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Our Hand-Built Systems: Cost and Performance

Our Hand-Built Systems: Cost and Performance
Photograph: Marc Simon

Value PC Shopping List

  • AOpen AK89 Max motherboard: $115
  • AMD Athlon 64 3000+ CPU (retail version): $230
  • Kingston ValueRAM 512MB PC3200 DDR SDRAM DIMM: $86
  • Seagate Barracuda ST3200822A hard drive: $130
  • Lite-On SOHW-812S DVD±RW drive: $90
  • Abit Radeon 9600XT graphics board: $195
  • Antec SLK3700-BQE case: $90
  • Windows XP Home (OEM edition): $87

Total: $1023

Media PC Shopping List

  • Shuttle XPC SN41G2 barebones system: $270
  • 1.83-GHz AMD Athlon XP CPU: $90
  • Kingston 256MB PC2700 DDR SDRAM (two): $144
  • Seagate Barracuda ST3160023A 160GB hard drive: $140
  • TDK IndiDVD 440N 4X DVD+-RW drive: $145
  • ATI All-In-Wonder 9200 graphics board: $149
  • Windows XP Home (OEM edition): $87

Total: $1023

Power PC Shopping List

  • Asus SK8N motherboard: $180
  • AMD Athlon 64 FX-53 CPU (retail version): $800
  • Corsair 512MB PC3200 Registered DDR SDRAM DIMMs (two): $310
  • Western Digital WD Raptor WD740GD 74GB hard drive (two): $420
  • Lite-On SOHW-812S DVD+/-RW drive: $90
  • ATI Radeon X800 XT graphics board: $480
  • Aspire X-Alien ATXA7AW case: $91
  • Creative Audigy 2ZS sound card: $80
  • Windows XP Pro (OEM edition): $139

Total: $2590

Quiet PC Shopping List

  • Gigabyte GA-8IPE1000-G motherboard: $95
  • Intel Pentium 4 2.6C CPU (OEM version): $150
  • Zalman CNPS7000-AlCu heatsink: $35
  • Kingston ValueRAM 512MB PC3200 DDR SDRAM (two): $220
  • SpinPoint P SP1614N 160GB hard drive: $105
  • Lite-On SOHW-812S DVD+/-RW drive: $90
  • Asus CRW-5232AS CD-RW drive: $35
  • Gainward Silent FX Powerpack Ultra/980XP graphics board: $180
  • Coolmax CF-400 silent power supply: $120
  • Antec P-160 case: $110
  • Windows XP Home (OEM edition): $87

Total: $1227

Eric Dahl and Richard Baguley are senior associate editors for PC World.

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