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Old 12-13-2007, 12:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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If your were to build a computer using only $600 what would it be? Keep in my mind its for high end gaming and performance. You can use any parts availible...
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kind of a strict budget... hard to get "high end gaming and performance" for $600

CPU: Newegg.com - Intel Pentium E2180 Allendale 2.0GHz 1MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
MOBO: Newegg.com - ABIT IP35-E LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
RAM: Newegg.com - Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
GRAPHICS: Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100226L Radeon HD 3850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
PSU: Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX ATX12V V2.2 450W Power Supply 90 - 264 V UL, CUL, CE, CB, FCC Class B, TUV, CCC, C-tick - Retail
CASE: Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Centurion 534 RC-534-KKN2-GP Black Aluminum & Mesh bezel / SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
COOLING: Newegg.com - ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - Retail
MONITOR: none
O/S: none
HDD: none

total comes to 596.93

if you're able to scrounge up a few more bucks and you need a HDD, add Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3160815AS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
if you're able to scrounge up a few more bucks and you DONT need a HDD, change the video card to ClubIT Product - GIGABYTE Geforce 8800GT 512MB 256bit GDDR3 PCI-Express 2.0 HDCP & SLI Ready Video Card Retail GV-NX88T512H-B

in my opinion... you'd be better off waiting and saving up more money
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600 dollars is more entry level, especially if you need mouse, keyboard, screen, speakers etc.
do you?
if not, 600 dollars will build a decent low-mid range gaming pc.
which you can then make "high end" thru the majic of overclocking.
e2140 or x2 4000 brisbane 75 / 62
abit ip35-e or gigabyte ga-m57sli-s4 - 90
256mb 8800GT - 210(if you can find one, good luck)
corsair 520-hx - 120
dvd drive - 30
hard drive - 50ish
case - whatever you want - 50ish

intel = ~625 plus shipping
AMD = ~612 plus shipping

very similar performance.

edit: i forgot ram. and OS.
durtard has good build but i assume you need both OS and HDD.
no way you can be "high end" for that much money.

you could drop to x2 3600 brisbane and save a little. not enough to buy OS and ram, though.
i say get a 256mb 8800GT over the 3850. just my own opinion.
i agree with the assesment that you should have more money for system. otherwise you will constantly be upgrading it.
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XFX GeForce 8800 GT Video Card - 256MB DDR3, PCI Express 2.0, SLI Ready, (Dual Link) Dual DVI, HDTV, Video Card PVT88PUDF4 at TigerDirect.com $220, but in stock

ClubIT has the 512MB in stock at $260
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No, monitor, keyboard, mouse, HDD, and OS, I have already. Couldn't you just get a cheaper case, power supply, and motherboard for a better processor?
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the motherboard and power supply are the backbones of your computer(your money is best invested getting quality ones), and the processors we reccomended work beautifully, and can be overclocked
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then go with durftard's build (using his PSU) or my AMD selections (also using his PSU), and you will be fine, and at your budget.
but since you ask, yes, i would go for either a q6600 or an AMD 6000 or 5000 black edition (unlocked multiplier = easy overclock, also cheap like 130) if i was building a new rig.
if i got either one of those though, i would step up to at least the 520 hx PSU i listed.
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hey nag....couldnt he save money by getting the fsp 450w psu?
that would save a couple more bucks.
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Newegg.com - SILVERSTONE ST50EF-Plus ATX 12V 2.2 500W Power Supply 100 - 240 V - Retail Made by FSP
Nothing against Corsair psu's as I'm sure they're great, but there alot of other great psu's out there.
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yeah could definitely get a cheaper PSU. i like to recommend SLI capable PSU's just cos...well....at some point people may want to go SLI.
plus, if i had to buy a new one, its what i would buy for myself. actually i'd get the 620, because i want a modular next time.
but yeah nothing wrong with the silverstone, fsp, xclio, and (i know some disagree) my coolmax 500 has been runnign along without a hiccup for almost a year, pretty much non-stop. so, i would recommend it as well. the SLI that i have is like 70 bucks.
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