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Old 11-07-2004, 12:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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ok here is the deal, im doing a bit of searching and trying to put together a decent pc on limited funds. i am going to throw together a list of things and post it later, but in the mean time if anyone wants to help me out that would be awesome. pretty much im looking to spend anywheres from like 500-800 dollars on it and would at LEAST like to be able to play games like cs 1.6, but if possible better ones, ok well if you feel like throwing togther a list or even suggesting parts that perform well and arent too spendy, alright well later

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Old 11-07-2004, 01:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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an AMD xp 2500+ would work nicely. A good $50-$60 motherboard.

heres my setup. very cheap:

AMD 2500+ Overclocked to 2.2GHZ
Biostar MN7CD Mobo
ATI Radeon 9200 Video Card
512MB of DDR400 Kingston RAM
Western Digital 60GB 7200rpm HD


AMD Athlon 64 3200+ \"Venice\"
ASRock 939Dual-SATA2
2GB OCZ Platinum DDR400
eVGA 256mb 6800GT
ANTEC 430watt TruePower 2.0
WD 160GB 8MB cache HDD
NEC 16x Dual Layer DVD+/-RW
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Old 11-07-2004, 01:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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For a value pc, go with AMD processors.

you might also want to check the forums at fatwallet.com to see if there are any good deals right now.
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Old 11-07-2004, 01:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
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this looks like an awesome deal...

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Old 11-07-2004, 01:37 PM   #5 (permalink)
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i think you can go even better then that. heres what i think

cpu: Athlon 64 3200 (939)http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...103-500&depa=1 $200
mb: msi k8t
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...130-463&depa=1 $118
ram: corsair value 1gig (2x512)
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...145-440&depa=1 $157
gpu: sapphire ATI Radeon 9800pro
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...102-268&depa=1 $189
hd: western digital 80gb
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduc...135-106&DEPA=1 $67
cd: lite-on 52x32x52
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...106-941&depa=1 $24

TOTAL $754

all you need is a case, power supply, and fans.
that is a very good system which will be upgradable in the future if you wish

EDIT: go with that 120gb HD from circuit city if you want
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Old 11-07-2004, 01:47 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Heres a list of some decent things:

CPU: 200$ http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...103-500&depa=1
Motherboard: 114$ http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...180-064&depa=1
Hardrive:63$ http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...145-049&depa=1
CD-RW/DVD Reader: 34$ http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...190-003&depa=1
DVD+-RW: 72$http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...182-025&depa=1
Case: 79$ http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...129-145&depa=1
PSU: 55$ http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...148-005&depa=1
RAM: 73$ http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...146-219&depa=1
Video Card 155$ http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...131-278&depa=1

Total Price: 845$
I hope that helps. Just tell me if I'm missing something.

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Old 11-07-2004, 03:33 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Okay, I went on newegg and found some stuff..

ECS "755-A2 V1.0" SiS755 Chipset Motherboard for AMD Socket 754 CPU -RETAIL

AMD Sempron 3100+ 1.8GHz, 256KB L2 Cache Socket 754 Processor - OEM

SONY Black 52x32x52 Internal IDE CD-RW Drive W/ CD Maker Software, Model CRX230ED-B2, OEM

Corsair XMS Extreme Memory Speed Series, 184 Pin 256MB DDR PC-3200 - Retail (x2)

Seagate 80GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive, Model ST380013AS, OEM

Amigo Communication ATI RADEON 9600 Video Card, 256MB DDR, DVI/TV-Out, 8X AGP, Model "NV-AGA-9042W" -RETAIL

TOTAL PRICE: $521.00
I just slapped this together pretty fast, so I may not have all the "best" components and what not, but you can look and see what you like. All you will need now is a case, psu, fans, and software (if you need it). You have $279.00 to spend on that
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Old 11-08-2004, 01:12 AM   #8 (permalink)
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the general consensus in this forum is to go socket 939 instead of 754. 754 is dead already and is limited in RAM usage... especially if you are going sempron(which you shouldnt) sempron is a horrible processor go AMD XP if your gonna go this cheap.

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Old 11-08-2004, 03:07 AM   #9 (permalink)
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AMD Sempron 3100+ 1.8GHz, 256KB L2 Cache Socket 754 Processor - OEM
ECS "755-A2 V1.0" SiS755 Chipset Motherboard for AMD Socket 754 CPU -RETAIL
these two DO NOT support Dual channel RAM, socket 754 never will, even if the motherboard does, the CPU was not built for it.

so then, there was no point in adding this ram, was there.

Corsair XMS Extreme Memory Speed Series, 184 Pin 256MB DDR PC-3200 - Retail (x2)
please do not post unless you are absolutely sure what you are posting is true, so it doesn't confuse the poeple who are asking for help. sorry if this sounds like i'm having a go at you, it just makes it easier to understand for everyone.

now, back on topic.

CPU: $84

Motherboard: $95

Video Card: $209

RAM: $122

Hard Drive: $67

TOTAL of:$577, so it fits nicely into your budget. plus a cd or DVD drive and maybe a bit over $600 but thats still 200 under your limit.

the idea is that you get a lesser CPU and overclock it to the standards, and often above, of a greater CPU. this one overclocks nicely, just talk to Nubius

that is basically it for a basic setup - plus a CD or DVD Drive, which is cheap, and you have yourself a very nice system which will play even Doom3 on very nice settings.
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Old 11-08-2004, 03:23 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I don't believe anywhere he said that the Corsair RAM would run in Dual Channel, he merely suggested getting a kit of RAM which would be cheaper than getting a single stick of that size...although yes I'll agree he should have posted a little side info that infact he won't be able to run dual channel with a socket 754 board.

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