I am also looking for a new tweakable system to buy, But No way am I going to go as high as $5000. I am more in the range of $2.5k. In my search I plan to get a system that will run stable at or above 1GHz 150MHz FSB, and 256Mb @133Mhz of RAM with over 20GB of HD @ 72000 rpm, CD re-writer, DVD player, the best Video card, 10Mb/s LAN card, and over 21 inch screen. And that just the main stuff. Yes I plan to get all of this for under $2500. If I do achieve my goal I will post it up for u and all to see, so that people can get some ideas of what they can achieve too.
If anyone has some ideas or suggestions please tell me. I think I will need all the help I can get.
He wants it for 3D rendering, real-time full motion simulation and CAD work along with other not so demanding things (word processing, internet, voice recognition).
I was thinking along the lines of:
SUPERMICRO 370DL3 w/ ULTRA 160 SCSI
2x PIII 750 cB0
1x 256MB PC-133 SDRAM
1x SEAGATE 36GB ULTRA 160 10K RPM HDD 4MB Cache
LeadTek 64MB AGP GTS II
SB Live! Value
Panasonic 21" Monitor 1800*1440 Max Rez @ 71Hz
That totals $3599 so far from a competitively priced dealer. (not the absolute cheapest though
Still need more RAM (384 min 512 max), a DVD ROM drive, a floppy, a full tower case with 400Watt PSU. He has an existing 10x/8x/32x IDE writer I plan to salvage.
Damn PIII 550 XEON w/ 1MB cache is over $3,000!
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