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Old 04-27-2005, 05:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My parents old vaio is not getting the job done and i told them i could build them a nice computer on a budget of $500. They seemed open to the idea so i thought i would put some things together and see if it all adds up. I think I have everything but I am not sure. And i need help picking out a low end video card. Is all of this compatible? Thanks. Oh, And the computer will only be mostly used for e-mail and internet but every once in a while probably some counter-strike 1.6. 60fps is fine.

Case: Antec 350W $60
http://www2.newegg.com/Product/Produ...82E16811129122

Processor: AMD XP 2800+ Barton $105
http://www2.newegg.com/Product/Produ...82E16819103377

Motherboard: Asus A7N8X Socket A $65
http://www2.newegg.com/Product/Produ...82E16813131468

Ram: 1GB(512x2) G-Skill Dual Channel pc3200 $100
http://www2.newegg.com/Product/Produ...82E16820231012

OS: Windows XP Home $90
http://www2.newegg.com/Product/Produ...82E16837102151

Speakers: 2.1 Logitech X-230 $35
http://www2.newegg.com/Product/Produ...82E16836121123

Sound: 24-bit Creative Sound Blaster Live! $30
http://www2.newegg.com/Product/Produ...82E16829102177

CD/CDRW: Sony IDE $23
http://www2.newegg.com/Product/Produ...82E16827106822

Keyboard: Lite-On $5
http://www2.newegg.com/Product/Produ...82E16823107120

This is already $513 and I wanted to get a cheap video card? Can anyone recommend a very cheap one, about $40-$50? 512mb Ram? Do i need a sound card? Should i get a less powerful processor? How can i make this $500? Is this all compatible? All suggestions and comments are appreciated!

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you will only need 512 of ram get a different mobo tho asus arent too reliable and are generally crap. look into a cheap abit or gigabyte mobo you dont need the sound cuz as onboard is just fine for the video card look into either an mx440 or a fx5200 both these cards should work pretty well for what you need. thats about also do you have a hard for it? i didnt see one get a 40gig for like 35 bucks and that should do ya if i forgot anything let me know
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Alright Thanks, i knew i forgot something, HD. Ok onboard sounds good and so does the 512, maybe now i can get this down to $500. Anyone else have suggestions?
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Get a Sempron CPU. Anything above 600 MHz will run CS 1.6 just fine.
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Yeah onboard sound will be fine for them, you can also ditch a stick of ram and get slightly cheaepr ram.

For a cheap video card that will play 1.6, even an mx440 is fine for that.
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Ok so... heres whats new...

Abit Motherboard Socket A
http://www2.newegg.com/Product/Produ...82E16813127185

Gigabyte mx4000 128mb
http://www2.newegg.com/Product/Produ...82E16814125125

Seagate 40GB HD
http://www2.newegg.com/Product/Produ...82E16822148013

Corsair Value-Select 512mb(256x2)
http://www2.newegg.com/Product/Produ...82E16820231012

Hows this? Is this all compatible?

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edit: brings me to about $520
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Actually i do have a old geforce4 64mb ti4200, do you think this would be able to get 60fps?
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Actually i do have a old geforce4 64mb ti4200, do you think this would be able to get 60fps?
60fps? It can basicly max out the origional CS. So yes, it's better than a mx440 by far.
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I suggest getting a seperate PSU. Chances are if you use that PSU a capacitor will explode or something will happen. Believe me, it happened to me like 5 months ago. And when that happens, you risk:

Fire
Outrageous Voltage going through your motherboard and chipsets(bad news)
Pretty much a dead and gone system.
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dude that psu will power his system great its an antec 350watt and is comparable to 450w no name psu's
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