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Old 04-14-2008, 11:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Yeah, so I just joined these forums. I was going to buy a Xbox 360, but I love FPS's so much I decided to build a gaming PC instead. PC's are better than consoles, imo, but they can cost more in the short run.
Anyway, I was/am hesitant about building a PC because I don't know how to overclock, configure RAM, and other things like that. I know a lot about computers compared to your average Joe, but not as much as you guys and gals.

Well, I already have a gaming PC but it's pretty low budget, and a friend built it for me a couple of years ago. I really want to be able to play games like CS, Americas Army, Half-life 2, Team Fortress 2, and such. I don't want to play on 3200x1200 pixels, but I'd like to be able to play with a very decent frame rate. :happy:

Alright, so I have a little over $900 to spend, but I'd like to save as much as possible when building my PC. If I could build a really nice PC for $800 or so, that'd be really good. I already have a nice mouse, an ok keyboard and a 19" moniter, so I just need to build the PC. (I'll upgrade my non-flat screen moniter later)

I think I want to go with AMD, but I'm not sure. As for the vid card, I don't know which I'd rather go for. Maybe GeForce?
So, could a PC building noob get some help? Any suggestions and help I can get on building my PC would be great!! =D
Thanks!
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Old 04-14-2008, 12:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hmmm. For these games listed you should be fine with a Geforce 9600GT which can be found for fairly cheap and are very good cards for their price - $150-170. A good and easy to overclock motherboard is the Gigabyte DS3L and is only about $90 I believe. What speed of CPU and RAM do you have so far? And are you going to be reusing any of the parts? (case/hard drive/psu, etc) Let me know what you have now and what your plans are. I'll give you some good suggestions for other parts.
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Old 04-14-2008, 02:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hmmm, I didn't even consider re-using any of my current parts.
I'll post what I have at the moment.
Processor: AMD Athlon XP 2200+
RAM: 256mb & 512mb (DDR PC3200)
Vid card: Radeon 9200 128mb (I'm pretty sure)
HD: Maxtor 6Y160P0
I need a new CD drive, mine is slightly damaged.
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The 3R System AudiXP is a steel case that measures 200 x 430 x 480 mm. It has 3 5.25" drive bays, 5 3.5" drive bays (2 external, 3 internal), 1 80 mm rear fan, and 250W PSU.
I think that's the case I have.

I wasn't sure about some of my specs so I used Cpuz. I think it's all correct.
My current PC has no system disc. I downloaded a keygen a year and a half ago. (haha, I thought I was safe behind Norton) I got a virus that infects all the executable programs on your PC. The virus has messed up my registry and some programs which is one reason why I want to build a new PC. Everybody I talked to said I needed to reformat my PC because you cannot destroy the virus any other way. I don't have a system CD, so I can't do that. (I've learned my lesson about pirating software )

Whew, now that that's out in the open, I'm not sure if I can use my HD without infecting my new PC.

haha, so what do you think?

Edit: By the way, I don't really care about Halo 2 on the PC. I would like to play CoD4 and new FPS's though. Would it be possible to play Crysis on a PC in my $800-$900 budget?
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Absolutely. I'll throw something together real quick and give you the details. You're in the US correct?
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q6600
Abit IP35-e
Add your personal choice of case, HD (size), Optical Drives
Corsair 550vx
9600gt
Crucial Tracers 2gb RAM kit
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yeah i think its a good idea for a total new build and wow i got rid of my grans 9200 radeon well over a year ago, i can not believe there still in use (i should shut up with my radeon 9600)

for the new build i would suggest these -

main board - gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L - $89.99 on new egg
cpu - intel E8200 - $179.99 on new egg
graphics - 9600 gt - $150 to $220 on new egg
ram - ocz platinum 2gb (2x1gb) - $45.99 on new egg
hdd - 320gb seagate 7200.10 hdd - $79.99 on new egg
psu - carsair 520W hx - $124.99 on new egg

comes to $679 on the thought of the $150 gpu so it gives you a little money to play with

ohh and www.newegg.com is where i was looking at the prices (duh)
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Case ~ nexus caterpilla
Mobo ~ Gigabyte GA~P35~DS3R Rev 2.0
CPU ~ Intel Q6600
HDD ~ 2 x 500gb western digital drives
Ram ~ 4GB worth (4 strips) of OCZ 2GB PC2-6400 Platinum Rev 2.0
PSU ~ Corsair 750TX
GPU ~ GTX 295

OS - Windows 7 Home 64-bit
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Case - $55 CoolerMaster Centurion 5
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UB Black /Blue Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

PSU - $100 Corsair 550VX
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX ATX12V V2.2 550W Power Supply 90 - 264 V UL, CUL, CE, CB, FCC Class B, TUV, CCC, C-tick - Power Supplies

Motherboard - $90 Gigabyte DS3L
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX All Solid Capacitor Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

Processor - $180 Core 2 Duo E8200 2.66GHz
Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E8200 Wolfdale 2.66GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - CPUs / Processors
CPU Heatsink/fan - $32 AC Freezer 7 Pro
Newegg.com - ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks
Cooling paste - $6 Artic Silver 5
Newegg.com - Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - Thermal Compound / Grease

Video Card - $150 PNY 9600GT
Newegg.com - PNY VCG96512GXPB GeForce 9600GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics

Memory - $36 Transcend 2GB(2x1GB) DDR2 800
Newegg.com - Transcend JETRAM 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

HDD - $48 160GB Western Digital Caviar
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

DVD Burner/CD drive - $29 Lite-On 20X DVD Burner/CD R/RW
Newegg.com - LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners

Total cost of all these: $724 before shipping.



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Wow, we all three had similar but still slightly different variations to the builds. If you use my build, you obviously have some room to go for a higher sized hard drive or even a Q6600 if you really want. Or better RAM. I think the $724 price mark is a good starting point for you to customize for yourself.

Solid steve you left out some things. Case, heatsink/fan, and optical drive.
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Case - $55 CoolerMaster Centurion 5
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UB Black /Blue Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

PSU - $100 Corsair 550VX
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX ATX12V V2.2 550W Power Supply 90 - 264 V UL, CUL, CE, CB, FCC Class B, TUV, CCC, C-tick - Power Supplies

Motherboard - $90 Gigabyte DS3L
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX All Solid Capacitor Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

Processor - $180 Core 2 Duo E8200 2.66GHz
Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E8200 Wolfdale 2.66GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - CPUs / Processors
CPU Heatsink/fan - $32 AC Freezer 7 Pro
Newegg.com - ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks
Cooling paste - $6 Artic Silver 5
Newegg.com - Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - Thermal Compound / Grease

Video Card - $150 PNY 9600GT
Newegg.com - PNY VCG96512GXPB GeForce 9600GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics

Memory - $36 Transcend 2GB(2x1GB) DDR2 800
Newegg.com - Transcend JETRAM 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

HDD - $48 160GB Western Digital Caviar
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

DVD Burner/CD drive - $29 Lite-On 20X DVD Burner/CD R/RW
Newegg.com - LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners

Total cost of all these: $724 before shipping.
Good build, but I think it would be better for him to pay an extra $10 for a q6600, and not get Arctic Silver 5 because of the MX-2/1 thermal pad already on the AF7
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my mistake

i would have to agree with the Q6600 aswell sure its not a new 45nm chip but for $10 you can't go wrong, what else woul you use $10 on
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Case ~ nexus caterpilla
Mobo ~ Gigabyte GA~P35~DS3R Rev 2.0
CPU ~ Intel Q6600
HDD ~ 2 x 500gb western digital drives
Ram ~ 4GB worth (4 strips) of OCZ 2GB PC2-6400 Platinum Rev 2.0
PSU ~ Corsair 750TX
GPU ~ GTX 295

OS - Windows 7 Home 64-bit
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FRYS.com | Intel

heres the link

maybe since he's only added $4 to the budget, he could get a Xigmatech Rifle ( I didn't recommend it before, because I thought you would cap out your budget)
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