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Old 08-21-2007, 08:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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My Gf's b-day is next month and i have been trying todo reseach and build her a small computer for it. We have been dating for about 3 years and she needs a computer for school.


I can problaby spend about $400-$500 Would prefer 400. I have been having trouble getting a computer together within the budget. This is what she uses it for.

1. Playing games example WOW, CS, Fear
2. Watching anime
3. Recording videos with her little webcam
4. Making Photoshop Photos
5. Surfing the internet
6. Studying/homework ( Its last because shes lazy and always does her homework late haha)

On such a small budge do you think i could get a decent computer together for her?
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Old 08-21-2007, 10:03 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Newegg.com - Intel Dual-Core E2140 Allendale 1.6GHz 1MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-P35-S3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-WW Black/Silver Aluminum Bezel, SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Newegg.com - CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
Newegg.com - LG Electronics Black 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 10X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 18X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM Write - OEM
Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST380815AS 80GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Newegg.com - Thermaltake Purepower W0100RU ATX 12V 2.0 500W Power Supply 115/230 V UL, CUL, TUV, FCC, and CB certification - Retail
Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100186L Radeon X1950XT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

total comes out to be just over $500
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400 is going to be very hard with that activity, splurge on her man. build a nice one and name it "the ring" get hitched!
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If you don't mind, you can build a slightly older machine using the 939 socket(AMD). I've built one on Newegg and the total came just under $450(w/o shipping) I think it was around $450 with shipping. It could hold up for a long time. Basically, It looked something like this:

COOLER MASTER CENTURION 5 CASE: $49.99

BIOSTAR GEFORCE 6100-M9 MOTHERBOARD: $59.99

SAPPHIRE RADEON 1650 256MB GDDR2 PCI-E X16 CROSSFIRE: $59.99

ROSEWILL RP500-2 500W PSU: $44.99

AMD ATHLON 64 3500+ MANCHESTER 2.2GHZ: $69.00

CORSAIR VALUESELECT 1GB DDR-400 DUAL CHANNEL: $54.99

WD CAVAIR 200GB 7200RPM SATA 3.0GB/S HD: $54.99

SAMSUNG DRIVE: $34.99
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you will not be able to run fear on a x1650 and 1 gb RAM
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I will probably end up spending a little more, but trying to not spend to much because this will be coming out of my student loan money.

And I don't really want to get married yet. Can't afford my own place yet. I only make $10 an hour and work 30 hours a week really tough since im helping my mom giving her like $150 a week to help with bills and my cell phone and credit card( use for school books). Rough times :-/
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you will not be able to run fear on a x1650 and 1 gb RAM
ooops, mybad. you could change the 1650 into a 1900 or 7600gt and get one more stick of gig. if you can dish out around $50 more
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8600GT is better than X1650XT
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Old 08-21-2007, 12:53 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Get this instead:

Newegg.com - PNY VCG7900SXPB GeForce 7900GS 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

It will beat both those cards.
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