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Old 08-28-2004, 08:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hi guys was wondering how much u think it would cost to built a new tower looking for a decent gaming machine nothing spectacular. i dont need monitor just the tower dont want dvd player or non of that extra stuff want 512+ ram good vid card not worry about that i can always get down the road mainly worried about the motherboard im not to good with computers so im not sure what hot and whats not so any advice,links,opinions would be great and also whats mobo mean? thnx alot ppl

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Old 08-28-2004, 08:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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mobo stands for motherboard. i'm not from the states so i'm not sure. but i think $700 or $800 should be good enough.

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Old 08-28-2004, 08:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 08-29-2004, 06:27 AM   #4 (permalink)
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so you'll want a computer which is not expensive but can play games well

Video Card: ATI Radeon 9600 Pro/XT

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3500+ - they've gone down a lot now

Motherboard: Asus A8V

RAM: 2x256MB PC3200 from Kingston or Corsair

HDD: 120/160GB Seagate SATA

Case: anything you like, doesn't have to be expensive, but watch out for cheap Power Supplies - you can get a seperate Power supply, I reccomend looking for an Enermax or Thermaltake

CD Drives: 52x32x52 CDR/RW - pretty cheap now, you can pick one up for about $30 AUD
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Old 08-29-2004, 08:32 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I agree with apocalypse. One little thing, though. Your mobo will be something like ATX or Micro ATX, or something like that. Be sure that you case is the same (or vice versa), if they aren't the same, they won't fit each other.

You could also see if you can afford a Radeon 9800 Pro/XT. I got my Radeon 9800 Pro at newegg for $194.
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Old 08-29-2004, 09:07 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I got these off a store where I bought my stuff so prices could be off by a little it looked liked they were having a sale.


Memory: 512MB 184-pin PC2100 DDR --- $92.99 X2

CD: 52X IDE MSI CD-ROM RTL. --- $19.99

Processor: AMD Athlon XP 3200 RETAIL BARTON --- $229.99


Video Card: ASUS A9600XT-TVD 128MB ATI3 --- $199.99

HD: WD 120GB ATA100 7200RPM 8MB CACHE --- $109.99



Memory: ^^Same ^^

CD: ^^SAME^^

Processor: Intel P4 3.0Ghz 800FSB 478 RETAIL --- $249.99

MOBO: ASUS P4P800SE 800/533/400FSB W/AUDIO --- $114.99

Video card : ^^Same^^

HD: ^^Same^^


Now there is stuff missing like mouse and keyboard and case

These are your choice you want somthing good looking and pleasing to the eye. (case)

These were some what cheap and or on sale prices so don't think this is what you will get for this price.

I 've only built a althon system so far but you know I love my althon system and I researched them more so if there was stuff I left out sorry
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Old 08-29-2004, 11:38 AM   #7 (permalink)
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thnx alot for the responses guys helps alot what is better in your opinion amd or intel? thnx again
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Old 08-29-2004, 01:00 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Amd is the best for gaming( amd 64 3200 or better), and get a pc 3200 ram or better for gaming.

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