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Old 11-26-2004, 10:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Okay, the deal is...

I'm on a 500 dollar budget. This of course does not include shipping, and I will be getting RAM, Windows XP, and a hard drive seperately.

Anyway, what should I do from here? I need my case, CD drive, floppy drive, mother board, graphic card, and processor. What does everyone suggest? I'd like an Athlon 64, but besides that, I'm stuck. Any advice?
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Old 11-26-2004, 10:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This sounds like a gaming machine, if this is the case, and I think it is, $500 is sparce and will barely cover an AMD 64 w/mobo and a decent graphics card. However I can put together on here a very fast 32bit gaming machine that will run great with most games. Just give me a few minutes....
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Okay for the processor, this mobile 2400+ XP will do wonders, first of all since it's mobile, it runs cooler, and when things run cooler they overclock better; basically what I'm saying is you can overclock this thing from 1.8ghz to 2.3ghz or more fairly easily just using air. Here is the CPU- http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...103-439&depa=0

For the mobo, the Abit NF7-S has the most overclocking features and is the most stable. Here it is- http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduc...127-166&depa=0

Now the CPU aforementioned is OEM meaning it is just the processor, you will need a heatsink and a fan, here is the perfect one for this application- http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...106-037&depa=0 Good news it's on sale!

Next we have the graphics card, I recommend the Radeon 9800 Pro, this thing hauls arse and is great in most of the newer games on between medium and high settings. Here it is- http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...102-297&depa=0

Now for a CD-ROM I prefer samsung, here is a good one- http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...151-046&depa=0 The color depends on the case, you can always paint the faceplate also.

For the floppy, this one will do just fine- http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...103-203&depa=0 again it can be painted to match your case.

And for your case, it all is personal preference. Lets see how much money there is left to help us decide.

Floppy= $06.75
Motherboard= $79.50
Processor= $85.00
CD-ROM= $14.50
Graphics Card= $239.00
CPU Cooler= $24.99 On Sale.
That Tallies to: $449.74 and that's before shipping. So that leaves $50 for a case. Not to bad. Here is a nice one for $50- This exactly the one I have btw- http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...156-142&depa=1
It comes with an awesome psu and some fans, but I love the cobra eyes on the front that glow with hdd activity. There are two other flavors, this- http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...156-145&depa=1
and this- http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduc...156-140&DEPA=1
The only differences are the color schemes, I hope I helped, I just wasted a good hour doing this for you... I think I set a post record as well.
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well done lazerman, i hat just typin stuff like "i agree" but i do agree 100 on the processor and everything else. You cant get much better than that for under 500, and the GPU will be perfect for any game. One more thing, spend an extra 10 bucks and get some Arctic Silver 5. If your overclocking you need every bit of help you can get.
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Thanks for the detailed reply, really appreciate it. I'll look into it in a bit and get back to you. And yeah, to tell you the truth, I don't really need a 64 bit machine. I thought I did, but as long as it can play Warcraft 3 without lagging like my current machine does, I'm happy.
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it will easily crush WC3
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it will easily crush WC3
It sure will, and most of the newer games will be easily played. In fact, that CPU and Motherboard are the exact same ones I am getting around Christmas time.
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