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Old 08-18-2008, 05:23 PM   #21 (permalink)
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ahhh

idont need monitor, keyboard, or OS, i have upgraded all of those over the years, now its time to upgrage the tower
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ok well I didn't know. You just said computer.

Mobo: Gigabyte DS3L - $85
CPU: Intel E7200 - $120
RAM: G.Skill 2x2GB DDR2-800 - $80 (you save $40)
GPU: Sapphire HD4850 - $180
HDD: WD SATA2 640GB - $85
PSU: FSP 400W - $47
DVD Burner: Lite-On DVD Burner w/ Lightscripe - $30
Case: CM elite - $40
Speakers: Logitech X-240 - $36


Total: $703

Alright, there is an updated build with a better cpu, more ram and a larger HDD. I know you said $800, but shipping is getting kinda expensive. Still, you might have a little bit left over depending on the shipping. If you want to squeeze the last bit out of your $800, then I would get a better CPU like a E8400 or if you want to really push get a HD4870 instead of a HD4850 but the HD4850 should handle Bioshock fine.

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Old 08-18-2008, 11:02 PM   #23 (permalink)
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This build is $840 (not shipped, believe me, its worth the extra money)

(nice simple sturdy clean design, sure to impress)
CASE: Newegg.com - LIAN LI PC-61 USB Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases (110)

MOBO: Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards (85)

CPU: Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops (190)

(i know all of you guys will flame me for this one....)
Video Card: Newegg.com - EVGA 512-P3-N873-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards (199)

RAM: Newegg.com - G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory (65)

PSU: Newegg.com - OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI 700W ATX12V Power Supply 100 - 240 V - Power Supplies (115)

HARD DRIVE: Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives (75)

OPTICAL DRIVE: Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners (25)


Yeah its a little over your limit but just bite the financial bullet and BUY IT!
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Change the CPU to a E8400

Change the GPU to a HD4850

Change the power supply to a Corsair 550vx or Earthwatts 500

Maybe change the RAM to Newegg.com - G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

Or if you want get 4 gig kit or something with better timings/frequency

Change the motherboard to this: Newegg.com - BIOSTAR TForce TP43D2A7 LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

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If you want to get 9800GTX+ I suggest this one
Newegg.com - ASUS EN9800GTX+/HTDP/512M GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Or get the eVGA 9800GTX+ that uzi9mm suggested

9800GTX+ supports physx, and it produce much less heat than HD4850 because of its dual-slot design

I recommend this hard drive instead of the one that uzi9mm suggested
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives
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Old 08-19-2008, 01:18 PM   #26 (permalink)
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on newegg why do u save $10 on a OEM processor than a retail one? WHat does it mean?

and is this motherboard compatible with this cpu?

Newegg.com - BIOSTAR TForce TP43D2A7 LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
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Old 08-19-2008, 10:00 PM   #27 (permalink)
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OEM means.... no box, no heatsink...

and BIOSTAR...?????????

gigabyte/asus offers way nicer motherboards IMO.....
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Newegg.com - ASUS P5QL PRO LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

Newegg.com - ASUS P5B-VM SE LGA 775 Intel G965 Express uATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

what about these? i think the first ones better, but idk.

Make sure its compatible with the CPU i posted above and if its compatible with Xp pro sp2
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The biostar motherboard is a great price and has the potential of a $150+ motherboard.
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that first asus mobo you mentioned looks really really good. good value for the money.
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