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Old 01-22-2006, 12:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Need Help Buying A Balanced Budget PC

Im looking to buy a new pc late this year, i currently have about $500AU and expect by the end of this year to have around $900AU-$1100AU possibly more to put towards pc parts. im hoping to get dual core, and a graphics card that matches the performance of it so neither is letting the other down.
im currently running:

intel pentium 4 2.8Ghz
1GB corsair pc3200 twin-X dual channel
Powercolour 9800pro 128mb
60GB HD 7200rpm
creative 16x dvd rom

I much intend to keep my Corsair ram and possibly get another gig of it, so i would appreciate any suggestions to a good balanced combo of parts.


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Old 01-22-2006, 01:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Well, if your buying over time... I'd say start w/ a new board and proc. Get a s939 board and an opty 165 or x2 3800. Then I'd say, if your willing, get one of the G6150 mobo's with the onboard GFX.. they'll cost you about $90 and you have enough money to have a working comp atm. Then you can get a good GFX card when you have the money (you'll also be able to wait a little while till DX10 cards come out. then upgrade the rest of the parts (starting w/ a new HD or ram is what I'd suggest) when you get the money.

The upside is you'll have a working DC computer right off the bat.
You'll also be ready for a pcie GFX card when you get the money, instead of buying an outdated mobo w/ agp and being forced to buy a new mobo when you have the $$$ for the GFX card.

Downside is you'll be taking a step back graphics wise for a while. Tho the onboard G6100 performs about 2 times better than my Radeon 9200. It gets 20-40fps in Source games (On high, w/ full HDR) while running in 12x7. I'd imagine the G6150 would do a bit better.

It's really what you're willing to do and how long you want to wait for a working comp.

I don't know any AU sites, so I can't find product suggestions.

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Old 01-22-2006, 01:23 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I'd get a Geforce 6600 GT instead
what are you going to be using this for anyway?
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Old 01-22-2006, 01:25 AM   #4 (permalink)
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1gb ram
x2 3800 or amd 148 opteron
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Old 01-22-2006, 01:27 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Here is an australin site, thats waht u wanted right?
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