My Current Prospective College Computer

Category: Personal,Tech
MTW @ 10:36 pm on August 5, 2006

With college fast-approaching, many of us are looks at major purchases for our rooms… Do I really need the ducky dental floss to compliment the duck wastebasket? Or maybe the duck toothbrush is enough…

Myself, I’m alittle more interested in the computer I’m buying.

After doing some looking at different options, I’ve compiled what I think is the best value system that will get me the best performance and be able to last me for all my college needs. Keep in mind this is subject to change, and I’m looking for additions, comments, suggestions, etc.

Part Picture Name/Description Price
CPU AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Manchester 2000MHz HT Socket 939 $150.00
Motherboard eVGA 133-K8-NF41 Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce SLI ATX $78.99
Video Card eVGA 256-P2-N554-AX GeForce 7600GT KO 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 $165.99
RAM Kingston ValueRAM 1GB (2x512MB) 184-Pin DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered Dual Channel $99.99
Hard Drive Open Box Segate Barracuda 7200PRM ST325082 250GB SATA 3.0Gb/s $71.57
Optical Drive NEC 16x DVD+-R DVD Burner IDE $29.50
Case/PSU Rosewill TU-155 Steel ATX Mid Tower w/ 400W PSU $49.99
Monitor NEC Accusync 70 $0
Donated by Mr. Marino
Total: $646.03

Keep in mind I’ll be adding 3x160GB IDE HDs to this configuration for a total 730GB. Also, I might be overclocking the CPU since reading an article showing that the 3800+ is easily overclock-able into the 4800+ range! I also want to expand the memory to 2GB, but not in the near future.

It interests me what other people are doing/did in terms of what computer they chose and how much they spent on it… just for comparison’s sake.

  • http://www.xanga.com/marshmallow86109 Michelle

    Haha, woww.

  • Joe

    Don’t underestimate ducks in the grand scheme of college, MTW. You’ll learn that very fast. lol

  • http://www.xanga.com/bananagirl15115 Kelly Adams

    … ducky floss?

  • http://danima.wordpress.com/2006/08/07/mac-pro/ the no-danny blog

    [...] This kid I know, Matt, is building his own computer. Very impressive and very cost effective. I built my current computer, and I kind of want a Mac now. They’re so cool and all. I don’t own an iPod though. I’ve resisted the cult of iPod. [...]

  • http://www.ftfuchs.com Freddy

    I know I sound like a broken record, but get a Core 2 Duo! Newegg just started shipping them.

    For what it’s worth, I’m kidding, they’re too expensive right now. That’s why I’m waiting.

  • Nicole

    dear matthew-
    i believe that may have been making fun of me, because i am in love with the Target duck collection. yes, it is important. and when you come to visit my pink-and-yellow-flowered-carpeted room and your feet aren’t cold and you can sit on my nice pink chair…
    you will appreciate it :)

    ps- is there really duck floss? just kidding!

  • http://www.mtwstudios.com/ MTW

    lol it was more making fun of Theresa than anyone

    I know I will appreciate it when I visit lol

  • Nicole

    oh good. you better, haha.

    i can’t wait til move in dayyyyyyyyy!!! did you sign up to do community service or the walk on the 25th?

    ps- that IS my birthday :)

  • http://blog.mtwstudios.com/2006/08/24/computer-build-tulip/ blog.mtwstudios.com » Computer Build: Tulip

    [...] Well I finally got around to building my college computer (the day before I move in). The parts I bought all from newegg.com, and it’s a slightly different configuration from what I previously posted. The entire build took about 1 hour, from start to finish. [...]

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