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Old 07-24-2005, 07:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am on a tight budget and was wondering if you could help me out with a $550 computer build. I will be playing games on it, but don't need a really high tech vid card, because I will be OCing hopefully. I have a build so far and was wondering if it is good enough. It's 552.45 including shipping. By the way, I'm not afraid to purchase refurbished stuff of newegg, if it's faulty I can always send it back.

Case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811156140
Processor - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103377
Mobo - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131455
RAM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16820218062R
Hard Drive - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822144232
CD/DVD burner - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827140117
Vid Card - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16814145058R

I'll just be using stock-cooling for now but once I have a few more dollars I'll get a few more fans. I'm not looking for a good upgradeable computer because this is my first build, and I have no job so I'll probably be doing a new build in a year or so. Not to mention, I'll be OCing everything possible, including RAM, CPU, MOBO, and VID card. Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-24-2005, 07:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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A few bucks more with shipping, but 100 times better:
http://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/...?BundleExist=N
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I don't know what you were trying to show me with that link but it just took me to a bunch of wish lists. Is there one you are trying to point out?
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Oh, maybe the link on'y works for me

Here you go:


URAIDMAX ATX-822WBP Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 420W Power Supply - Retail
Model #: ATX-822WBP

$45.99

GIGABYTE GA-K8NSC-939 Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce3 250Gb ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Model #: GA-K8NSC-939

$77.00

eVGA 128-A8-N350 Geforce 6600GT 128MB GDDR3 AGP 4X/8X Video Card - Retail
Model #: 128-A8-N350

$159.00

AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Venice 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Processor Model ADA3000BPBOX - Retail
Model #: ADA3000BPBOX

$146.00

Western Digital WD1200LB 120GB 7200 RPM IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive - OEM
Model #: WD1200LB

$69.00

AOpen Black IDE Model DUW1616ARR BLK - OEM
Model #: DUW1616ARR BLK

$39.99

Subtotal: $536.98
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That's a good setup but there is one problem, maybe it's just me but I didn't see RAM. That price would be one I'm willing to spend but there is no memory. And that will bump it up to around 600$ without shipping. Can't afford that setup.
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Silly Idiotec.... if you're on a tight budget go w/ Corsair Value Select 1GB or Twinmos 1GB.
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That's a good setup but there is one problem, maybe it's just me but I didn't see RAM. That price would be one I'm willing to spend but there is no memory. And that will bump it up to around 600$ without shipping. Can't afford that setup.
Bah! I forgot RAM lol

Yeah, so you would be just a bit over your budget with the RAM. If there is any way though you could scrounge up a few more bucks, that build would seriously rock. If not, you could also go down to this video card:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814125124

This card is just about on par with that 5700Ultra you posted, but is quite a bit cheaper. That would more than make up for the price of the RAM and you would still have a nice A-64 setup.

But as I said, if you can get a few more bucks, that 6600GT really rocks!
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Already have my TwinMOS 1GB ram picked out. Anyone have any suggestions for changes or different route to take?
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Need people's input. Should I get the setup I previously picked out, or should I switch my vid card for the one posted above for 35$ cheaper and upgrade my processor to a Venice?
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AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Venice Socket 939 Processor-146
Arctic SIlver Premium Photosynthetic Silver Thermal Compound Arctic Silver 5-8
DFI LANPARTY UT nF4 Ultra-D Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ATX AMD Motherboard-130
CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model VS1GBKIT400-79
Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 ST380817AS 80GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive-62
eVGA 6600GT 128MB DDR3/PCI-E/TV-Out/Dual-DVI-169
NEC Black IDE DVD Burner Model ND-3540A-56
Windows XP Home Edition w/SP2-92 (Do you need?)
Total $650 not including the ^^ and case.

As for psu, if you have a decent one in your case, you don't need, but if not:
Rosewill RP550 ATX 550W Power Supply-57
ASPIRE ATX-AS520W BLACK ATX 520W Power Supply-55
either one will do $705-707
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