28.99 $15.99

Floppy drive/media reader Koutech IO-RCM620 USB 2.0 Card Reader - Retail $20.99
Koutech KW-F7771-B FireWire 1394a + USB 2.0 Combo Internal Front Bay Connector Module - Retail $7.99


Everything came from newegg except for the case, CPU and monitor (and keyboard and mouse as already mentioned). Reasoning was 1) I could see and touch the case before buying and I knew it was in good shape and not damaged from shipment. I read a few reviews of cases on newegg.com that were damaged in shipment and the price wasn't that much differnt. 2) CPU was much lower at MicroCenter. It has since risen to almost the same as newegg. 3) Monitor, again I wanted to see it and so on. We will test and return if its not real sharp (some reviews online gave it lukewarm reviews), but its the best 22" bang for the buck.

Otherwise, newegg had great prices and information. Hard to beat so far, but this is my first majoe purchase from them. Every other purchase was minor. So far, so good.
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