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this is what i'm doing...







I figured out you can build a 1200.00 computer for about 450.00 so i decided to give it a try, wish me luck :thumbup
 

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geek!





im just kiddin, thats exactly what i did. so much cheaper to build it yourself. now for my exciting friday night of installing headers on my friends F350.
 

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Only the Bronco
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Trust me, it's easier than it looks, I'll also never buy pre-built computer again
 

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ate lug
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Yeah me neither, i just upgrade parts every so often. Last year i bought a new mother board, so naturally i had to buy new ram (DDR :cool: ) and a processor (P4 2gig). Next up in the list is to replace my slightly outdated (4 or so years old) video card.

as for 'off the shelf' computers......
My company just bought a new comp from Dell for the secretaries, and HOLY CRAP is it filled with junk. There mustve been 15-20 icons on the desktop! I could probably sit there for over a half hour deleting crap that theyd never even consider using.
 

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Yea I am about to build one up, but for what I am doing tonight, just bought a k&n drop in for 20 dollars.
 

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Only the Bronco
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reptillikus, "That" is why I never buy another off the shelf computer, Back in the day, my 'rents bought a goold old HP 3165 P150 blah, blah, and if it wasn't filled with so much crap, it had a 1.6 gb drive in it, and 800 megs were filled with their crap :uke:
 

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well so gar its together and running, all fans work, floppy works, hard drive works, cd rom works, windows is loaded, temp is in range, only problem is i have a led wire crossed somewhere, the power light doesnt show when on but the standby light does, i'll figure that out tommorow

heres what i have in it...

ATX Mid Tower Case with 10 BAYS 400 WATT power = $27.50

Biostar Motherboard = $54.50
Chipset: NVIDIA nForce2 SPP / MCP2
FSB: 200/266/333/400
RAM: 2x 184-pin DDR SDRAM DIMM (DDR 200/266/333/400 support)
Onboard LAN and Audio

AMD ATHLON XP 2500+ "Barton" 333 FSB PROCESSOR = $92.00
CPU: 1.83 GHz
Type: XP 2500 Barton Core
Cache: 512K L2, 128K L1, Total 640KB
BUS: 333MHz
Heatsink and Fan included

Asus V7100 PRO64 PURE 64MB Geforce 2 MX400 SDRAM Video Card = $40.00

GEIL DDR RAM 512MB PC-3200 400MHz Ultra- CAS 2.5 = $83.00

BELKIN Floppy Drive Kit = $8.64

Maxtor 80GB 7200RPM 8MB Cache = $76.05

Khypermedia 52x24x52 CD-RW = $28.00

ANTEC All Clear PRO 80mm 4 pin Fan = $4.50

ANTEC THERMAL GREASE = $2.49

Thermaltake copper CPU Shim = $2.99

= $419.67 + $16.08 shipping = $435.75

and 2 more fans at 16.00 for a grand total of $451.75
 
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and 2 more fans at 16.00 for a grand total of $451.75
NICE... dont you just love it! its great taking the cheaper, but better way out :thumbup
 

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Only the Bronco
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nice, similar to what I'm running

Gigabyte GA-7VAX
Athlon XP 2500+ Barton Core
512 DDR 2700 Ram
80 GB Maxtor Hard Drive
HIS Radeon 9200 VIVO Video
16x Pioneer DVD Rom
16x10x40 HP CD Burner
Thermaltake Volcano 7 Cooling Fan
Soundblaster Live! Value
Antec Case Cooling Fan


I beleive that about it, this computer has slowly been built up ver the years, so I can't put a price on the total, bit I just replaced the Video Card, the Hard Drive, the Motherboard, RAM, and CPU in the last year
 

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I got one of those CD bureners, Cost me $10 at a back-to-school sale in Detriot :brownbag

100mb internal Zip for $17 off eBay

One of my Aux fans got noisy on me, so I'm going to replace it with 2 smaller ones.

Anybody try to build their own laptop????
I failed at my IMB Thinkpad 600 :cry
Not sure how to fix it now
 

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I too tried and failed at a Thinkpad 600...then again the battery is dead and cost more than trying to fix the dang thing. I'll stick to building desktops..though I've gotten into the habbit of only a cpu fan/heatsink and leaving the case fully open.
 

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nice deal building ur comp! :thumbup I just built one too about 3 weeks ago or so. It came out to a little over 1000 bux because I kept my 2 80 gig IBM drives and my GF4 card from my old comp. Here are some pics...










Kinda bright in my room in the pictures...Ill try to take some at night. And yes, It is watercooled. :cool:
 

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Only the Bronco
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I was going to ask if it was water cooled by all the tubes in it
 

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Only the Bronco
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I'm going to be building one come monday for my aunt, it's going to be similar to mine, just a smaller drive, video card ans such
 

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Only the Bronco
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I just snapped a few pics of mine, one with flash and one without


 
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