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Old 01-22-2006, 11:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default $600 Dollar Budget for a PC!

I'm planning to build my computer just for listening to music, web surfing, watching dvds, and burning music/dvds.

Just need an average video card.

So this is what I made up so far.

MSI PM8M-V Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - $48.00
Intel Pentium 4 2.4A 533MHz FSB Socket 478 Processor - $120.00
CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM - $81.00
SAPPHIRE Radeon 9600 ATLANTIS RADEON 256 mb- $68.00
Diamond XtremeSound XS71 Sound Card - $29.00
LITE-ON Black 16X DVD-ROM 52X CD-R 32X CD-RW 52X CD-ROM - $27.99
Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 80GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - $63.00

Now I just need a case. But I have no idea what a good case is. I'd like it to have some fans and a built in power supply if it is possible.

This is my first time building a computer so I'm not going all out. I'm thinking this as a training project.

Thanks guys.

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You can post some of your own set-ups too that would match my budget.
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Old 01-22-2006, 11:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Well, if you like style and quality, get a Xion II black pearl case. It's like 70$, but there's lights and 2 120 mm fans, 1 80 mm fan, and a 450 watt power supply. Great for what you're going for
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Change the CPU/motherboard.

AMD Athlon 64 2800+ s754 $114
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103485

MSI K8T Neo-V Socket 754 $49
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130498

Eliminate the sound card. You're not going to see much of a performance increase from a $29 sound card.

Then you can upgrade your video card to a Sapphire X700 AGP 4x/8x
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102584

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Change the CPU/motherboard.

AMD Athlon 64 2800+ s754 $114
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103485

MSI K8T Neo-V Socket 754 $49
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130498

Eliminate the sound card. You're not going to see much of a performance increase from a $29 sound card.

Then you can upgrade your video card to a Sapphire X700 AGP 4x/8x
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102584

Ryan
yeah i'd do what ryan says, and dump the sound card. otherwise looks like a good computer for what you need. It doesn't look like your burner burns dvds though, only reads them.
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Old 01-22-2006, 03:46 PM   #5 (permalink)
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NVidia 7300GS- 100$
Power Supply - 30$
AMD 3200 - 160$
Case - 30$
Thermal Paste - 10$
DVD burner - 50$
Sound card - 50$
1GB ram - 80$
Hard Drive - 100$
Motherboard 65$

675$

NVidia 7300GS- 100$
Power Supply - 30$
AMD 3200 - 160$
Case - 30$
Thermal Paste - 10$
DVD burner - 50$
1GB ram - 80$
Hard Drive - 100$
Motherboard 65$

625$

NVidia 7300GS- 100$
Power Supply - 30$
AMD 3200 - 160$
Case - 30$
Thermal Paste - 10$
DVD burner - 50$
1GB ram - 80$
Hard Drive - 55$
Motherboard 65$

570$

NVidia 7800GS- 100$
Power Supply - 30$
AMD 3200 - 160$
Case - 60$
Thermal Paste - 10$
DVD burner - 40$
1GB ram - 80$
Hard Drive - 55$
Motherboard 65$

590$
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yeah, I'm totally not sure why you recommended the 7300GS in all of those builds. That thing has proven to suck.

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yea go with a 6*** series.
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yeah, I'm totally not sure why you recommended the 7300GS in all of those builds. That thing has proven to suck.

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That is just what I was going to say...
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Well yeah, if you're gonna pay $100 for a 7300GS you might as well get a 6600gt for $115 after rebate @ newegg.com
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I'd reccomend a Socket 939 CPU, no matter what you do. Socket 754 is at the end of it's lifetime. I do agree that the 7300GS isn't worth it's price, so stick with a 6200 or 6600 series card. You really don't need a 6600GT, as they are entry level cards for great gaming, a 6200 card would suffice, just make sure it's PCI-e so if you want to game and/or upgrade later, it's easy.
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