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Old 06-15-2007, 04:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all, First post and was wondering. I am wanting to do a new build. This will be my first so I am asking for recommendations. I Mostly play strategy games. Since I got too addicted to WOW. Role playing and strategy games are what I am kinda into. with an occasional shooter game as well. I want to build a system for around $700. I would like this system to be able to be upgraded later. If that is possible. But I would like it to last for a bit. I don't need the latest and greatest and I am not too concerned with multitasking. Maybe have Itunes running in the background as I play a game would be cool. I also have to have something for downloading pictures and burning cd's. I like the Lightscribe thing that allows you to scribe the disks. If you could please help me out with this I would really appreciate any and all suggestions. Thank you
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Old 06-15-2007, 05:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey Indobos,
Welcome to T.F.!!!

Heres a budget C2D build to consider:

Case - Cooler Master Centurion 5
Motherboard - Gigabyte 965P-DS3 (rev1.3)
CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo E6320
RAM - 2 x 1GB G. Skill DDR2-800 NQs
Graphics - Sapphire X1950XT 256MB
Power Supply - Rosewill RP550 550W
Hard drive - Western Digital 160GB 16mb cache
Optical drive - Sony NEC Optiarc DVD Burner

Comes to $725.43 w/o shipping.
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Thanks b1gapl, that was a fast response. I forgot I need an OS as well. What should I use. And would it be more beneficial to upgrade anything. maybe thow a hundy or two at this sytem to upgrade something? But thanks again for your promt response. I am dying to press the purchase button.
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You could upgrade to a Seagate 7200.10 320gb hard drive, if you need more space. Or go for an 8800GTS 320mb graphic card.
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Thanks again. What about the OS? what would you recommend?
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For now, I would suggest you stick to XP Home 32-bit.
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Okay perfect. Think I am going to upgrade the drive space for now. This will be fully upgradeable later as well? Thanks again for your help.
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Yes, it's upgrade friendly.
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Sorry for being a pester but is this a comparable Mobo & CPU?

ABIT KN9 SLI NVIDIA Socket AM2 (940) ATX Motherboard with an AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400+ 2.80GHz Socket AM2 OEM Processor & FREE Copies of Dark Messiah & Ghost Recon 3 PC Games at TigerDirect.com
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That's a nice deal, with the games included. But if you were to overclock the CPU I suggested, it will leave that X2 5400+, in the dust.
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