New Computers

December 1, 2008

I have a budget of $6,000 to build 2 new computers for myself. I’ve paid for my new computers and am now waiting for them to be built and delivered.

In my living room I will set up a media centre with a large hard drive to hold all my music, television recordings, photos, games and movies. With a large screen for display this will be my main source of entertainment.

I’ll also have a laptop for web browsing, writing and general computing but the laptop will be able to access the media centre via my wireless network to stream movies, music, etc. I most likely will also want to play games on the laptop.

I already have a wireless router and network set up in my house. I also have a Logitech Z-5500 5.1 Dolby Digital speaker system with digital S/PDIF connection.

With your assistence I also want to develop a wireless mesh network in Naracoorte. The requirements of such a network should also play into the hardware requirements of my new computers.

To work out the specifics of my new computers I have used the following websites:

Laptop MSI GX630/AMDZM80/4G/320GB/V-HPr


  • AMD Turion X2 Ultra ZM-80 Dual Core 2.1 GHz


  • 15.4 inch
  • WXGA
  • ACV (Amazing Crystal Vision)

Graphics Card

  • NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
  • 512Mb DDR3 VRAM


  • 4 GB (2×2 GB)
  • DDR2 667

Hard Drive

  • 320 GB SATA
  • 5,400 rpm

Optical Drive

  • DVD Super Multi


  • 4-in-1 Card Reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS Pro)
  • Built-in Gigabit Ethernet LAN & Modem Module
  • Built-in 802.11 b/g WLAN (will add either 802.11n internal card or Netgear WN511 Cardbus Adapter)
  • Bluetooth V2.0+EDR
  • Graphics Card Output (15-pin, D-Sub) x1
  • USB 2.0 ports x3
  • Mic-In port x1
  • Headphone Output x1
  • Modem port x1
  • LAN port x1
  • PCI Express Card x1
  • eSATA x1
  • HDMI x1
  • Li-Ion 6 cells
  • Targus carry bag
  • integrated 2.0 Megapixel webcam

Operating System

Media Centre


  • AMD Athlon 64 Quad Phenom 9950 2.6 GHz 4MB cache AM2 CPU


Graphics Card

  • Asus EN9600GT/HTDI/512MB


  • Kingston 2GB DDR2 800MHz x2

Hard Drive

  • Seagate 1 Tb Barracuda ST31000340AS 32MB cache

Optical Drive

  • Pioneer BDC-502BK Blue-Ray player


  • Antec Fusion Remote Max HTPC


  • Asus M3N-H/HGMI GF8300 AM2+ GBL HD Audio Firewire, S/PDIF, PCI x3, PCI-E16 x1, PCI-E x1
  • Netgear WN311B RangeMax Wireless-N PCI Adapter
  • Belkin Bluetooth USB Adapter v2.0 (100m range) (mounted internally)
  • Fusion DFUDVI-130 Dual 4 tuner card
  • Antec EarthWatts 650W PSU

Operating System

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14 Responses to “New Computers”

  1. 迷你倉 Says:

    In my workplace,I am using a PC that costs less than HK$2000.00 (about US$260.00).
    The cost of PC is cheaper & cheaper everyday.


  2. Bill Smith Says:

    Sorry I will not be able to quote on there systems

  3. Gleen Globes Says:

    Oh 😦
    Why not? Can you at least quote me prices for some of the components for either computers?

  4. 迷你倉 Says:

    Computers are very cheap in Hong Kong.
    Buy one if you visit Hong Kong.

  5. Gleen Globes Says:

    Seems like no one in Naracoorte is interested in my money

    Oh Well!!

    If I don’t get any replies before this weekend 6th Dec (replies can include “please give me more time!!”) I will order a media centre from Better Access and the screen and, most likely, the laptop from Dell.

    Would much prefer to leave my money here in Naracoorte tho.

  6. Gleen Globes Says:

    I have been asked to give more time to a store in Naracoorte so I will wait until Wednesday 10th Dec before ordering online.

    Seems like Dell Australia doesn’t have an option to build a laptop without including Windows or Microsoft Works on their web site.

    Any other sites out there that let you build a laptop without forcing you to pay for Microsoft licenses?

  7. Josh Kennith Says:

    Um AMD processor in a notebook. Thats probably not a good idea. They run slow and hot. Cheap dual core is the go.

  8. Gleen Globes Says:

    I want an AMD processor rather than Intel as they seemed more Linux friendly according to Forums, etc. I have read.

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