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Old 03-15-2005, 05:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok guys this is a little test/contest...

Lets see who can make the best gaming computer for me that would be under 1200 dollars... This does not include the monitor or any programs... just hardware.. Good Luck!
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Old 03-15-2005, 05:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think there's been a few of these types of threads made before......
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Video Card: (This is the new high-end budget card, imo this has now become a better value than the 6600 gt):
ATI Radeon X800 XL
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...164-041&depa=1
$289.99

Processor:
AMD Athlon 64 3200+, 512KB L2 Cache, Winchester core
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...103-502&depa=1
$190

Processor Cooler: (Get with Arctic Silver 5 Compound):
Zalman CNPS7700-Cu CPU Cooler
http://www.xoxide.com/zalman-7700-cu-cpu-cooler.html
$52.98

Motherboard:
GIGABYTE "GA-K8N Ultra-9" NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra Chipset
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...128-283&depa=1
$142

RAM:
Corsair XMS Extreme Memory Speed Series, 2X512, PC-3200
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...145-450&depa=1
$189

Power Supply:
OCZ PowerStream 520 Watt Computer Power Supply
http://www.xoxide.com/powerstream.html
$149.95

Hard Drive: (2 of these in RAID 0):
Hitachi 80GB 7200RPM SATA2 Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...145-075&depa=1
$124

DVD burner:
Lite-On 16X, DVD Dual Layer DVD+/-RW Drive
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...106-966&depa=1
$64.99

Total: $1202.91

Ownage factor: high

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Old 03-15-2005, 06:44 PM   #4 (permalink)
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u forgot case and fans
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Well there is usually so very much personal opinion involved in cases and fans that I left it out. I don't know if he wants big or small or led's or sexy or plain or loud or quiet or what.
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go with

athlon 64 3500 $280
Asus a8n sli deluxe $200
1x 1 gig stick of at least 3200 ram around $200(itll be more expensive than 512x2 but will work about the same and will be very future proof)
6800 gt $400
1x 120 gig 7200 rpm hd $100
cheap cd read/writer $25
Lite-on dual layer 16x dvd burner $50
onboard sound(unless you really care which i dont)

Total cost: $1,250

some people may disagree but this is a GREAT system except you might want to switch around the mobo for something else. hard drive should be big enough unless you have 5 kajillion songs and 250+ hours of tv you want to store. and most people will disagree with me about the ram but 2 sticks of 512 will not be much better than 1 stick of 1 gig and youll be able to throw another gig in later
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Not sure how well that's going to work without a power supply.
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why 2X512 ram instead of just 1 gig?
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SHUT UP I FORGOT *sniff
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Old 03-15-2005, 07:28 PM   #10 (permalink)
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amd athlon 64 3500+ /$257
dfi ut nf4 /$145
evga 6800gt /$394
160gb hd/ $135
corsair value select ram 1gb(512x2)/$110
dvd drive/cd /$60
thermaltake dreamtower case/ $99
grand total. $1200, i win
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