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Old 12-07-2005, 09:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I read all the stickies about building and choosing parts and everything above. I am still a little lost so i was wondering if you guys can choose the best possible computer for me. I am starting to get into some gaming so i want it to be able to play games. I dont want to overclock. I also will be using it for school so nothing too fancy. I would like it between $500-$700 if possible. Remember i am just starting to get into gaming so nothing fancy please.
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Old 12-07-2005, 09:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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where do you live ?? if u in the US most people will give you pricings from newegg...
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I live in California.
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I don't know really if I could help you. $500 to $700 is kind of a small budget to incorporate gaming into. If you already have a monitor, mouse, keyboard and some speakers... I guess you could build a cheap PC (Email, Web, Word Processing... etc...) But when you consider a video card for gaming... You're adding at least $150 to $300. That's a huge chunk of your budget.

There are probably some guys here in TF that will help you find something... It'll be cheap... But it could work... Good Luck.
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It is perfectly do-able to build a decent gaming PC with 700 dollars. 500 is a little low. If you need to get a monitor, speakers, keyboard, and mouse it is a different story.
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I have a moniter,keyboard and mouse and speakers already so that doesnt need to be included into the price.
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OK I'll put summit together.
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I also should mention that im in college and im going to be a graphics designer. Nothing moving just still graphics and logos and stuff.
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Old 12-08-2005, 01:34 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Maybe get from monarchcomputer.com or mave.com as most other sites charge tax to california shipments; if you're spending 700$ that's about 50$ in tax.
I would say go to monarchcomputer.com and get a combo motherboard/cpu where they install it for you for free with:
AMD 3200 Skt. 939 Retail CPU
MSI K8N Neo4-F Motherboard
Around 250$ combined

then get:
Video card - 6600GT - 130$
Hard drive - Seagate/Western Digital 80Gig or 120Gig - 60-80$
Case - You pick, around 50$
PSU - Fortron Source 450W 50$
Lite On DVD drive (around 25$)
1Gb Corsair Value Select RAM - 70$

Comes to about 700$ w/ shipping

Ooh, but also remember you'll need an operating system like windows xp home edition or something

This computer build is similar to mine (same CPU, Motherboard, Graphics card) and I can play Half Life 2 and CS:Source on all high settings smoothly
Far Cry on max settings
BF:2 Medium/High settings
Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 max settings
etc. , etc.
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I wannna build it by myself though....I love new challenges
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