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Old 07-22-2007, 04:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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For $500 or under, this guy wants me to build him a machine for gaming. So I said OK...tell me what you need and what you already have. He said he has a monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers and sound card for it all from his old system and he needs a complete new system. And what game will you be playing...he said FEAR, COD2, WoW, Ragnarok, AOE1,2,3, other less intense Microsoft game.

So here's the build:
Case: Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Centurion 532 RC-532-SKN1 Black Aluminum bezel, SECC chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
MB: Newegg.com - DFI INFINITY NF570-M2/G Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 MCP ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
CPU:Newegg.com - AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ Brisbane 1.9GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 Processor - Retail
RAM:Newegg.com - Crucial Ballistix 512MB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory - OEM
VC: Newegg.com - EVGA 256-P2-N624-AR GeForce 7900GS 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 KO Video Card - Retail
HD: Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE WD800JD 80GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
CD/DVD: Newegg.com - LG 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 E-IDE/ATAPIDVD Burner - OEM
Floppy: Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive Model SFD321B/LBL1 - OEM
PSU: Newegg.com - Rosewill RP500-2 ATX 2.01 500W Power Supply 115/230 V CSA, CB, TUV, FCC, UL - Retail

Total with shipping comes to $536.64 - $40 rebate = $496.64. Right on the sweet spot. I'm doing this for free and I'm giving him Win XP Pro 32bit which saves him about $100 because I get this for free anyways.

I told him he should put in just a little more for an after market HSF so I can OC the system. He said maybe later. I think this system is more than enough to play FEAR, which is the most intensive game on his list.

Anyone have a different opinion? I tried the E6320 build but it was over the budget nearly $600 to $650, plus I had to sacrifice many other components. I think AMD seem to be the best bang for a system under $500.

*EDIT* Had to make some adjustment, changed the motherboard to lower the price and the PSU because it didn't have the 8pin for the CPU connector. Wasn't sure if 4pin would work but I'm not taking any chances.


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I am just thinking what is the point of a 7900GS, wouldn't the RAM and Processer just limit whats its capable of?

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How would the RAM and CPU bottleneck the card?

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I am just thinking what is the point of a 7900GS, wouldn't the RAM and Processer just limit whats its capable of?
Not really, I think the CPU I chosen is enough. The RAM could of been 1gig but this was a tight budget, he can add another one later. I could of lower the price on the video card but at that deal I couldn't pass it off.

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