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Old 09-27-2007, 07:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm trying to build a decent gaming machine for no more than $800 and preferably less than $700. After much research on Newegg and other forums, this is what I have so far.

--------------Motherboard------------------
GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
109.99
--------------CPU--------------------------
Intel Core 2 Duo E4400 Allendale 2.0GHz 2M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail
Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E4400 Allendale 2.0GHz 2M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail
125.99
--------------RAM--------------------------
G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
Newegg.com - G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
69.99
--------------Hard drive-------------------
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3160815AS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3160815AS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
53.99
--------------GPU--------------------------
BFG Tech BFGR79256GSOCE GeForce 7900GS 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Newegg.com - BFG Tech BFGR79256GSOCE GeForce 7900GS 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
149.99
--------------PSU--------------------------
XCLIO GOODPOWER 500W ATX 500W Power Supply 115/230 V UL, CUL, TUV, CB, VDE, FIMKO, DEMKO, NEMKO, SEMKO - Retail
Newegg.com - XCLIO GOODPOWER 500W ATX 500W Power Supply 115/230 V UL, CUL, TUV, CB, VDE, FIMKO, DEMKO, NEMKO, SEMKO - Retail
49.99
--------------Case-------------------------
COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-WW Black/Silver Aluminum Bezel, SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-WW Black/Silver Aluminum Bezel, SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
49.99
--------------Optical Drive----------------
LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe - OEM
Newegg.com - LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe - OEM
36.99
--------------Mouse/Keyboard/Speakers----
ARK WO6301 Black/Silver 104 Normal Keys 18 Function Keys PS/2 Standard 3-in-1 Keyboard, Mouse and Speakers Mouse Included - Retail
Newegg.com - ARK WO6301 Black/Silver 104 Normal Keys 18 Function Keys PS/2 Standard 3-in-1 Keyboard, Mouse and Speakers Mouse Included - Retail
17.99
(I'll buy better later)
--------------Operating System-------------
Vista Ultimate
20.00 (from my college)

Total (without monitor)=$685 not including rebates

Not sure if I want that case, that was someone else's suggestion, I may find myself another one.
Later (probably sometime next year), I'll be upgrading to an 8800gts, and I can do without dx10 until then.
Any suggests to improve it or anything to make it cheaper without sacrificing performance? Am I forgetting anything? I also plan on doing some overclocking.

Thanks.
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Old 09-27-2007, 07:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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why not these instead with MIR:

Newegg.com - Patriot Extreme Performance 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

also this si good if you overclock:

Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 Allendale 2.2GHz 2M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail
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If I order before the offer ends, I'll definitely get that RAM instead.

About the processor, would it really be worth it? How much better could it overclock? I don't really plan on doing anything too extreme. I'm actually thinking about saving a little money and downgrading it to a 1.8ghz. I can always upgrade later if I need to.
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well that processor has the m0 stepping... which makes it run cooler and overclock better.. so people have been OC a lot better...
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This CPU instead

Newegg.com - Intel Dual-Core E2180 Allendale 2.0GHz 1MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail

This Video card instead

Newegg.com - Leadtek PX8600GTS 256MB Standard GeForce 8600GTS 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

Cheaper but better performance even though it doesn't seem like it. Well after overclocking that is heh
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wow that e2180's got some potential...

pentium e2180 overclocking

holy crap...

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Heres an even better one for you
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heh 3.84ghz
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thats so cool!!! it used an Asus P5K Deluxe... with some G-Skill RAM (i'm gonna assume HZ, i miss recommending those lol)
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no it was not HZ..if you look they are only at 4-4-4-12 timings with a low FSB...HZ's could do CL3 at those speeds easy. Those are probably the NQ's
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^ hmm... ok i just studied that... the NQ's seems right... hmm.. wonder what he could do with some Crucial Ballistix RAM... hmm... he could be able to join:
4Ghz Club [Core 2 Duo] - Overclockers Forums the 4.0ghz club!!
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