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Old 01-21-2007, 09:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So after killing my old computer I have decided to build a new one for general gaming. I am on a budget. I was trying to keep it below 600 USD but now I am just hoping to keep it under 750 USD.

AMD Athlon 64 3800+ Processor -- $99.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103029

Asus AM2 Socket Motherboard -- $84.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131014
I was hoping to find a good motherboard for under $100. I am not looking to over clock my machine but I do not know what makes a good mobo. All I know is that I would like 4x DDR2 RAM slots, a PCIe slot, an AM2 socket, SATA and IDE HDD interfaces, and 2 or 3 PCI slots.

Crucial 2x 512mb 240-pin DDR2 RAM -- $159.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820146566

BFG Tech 7600GT 256mb Video Card -- $139.99 w/ $50.00 mail in rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814143049

Seagate 160gb SATA HDD -- $62.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148163
I was going to use this as a primary HDD and take my HDD from my old machine and put it in as secondary. I wanted to keep my old files from this old HDD that has IDE interface.

Lite-On 20x DVD Burner -- $34.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827106050

Raidmax ATX Case -- $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811156063
I like this cases design and it looks like it should have good ventilation and it comes with fans.

Thermaltake 430w Power Supply -- $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16817153023
I already own this, it was a previous buy and it will be excluded from my over all cost. Is this enough to power the system though?

Thermaltake CPU Fan -- $19.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835106084

OS
Could some one please recommend me an up to date Windows OS. All I really need is word so I think XP Home should be enough.

So far my price is around 680 USD

I tried to follow other builds and guides as much as possible but please give me your input and help. Also please tell me if I am missing anything.
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Old 01-21-2007, 09:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Change:

Motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131022

Get this memory instead - neither board can support the 2.2v as you selected:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145566

PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817104954

Hard drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148140
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Old 01-21-2007, 09:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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This is a much better build IMO:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion...tle=Budget+C2D

Although it's a bit more money, it's still under $750, but shipped price is not shown. After the mail in rebate of the 7600GT, it will make the build $676.
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Old 01-22-2007, 06:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for all the help. Now all I need is an OS.
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Old 01-22-2007, 06:37 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Nice build dude but why don't you go with the Intel processor instead of the Amd processor, cause at the moment Intel is the best on the market right now.
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