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If I were going to build a system today, I would use:
  1. images/bd10265.gif If I were Building a System Today... (3/29/07) by Joe Whinery
  2. images/bd10265.gif Joe Whinery's Excel Spread Sheet List of PC Build Specs: (Compare Prior Build Specs).

For proper Display (1024x768). When Printing, change your Printer Driver properties from Portrait to Landscape mode. Otherwise, you may not be able to print this worksheet with all Part Numbers viewed. Enjoy! GB

    DDR By Joe Whinery 12/29/2006    
        Dual Core

Directron

Axiontech

  Item Brand Model Est. Price

Actual $

Part Numbers

S/N

1.) Case CoolerMaster CAC-TO5-UW

$48.00

 

CS-CAC-T05-UW

NewEgg

1a.) Case P/S Thermaltake TR2 W0069RU

$46.00

 

W0069RU

NewEgg

2.) DVD-ROM Sony DDU1615 (OEM)

$18.99

 

DDU1615

NewEgg
3.) DVD+-RW Lite-On OEM SHM165H6S-BLK

$32.99

 

SHM165H6S-BLK

NewEgg
4.) CPU Athlon 64 x2 4200+ ADA4200CUBOX

$176.99

 

CPU-ADA4200CUBOX

NewEgg

5.) Fan (CPU) Included with Retail Box Athlon XP     ^  
6.) Floppy Mitsumi OEM D359M3D (pdf)

$7.99

 

D359M3D MIT

NewEgg
7.) SATA HDD WDC WD1600JS 160 GB $54.99  

HD-WD1600JS

NewEgg

8.) Hard Drive WDC WD1600JS 160 GB $54.99  

Use this for Backup / Imaging

<$0.40 per GB

9.) Keyboard Logitech MX3000 Combo $58.99  

 

 
10.) Memory Kingston KVR667D2N5K2/1G DDR2-667 $115.00  

DIMM-KVR667D2N5K21G

NewEgg

10a.)   Crucial CT2KIT6464AA667  DDR2-667 $149.99   DDR2: 800 or 667; 800 is Best NewEgg
11.) Modem Lucent Agere 56K - V.90 Modem Drivers OEM $8.50  

MDM Lucent

 
12.) LCD Monitor Acer AL1916AB - 19" $199.99  

AL1916AB

NewEgg

13.) MotherBoard Giga-Byte GA-M55plus-S3G $92.00  

MB-GA-M55PLUS-S3G

 
14.) Mouse Logitech Included in Wireless Desktop        
15.) OS Windows XP XP Pro OEM $132.00    

 

16.) Speakers Altec Lansing SPK-VS2321 $38.99  

SPK-VS2321

 
17.) Video Card

Video Card is optional, Vista compatible video on motherboard.

 

  Total ...

=

$1,078.42

     
  Something else to consider below!!        
18.) Router LinkSys WRT54G Wireless-G (V6.0) $74.00  

Look for this item on sale locally for <$40.00

19.) Mobile Rack

Kingwin

HD-KF-91 - BK (SATA) $19.00  

HD-KF-91-BK

NewEgg

20.) Monitor (Old CRT Specs)      

Directron Monitor List

 

               
               
Additional PC Build Considerations & Information:
  1. images/bullet2.gifBuild Check List
  2. images/bullet2.gifAssembling your PC by Joe Whinery

     

  3. Other Component Options:
  4. www.microsoft.com:  Windows Catalog - This link is provided in case you need to check other component additions not listed for Win XP Pro HCL (Hardware Compatibility List).
  5. www.WindowsVista.com
    1. www.SeeWindowsVista.com
    2. Windows Application Compatibility
    3. images/bullet2.gifWindows Vista Upgrade Advisor images/bullet2.gif
  6. images/bullet2.gifPC Pitstop's Vista Readiness Test Center images/bullet2.gif
  7. images/bullet2.gifNVIDIA Chipset Drivers:

 

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