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Old 12-19-2005, 05:47 PM   #11 (permalink)
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rofl linux for gaming

not a bad build.

i would just get him 512mb ram and then see if u could get a pci-e mobo and 6600 vanilla
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Old 12-19-2005, 06:01 PM   #12 (permalink)
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there's no point in getting xbox 360 because once u get 4 or more games you've already spent another 200 dollars.. the games are where all your money goes. Unless you plan on playing a ton of games on the comp too or just a few
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Old 12-19-2005, 06:07 PM   #13 (permalink)
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$400? get an emachine and when you can afford it, add a stick of ram and your choice of new video card.

Or maybe you have enough leftover components that you're just looking for a processor and motherboard? If you've got leftover components or a current machine that is new enough to scrap, or parts from friends or something, you could maybe swing it.

If you already have a case and some other stuff here's a scenario.

If you need JUST CPU/mobo
AMD Athlon 64 3500+ Venice $202
GIGABYTE GA-K8U-939 $58

That's only $260 If you already have a decent AGP video card you can use, there's still a little room if you need some memory.

CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB (2 x 512MB) $77

So that's still only $337

If you have enough leftover components you might be able to put something together. Maybe not entirely new, but newish.

My advice is to look around and see what you already have that you can use and figure out what you really need and don't need. If you put together something with a decent start and some old parts, you can always upgrade some things later.
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ah hell ill give it a try

Mobowith onboard graphics GeForce 6100 and its micro ATX)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138264

CPU:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...?EdpNo=1366603

case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811147001

RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820144309

Hard Drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148107

DvD-Drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827106009

total about 430$

the only problem will be the onboard graphics cause im not sure how good a 6100 will run games and the mobo is micro ATX.

Well you cant say i didnt try.
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Old 12-19-2005, 06:57 PM   #15 (permalink)
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i just don't think $400 will be enough for a gaming pc but at least u can get a computer for $400 = recommend DELL
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Old 12-19-2005, 07:34 PM   #16 (permalink)
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there's no point in getting xbox 360 because once u get 4 or more games you've already spent another 200 dollars.. the games are where all your money goes. Unless you plan on playing a ton of games on the comp too or just a few
lol - There is absolutely no point in spending $400.00 on PC components that will suck for gaming anyway.

You're whole budget is $400.00 - A decent gaming video card will cost $200 to $400 alone. You're wasting your $400 on crappy/cheap PC components.

You could spend $400 on a XBOX 360 and get a machine that is like 1000X better then your $400 PC paper weight. (lol - by the time you buy 4 games you've spent $200) and PC games are free? I hate to break it to you, but Consoles were created for people like you with virtually no budget for a gaming PC, yet want a great gaming machine. The XBOX360 costs microsoft $550 just to get it out of the factory. So as soon as you buy one, they have lost money. Sure they make it back in games and accessories, but you're getting a great machine at much less the cost. Something you can't do with a gaming PC.

Bottomline is this - you can't buy a great gaming PC with $400. You need at least 4 to 5 times that amount.

XBOX 360 reserve yours now...
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Old 12-19-2005, 08:12 PM   #17 (permalink)
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ok ill give this thing a try.

case- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811154054 $30

cd/dvd drive- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827101205 $13 you'll want to upgrade this as soon as you get a little money, it doesnt play dvds.

hard drive- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822144102 $53

memory- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820223009 $33

MOBO- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131525 $69

AMD processor- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103602 $172

video card- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130257 $130

grand total-$500 ok, its really hard to make a cheap gaming pc that will play all the games. This one does it but it goes over by $100, if you wait and get another $100 then this pc will do.
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Old 12-20-2005, 11:48 PM   #18 (permalink)
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mine is a complete tower, if your serious you should spend 40 more and get another 512 mb memory, that would help a lot, you would also need a copy of windows if you don't have one, you would also probably want a burner, this is just a cd/dvd rom, for like 10-15 more you'd get a burner, otherwise, yes this will play current games, just disable all startup programs in windows and you should be fine playing css, hl2, far cry on 800 X 600 resolution, if you had a gig of ram and overclock the processor and video card you could probably game at 1024 X 768 resolution.

http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16811220007
case

http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16813128292
motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16814130262
video card

http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16817153023
power supply

http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16819104241
processor

http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16820236111
ram

http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16822135106
hard drive

http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16827101668
dvd rom

$409 and $389 after rebates
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Old 12-21-2005, 01:10 PM   #19 (permalink)
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macdawg - good job, that's right on budget.

But, seriously...

That build vs. XBOX 360

What's the better buy?
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There is no simply cheap gaming system. A good gaming computer consists of 600+ i my opinion
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