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Old 04-01-2005, 09:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Gaming Computer ~ 1000-1200 range.

sup guys, well, basicaly I just need a new computer, this computer is a p.o.s, I have around 1200 to spend on a pc, This PC will be used for gaming, games that I play, Counter-Strike(1.6), Unreal Tournament (newer versions), and maybe C-S Source,

So, if you guys can get a pretty good set-up for me, i'd appreciate it, Thanks

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Old 04-01-2005, 09:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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are you comfortable with building your own comp? it raelly isn't that hard and we can pick out the best parts for your budget if you can

1.just to make sure, what state do you live in
2.what connection do you have (i.e. dsl, cable, dialup)
3.will you still be using your old comp ?
4. do you have your own copy of windows that you can use


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Old 04-01-2005, 09:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I would suggest building your own computer, since you can save money and get the stuff you want. For your processer, I would suggest an AMD Athlon 64, 3000+ or higher. For your mobo, I would try to get one with PCI-E and socket 939. Abit, and DFI make good mobos, so I would prob go with them if I were you. As for your graphics card, the eVga 6600GT is a great card for the money, and as for the rest of the stuff, I will let others suggest....
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Old 04-01-2005, 09:53 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I might recommend the X800XL over the 6600 GT, but i am something of an ATI fanboy (here comes the crowd with the thumbscrews). id say amd athlon 64 3000+, 1 gig of RAM, X800XL, and an nforce 4 mobo.

-AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Winchestor
-MSI K8N Neo4-F
-Sapphire Radeon X850 XT
-2x 1024 Corsair XMS Pro

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Old 04-01-2005, 09:55 PM   #5 (permalink)
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i put together a gaming system just recently.

1gig DDR 400 Dual Channel (Mushkin Blue)

Athlon 64 3200 (clocks at 2.01 stock)
Chaintech Mobo
Built buy ATI Radeon 9800 pro 256mb / 256 Bit
120gig WD HDD
Lite On DVD-RW
Thermal Take Tsnuami Dream Case
Enermax 550watt power supply

I spent less than $1000 and love the system.

You can do alot with a grand when you can build it yourself.

Good luck
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Old 04-01-2005, 09:59 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Yeah, X800XL is better, but the 6600GT does cost 100 bucks less......So you should get the X800XL if you can afford it, and the eVga 6600GT I suggested if you can't....
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Old 04-01-2005, 10:04 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Monarch Furia Custom Desktop w/PCI-E
$49.00 $49.00

Case: 100550 - No PS - Thermaltake VB1000SNS Soprano ATX $75.00 $75.00
Power Supply: 100122 - PS 535W - Enermax EG565P-FMA REV.2.0 ATX $89.00 $89.00
Case Fan: None
Motherboard: 110224 - DFI Lan Party UT NForce4 Ultra-D Audio/GB $139.00 $139.00
Processor: 12A422 - AMD Athlon 64 3200+ 512K 90nm (939 $179.00 $179.00
Thermal Grease: None
Heat Sink Fan: 130122 - AMD Certified Opteron/64/FX Heatsink $8.00 $8.00
Memory: 140602 - Patriot CL2 Ram - DDR (400) 3200 - 1 GB (2 pcs 512) Patriot $139.00 $139.00
2nd Memory: None
Hard Drive: 150935 - SATA - Western Digital (WD800JD) 80 GB/72 $69.00 $69.00
2nd Hard Drive: None
RAID Setup: None
RAID Controller: None
CD-RW Software: None
DVD-ROM Software: None
Floppy Drive: None
More Storage: None
Sound Card: None
Video Card: 190527 - ATI (Connect3D) Radeon X800 XL 256MB DDR/ $284.00 $284.00
Modem: None
Network Card: None
Wireless Network Card: None
Add-On Card: None
Case Function Add-On: None
Round Cables: None
Operating System: 210112 - Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition w/SP2 $89.00 $89.00
Additional Software: None
Antivirus: None
Warranty: 800007 - 1 Year - Parts & Labor - Barebone (No Sof
Hot Rush: None - Standard Order ( ships within 8-13 business
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Subtotal for 80311 with your selected options: $1,120.00

ground shipping ~ $50

that's assuming you're using your old cd drive, monitor, keyboard, and mouse

and it WOULD be cheaper if you can build your own

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Old 04-01-2005, 10:32 PM   #8 (permalink)
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heres a rough idea

- AMD Athlon 64 3500+ Processor Socket 939 Retail $267

- DFI LANPARTY UT nF4 ULTRA-D nForce4 Ultra Athlon 64(FX)/Sempron Skt939 DDR ATX Motherboard w/Audio, Dual Gigabit LAN, RAID/Serial ATA Retail $155

- Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 ST380817AS 80GB Serial ATA 7200RPM Hard Drive w/8MB Buffer $130

eVGA fx 6800 $260

Lian-Li 12-Bay Silver Aluminum Case With side window, Model "PC-65" $122

Optical Drives CD-RW, DVD-RW $80

GeIL GE1GB3200BDC 1GB Kit DDR400 PC3200 Dual Channel Value Series Memory $120

Cables and fans $40

Total build cost $1140

this is one hella kickass rig it will play all games that are out at full settings and will look tite as hell plus it can easily be upgraded in the future
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Old 04-01-2005, 10:47 PM   #9 (permalink)
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1. all he needs is a 3200+, the jump to 3500+ isn't worth it at all
2. he has a $1000+ budget and you're giving him a vanilla 6800???
3. i have the ram you suggested and i wouldn't suggest it to anyone; there's better options for the money
4. newegg>ZZF
5. he doesn't need fans if he's getting the thermaltake (i'm pretty sure he'd like the TT better)
6. where's the power supply?
7. the WD 80gig sata (really cheap at newegg) is all he needs

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Old 04-01-2005, 10:57 PM   #10 (permalink)
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All the games you suggested play best on ATI cards, keep that in mind people, especially you nvidia fanboys.

Ok time for my suggestion.

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-K8N Ultra-9 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra

Processor: AMD Athlon 64 3000+ 1.8GHz Winchester

Processor Cooler: Zalman CNPS7700-Cu with Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

RAM: OCZ Enhanced Latency Series Dual Channel Kit (512MBx2) DDR PC-3200

Video Card: Connect3D ATI RADEON X850 XT

Hard Drive: Hitachi 80GB 7200RPM SATA II Hard Drive

Power Supply: Antec NeoPower 480 Watt

Floppy Drive: SONY Beige 1.44MB 3.5Inch Floppy Disk Drive


Case: MAXTOP Signature Series Type II Mid Tower

Total (+.99 shipping per piece per special newegg deal going on right now):

It would also be a wise investment to buy an additional 120mm exhaust fan for the back and an 80mm intake fan for the front.
Another possible upgrade would be another of the same hard drive for uber-fast RAID 0. And that is an SATA II hard drive so it is blazing fast.

Overall this computer would be VERY overclockable but even at stock speeds this thing would OWN as a gaming computer.


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Intel Stock CPU Cooler------------------------Zalman 7700-Cu
Idle: 51C---------------------------------------Idle: 21C
Load: 72C--------------------------------------Load: 28C
ASUS P4C800-E Deluxe-----------------------GIGABYTE K8NF4-9 NForce4 4X
512MBX2 Corsair XMS 2-2-2-5 PC-3200-----512MBX2 Corsair XMS 2-2-2-5 PC-3200
ATI RADEON X800 XT Platinum Edition-------ATI RADEON X800 XL
Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS----------Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS
Western Digital Raptor 37GB 10K------------2X Western Digital SATA150 Caviar SE 80GB RAID 0
Antec True 480W------------------------------Thermaltake Silent PurePower 680W
Zalman 5.1 Headphones----------------------Zalman 5.1 Headphones
Zalman High Sensitivity Microphone----------Zalman High Sensitivity Microphone
Microsoft Multimedia Keyboard 1.0A----------Logitech Media Keyboard
Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer 4.0A---------Logitech MX510
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