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Old 04-08-2007, 09:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Can anyone give me any suggestions for a good setup at around $900?
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Default Re: $900 gaming pc , any suggestions?

Will you be purchasing after price cuts on the 22nd? If so then an E4300 may just be your best bet
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Default Re: $900 gaming pc , any suggestions?

I've got time I just like to know whats better, amd or intel , ati or nvidia, so many choices to make
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Default Re: $900 gaming pc , any suggestions?

Preferably something upgradeable and overclockable, although I don't know how to , I wanna learn
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Default Re: $900 gaming pc , any suggestions?

I was checkin out this deal on ebay and I was wondering if it is good? eBay: AMD ATHLON 64 x2 4200+ Dual Core ASUS M2N4-SLI BAREBONE (item 220098998144 end time Apr-09-07 23:55:00 PDT)
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Default Re: $900 gaming pc , any suggestions?

You could go AMD OC it to 3.0ghz and be faster than a stock E6600 which is fast for about 1/6th the price of it and then upgrade to AMD's new CPU's soon and get an 8800GTS...
or go with Intel and not have to worry about a CPU upgrade for a little while

In terms of raw gaming performance the AMD build would give you higher FPS in games but the CPU is slower than a C2D

EDIT: you could build a better case/mobo/cpu combo for that price
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what about dual core amd athlon, btw , do you have aim, ill probably be on for a while
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Case: Coolermaster CAC-T05-WW Centurion 5 $49.99
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-WW Black/Silver Aluminum Bezel, SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Power: HIPER HPU-4K580-MS ATX12V v2.2 580W $89.99
Newegg.com - HIPER HPU-4K580-MS ATX12V v2.2 580W Power Supply 100 - 120V - Retail

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 $122.99
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 $181.00
Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe 1.86GHz 2M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail

Ram: G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) $129.99
Newegg.com - G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

Graphics: EVGA 256-P2-N624-AR GeForce 7900GS $154.99
Newegg.com - EVGA 256-P2-N624-AR GeForce 7900GS 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 KO Video Card - Retail

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250GB $74.99
Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording) ST3250620AS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

Optical: SAMSUNG Black 16X $31.99
Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Black 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2M Cache IDE DVD Burner With LightScribe Technology - OEM

Total: $835.93 + shipping

It don't get much better.
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I'm pretty much in the same boat as you.. In a few weeks I'll be building my pc with about the same budget. What I'm doing is getting a cheap AMD right now and upgrading it later in the year once Kuma/Agena come out and lower in price a bit (assuming they turn out well and there is a $150-200 one that spanks the 3600+ and works well with the current mobos). So far, here are the parts I'm getting although I'll probably change some around:

AMD 3600+ Brisbane $65 (newegg)
Biostar TForce 550 $70 or eVGA 590 $100 (newegg)
G.Skill 2GB (1GBx2) NR $145 (newegg)
eVGA 8800GTS 320 $260 (newegg)
Corsair 520W $96 (zip zoom fly)
Seagate 7200.10 16MB 250GB (newegg)
Centurion 534 $50 (newegg)
Audigy SE $30 (newegg)
Samsung SATA DVD-RW $30 (newegg)
Arctic Cooler 64 Pro $20 (ewiz/svc)

Comes out to about $865 after rebates (using the eVGA mobo), before tax/shipping and will probably drop by the time I actually go by it (you also get two free games ). I'm hoping for price drops of about $10 on the CPU, 15 on the RAM, and 10-20 on the graphics.

Also, just FYI, the 3600+ is no slouch. Overclocked to 3.0, which is often obtained, it is on par with a stock E6600.

And just one thing to point out about jumping bean's build is that imo, there is absolutely no reason to get the Hiper 580 when the Corsair 520 can be had for less money (once you factor in $10 shipping on hiper vs. free on corsair from ZZF.) The Corsair actually produces more usable power, is more stable, Seasonic built (one of the best), reliable, longer warranty iirc. The only thing Hiper has on it is the awesome looks, although Corsair looks nice too.
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Default Re: $900 gaming pc , any suggestions?

good build...I would buy it right now if i needed a 900 gaming pc
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