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Old 03-23-2004, 01:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Whats best comp you can make with $500 (including monitor)

POWMAX DREAM STAR Mid Tower ATX Case with 400W Power Supply ($30)

Samsung Black 52X32X52 CD-RW Drive ($36)

Speeze Hard Disk Cooler, 130 x 100 x 17 mm ($4)

Seagate 80GB 7200RPM IDE Hard Drive ($66)

KRETON 184 Pin 256MB DDR RAM ($41)

BEST DATA 56K V.92/V.44 PCI Data Fax Modem ($21)

ASUS nForce2 IGP Chipset Motherboard ($90)
FSB: 400/333/266MHz
RAM: 2x DIMM support Dual Channel DDR333/266 Max 2GB
Onboard Audio: Realtek ALC650 6-Channel Codec
Onboard Video: GeForce4 MX GPU + TV Encoder
Onboard LAN: Realtek 10/100Mbps
Form Factor: Micro ATX

AMD Athlon XP 2700+, 333MHz FSB, 256K Cache Processor (Heatsink and Fan included) ($107)

Total : $ 427.20 (including all shipping)

*note i didnt include monitor on purpose, i bought a decent 17 inch monitor used for 40 bucks, still puttin me under $500*
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Old 03-23-2004, 02:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I was looking at this, wondering how it could be so cheap, when it occurred to me - you have no video card! A video card is very important and can be quite expensive - a good one is about $160 or $170. Once that's added in, you're looking at about $600 total, without the monitor. I also noticed that you didn't include a mouse, keyboard, or speakers yet either. Just keep all that in mind before you purchase everything. Hope I helped. One more thing, your case is now $35, and it only got 3-star reviews, if I were you, I would consider getting this one:
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...pa=1&section=1
It got four-star reviews, is slightly cheaper, and looks just plain awesome! I also wanted to build a computer without spending a lot, and I think that's the case I'm going with.
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Old 03-23-2004, 08:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Squaggleboggin his motherboard is "nForce2 IGP" meaning the video is onboard.
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Old 03-23-2004, 08:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Neat case squaggleboggin, i didnt catch that one, thanks for pointing it out (only wish it was black, but i can work around it), and yeah it has onboard video, my first choice was a pentium 4, which had no onboard video so i was going to have to get a decent 60 dollar gforce one, seemed to be pretty good 128mb. With this one having an onboard one i can cut the price a bit and its not too shabby i suspect. Hoping the comp will run decent, thanks the reply though your suggestion was very helpful.
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I was looking at this, wondering how it could be so cheap, when it occurred to me - you have no video card! A video card is very important and can be quite expensive - a good one is about $160 or $170. Once that's added in, you're looking at about $600 total, without the monitor. I also noticed that you didn't include a mouse, keyboard, or speakers yet either. Just keep all that in mind before you purchase everything. Hope I helped. One more thing, your case is now $35, and it only got 3-star reviews, if I were you, I would consider getting this one:
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...pa=1&section=1
It got four-star reviews, is slightly cheaper, and looks just plain awesome! I also wanted to build a computer without spending a lot, and I think that's the case I'm going with.
It says it has onboard video.

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Yeah, I saw that on there but I assumed he was using the computer for gaming, which is why I suggested a video card. Jez, I just found the same exact case I suggested before in black, here's the link:
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...182-536&depa=1
It's the same price, still looks cool, and still comes with an LED fan and a 350w psu. Hope that helps.
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Old 03-24-2004, 05:00 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Sure does, much thanks.

Yeah i'm hoping the onboard video can handle games pretty well, i hear that if both cpu speed/ram/card are all decent it should run pretty good even in more advanced games. never worked with a micro atx before, hopefully i can work all of that out, i guess ill be ordering my stuff tomorrow.
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