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Old 01-04-2008, 07:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm looking for a decent gaming build for not much over $500. I've seen this price based around articles on the net but most of them are dated and so I'd rather not trust them.

I'm thinking of games like COD 4, Unreal Tournament etc. Now I understand i'm not going to get some insane frame rate but from what i've read you can now get decent gear for this price.

I already have a monitor, mouse, keyboard etc, OS, it's just everything that's in the box which I need.

Also how hard are these builds to actually put together. Do you need many tools apart from the standard screw driver etc.

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INTEL E2160 - 83.00
Newegg.com - Intel Pentium E2160 Allendale 1.8GHz 1MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
DFI P965-S - 80.00
Newegg.com - DFI INFINITY P965-S LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Sapphire x1950GT - 110.00
Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100199L Radeon X1950GT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
G.Skill 2x1GB DDR2 800 - 45.00
Newegg.com - G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
Seagate 250GB 7200/16mb - 65.00
Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording) ST3250620AS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
LG Supermulti 18x DVD burner - 29.00
Newegg.com - LG Electronics Black 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 10X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 18X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM Write - OEM
ANTEC NSK w/380W PSU - 75.00
Newegg.com - Antec NSK4480 Black/ Silver 0.8mm cold-rolled steel construction ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 380W Power Supply - Retail

487.00 without shipping

It's not hard at all to put one together... it does take some patience and basic airflow understanding, but other than it it's easy...
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Thanks a lot.
Wouldn't this card be better?
Newegg.com - MSI NX8600GT-T2D256E OC GeForce 8600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Also, would that card fit ok in the build?
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The 8600 series have a rep of not being that good for gaming. I understand your not looking for fast FPS, but the 1950 would be the better choice (to me) for playing FP games and what-not. But if that fits your budget a little better then go for it... It's not a bad card for the money.
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FP games and such are what i would be playing yes. If the sapphire is better for them, then sure ill go for that.
Would this be able to handle Cod4 with AA?
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AAx2 Maybe... but I doubt it seriously. Not to many cards can play decently with a good setup and AA on more than x2 (maybe x4) I have a q6600 w/ an 8800GTS and I don't play more than x2 myself... Awesome graphics are nice, but to me smooth gameplay is ideal.
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Well i'm used to gaming on a console. That being PS3 Xbox 360. Will i be dissapointed by what the games will look like on the PC?
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I'm not sure... I'm not a console gamer... but I would suggest that if you want to be competitive with a console, a good look at your budget would be helpful. You might want to raise it some to make room for better/faster parts. You did want a "budget" build...
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Yup, i understand what you're saying. How about if saved up for a 8800gts, would that make a big difference?
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That would help... Also looking at a better CPU would be good as well. My suggestion is keep doing your research and asking questions here, then when your ready to buy/build ask around again, and I'm sure you'll get some help at that time as well.
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