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Old 10-20-2007, 04:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I am building a gaming computer for my friend under 430 dollars. He will use his old hard drive, and he does not need any software. All prices can not exceed 425/430 and I only want it ordered from one spot. This is what I have.

Processors E2180 92.99
Newegg.com - Intel Dual-Core E2180 Allendale 2.0GHz 1MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail

Heatsink Artic Pro 7 19.99
Newegg.com - ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - Retail

Motherboard Gigabyte DS3L 76.99
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-P31-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P31 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Ram Crucial Ballistix 54.99 AR
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-P31-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P31 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

DVD Burner 28.99
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

Case with Power Supply 64.99
Newegg.com - JUST PC 706ATXBK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 550W ATX12V P4 SATA Power Supply - Retail

Evga 8600GT 89.99 AR
Newegg.com - EVGA 256-P2-N751-TR GeForce 8600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

Hopefully with the Artic Pro 7 we can get maybe past 3GHz.
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That's a pretty nice mid-end gaming machine.

You linked the memory wrong.

It's is highly recommended that you don't use the power supply included with the case. I would suggest a reliable brand, such as:
Newegg.com - FSP Group (Fortron Source) AX400-PN ATX12V 400W Power Supply 120/220 - 240v NEMKO, TUV, CSA, IEC, UL, CE - Retail

You should get past 3GHz, easy, no sweat.
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honestly dont trust that psu.
i got a nzxt case that came with a psu, and it was shot...
just get the Thermaltake 430W for $40 bucks... thats what im using after my psu shot.
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That's a pretty nice mid-end gaming machine.

You linked the memory wrong.

It's is highly recommended that you don't use the power supply included with the case. I would suggest a reliable brand, such as:
Newegg.com - FSP Group (Fortron Source) AX400-PN ATX12V 400W Power Supply 120/220 - 240v NEMKO, TUV, CSA, IEC, UL, CE - Retail

You should get past 3GHz, easy, no sweat.
opps Well I meant to link to the Crucial Ballistix 54.99 AR.

Umm I will use that power supply and get a different case then!
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most PSU that come with cases turn out to blow or fry within a month or 2 if not immediately on boot up- so don't buy a case for that reason buy a case for its cooling properties and looks (looks even less important expecially if you dont drag it to LAN parties)

Cases should fit your stuff easily with room for airflow or liquid coolent and organize your computer so its easy to work on. If it fails at coolent your parts will fail and be destroyed, if it fails at convience, well, you try fitting a 5 inch wide hand into a 3 in wide gap to put it together, its not fun and you may need bandaids afterward.

Honestly Iam getting a very cheap (about 30 with shipping) case- its solid black.. no window or anything very good cooling (120mm intake and exhaust fans) and cutting my own window and adding it with some leftover plastic I have (its a little thicker then most windows but it will work)

Of everyone I know and hear of- only 1 PSU that came with its case has worked- and it was a 200 dollar case with a thermaltake (i think) power supply inside... it was pretty much the same cost of buying a cheaper case and the PSU seperate but in one package. But 1 out of over 200 buyers- not good odds.
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He might also upgrade his video card so he is going to need at least a 500watt power supply.

What do you suggest that is 500 watt that is less than 50 dollars?
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Fortron 400W:

Newegg.com - FSP Group FSP400-60THN-R ATX 2.0 400W Power Supply 115V/ 220 - 240V NEMKO, TUV, CSA, IEC, UL, CE - Retail

Not 500W but wattage dosent even matter.
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That only has like 28 amps on the 12 volt rail I think! I think its 28 amps which should run a 8800GT fine I hope.
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That only has like 28 amps on the 12 volt rail I think! I think its 28 amps which should run a 8800GT fine I hope.
Well you cant cheap out on the PSU so much and still expect it to be absolutely top notch can you?
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Well you cant cheap out on the PSU so much and still expect it to be absolutely top notch can you?
WEll everyone was linking to the xcilio goodpower 500watt, but now I can not find it on newegg.
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