What I can get for $3000 US?

in General Discussion edited January 2014
There's a new in my other thread to explain why I suddenly have this budget

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Basically I need to have at least a PC.....I am thinking about getting one Mac and one PC....I won't buy anything until January so now I have plenty of time to hear your opinions


EDIT: The purchase MUST BE computer related.

[ 12-20-2001: Message edited by: Leonis ]

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  • Reply 1 of 10
    get a roland v-drum kit

    those things are sweet
  • Reply 2 of 10
    matsumatsu Posts: 6,558member
    Maybe you'll be able to get a big fast G5 come January!!!

    You can always build some cheap stripped down dual athlon linux boxes for a render farm later on.

    Do you have a laptop?
  • Reply 3 of 10
    What I'd get for PC:

    Athlon XP 1900+ (or 2000 if its out by then)

    chip set that supports DDR333 (can't think of the name right now....there is one)

    512 MB DDR333

    Lite-On IDE 32x12x40x CD-RW

    DVD-RW (internal of course)

    Cooler Master case

    Sound Blaster Audigy platinum w/breakout box

    Zip 250 MB

    1.44" floppy drive

    good cooling system

    Radeon 8500DV

    Sony 21" FD Trintron

    Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound system

    nice speakers

    Mandrake 8.0

    what else?
  • Reply 4 of 10
    groveratgroverat Posts: 10,872member
    Yes, Leonis, get that one.
  • Reply 5 of 10
    leonisleonis Posts: 3,427member
    [quote]Originally posted by groverat:

    <strong>Yes, Leonis, get that one. </strong><hr></blockquote>

    I am thinking about getting a dual Athlon. That thing will rock on 3D rendering
  • Reply 6 of 10

    Congrats on the job Leonis. I'd get a Dual 800 w/o the superdrive. and an iPod

    and virtual PC\t\t :o

    Actually, I would wait until Jan 7th.
  • Reply 7 of 10
    Hi Leonis! Well, you are a lucky boy! I would back up your current leanings and say:

    Go for a dual processor Athlon board (1.2GHz or whatever). Plug in 512mb of DDR and a fast Hard Drive. The Graphics card depends on your work style, but probably a Radeon 8500 will be fine (or DV as mentioned above).

    Okay, that thing should cost about $1500 or so, without monitor. If you have a monitor, then fine. If not, I can recommend the LaCie Electron Blue range (sitting at one now).

    Onto the Mac side .... I will assume you have $1000 left. Okay, I would get an iBook, so that you can work on the go. Hmmm, nice.

    I wish I was you (although my iBook 600 DVD should be getting delivered today!!!!)
  • Reply 8 of 10
    marcukmarcuk Posts: 4,442member
    Why don't you pay off that credit card Leonis? :eek:
  • Reply 9 of 10
    macaddictmacaddict Posts: 1,055member
    I don't know much about 3D rendering, but you can, as you probably know, get a lot of PC for a small price.

    From Pricewatch:

    Dual Athlon MP 1600s w/HSF: $340

    Shuttle AK31 3.1: $80

    Inwin Q500: $80

    256MB PC2100: $50

    Radeon VE: $50

    Ethernet Card: $25

    20GB 7200RPM: $100

    52X CD: $20

    $750, add some $250 monitor to get a speedy system for just shy of a grand.

    Or forget useful work and buy a nice gaming machine.

    CoolerMaster ATC 101


    2 256MB PC2100

    Shuttle AK31

    Nice heatsink (PARC?)

    A few Delta Fans

    Radeon 8500DV

    GF3 TI500

    Dual Sony Widescreen 24" Trinitrons

    A few 15000RPM SCSI drives on a RAID

    A good RAID controller

    A good SCSI controller

    Ethernet card

    SB Audigy Platinum


    32X CDRW

    16X DVD

    DVD R

    Floppy Drive (just for fun)

    It may run a little over the price limit though.
  • Reply 10 of 10
    Shiiiiiiiit man get a XP 1900+ MP! Or at least 1800+.
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