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Old 09-17-2007, 06:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I want to build myself a new rig and have about 400 to spend on it. I only need the components, so no case/monitor/keyboard, or any of that crap. I can't go much over $400, so I want the best bang for the buck (of course). I think AMD offers the bang/buck for under $400 rigs, so i was thinking something like


AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+(65W) Windsor 2.2GHz Socket AM2 Processor
Model ADO4200CUBOX - Retail

$74.99

A-DATA Value Series 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model VDQVE1A16K - Retail

$64.99

EXCELSTOR Jupiter Series ESJ8080S 80GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

$36.99

Subtotal: $176.97 (so far)

I need help with the Motherboard ( i don't know what chipsets and crap to get) and I want one that doesn't bottleneck anything and it's reliable. Keep that under 70 bucks... the cheaper the better.
Now the fun part... I need the best video card for around $100. I was looking at the 8500GT and X1600Pro, but I don't know how good those are or if there are other ones with the better bang/buck ratio.


I also want to know if it's better to get 4x512MB ram or 2x1GB. For dual channel, that is.
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Old 09-17-2007, 06:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would go with ati for a 100 buck graphx card or under, as for ram, you either get the best or the cheapest cause anything between is a waste of money, I would do 2x1gb rather than 4 512mb's. As for the motherboard i would go with a reliable one rather than performance. A cheap ECS brand is good enough and cheap enough, they lack extras but they are stable.
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Old 09-17-2007, 06:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Motherboard - Biostar TForce TF7025
CPU - AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+ Brisbane 2.1GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache (You can overclock this past the X2 4200+)
Hard Drive - Western Digital 80GB (More trusted than Excelstor)
Graphic card - MSI 8600GT 256MB
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i'd go with Cruscial Balistix Ram 2gb (2x1gb) sticks for your ram way more OC able than A-Data's ..... if you dont really like the price on the Crucials then just wait a little nad the rebate will come back around dropin em down to about 69-75 bucks
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Hey b1, isnt an 80 gig to small of a hdd? especially if he gets vista.
If he doesnt get vista then their is no use for dx 10 card.

And pc boy, do you need a psu?
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He was originally going for an 80GB HDD, so I assumed. But a WD 160GB is only $7 more:
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600JS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

He can just get this graphic card instead:
Newegg.com - EVGA 256-P2-N615-TX GeForce 7600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

If he needs a PSU...
Newegg.com - FSP Group (Fortron Source) AX400-PN ATX12V 400W Power Supply 120/220 - 240v NEMKO, TUV, CSA, IEC, UL, CE - Retail
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thats much better...
the hdd is worth the extra 7 bucks.
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wow.. those 7600gt's have become dirt cheap... and its got really good bang for the buck too....
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i got my 7900gs for $100 after $50 MIR .
I bought it about 2 months ago and just got the rebate like 2 weeks ago so not bad at all!!!

And i sold the card for $110 on ebay since i decided to upgrade again.

Not bad eh!
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how's the 8600GT compared to the 7600GT? I'm back from the 6800GT days and don't know much about these new cards.
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