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Help! $800 computer budget. Open to all suggestions.

Last response: in Overclocking
January 18, 2007 10:27:02 PM

Basically... my goal is to create an $800 computer that will preform decently for a few years. little gaming, I don't need anything like 60fps on F.E.A.R with high settings. I will probably do a little overclocking as well... nothing major.

I would also like it to be upgradable if possible.

So far the only thing I know I want is a E6300 Core 2 Duo. I am looking at a GIGABYTE 965P-DS3 motherboard right now, but that could change as well.

Any suggestions?
January 18, 2007 11:08:04 PM

I would recommend a GIGABYTE 965P-S3. It will save you $20 that can be added to RAM or a better video card. Or go with Media Centre 2005 w/ Vista upgrade OEM (free to home prem, except $20 in random stuff).

How much you want to overclock? Here is a little chart with some info for you.

Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 - 1.86ghz at stock - 266*7, 1860mhz, 1066FSB. (DDR2-533 memory for pure-stock) ($100/gigabyte of RAM)

What you could do... boost that to 333*7, 2331mhz, 1333FSB. (DDR2-667 for this small overclock) ($105/gigabyte of RAM)
Or... boost that to 400*7, 2800mhz, 1600FSB. (DDR2-800 for this good overclock.) ($115/gigabyte of RAM)
Or... boost that to 450*7, 3199mhz, 1800FSB. (DDR2-900, nonstandard, for this high overclock.) ($130/gigabyte of RAM)

I am personally planning to use the last overclock setting; DDR2-900 is not extremely expensive, but expect to pay about $130 for a gig of RAM.

Gigabyte has some good settings IIRC; it can automatically overclock your overclock 14%-20% while the CPU is under heavy load. You want to match your FSB you plan to use with the proper DDR2 memory.

Good luck!
January 19, 2007 8:27:52 PM

What all do you need to replace? Case, monitor, everything? Will be tough with $800. Any older parts you can reuse?
January 22, 2007 9:17:27 PM

$800 is easily doable, especially if you are not into gaming. Can we assume that you already have a monitor, keyboard, and mouse?

$190 E6300
$105 GIGABYTE 965P-S3
$108 Corsair Value Select DDR2 667 1GB
$ 53 160GB hard drive 7200rpm
$ 31 Case with power supply
$ 32 DVD-RW drive
$110 7600GT graphics

$630 + shipping. You could go cheaper on the graphics if you won't be playing games. Still money left to play with, maybe add more memory or get a second HDD, whatever.