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 Post subject: Budget / Mid range system ($600 to $800)
PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2005 3:05 pm 
Little Foot
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Building a system for my cousin and I have about $600 - $800 to play with. He doesn't need a monitor, keyboard, mouse, or speakers. He mainly plays CS: source, HL2, CoD, etc. So what would be the best performing system for $600? $800?


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2005 3:20 pm 
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Socket 754 2800+
Motherboard
Both would run like $230

1gig of memory
$115

6600GT
$200

Hard drive
$80 or so

Windows xp $100

Opticals $80

That is around $800


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2005 3:23 pm 
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im building this for a friend it is a pretty good deal.

Case

POWMAX 702 MATRIX Silver ATX Mid Tower Case With Side Panel Window & 450W PSU, Model "CP702-2" -RETAIL
$37.50

NEC 16X Double Layer DVD±RW Drive, Black, Model ND-3520A BK, OEM
$59.99

Hitachi 80GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive, Model HDS728080PLA380 Part#
(its actually a satsII hard drive with NCQ)
$62.00


WINTEC AMPO 184-pin 512MB DDR PC-3200, Model 35145588-P - OEM
2x $89.98


ECS "KN1 Extreme" NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra Chipset Motherboard For AMD Socket 939 CPU -RETAIL

$105.00


Logitech Laser Cordless Mouse (Blue/Black), Model "MX1000" -RETAIL

$58.00

AMD Athlon 64 3000+ winchester core, 512KB L2 Cache, Socket 939 64-bit Processor - Retail

$155.00

MSI nVIDIA GeForce 6600GT Video Card, 128MB DDR3, 128-Bit, DVI/TV-Out, PCI-Express, Model "NX6600GT-TD128E" -RETAIL
(comes with 15 total software discs)

$187.00

E-Power, Power Conversion Cable for PCI express VGA Cards, Model EP-CABLE-VGA6 - Retail

$7.99

I-Star 24 pin to 20 pin ATX Converter, Model TC-20/24

$4.00

Product total: $764.47


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2005 5:56 pm 
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id get what he says but with this instead


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2005 6:51 pm 
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after seeing that case i agree, much better psu. I forgot about windows. If you have a computer running windows xp you can install that same serial number if it came with a disc. Microsoft only freezes that copy of windows if it is installed about 5 times, because some one might have to reformat their hard drive to get rid of a virus or some other reason.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2005 11:19 am 
Little Foot
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Any others?


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2005 11:30 am 
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how's this?

Intel P4 540 (3.2GHz)
512MB of 533MHz RAM
80GB HDD
nVidia GeForce 6800
SB Live sound card
48x CD RW
16x DVD +/- RW with double layer capability
in a Dimension 8400 case

$754 via Dell refurbished

and add RAM


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2005 2:56 pm 
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i dunt think that would be worth it for a refirbish pc. and the 3000+ will smoke tha 3.2 gig.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2005 5:26 am 
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I personally do not care for that mobo- ECS "KN1 Extreme". I would take the GIGABYTE "GA-K8NF-9" at $116.00.


I would also spend the extra cash & get the 939 Athlon 3200+

Hard drive- I like the 40 gig Hitachi for under $50. It has decent seek times. Next, I would surf the Sunday ads for a 160+ slave HD. 160's can be had for as low as $50- so for $100 you can get 2 drives.

Why would I go Gigabyte? For a gamer it's a great board for the backup feature it has. You back it up after doing the windows install, drivers, main apps, Office- once he gets tired of the games or needs to reformat, reboot, hit F9, wait- it's like a new box. The bigger slave will allow him to back up any games just in case he decides to play them again. This is how we do it here, a small main with the bigger slave- much easier & more cost effective than a single 80 gig.


be sure to price grabber everything before committing to newegg.


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