I tell my co-workers and some Oceana Customers that I have known for years, to bring their Computer into me and I'll take it home and give it a once over, clean out the dust balls and defrag it (most of the time they have problems Defraging the hard Disk Drive using windows 95, 98, 98SE, win ME. WIndows XP does a lot better at helping you clean up your Computer Hard Disk Drive. I even broke down and bought Windows XP a couple of months ago. I try to have a Windows OS that Home Users like you and me, available and a Computer to match the OS so that I can see if any of you will have problems viewing YourCommissary.com. Now here is what I Built for my (maybe ) last Computer, after all I'll be 64 on my next birthday, and working seven days a week at Oceana, stocking Frozen Food for you and dealing with DeCa's Computer ordering System that no-one seems to understand
tends to make me think I want to retire, or take a vacation since I haven't had one in 15 years.
But I'm not a quiter I will beat The CAO code name
C.H.O.A.S by the vender that developed the system, and of course we bought it 150 million dollars and hire a few hundred extra employees to use it SMART HUH. I been wanting to get that out of
my system for a year or so. ah.
Steve's new machine:
First of all let me tell you it took a week or two for me to view various parts to make up my new Machine, reading all the specs and reviews from trusted Web Site's that have been around for awhile that I know tell it like it is. I didn't want to buy a Brand (like Dell, Gateway, HP, Compaq etc, because I done and did that before, I wanted to Make my own Computer like the one I did back about eight years or so ago (It Works Great and it on the Internet about everyday ) .
So I went to Pricewatch.Com to see and compare price's. I started at the highest prices for a high performance Motherboard and CPU and worked my way down, to my budget of $1,000 for a complete system minus keyboard and mouse.
I found several Venders that I liked and I reviewed their web site for trick wording and the old wysiwyg trick (what you see is what you get) is not always true on line buying some places still try to suck the blood out of you for a dollar. sell you refurbished and used CPU's and parts after all they don't have to look you in the eye's next payday like I do.
I picked the Vender I wanted to share my fourtune with, that I had work so hard for like most of you and I reviewed their Web Site for about three days getting to know their Web site and to see WYSIWYG is true or not. I found that the site would tell you what's in the box, that's important (just like you looking at the Frozen food Contents ) of the TV dinner you want to try or buy, but I'm looking for more of the good stuff. more is better .
I then decided to get their Motherboard and CPU bundle and I compared the price to the ones at other Venders Web Sites. I then setteled for ASUS P5GD2 Premimun, Motherboard and Intel P4 550 3.4 ghz CPU, it had all the basic I wanted and a lot of whistle and bells, Price$459.99 . Without CPU fan $29.99, and the New fast Graphic card slot PCI X 16 better known as PCI express this replaces the AGP slot in most Computers like the AGP replaced the PCI slot where your Video Card goes into (Where your monitor hooks up to) . The Video card I selected wasn't my first choice (remember the ($1,000.00 budget) and the 4,000 cases of frozen food I will have to stock to pay for it. I couldn't use my old AGP card ATI 9600SE that I like (rember I,m not a gamer) Guys. I only use good video cards because I edit Digital Pictures for website use and family and friends. The Video card I wanted (cheap) but would do for my needs had a 7-21 days delivery date and was from ASUS again, I wanted a MOBO (motherboard and video card that talked to each other and performed good and if the same manufacture of my Motherboard tested Video cards that worked and put their name on them then it was for me. However I had to settle with a Connect3d, ATI X600 PRO, 256 MB memory ( I had a choice of 160 of them ranging from $800.00 down to $60.00,
so I decided to split the diffrence, connect3d had 5 choices with the new Video Card Standard PCI Express, I got the $109.99(CHING< CHING)
I had two things or three parts to add to my list
a Monitor (this broke my heart) I wanted a NEC, the best in my history of buying monitors but my budget said no. So I checked My favorite vender web site to see what they had ( remember what is on sale is not allways the best, it is what you can fit in your budget (like the TV dinner) $0.69 or two for one etc, ) and I went back to Pricewatch.com and back to my favorite vender and I checked out (one days worth of reading the Spec's for monitors and what to look for and all the good stuff. and decided what I could match my bugdet with so I opted for the ACER AL1912 b 19 inch LCD monitor $279.00 with a $50.00 rebate add's up to $ 229.00 ( I hate rebates ( give me a coupon so I can give it to the cashier).
LCD Monitor 19 inch
Memory ( The best upgrade for any Computer, old or New )
I wasn't going to settle for 512 mb of memory this time around so I had my mind set on 1024 mb to start off with. MOBO will only handle a certain amount of memory (read the specs) my ASUS P5GD2 has 4 slots and can handle 4 GB's of DDR2 or DDR memory. So I decided to Visit Pricewatch.com and My favorite Venders Website to compare and to settle on a brand. Well I been hearing about a new brand OCZ. $99.99 I use to buy only from Crucial memory the best of the best, I couldn't find it at My Favorite and (remember Budget) so I checked out (sales) and specs and reviews from around the world. I decided on OCZ DDR2-533 1024 mb 2x512 . Buy two sticks 1024 mb if you are a gamer
This page was last updated: July 1, 2009
ASUS P5GD2 PREMINUM
What's in the Box
Connect3d X600 Pro 256 MB Memory
Acer Al1912b 19 inch LCD
Intel CPU Fan
Intel P4 550 3.4 ghz
I was going to go for two 1024's but I chickened out
I still had a Computer Case and 500 watt power supply to buy and one other thing or two all with-in my budget (ha). Talk about a 64 year old kid in a Candy store.
The Case $79.99 had to be big enought to handle my Asus motherboard (Most all do anyway) and have room for me to tinker (get my hands in it ) My Computer Cases have the side cover off most of the time so that I can do just that. I'll treat this one with a little respect for awhile.
The case I got was a Ultra's Wizard ATX Case with a 500 watt power supply ( Most complete computers come with a 250-350 watt power supply, I know I bought a couple, The power supply's where to small for a front runner I was building, the rule of the thumb is in a article at the bottom of this link, I wanted this power supply (But I'm on a budget) click here Power Supply
Look at the picture to the right. The new power supply's come with round cables that look so much better and they allow the air to flow through the case and keep everything cooler. Heat kills computers quicker then throwing them out the window. World’s First Fully Modular Power Supply!
X-Connect Marks the Power Supply Revolution
as far as I'm concerned
Acer Al1912 19 inch LCD
Asus P5GD2 Preminum
Intel / Socket 775 / Intel Prescott 3.4Ghz / Ball Bearing / Copper Core / CPU Cooling Fan
Connect 3D Radeon X600 Pro / 256MB DDR / PCI Express/ DVI / VGA / TV-Out / Video Card
Ultra Wizard Black ATX Mid-Tower Case with Front USB and Firewire Ports and Ultra X-Finity 500-Watt Power Supply
Ultra Silver Thermal Compound (1.0g) incase I needed it to use a dab between the CPU and Fan
Helps keep the CPU Cool and is require for Guarantees
OCZ Value Dual Channel 1024MB PC4200 DDR2 533MHz Memory (2 x 512MB
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Ultra Silver Thermal Compound (1.0g) $1.99
Premium 20 Pin to 24 Pin Power Supply to Motherboard Adapter For the Newest Mobos!
Converts 20-Pin Power Supplies to 24-Pin
I didn't find out until I received my case that I didn't need this . It already had a 24 pin connector on the power supply.$3.99 Note: ( I didn't need this after all My Power Supply came with a 24 pin connector, My Vender figured that out when I bought the case, however the Case decription said a 20 pin Conecter on their web page.) I will use it if I ever have to replace my existing power supply or give it away like I usely do . Something I didn't mention is the Asus MOBO requires a four (4) pin 12 volt connector from the power supply.
Intel introduces the Intel® Pentium® 4 processor with HT Technology targeted for desktop PCs and entry-level workstations. This Pentium 4 processor features 800MHz FSB and 1MB cache in the LGA775 package. This new package is pin-less and implements a 4 wire fan control for improved thermal acoustics. This Pentium 4 processor is designed to deliver performance across applications and usages where end-users can truly appreciate and experience the performance.
- Processor Speed: 550 / 3.4GHz
- Cache Size: 1MB
- Processor Socket: Socket 775
Does it all add up?
Did I stay within my $1,000.00
what mistake did I make on my purchase?
What would you have done diffrent?
I hope to answer these is a day or so . Now let's get this Machine assembled. Please go to next page