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Old 03-06-2004, 11:37 PM   #11 (permalink)
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are you determined to make it yourself? or are you willing to just buy it already made.
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Old 03-08-2004, 02:33 PM   #12 (permalink)
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for the cpu, trust me, you want that extra 512 kb of cache go with this one, it is only 6 dollars more http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...=BROWSE&depa=0

and the 9600xt is only 150 at newegg
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Whats up Justin? Didnt know you came here.

If you seriously want an ENTIRE gaming PC for ~600 youre gonna have to cut serious corners. Heres what I did with $650 (yea I went over, and I also grabbed a case, CDRW and PSU):

ALL PRODUCTS CLICKABLE FOR LINKS TO NEWEGG ITEMS.

Case
ANTEC Black Performance Series II SOHO File Server Tower ATX Case with 400W Power Supply - $92.00

CD Burner Combo Drive
Lite-On Black 48X24X48X16 Combo Drive - $46.50

Floppy
Mitsumi Black 1.44MB 3.5inch Floppy - $11.00

Hard Drive
Western Digital Special Edition 80GB 7200RPM IDE Hard Drive - $71.00

Memory
Crucial 184 Pin 512MB DDR PC-3200 - $84.00

Motherboard (AMD)
ABIT nForce2 Chipset Motherboard Model "NF7-S" - $100.99

Processor
AMD Athlon XP 2500+ "Barton" - $80.00

Video Card
Transcend ATI RADEON 9600XT Video Card, 128MB DDR, 128-bit, DVI/TV-Out, 8X AGP - $158.00

Subtotal - $643.49
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Total (with shipping to Washington) - $668.49

Theres no way to get a decent gaming PC with $600. This is the closest thing youll get to it. The motherboard has built in LAN so no NIC card is needed. The onboard sound on the NF7-S is also apparently pretty good so I say wait till you can afford a decent sound card and spend that cash now on other things.

Any questions ask away.
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Old 03-08-2004, 07:43 PM   #14 (permalink)
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i can see several ways to cut about $150-200 from that total price.
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Yeah, you can get a nice case for about $50 amd a great motherboard around $80.
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yeah you can cut about $75 if you go for a fairly cheap case and Mobo . $600 is pushing it abit .
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Old 03-09-2004, 01:06 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I'd love to see you fellas dig up a dependable 400W PSU and a decent case for anything lower than $92.

Sure theres ways to cut cash from that build... but a PC should be about expandability. I chose that mobo in case he wanted to upgrade his processor later, also because I didnt buy a sound card and the onboard of a NF7-S is supposedly very decent.
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