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Old 07-12-2005, 02:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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the budget for the gaming system i plan to build at the end of summer is slowly shrinking so im forced to rethink my setup. wut im looking for are components that get the best performance for their price. recommendations in all areas are welcome (EXCEPT monitor, RAM, mouse, keyboard, sound card, and speakers).
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6800GT, AMD Venice processor
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can u elaborate alittle more?
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can u elaborate alittle more?
6800GT, AMD Venice processor

There, a little more.
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6800GT, AMD Venice processor

There, a little more.
x800XL is a better bang for the buck. 250 compared to 320, and the only significant difference is in doom3.

If you can, I would suggest the 6800AGP. Thats if your going AGP btw.
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nope im defintetly getting a PCI-E mobo (probably SLI or Crossfire). as a reference i mainly play CS:S, Bf2, Guild Wars, Halo, and Warhammer 40k; thus, it seems logical that i go with ATI because they seem to show better or equal performance in every game except Doom3. however, i may just get a 6800gt because i culd SLI it in the future.

any1 hav any recommendations in any other categories?
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DFI SLI Motherboards:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136157
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136158
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136151

Newegg also has the last two boards refurbished for around 135.

Seagate (Preferrably SATA) Hardrives:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148040
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148039
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148034
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148066
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148065

Socket 939 AMD Proccessors (I don't know your budget, so I just choose a few):
AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Venice - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103537
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Venice -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103535
AMD Athlon 64 3500+ Venice - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103533
AMD Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103539
AMD Athlon 64 4000+ San Diego - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103529
AMD Athlon 64 FX55 San Diego - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103527
And there are also some X2's..
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Also, what RAM that you already have are you using?
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Optical Drives:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827152047
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If ur on a budget all those games will run nicely on a 6600GT!!X800XL isnt that great
right now ur gonna want to go nvidia but later on when ati realeases there new cards thats when ur gonna want ati i think the new chips are gonna rock but be very expensive
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