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Old 08-16-2005, 02:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Okay I am doing this build for a neighbour. He does want to get in gaming, but has a very low budget. I built it so it's easily expandable to put a new PCI-E graphics card in.

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AMD Athlon 3000+ Venice Retail

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Soltek K890Pro
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...facture=SOLTEK
You Americans havnt heard of these most likely, but they seem pretty solid and cheap.

Graphics Card
eVGA 6200TC 64 / 256
It's cheapest PCI-E card, and it will run games like HL2 and Farcry fine. Only thing is that he also likes BF2, and this card struggles with it a bit

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2x 512 Meg sticks of Samsung ram

Thermaltake TR2 w0700 power supply, 430 watts, 20+4 pins ATX 2.0
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What exactly is his budget? He can't bump that up to a 6600gt?
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Budget is like 525$ USD so no 6600GT in that build.

But, if he gets into gaming, come xmas, he can easily get a 6600GT.
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how much does the 6200-whatever cost? 6600gt would be better could you cut the cost of anything else?
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how much does the 6200-whatever cost? 6600gt would be better could you cut the cost of anything else?
By the looks of it, there isn't much he can cut.

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Soltek K890Pro
http://www.ncix.com/products/index....ufacture=SOLTEK
You Americans havnt heard of these most likely, but they seem pretty solid and cheap.
Your right, I haven't heard of it But.....that just doesn't look that great. I guess if he never wants to OC it would be fine, but who knows, he gets this new comp and the next thing he is asking is "how do I OC this thing!" and you have to say, "well, it only has vcore to 1.55 and vdimm to 2.75 It might not even have memory dividers
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It has divders, and more CPU voltage with a BIOS upgrade now. I really looked into this motherboard.

Most people get it 245-255 FSB no problems as well.

Their's nothing else I can cut costs on, or I would get a 6600GT, or even a 6200 non TC. However, the 6200 will play some HL2 and farcry and other games, and hopefully some low setting BF2.

EDIT: Come xmas, if he gets into gaming he can stick a 6600GT or 7600GT(X) in the computer and have some more fun.
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Does the turbo cache even make a difference? And if there is a cheaper 128 MB model, that might be better in terms of price/performance

Also, im thinking that there might be cheaper RAM than Samsung, but prices are different in Canada then they are in US.
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It has divders, and more CPU voltage with a BIOS upgrade now. I really looked into this motherboard.

Most people get it 245-255 FSB no problems as well.
Huh, not that bad...

But it better have dividers, because your not getting 245-255 FSB at 1:1 with 2.75 vdimm
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But it better have dividers, because your not getting 245-255 FSB at 1:1 with 2.75 vdimm
You could try...it would just be mad stupid
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