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Yet another budget build... tips? $700 budget

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January 26, 2007 12:14:54 AM

OK so I'm looking at this setup... nice and cheap. I was thinking of going for simply rebuilding my computer in my current case, but since the PSU is dying after 5 years (it lasted long for a non-name 300w oem psu bundled with the case), I wanted to get a new case and a newer psu. Hopefully this one will last me at least 3 years...

Current computer (that was made by my uncle; his last build)...
Intel Celeron 2.0GHz (400 FSB), Socket 478, 128kb L2 cache
Intel D845PESV, DDR DIMM 1 burned out, AGP 4x, Onboard LAN and whatnot
1GB PC2100 DDR1 RAM
PNY GeForce FX 5200, 128mb ddr, AGP 4x/8x
Windows XP Home SP2 (not 2b, yet), 2002 version
80GB 7200RPM E-IDE Hard Drive
50x CD-ROM drive, IDE
300-watt OEM power supply
No-name case in white/silver (looks pretty cool actually, not half-bad!)
3.5" Floppy drive in white, rarely used

The upgrade...
Case & PSU - $33.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...
Hard Drive - $52.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1682...
Video Card - $42.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...
DVD-ROM drive - $17.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1682...
RAM - $85.49
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1682...
Motherboard - $107.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...
CPU - $179.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...
Floppy & MCR - $17.24
http://www.newegg.com/product/Product.asp?item=N82E1682...
http://www.newegg.com/product/Product.asp?item=N82E1682...
OS - $119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1683...

That's a generic case and power-supply. 160gb sata hard drive at $0.33/gig. Hold-me-over-to-DX10 video card, GeForce 7300LE. DVD-ROM drive. 1GB of DDR2-667. Gigabyte GA-965P-S3. Intel C2D E4300. 3.5" floppy and memory-card-reader. Windows Vista Home Premium.

It may not look like much, but it will be much faster then my current computer. I want to get a GeForce 8600 or something a bit after they're released. The video card is only $47 (w/ shipping).

Subtotal... $657.67
Shipping... $33.28
Total... $690.95
January 26, 2007 12:19:07 AM

Oh yeah... I want to overclock the CPU to 333mhz fsb or so. The RAM won't be too much or too cheap... it will be underclocked at stock, though I hope I can make it at 333*9, or 3ghz. It's a good overclock, i doubt i'll need aftermarket cooling. The RAM isnt for an overclock... but overclocking the CPU isn't going to harm the RAM--it'll probably help more.
January 26, 2007 12:40:03 AM

C2D E4300
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

Gigabyte GA-965P-S3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

G.Skill 2x512MB F2-6400CL5D-1GBNQ
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1682...

eVGA 7600GT 256-P2-N550 -T2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

Seagate 7200.10 250GB ST3250620AS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

Pioneer DVR-111D DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

Fortron AX450-PN 450W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

Rosewill R604-P BK 120mm Fan Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

Total about $700 before tax & shipping

The psu you picked would probably crap out in a short time. The rest are ok. If you don't game, replace the 7600gt with a 6200.
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January 26, 2007 11:23:54 AM

I'm sort of a gamer... the 7300LE is a hold-me-over card, unlike my FX 5200 was.

What I like from you....
CPU - Same as mine
Mobo - Same as mine
RAM - I don't like 2-stick stuff and I doubt I'll be able to do a 100% overclock. 67% at best with stock
GPU - I don't want a DX9 card; DX10 is coming. I'll upgrade to GeForce 8600 when they drop below $180.
HDD - Good price per gig, but I doubt I'll use all 250gb of it for a while. I'll burn data DVDs instead. I already have a 80gb drive that I <might> carry over for Ubuntu
PSU - Looks alright
Case - Eh... it's so-so.

The point is you forgot Windows and shipping. That system would easily be $150 more ($150 that i could use for upgrades).

Most games I play are more CPU-based then GPU-based... a decent GPU is usually needed though.
January 26, 2007 11:30:40 AM

They're not set in stone. You can change anything you want.
January 26, 2007 4:12:23 PM

I know.

I think i like my setup more... it seems I'll actually use it all and waste less money.

Any tips on anything?
January 28, 2007 3:32:47 PM

OK I changed it up a bit... I might just up to $800 budget.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1682...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1682...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1682...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1682...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1683...

That'll run me $771.41. Shipping will be $34.43. $805.84 total... I still want the $700 budget. I will probably choose another case, though I don't see another one with such good air cooling.

What I'll probably do is the following...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1682...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1682...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1682...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1682...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1683...
and 3 of the http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

That will run me $694.89. $38.33 shipping. $733.22 shipping. Quite close to the budget.
January 28, 2007 4:33:06 PM
January 28, 2007 4:59:33 PM

Em... thanks but I don't do AMD stuff right now. I already have a NetBurst (old P4-era Celeron) and I want Core.

I'm probably going to hold off on this build until the GeForce 8600 Ultra is released for $180.

Overclocking a thing I will do. The E4300 should be better, as I only plan to bring it to 3ghz on stock cooling. Less expesnive RAM too.
January 28, 2007 5:58:54 PM

I might just fit that case into the build...almost a thousand reviews?!? wow...

I'll look it over, add it to the list. I doubt I'll use toolless features; any good cooling cases without toolless? I don't mind taking both sides of the case off to securely mount a hard drive... using screws in general doesn't bother me. Even if I don't take both sides off, sliding it into a bay and screwing one side in is very stable none-the-less.

I like the XClio A380; the two 25cm fans will give me preformance about equal to $100-$150 water-cooling systems, without the fuss and whatnot.
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