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Old 01-30-2007, 08:56 PM   #11 (permalink)
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wow didnt see the 2gb ram max that sucks

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128015

there you go
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Old 01-30-2007, 09:32 PM   #12 (permalink)
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ah, that looks better. i still think the ds3 is a better board, but for the price that one wouldn't be bad. then you could put more money towards the vid card if he games a lot and get this:

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Old 01-30-2007, 09:35 PM   #13 (permalink)
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..or since he's into music, maybe get a decent sound card if he doesn't already have one
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Ya he needs a sound card but i think the s3 will be fine he doesnt even know what ram is so its no big deal.
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EDIT: I double posted by accident because my internet connection is being weird lately.

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Ok, so I summed up the past suggestions in the following build:

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 1.86Ghz - $187
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-945-S3Intel 945P - $86.99
Memory: Kingston 1GB DDR2-667 - $85.49
Video Card: eVGA GeForce 7900GS 256MB - $175.99
Power Supply: Sparkle 400W (36A on two +12V rails) - $43.99
Hard Drive: Western Digital 250GB SATA 3.0Gb/s - $69.99
DVD Drive: LG 18X Super-Multi DVD+/-RW - $29.99
Case: Xion Solaris XON-406 Black - $39.99

Total: $719.43 + Shipping

Slightly over-budget, but not too much. The DVD burner is not crucial, so one could save $30 by removing it.

As you can see, I focused mainly on the video card, since it's the one part that can make a large difference in games. A 7900GS has a significant lead over a 7600GT.

I choose a single 1GB module instead of two 512MB ones because this system is meant to be upgraded with a second GB of RAM soon after being built. It's better to end up having 2x1GB than 4x512MB (RAM slot overpopulation is rumored to affect latency).

I also had to select a cheaper case, but it's easily switchable for any other case with a similar price.
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Old 01-31-2007, 07:58 AM   #17 (permalink)
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actually thats very good mods, and they are more bang for the buck if u ask me....... but i would have paid another 10$ for a seagate barracuda 320 gig on tigerdirect
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Well it's already $20 over budget, and shipping isn't included. 250GB will have to do.
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the 320gb is more bang for the buck, but if money is an issue just get the 250 like Meithan said. also you said he needs a sound card so you're going to either have to make a compromise and pick a lower-end gpu, or raise the budget.
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That's an excellent build Meithan.

Sure, it is about $720, $20 over budget, but the rebate will cover the $20, and shipping shouldn't be that much.
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