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Old 06-02-2006, 04:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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hi i'm building a computer this summer and what i've come up with so far is this:

MSI Motherboard -> Athlon 64/FX,Socket 939, ATX, nForce4, 4GB DDR, 1000MHz FSB

AMD Athlon 64 3000+ -> 1.8GHz, 512KB, 1GHz, Socket 939

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XCLIO Case -> Black 250mm fan (6 open 80mm fan slots) 0.6 mm SECC ; Aluminum Front Panel ATX Mid Tower (AND 2-4 80mm fans)

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Acer AL1916W 19" LCD Monitor -> 1440x900, 8ms, PC






I know i'm looking at gettting a puny processor as far as AMD goes but i'm on a budget.

I'm looking at spending around 125-175 on the graphics card and wanna get the most bang for my buck.

i'm concerned about:

(1) not gettting enough performance for what i want to use it for (playing new games and video/audio editing and animation)

and (2) getting too much performance for my 3000+ card to use to the fullest.

any suggestions? right now i'm looking at: GeForce 7600 GT, Radeon X1300 Pro and e-GeForce 6800XT. but don't know enough about cards to decide on one yet.


thanks a lot guys. especially those who actually read through this lengthy post. thanks - jordan
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Old 06-02-2006, 05:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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XFX 7600GT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150145

Fits right into your budget.

That will be the best 'bang for your buck' card you can get.
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Get the 7600GT

Get an Antec truepower or ther Fortron 450w PSU

Buy high performance ram with a rebate - its cheaper and faster.
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Another vote for the 7600GT, best bang for your buck
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Default undate on what i'm gonna be getting

well i'm now not going to be getting a Athlon 3000. I'm now looking at getting a Athlon X2 3800 or Conroe E6300. so now i could get a card better than teh 7600 GT but i'm less willing now to go over teh 175 budget.
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Love my X2 3800. Overclocks well if that makes any difference. I'm currently running @2630Mhz prime stable. I'm no overclocking expert either.
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I would wait for the Core 2 duos to come out. Would be cheaper and faster than what you currently have listed.
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take away that 4gb of RAM, windows only handles 3gb and it runs faster with 2.
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Where do you see 4gig of ram at? He has mentioned a set of OCZ Value 2x1gig.
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Default Re: what video card should i get?

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Originally posted by jordo_99
hi i'm building a computer this summer and what i've come up with so far is this:

MSI Motherboard -> Athlon 64/FX,Socket 939, ATX, nForce4, 4GB DDR , 1000MHz FSB

AMD Athlon 64 3000+ -> 1.8GHz, 512KB, 1GHz, Socket 939

Antec SmartPower 2.0 500 Watt ATX

XCLIO Case -> Black 250mm fan (6 open 80mm fan slots) 0.6 mm SECC ; Aluminum Front Panel ATX Mid Tower (AND 2-4 80mm fans)
OCZ Value Series 2GB (2 x 1GB) -> 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200)
ok im confused, what ram and how much are you getting?
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