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Old 06-21-2008, 11:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello,

I've put together specs for a low cost gaming PC. My budget is around 300 to 350. I already have a copy of Windows Vista x86 OEM which I will install. Here are the specifications:

13.98 - Case - Casecom LG-3320 Piano Black Mid Tower Case

16.98 - PSU - Extra Value Black 500W PSU - With 12cm Blue LED Fan 20+4pin 1x SATA 1x PCI-E

31.10 - Motherboard - Foxconn 6150M2MA-KRS2H GeForce 6150 Socket AM2 onboard VGA 5.1 channel audio mATX Motherboard

124.95 - Graphics Card - Sapphire HD 4850 512MB GDDR3 Dual DVI TV Out PCI-E Graphics Card

32.35 - RAM - Crucial 2GB kit (2x1GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 Ballistix Memory Non-ECC Unbuffered CL4 Lifetime Warranty

23.39 - HDD - Seagate ST380815AS 80GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 8MB Cache - OEM

11.74 - DVD-ROM -Liteon 16X SATA DVDROM Black

3.01 - Case Fan - Arctic Cooling 92mm Fan 9

1.67 - PSU Power Cable - Plexus Kettle Type Power Lead 2m

0.99 - SATA Cables - 2 x SATA Data Cable


I'm still not certain on which processor to get. I have these processors in mind which are at the lower price range:

40.39 - CPU - AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ Socket AM2 2.4GHz Energy Efficient 1MB L2 Cache (2x512KB) Retail Boxed Processor

47.94 - CPU - AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ (2.6GHz) Socket AM2 1MB L2 Cache OEM Processor
(Required) 6.37 - CPU Cooler - Arctic Cooling (AC-ALP-64) Alpine 64 CPU Cooler
55.99 - CPU - AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ 2.9GHz Socket AM2 512KBx2 L2 Cache OEM Processor
(Required) 6.37 - CPU Cooler - Arctic Cooling (AC-ALP-64) Alpine 64 CPU Cooler

The prices (including VAT but excluding P&P) of the main configuration with the different processors are:

1. Configuration with AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ 2.4Ghz: 300.54
2. Configuration with AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ 2.5Ghz: 314.46
3. Configuration with AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ 2.9Ghz: 322.51

Ideally, I'd like to spend as little as possible, but just enough to buy components that will do the job. Do you think an AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ 2.4Ghz processor will be adequate for gaming? Also, what's your opinion on the main specs?
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CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 Wolfdale 2.53GHz - $130
Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 Wolfdale 2.53GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - CPUs / Processors

Motherboard: ASUS P5K SE EPU LGA 775 - $89
Newegg.com - ASUS P5K SE EPU LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

Case: COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP - $84
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

Ram: G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 - $45
Newegg.com - G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

VideoCard: POWERCOLOR Radeon HD 4850 512MB - $200
Newegg.com - POWERCOLOR AX4850 512MD3-H Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

PSU: Rosewill RP500-2 ATX12V v2.01 500W - $45
Newegg.com - Rosewill RP500-2 ATX12V v2.01 500W Power Supply 115/230 V CSA, UL, TUV, FCC - Power Supplies

Harddrive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 160GB - $48
Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3160815A 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

DVD Drive: LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - $37
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 with LightScribe - CD / DVD Burners

Total: $680 USD - $345 Pounds
Thats one i made for someone else earlier. I understand that prices vary from country to country but currently your build needs tweaking.

Either try and get something like the above or modify your one buy getting a BrandName PSU thats trusted, ie Corsair, Antec and then choose the 5000+ because its a good overclocker.
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