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Performance Computing - Q1 2005 (AMD64 and SLI Overclocked) - How much does it all cost?

It has been 14 months since our last Performance PC article was published where we collected the best performing computer parts around and built up one of the quickest and most expensive systems of its time. Today we bring you our much anticipated follow-up taking a look at exactly what almost $5,000 USD worth of hardware gets you. Based around an AMD Athlon 64 system with SLI, we have oodles and oodles of performance to play with. Read on as we bring you our recommended Performance Computing system for Q1 2005.

| Editorials in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Feb 4, 2005 5:00 am

How much does it all cost?

 

It's all good and well us saying what components to use but this time we thought we would give you an idea on the cost of the individual components. All prices are listed in US dollars and sourced from our price comparison website, DealTime. Prices change constantly so make sure you check for updated pricing.

 

The only item that we couldn't find a price on through our price comparison website was the XP-120 cooler so we have included the price of the XP-90 instead.

 

THE PROCESSOR - AMD Athlon 64 3800+

 

Price Range - $560.00 - $846.00 @ DealTime

 

Best Price - $610.00 @ ZipZoomFly

 

THE MOTHERBOARD - ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe

 

Price Range - $182.00 - $265.00 @ DealTime

 

Best Price: $178.00 @ Compuplus

 

THE GRAPHICS CARDS - Dual nVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra (BFG)

 

Price Range: $480.00ea - $738.00ea @ DealTime

 

Best Price: $499.99ea @ ZipZoomFly

 

THE MEMORY - OCZ 3200 Platinum Rev 2 2-2-2-5 1GB Kit

 

Price Range: $260.00 - $289.00 @ DealTime

 

Best Price: $259.95 @ Atacom

 

THE HARD DRIVE - Western Digital 74GB Raptor

 

Price Range: $175.00 - $266.00 @ DealTime

 

Best Price: $175.00 @ ZipZoomFly

 

THE DVD BURNER - Pioneer (DVR-A08XL) DVD±RW Burner

 

Price Range: $120.00 - $154.00 @ DealTime

 

Best Price: $119.99 @ Tiger Direct

 

THE POWER SUPPLY - Zippy 500Watt Power Supply

 

Price Range: $117.50 @ DealTime

 

Best Price: $117.50 @ Newegg

 

THE CPU COOLER - XP-90

 

Price Range - $58.99 @ DealTime

 

Best Price: $58.99 @ Newegg

 

THE GRAPHICS CARD COOLERS - NV Silencer 5

 

Price Range - $28.49ea @ DealTime

 

Best Price: $28.49ea @ Newegg

 

Now that's the main components that we have here today but we have ran into a problem. We don't have a case, speakers, keyboard, mouse or monitor.

 

So out of some personal recommendations we would draw your attention to the following items which we have personally used and approved of:

 

THE MONITOR - Apple 23" Wide Screen LCD

 

Price Range - $1750.00 - $2376.00 @ DealTime

 

Best Price: $1750.00 @ CTI

 

THE SPEAKERS - Logitech Z-5500 Computer Speakers

 

Price Range - $255.00 - $400.00 @ DealTime

 

Best Price: $255.00 @ Compuplus

 

THE CASE - Lian Li V2000

 

Price Range - $239.00 @ DealTime

 

Best Price: $239.00 @ PC Toy Land

 

THE MOUSE - Logitech MX-510 Mouse

 

Price Range - $29.00 - $61.00 @ DealTime

 

Best Price: $29.99 @ Compuplus

 

THE KEYBOARD - Microsoft Digital Media Pro Keyboard

 

Price Range - $20.00 - $31.00 @ DealTime

 

Best Price: $28.99 @ Newegg

 

So how much does the ultimate performance computer cost at the time of writing?

 

Grand Total - $4879.37 USD or about $6,400 AUD

 

 

 

Find the lowest price on parts to build the Performance PC!

 

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