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budget system build. please let me know if i'm off base

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December 8, 2006 3:22:20 PM

*edit* added a hard drive and changed brands on the 7600 GT. if no one sees any problems, i'll buy in the next couple of days. thanks for looking.


I'm putting together a new system core since my old one is painfully outdated and starting to die on me. i don't want to drop a ton of money on it, since i don't play very high end games and i don't do a ton of overclocking. but i do want it to be at least semi-new technology so it will last for a while.

AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+(65W)
http://www.newegg.com/product/Product.asp?item=N82E16819103741

BIOSTAR TFORCE 550 Socket AM2
http://www.newegg.com/product/Product.asp?item=N82E16813138026

CORSAIR XMS2 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16820145566

eVGA 256-P2-N550 -T2 GeForce 7600GT 256MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16814130073

Western Digital Caviar SE WD800JD 80GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16822135106

Thermaltake TR2 W0070RUC ATX 430W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16817153023

Subtotal: $579.44
$32 mail in rebates


please let me know if you see any problems with my build. thanks in advance.
a c 90 B Homebuilt system
December 8, 2006 3:57:31 PM

Biostar TForce 550 review
The power supply choice could be improved. Any of these 3 choices would be an improvement.

What other components are you carrying over to the new system?
December 8, 2006 5:11:31 PM

i'll use my old case, dvd burner, hard drive (a pata drive, i figure i could upgrade later but i might do it now to save some trouble) lcd, speakers, etc. i'm pretty sure this is the only stuff that needs to be upgraded.

what should i look for when picking a power supply?

thanks.
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December 8, 2006 5:28:32 PM

u dont play very high end games? than dont get a geforce 7600 get somethign that costs $50 like the geforce 6200 le or geforce 4000 mx cheap and can play some games. Also i still and will recommend the Pentium D 805 costs less than $100 and is very fast.
December 8, 2006 5:34:40 PM

well, i want to have the option to play some better games. WoW isn't much of a resource hog, and that's what i'd likely play for now. i bought oblivion when it came out and played it on my radeon 9700 pro (painful, but it worked at low res). i'd like to have the option to play good games if something interesting comes out.
a c 90 B Homebuilt system
December 8, 2006 5:37:52 PM

Quote:
what should i look for when picking a power supply?
You can look over this list of PSUs for a relative ranking between many different makes in models. XS Forums PSU list
Even in the budget models you can "get lucky" and get a PSU that meets your requirements. Most people feel its worthwhile to make a little of your own luck by getting the best quality PSU in the price range you can afford.
December 8, 2006 5:41:46 PM

than yeah the geforce 7600 is the best choice unless the games you want to play come out in a year or 2 because DX10 is gonna take over soon.
December 8, 2006 5:56:20 PM

OK, that list clears things up on the power supplies quite a bit. thanks, i'll pick one of the better brands.

*edit* I'm looking at the Thermaltake TR2. i realize it's on the tier 4 list, but all the reviews i've seen are very good. it also comes with a PCIe power connection unlike the others in my price range.
December 9, 2006 3:45:20 AM

made a few more changes. managed to keep it all under $600.
January 17, 2014 9:23:02 AM

I don't understand why you're using such old gen hardware? I mean surely you could build a modern budget rig for this amount of money?

Check this for $360~ (needs a hdd)

http://pcpartpicker.com/b/LaB

Would be far more capable than your build. You'd be suprised that WoW is quite cpu intensive so the AMD-A10 would be suitable (or fx-6300)
January 17, 2014 9:24:49 AM

JUST REALISED THIS WAS FROM 2006 HAHAH
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