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Old 11-26-2004, 11:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Thumbs up Need Advice and Opinions on My Budget Gaming Rig !

I'm building this rig strictly for gaming and don't need to spend anymore than whats allready put into it. Does it all look compatible ? The case is also very cheap but IMO looks decent and comes with a 480 PSU which is a nice plus. The RAM is "Value" which is ok for me b/c I don't intend on overclocking it and plan to buy a 2nd GB of RAM for it late Feburary. Am I missing anything ? I have keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, and software allready. Thanks for comments and advice in advance !!

Computer Parts List

-Video Card - EVGA nVidia GeForce 6800 GT 256MB Retail $399.00 $5.00 SHP - http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...130-208&depa=1

- Processor - AMD64 3500+ Socket 939 Newcastle Core Retail $265.00 Free SHP - http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...103-463&depa=1

- Motherboard - MSI “K8T NEO2-FIR” VIA K8T800 Socket 939 Retail $117.50 $4.99 SHP - http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...130-463&depa=1

- Memory – 1 GB Corsair Value Select 2x512MB DDR PC-3200 OEM $152.00 Free SHP - http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...145-440&depa=1

- Hard Drive - Western Digital SE 120GB 7,200 RPM 8MB Buffer $78.00 $4.69 SHP - http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...144-118&depa=1

- Case - Logisys Black/Silver Skyrise ATX Case with 480 PSU $35.00 $15.99 SHP - http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...148-021&depa=1

- Optical Drive - Lite-On 52X32X52X16 Combo Drive OEM Bulk Pack $38.99 $5.00 SHP - http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...106-932&depa=1

- Floppy Drive - Sony Black 1.44 MB 3.5inch Floppy Disk Drive OEM $6.99 $3.99 SHP - http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...103-116&depa=1


Total Before Tax Including Shipping: $1152.14
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Old 11-26-2004, 12:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Custom sound card, just buy it. Other than that, nice rig!
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Don't get the Newcastle core, get the Winchester, it's the best out right now.
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Old 11-26-2004, 01:04 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Man thats a nice rig, and not a bad price at all. But like lazerman said, get the Winchester core instead of the newcastle.
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Why, whats the difference? Or is that a matter of opinion
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Wincester is 90nm correct ? If so, I heard you needed to flash the mobo to get the processer to work on it. The thing is I have no clue how to "flash" a mobo. Could you tell me how or help me find a mobo that would't need flashing. I would prefer a mobo that allready supports 90nm.
Also, I heard the only difference was the 90nm processor runs abit cooler than the 130nm processor. If I did settle with the Newcastle core would there be that much difference or would the Winchester just be better for overclocking ?
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Winchester is a beast for overclocking, as far as boards that support 90nm, most don't that I know of. The abit av8 would need to be flashed, but I believe it is fairly simple to do.
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