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Old 03-18-2009, 11:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 600$ Budget Build???

I am going to do a project at school and I am just wondering how much I have to spend to get a bare minimum decent gaming computer. Since this is a project and counts for a HUGE grade, I must know exactly what I am doing. I do not know much about computer hardware, but I know how to install most computer parts. I am in the process of reading several guides to help me.

Monitor is not needed nor is mouse or keyboard

I need (List more if I am wrong)
Motherboard (are 90$ SLI Motherboards worth it?)
OS (XP perferred, 64-bit is a must)
Processor (At least 2.5 Dual Core or 2.0 Quad)
Hard Drive (250G 7200RPM)
Disk Drive (Just basic, don't neeed much)
Graphics Card Must be DDR3 @ 512 MB (Don't want DDR2, and I want something ALOT better than a junkie 9500GT I have)
Computer Case (30-40$ would be great, I would like a side window)
Power Supply (500W perferred as I may go Crossfire)
RAM (4G minimum, doesn't matter speed)

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Old 03-18-2009, 12:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Newegg.com - G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3320613AS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives
Newegg.com - HIS Hightech H467QT512P Radeon HD 4670 IceQ Turbo 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
Newegg.com - NZXT Apollo Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies
Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - Operating Systems

$634.93 with shipping, less 50 bucks in MIRs. So under 600 bucks.
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For the OS I would recommend Vista Home Premium 64-bit. it's much more stable and reliable than XP Pro x64. The rest of the system then has to fit in a $500 budget, and you want a decent gaming graphics card, so this may be tricky to get everything you are wanting.

EDIT: Hikari's build is pretty good. If you want to get the price down without MIR's you can use this PSU:
Newegg.com - Rosewill RP500-2 500W ATX12V v2.01 Power Supply - Power Supplies

And this case:
Newegg.com - Sunbeam Silent Storm IC-SS-SVBK Black&#47;Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

That should drop the overall price by $40 before MIR's and leave you at around $594.
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Cool on the PSU, but that case has 20 dollar shipping, my case has none. That's why I picked it...after shipping it's the same cost before the MIR.
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If gaming isn't involved, you can shoot for a much less powerful GFX card.

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Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-MA770-UD3 AM2&#43;&#47;AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards

Hikari's RAM, case, hard drive, OS.

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Comes to $477, with free shipping on the GFX card, RAM, hard drive, case, and OS, as well as $30 in MIR.
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Cool on the PSU, but that case has 20 dollar shipping, my case has none. That's why I picked it...after shipping it's the same cost before the MIR.
Shoot good point. I didn't even notice that. I'm so used to having like almost everything with free shipping through newegg.

EDIT: Oh and Trotter, he says he wants something BETTER than a 9500GT
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It's cool mate. :P

And yeah Trot, he said he wanted a budget gaming computer with something better than the 9500GT. :P
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Maybe cut back on the processor and go with this combo:
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Then he can get a better video card:
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Not a bad suggestion, I like that.
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As do I. That's the newest and best dual core AMD CPU so it should handle rather well for what he needs. I mean my 5400+ BE has been plenty for gaming (paired with 4GB RAM and 4830).
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