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Old 07-25-2008, 02:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Thinking about buying a new computer (using old monitor/mouse/keyboard) with an extremely low budget. Here's what I came up with:



Processor -


AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Brisbane 2.6GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor

Newegg.com - AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Brisbane 2.6GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors

$66.00



Motherboard -


ASUS M2N-E AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 Ultra MCP ATX AMD Motherboard

Newegg.com - ASUS M2N-E AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 Ultra MCP ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards

$89.99



Video Card -


PALiT NE/9600T+0152 GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

Newegg.com - PALiT NE/9600T+0152 GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

$114.99



Memory -


OCZ SLI-Ready Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Newegg.com - OCZ SLI-Ready Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory



$88.99


Hard Drive -

Western Digital Caviar SE WD2500AAJS 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE WD2500AAJS 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

$54.99



CD/DVD Writer/Burner -


LITE-ON Black 16X DVD-ROM 52X CD-R 32X CD-RW 52X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE Combo

Newegg.com - LITE-ON Black 16X DVD-ROM 52X CD-R 32X CD-RW 52X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE Combo - CD / DVD Burners

$23.99



Case -


RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WBP Black 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case With 500W Power Supply
Newegg.com - RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WBP Black 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case With 500W Power Supply - Computer Cases

$94.99





Total Cost of the computer alone: $539.93

Rebates: $75
After Rebates: $464.93




How well will this computer play the current games and how long will it be viable for?
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Old 07-25-2008, 03:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
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that PSU that comes with your case is... almost carp IMHO 22 AMPS on 12V...
if I am not mistaken, your CPU / RAM / GPU all rides on the 12V rail
plus... its a raidmax :P
newegg/search antec earthwatts

should think about getting an SATA optical for better wire management
better airflow = lower temp on parts = longer life
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Old 07-25-2008, 03:37 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Newegg.com - BIOSTAR TForce TP43D2A7 LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

Newegg.com - Intel Pentium E2180 Allendale 2.0GHz 1MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors

If you want to get AMD then get it, but I'm just giving you my suggestion

Also, instead of wasting money on 4GB ram, you can get E7200 instead of E2180. I believe 2GB is more than enough

You can get 2GB ram for $19.99 after MIR
Newegg.com - OCZ Platinum Revision 2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
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Look at my sig, I got a much better comp, with the same money.

That comps looks good, But I believe it can get better.
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If you stay AMD get this motherboard:
Newegg.com - BIOSTAR TFORCE TA780G M2+ AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards

A friend of mine has it and has great features, and only $70 after MIR.
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Get 2gb of ram and put the saved money toward a good psu.
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You should be able to find that case without a PS. Check Inferno Deals
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Also get the Biostar Geforce 8200 motherboard. I think it is cheaper than the one you have and is quite capable.
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Thinking about buying a new computer (using old monitor/mouse/keyboard) with an extremely low budget. Here's what I came up with:



Processor -


AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Brisbane 2.6GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor

Newegg.com - AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Brisbane 2.6GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors

$66.00



Motherboard -


ASUS M2N-E AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 Ultra MCP ATX AMD Motherboard

Newegg.com - ASUS M2N-E AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 Ultra MCP ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards

$89.99



Video Card -


PALiT NE/9600T+0152 GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

Newegg.com - PALiT NE/9600T+0152 GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

$114.99



Memory -


OCZ SLI-Ready Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Newegg.com - OCZ SLI-Ready Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory



$88.99


Hard Drive -

Western Digital Caviar SE WD2500AAJS 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE WD2500AAJS 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

$54.99



CD/DVD Writer/Burner -


LITE-ON Black 16X DVD-ROM 52X CD-R 32X CD-RW 52X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE Combo

Newegg.com - LITE-ON Black 16X DVD-ROM 52X CD-R 32X CD-RW 52X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE Combo - CD / DVD Burners

$23.99



Case -


RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WBP Black 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case With 500W Power Supply
Newegg.com - RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WBP Black 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case With 500W Power Supply - Computer Cases

$94.99





Total Cost of the computer alone: $539.93

Rebates: $75
After Rebates: $464.93




How well will this computer play the current games and how long will it be viable for?
If you want Intel, get Maroon's build...

If not consider following suggestons:
- Get the 5000+ BE instead
- 570 ultra is outdated, Ricanflow has that board and is quite mad now that there are so many Dual-Video card setups that you can get and that has only 1 PCI-e Slot...
get a 790x Board instead or a 780g one
- Good RAM, specs are Meh, but these are better:
Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
(if you have budget room)
- I can tell you see you are using a Raidmax PSU that is integrated.. Not recommended.. check out an Antec 430w
- Newegg.com - EVGA 512-P3-N801-AR GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards (check that out if you have budget room)
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Instead of the gpu that vernon recommended. Get this one instead, it ends up being the same price as your 9600gt and MUCH better witht he dual slot cooling.

Newegg.com - EVGA 512-P3-N800-TR GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

eVGA GeForce 8800GT 512MB PCI Express Video Card with dual slot cooling for $150 - $20 coupon VGA72320 - $20 rebate = $110 with free shipping.

Make sure you take advantage of the coupon and MIR, otherwise it's not a good deal.
But with the coupon, MIR, and free shipping it comes out almost cheaper then your 9600gt I think, and once again, much better.

If you have $160, pick yourself up a nice 4850. You can find them for $155, or so after MIR on newegg.
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Ya plus 8800gt's do run warm, and that Akimbo cooler helps a ton, nice find.. why didn't Newegg email me a Newsletter?!
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