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May 20, 2007 8:06:18 PM

i want to buy a computer for halo 2 pc but i can only spend 400 for the comp and 50 for shipping can someone give me a link to where i can make a costume computer form scratch like compu direct.

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May 21, 2007 2:55:25 PM

Halo2 is a demanding game requiring VISTA OS.

If you build a computer:
1gb 5400 $70
Hard drive $50
Motherboard $50
Processor $50 (AMD 3200 +)
DVD drive$ 40
Vista OS $100
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$370 plus shipping.

Now, you have 30$ for a video card that can play Halo2.

Get an xbox for 70$ and the game for 20$.
May 21, 2007 4:57:55 PM

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Now, you have 30$ for a video card...

Pfft! Just get a motherboard with integrated video. *gasp*
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May 21, 2007 5:51:25 PM

To play halo 2.

/i dont think so. Maybe if he was going with a fast processor and a ton of memory, he might squeeze a few FPS.
May 21, 2007 10:41:34 PM

well lets take the halo 2 visat factor out.
May 21, 2007 11:42:17 PM

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well lets take the halo 2 visat factor out.

Wasn't Halo 2 the whole point? :?

If it is, Vista is a factor because it won't run on XP.

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To play halo 2.

/i dont think so. Maybe if he was going with a fast processor and a ton of memory, he might squeeze a few FPS.

I don't see it causing that much of an issue. Remember Halo 2 ran perfectly on a system with a 733 MHz processor and a GeForce 3.5. NVidia now has a chipset using the GeForce 7-series. Their 6150 chipset in my ASUS mobo runs Half-Life 2 and Doom 3 just fine at mid to low settings, 1024x768, when partnered with an AMD 3200 (939) and 1GB of value ram. (Just fine for someone spending $400 on a computer, at least.) A GeForce 7-series GPU chipset should be good enough for Halo 2.

Usually, these mobos come with a PCI Express x16 slot as well if he ever decides to upgrade. No SLI/CrossFire, but budget gamers wouldn't care anyway.
May 22, 2007 3:41:20 PM

Still, he could buy an xbox (or 360 ) for cheaper if he just want to play that game.

Otherwise, screw the game for now and focus on saving money for a better machine, otherwise, he is just waisting money.
May 22, 2007 3:51:33 PM

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...screw the game for now and focus on saving money for a better machine...

I absolutely agree with that statement. Even an extra $100 would get him a substantially better system, though I'd save up at least $200 more.
May 22, 2007 10:57:05 PM

well i will forget about the game as i already have it for xbox. but do you guys know any websites where i can build a custom computer like in compu direct?
May 23, 2007 2:02:13 PM

Try Falcon Northwest, Dell, HP, Compaq, Acer, Alienware, ... or build it yourself.
May 24, 2007 2:22:04 AM

1gb 5400 $70
Hard drive $50
Motherboard $50
Processor $50 (AMD 3200 +)
DVD drive$ 40
Vista OS $100
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I dicided to go with this budget and i thought if anyone could help me find these parts for the best prices?

also i searched the web and i gather some basic components


mother board : 39.90
ECS 755-A2 Socket 754 Motherboard Support DDR400/333/266/200 2.5V DDR SDRAM

Ram: 39.99
Kingston 512MB PC2100 266MHz 64x64 DDR 184Pin - Model #KVR266/512 - Lifetime Warranty

hard drive: 39.99
MAXTOR 160GB SERIAL ATA/150 8MB BUFFER - L01E160 - Retail Hard Drive Kit.

Processor : 50.00
AMD Athlon™ 64 Processor 3000+ with Enhance Virus Protection - ADA3000BXBOX - Box CPU - Socket 754

dvd drive: 49.99
LG 16x Internal Double-Layer DVD RW/CD-RW Drive with LightScribe

OS: 89.99
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic
(Full) - System Builder (OEM) version - DVD

Case: 39.99
Raidmax ATX528BP Mid Tower Case

video card: 44.99
eVGA Geforce 6200 128MB DDR AGP

total: 394.99
for my pc:

anyone know where i can get any of these componets for a cheaper price?
May 24, 2007 11:28:09 PM

You'd be much better off with something like this given that technology is 2 generations old

Case http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...
Mobo http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...
CPU http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1681...
RAM http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1682...
Floppy http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1682...
HDD http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1682...
DVD http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E1682...

Some people will go nuts because of the onboard video but it's better than the above system and when you get the money you can get a good video card. Also could always later upgrade the RAM and/or CPU
May 26, 2007 5:12:00 AM

well thanks but i not looking for dual core i just want some thing that is under 400 bucks and that i can play halo 1 on.
May 29, 2007 5:03:34 PM

Halo 1 or 2? There is a big difference.
May 29, 2007 5:31:47 PM

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well i will forget about the game as i already have it for xbox.

I'll ASSuME he meant what he typed.

@evengel: Seriously, I'd go with g-paw's configuration. It doesn't include an OS, but it's a lot more future-proof than what you were looking at (read: not a waste of money).
June 7, 2007 4:19:28 PM

I am fairly sure about this and I don’t believe it was mentioned above but don’t forget about the $50 required to play Halo 2 if you plan on playing online which I assume you will.
June 7, 2007 9:33:33 PM

Don't quote me on this (quote Microsoft), but it won't cost you a dime to play Halo 2 online, assuming you've already payed for the game, hardware, internet, etc. The GFW Live membership is only required for crossplatform play with 360 gamers, and that won't be supported in Halo 2 anyway.
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