Choose a Computer for me! (or help anyways)

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Member Since: Aug 29, 2003

I have about $750 to spend on a computer to devote totaly to my recording. Going to be using Adobe Aud and an M-Audio Delta 44 sound card. Now, I don't really care make or model but would prefer 80+ gig and 512 ram. Definatly P4 2.2+ and HT if I can afford it.

Anyne got any ideas on what to get around my price range? If it included a moniter that would be very nice.


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Bane of All Existence
Since: Mar 27, 2003

Sep 02, 2003 04:38 pm

shop at:

individual parts, way cheaper. gotta know what goes with what though. enjoy.

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Sep 02, 2003 05:17 pm

If you are looking to save money as well as get a high-performance PC, look into getting and AMD processor instead of an Intel Pentium. They cost far less, and perform VERY well. I just dumped my Intel system when I finally dumped my Echo sound card that kept me in an Intel-only stranglehold and my PC is running better than ever with the AMD Athlon XP 2500+. You have (or plan to get anyway) an M-Audio Delta and they work very well with AMD as well. My personal suggestion is to get a good Athlon system, put the extra $ you save into more RAM or a CD burner or something like that.

> 512MB Ram - Thats decent, should be fine there
> 80GB HD - also good, just make sure it's a high-perf drive. ATA100 or 133 and 7200 RPM
> Get a good AGP video card so the card can do the video work itself without having to feed off of the system. ATI Radeons are awesome, and things like the 7500 64MB cards are coming down in price and still are VERY nice cards.

Since: Aug 29, 2003

Sep 03, 2003 04:21 pm

Can someone with some computer knowledge please look this over and see if everything is compatable? I think it all is and is this all I would need for a comp used only for music recording, using mainly FL, Adobe Aud? Also I will be using a Delta 44 for a sound card.

Dynapower Model# METIS CS-I3ASB.701 (Silver Black) ATX MID-TOWER CASE w/ 300W POWER SUPPLY - 2 x USB RETAIL
Form Factor: ATX size up to 12" x 11".
Bays:4 x 5.25", 2 x 3.5" external 5 x 3.5" internal
Expansion Slots:7
Fans:1 x 80mm optional fan (included)
Power Supply:300W ATX12V support Intel P4 and AMD CPU
Dimensions: 8"(W) x 18 1/4"(D) x 17"(H)

Plextor 52x24x52 BLACK CD-RW ATAPI Drive Model PX-W5224TA-BPS-BL - OEM Bulk pack w/ Roxio 6.0, Photosuite 5E, and Dantc Retrospect Software
BLACK Color Bezel
Speed: 52X write, 24X rewrite, 52X read
Interface: E-IDE ATAPI
Supports Disc-at-Once, Track-at-Once, Session-at-Once, Multisession, Variable & Fixed packet writing modes and Mt. Rainier
Windows 98/2000/ME/XP

Size: 3.5 Inch 1.44MB High Density
Model: MPF920-Z
Model Highlights:
Compatible with 720 KB and 1.44 MB 3.5-inch Floppy Disks
Ideal for replacing older floppy drive, or adding a second drive
Standard 34-pin floppy drive interface for easy installation

Size: 80 Gigabytes
Interface: IDE ULTRA ATA100

CORSAIR MEMORY 512MB 64x64 PC133 VALUE SELECT. SDRAM RAM 168Pins DIMM, CL=2.5-Unbuffered, Non-parity, 7.5ns, 3.3V
Requires SDRAM Support Motherboard - Lifetime Warranty.Works with many PC-based desktops with a 133MHz (PC133) memory bus speed

KDS 17" VS-7BLK Black CRT Monitor Retail
Input Connector : 15-pin D-Sub. (Analog RGB)

ASUS P4B533 Motherboard for Intel P4 478 Retail
Processor: Socket 478 for FC-PGA2 PentiumŪ 4 1.4GHz to 2.2GHz+
Chipset: Intel 845 Chipset North, ICH4 South
FSB: 533/400 MHz
RAM: 3 x DDR DIMM Sockets Max. 2GB unbuffered PC2100 /PC1600 DDR DRAM
Slots: 1 x AGP 4X, 6 x PCI
Ports: 2 x UltraDMA 100/66/33
Audio: C-Media CMI8738 6-chan S/PDIF-in

Intel Pentium 4 / 2.4BGHz Northwood 512K Socket 478 Processor 533MHz Processor Bus OEM
CPU: 2.4 GHz
Type: Pentium 4
Cache: 512K
BUS: 533MHz
Socket: 478

**This item is NOT REFUNDABLE, exchange for same exact item only!!**
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 1

Chipset: Nvidia Geforce2 MX400
Memory: 32Mb DDR
Bus: AGP 4X
Memory Bandwidth: 2.7GB/s


Bane of All Existence
Since: Mar 27, 2003

Sep 03, 2003 05:11 pm

looks good.

oops missed the RAM!

Since: Dec 30, 2002

Sep 03, 2003 05:53 pm


You have selected the wrong ram type. You have opted for PC133Mhz SD Ram when you should be going for DDR Ram which runs at a much higher transfer rate and clock speed.

You need to get either:

ONE 512Mb PC2100 DDR Memory stick


TWO 256Mb PC2100 DDR Memory stick

The ram that you have currently selected WILL NOT WORK in this system.


I am not a crook's head
Since: Mar 14, 2003

Sep 03, 2003 06:04 pm

You might want to check the RAM...newer processors are using the (much more expensive) DDR RAM, and I'm not sure if it is backwards-compatible with SDRAM. The PC133 RAM would be kind of a bottleneck on such a nice fast system. Check for good prices on RAM. You might be able to get 512 MB of DDR RAM for $75. Check to get an idea about the people you buy from to help avoid the more dubious online vendors out there.

Also, if you play games on your computer at all, its definitely worth the extra few dollars to upgrade to a GeForce 4. They should be cheap since the GeForce FX is out now. Try to stay away from the MX versions, they're budget versions of those cards. Not that they're bad, its just that they perform much slower than the others in that line. My GF2 GTS would probably keep up with a GF4 MX. If you don't play games very much, then the GF4 MX would suit you fine.

Like DB said, you can check other processor manufacturers for better prices. Intel makes a Celeron that's cheaper and works well, Some people like the AMD, too. A different processor would probably mean a different motherboard, which may also mean different RAM.

Overall, nice system! I wish mine was that fast!

Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
Since: May 10, 2002

Sep 04, 2003 11:11 pm

I built mine from a kit from Thomson's computer warehouse Threw in another stick of ram and a second HD, and walla! I've built up 8 or 10 so far for family and friends and gotton good results always.

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