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This time, the only item that I left out that is still important for a good system, is an ethernet card. Basically, if you have some extra cash, get a 3Com NIC, if not, most of the time a generic one will do just fine. 🙂

The price of this months system is close to $40 more than the December system. However, we did upgrade from a 1.0 GHz processor to a 1.2 GHz, AND we included a case for $170 in the price. So actually, the prices were a decrease from the previous month.

Total Price: $1941

That’s it. $2000 and you have yourself the recommended system from I frankly I think just the prestige of that title on your very own home system is enough to warrant all these purchases! 🙂 All of the prices listed in this guide are from sources that are linked in each section of the guide, by the individual components.

Here is a table format summary of all the components:

System Specifications
Processor AMD Athlon 1.2 GHz (133/266 DDR MHz)
Motherboard Epox 8KTA3
Fan / Heatsink Thermaltake Super Orb
Memory Mushkin Rev2 PC133 SDRAM 256MB
Video Card GeForce 2 GTS 64MB
Hard Drive IBM Deskstar 75GXP 45GB
Sound Card Sound Blaster Live!
CD/DVD-ROM Acer 1640A 16x DVD-ROM
Case 3DCOOL.COM Tornado 1000
Monitor 19″ Samsung 955SL
Speakers Altec Lansing ATP3
Mouse Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer
Operating System Windows 98 SE

As always, feel free to leave your comments or suggestions or even some complaints over in our forums, or you can email me directly about them. Below, you will find some links on where you can find some low prices on the components listed in this article. Enjoy and good luck!

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