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Old 05-25-2007, 12:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys, my friend is building a computer of his own, he wants to make it for gaming and is willing to pay about 600$ for it, he wants to spend 850$ but I honestly don't think its going to cost as much for what he wants to play on it. These are currently the things he is aiming to buy, can you give advice and maybe tell me what you think he should be getting instead and such?

Newegg.com - JPAC 411 Black Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply - Retail
Newegg.com - Open Box: ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard - OEM
Newegg.com - MSI NX7900GS-T2D512E-OC GeForce 7900GS 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Over CLock Edition Video Card - Retail
Newegg.com - AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Windsor 2.6GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 Processor - Retail
Newegg.com - GeIL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
Newegg.com - HITACHI Deskstar T7K500 HDT725032VLA360 (0A33435) 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Newegg.com - Scythe SCKB03-BK Black 104 Normal Keys 3 Function Keys PS/2 Wired Standard Keyboard - Retail
Newegg.com - Microsoft B2J-00001 OEM Gray 4 Buttons Tilt Wheel USB Wired Optical Notebook Mouse 3000 - OEM
Newegg.com - Microsoft B2J-00001 OEM Gray 4 Buttons Tilt Wheel USB Wired Optical Notebook Mouse 3000 - OEM

I'd appreciate it if anyone could give us a hand figuring out the right parts for him to buy. He wants to make a computer that will be able to run games like Guildwars, Bf2 and games that are coming out on medium high settings without lagging.
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Old 05-25-2007, 12:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Get either this, for cheaper:
Newegg.com - G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
or this, depending on the budget:
Newegg.com - G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

Get this hard drive instead:
Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

You listed the mouse, two times, by the way.

Don't use the power supply, included with the case. Not reliable. Get this more reliable, brand instead:
Newegg.com - XCLIO GOODPOWER 500W ATX 500W Power Supply 115/230 V UL, CUL, TUV, CB, VDE, FIMKO, DEMKO, NEMKO, SEMKO - Retail

Better case for the money, just IMO:
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-WW Black/Silver Aluminum Bezel, SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Get this 7900GS, instead:
Newegg.com - EVGA 256-P2-N624-AR GeForce 7900GS 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 KO Video Card - Retail
Cheaper, and a better company.
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yeah i agree with that statement^
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absolutely, go with the EVGA 7900GS instead. Only 256, but it can outperform the other brands, also an outstanding overclocker
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Old 05-25-2007, 01:53 PM   #5 (permalink)
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dont forget about the step up program
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Old 05-25-2007, 04:22 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I agree with B1gapl's choices. For sure don't get that case/PSU

if you really dont want to have to spend money on another PSU the stock one in this is supposed to be decent.

Newegg.com - RAIDMAX Scorpio ATX-868WBP Black 0.8mm Japanese SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 420watts PS2 ATX12V Power Supply - Retail

However still an aftermarket PSU is always the safest bet.
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raidmax sagitta's are really good too
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change that ram to gskill hk's or nq's and ur set!^
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Also change that hard drive to the Seagate 320gb:
Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
$3 more, but has 16mb cache, and is one of the faster 7200rpm drives.
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