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May 4, 2006 2:33:43 AM

greetings
i need advice on building a rig w/o monitor. my budget's kinda tight, around $500-600. i'm gonna use this rig for gaming and entertaintment server. maybe the gaming part can be pushed a bit more by OC.
can anybody please give me a solution...
thanks in advance
May 4, 2006 3:08:40 AM

Umm. My suggestion, is wait till you have more money. Other then that, I just can't help you. I mean, its just a bit too much to get even a fairly good machine for. I mean, I'm sure people would disagree with me. But I would say, save up a bit, wait a month more, and then buy when you got 1000.

DDay
May 4, 2006 3:17:30 AM

$200 for a 7600GT
$200 for 2G ram

There's $400 right there...$500 really can't do much :( 
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May 4, 2006 3:42:51 AM

unfortunately i need that rig immediately. i need it for programming
isn't there any bargain for a low to medium spec machine at all??
beside waiting for the cash...
May 4, 2006 3:47:35 AM

There are a few topics on this board about this subject. Look thru and you can find a lot of them...some are for around 500-600 dollars.

Actually, $600 will buy you a rig that can play most games (with setting turned way down)
a b 4 Gaming
a c 195 C Monitor
May 4, 2006 4:04:28 AM

I got a solution. It's not great, but you'll have a PC that will be able to play current games.

eMachines T6412 - Athlon 3400+ - $399 + tax + shipping

GeForce 7600GT w/ Prince of Persia 3 - $175 + $5 shipping - $20 rebate = $160

First off, yes that right eMachine!!! You're on a budget remember?

Athlon 64 3400+..........S754 or S939? No clue call and ask
300W PSU...................Pretty weak, do not overclock your CPU or GPU!!!!
512MB RAM.................Hey, it's budget
200GB Hard Drive........Not bad for budget
7600GT.......................A good GPU

Okay, a typcial 300w PSU will have 15 amps on the 12v rail that comes out to and estimated 180w.

Guess what? Basically everything in the modern PC runs off of the 12v line that includes:

CPU............................................................50w
GPU............................................................55w
Motherboard................................................20w
Hard Drive..................................................17w
DVD Rom....................................................15w
RAM.............................................................8w
Fans (2)......................................................10w

Estimated Total Power Consumption.............175w
This is asumming everything is running at the same time. The estimate has a small margin of safety built into the numbers.

Did I mention not to overclock?

Okay the 7600GT may be sucking too much power. If you want to play it safe you can buy a Radeon X1600XT which uses around 42w instead of the 55w for the 7600GT.
May 4, 2006 4:26:12 AM

Wait until you have at least $1,000. That can't do much, and if you do end up spending your $500 on something bottom end, even when you get another $500 later on, the one you bought won't be upgradeable enough to make upgrading it worth it. Wait until you have more money.
May 4, 2006 4:33:53 AM

are you stupid you cant overclock a mainstream pc without getting a modded bios to use, and the programs you can download to overclock dont work on emachines (i know from experience cause my friend has an emachine)

Emachines are not bad computers they use pretty good quality parts the motherboards are MSI
a b 4 Gaming
a c 195 C Monitor
May 4, 2006 4:38:27 AM

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are you stupid you cant overclock a mainstream pc without getting a modded bios to use...



SHUT THE FCUK UP!!!

Yes, I know an OEM board can't OC a CPU.

I am trying to discourage him from attempting any type of oveclocking because the eMachine only has 300w PSU.
May 4, 2006 4:48:08 AM

ANGRY. I personally like angry, cause I am him very often as people on this board can tell you.

RAWR.

:D 

No, not really. But yes, its always good to teach the noobies not to do stupid things like try to OC, ANYTHING on an OEM.

Another thing, HOLY SHIT, LOOK AT HIS POST COUNT. Have you been eating or sleeping since April 18th?

DDay
May 4, 2006 5:25:38 AM

omfg he did it






- well kinda



u need at least 800$ for a gaming rig

- dont let it happen the next time
May 4, 2006 7:55:55 AM

gosh u guys are really good at this thing...
thanks to all
May 4, 2006 8:02:37 AM

Shipping on all this will be around 100 bucks. Thats only cause its all from NewEgg. Don't go newegg. Other stores have "higher prices" then Newegg, except if you factor in shipping. Newegg for instance charges 25 bucks to ship that sonatta 2 to you. Which actually brings it past the price on other sites like ZipZoomFly which has free shipping.

DDay
May 4, 2006 9:49:04 AM

Quote:
greetings
i need advice on building a rig w/o monitor. my budget's kinda tight, around $500-600. i'm gonna use this rig for gaming and entertaintment server. maybe the gaming part can be pushed a bit more by OC.
can anybody please give me a solution...
thanks in advance


Do you need Windows? Newegg has great prices, but they burn you on the shipping. A tube of Arctic Silver costs $6, and anohter $5 for shipping.
May 4, 2006 2:57:34 PM

Just purchased this.

AMD athlon 64 3200+
ATI x1800gto
OCZ pc3200 ddr400
Asus A8N-E nForce4 Ultra
Raidmax Sagitta(case)
Liteon DVD+rw

$650(didnt need a HDD)

psychomunkeys build was good
May 4, 2006 3:30:20 PM

A new computer now? hmm....

Athlon 64 3000+
Sapphire ATI X800GTO
AsRock Dual SATAII Mobo
Antec Sonata II
WD 80GB HD
edit: forgot RAM: Kingston Value 1GB
Total: ~$580 no shipping

add some more stuff if you like ;) 
or get a cheaper case :lol: 
May 4, 2006 3:55:54 PM

Quote:
A new computer now? hmm....


Yup couldn't wait
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