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Old 09-01-2007, 08:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default $600 Gaming build and MSI 6600 GPU question.

K, my brother is thinking of getting a new system, i don't know the exact specs but he's running a P4 1.6 and rage 64mb at this time...he's a big CS:S and WC3 player and is looking for something new to get into. he's got an MSI 6600 (not sure of excact model) from a friend. and i've got an old case and drives that I'm going to give him which means he's got $500-600 CAN for the guts:

- PSU
- Mobo
- CPU
- RAM
- HD

I'm thinking the same build as I have below in my sig should be possible, maybe a cheaper PSU and RAM.... suggestions:

- PSU: ????
- Mobo: evga 590 - $155
- CPU: AMD X2 3600+ - $70
- HD: seagate 250HD - $80
- RAM: ????

(above prices already have our %15 sales tax included)

NOTE: newegg prices don't apply as they won't ship to Canada

Q1: RAM and PSU???
Q2: any suggestions to cut down the $$$
Q3: how will the 6600 hold up with this build, will the system play the newer games? he'd probably pick up an 8800 next year once they get to low 200s.
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Old 09-01-2007, 08:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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1. Are you sure the 6600 is a pci-e and not a agp? (they made both)
2. You could save a lot by buying a cheaper mobo
3. Those games don't require a lot of ram but ram is cheap so you could probably get 2gb of Crucial Ballistix (thats what everyone on here has been suggesting).
4. I don't know much about power supplies but I know amps are more important....

5. When you say he wants to get into something new, do you mean new games or just new computer? If its new games a 6600 is kinda low end.
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Tell him to get an xbox 360. A pc built for gaming, but under $600 USD, is a total waste.
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1) Is PCI-e I know

3) I'm planning on 2GB, am sure we can fit it in the build
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problem being that CS:S and WC3 are his staple games....and the old P4 just can't cut it. He's poor student trying to pinch his pennies. He's hoping that for the $600+ and the 6600 will get him buy for a year and then he'll upgrade his video.

[edit]Just saw the remark regarding "something new" new game...he'll keep playing his CS:S and WC3 but he wants to try some new stuff as well. Yeah, know the 6600 is dated, will it get him through a year?[/edit]
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It will play CS:S and WoW no problem. It will also play all the new games but some will have to be set on lower settings. But it can get him by for now.
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^ That's what I was hoping....there was no way he was going to get by on $600 for the GPU and the tower included. Either way, atleast he'll have no more problems with CS:S and WC3 which I think he now plays with graphics turned down.
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Hey guys, any complaints on this PSU:

Newegg.com - OCZ StealthXStream OCZ600SXS ATX12V / EPS12V 600W Power Supply 100 - 240 V CB, CE, CSA, UL, FCC - Retail

For $80.00 which includes S&H, and tax (15% here)?....will it run the above comp + upgrade to 8xxx or 9xxx card in the next year or two?

[edit] and RAM: NCIX.com - Buy G.SKILL F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ PC2-6400 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-800 CL5-5-5-15 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit - F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ In Canada. [/edit]
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They both look good.

I would say that the PSU is overkill, but if he is planning to upgrade I guess that might be a good thing. I don't know about the quality of the psu though.
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Tell him to get an xbox 360. A pc built for gaming, but under $600 USD, is a total waste.
Should I get a 360 or PS3 instead of a RAM? Hehe, i barely use my PC for gaming anymore since theres not much games that I like.

If I shouldnt get the RAM if say 2GB is enough, then what system should I get PS3 or 360?
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