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March 14, 2007 3:06:18 PM

Foxconn TS001-V-A300A Black/ Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 300W Power Supply - Retail
$44.99

ASUS M2N Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 430 MCP ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
$76.99

EVGA 256-P2-N550 -T2 GeForce 7600GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
$119.99 (-$20.00 MIR)

AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ Brisbane 1.9GHz Socket AM2 Processor Model ADO3600DDBOX - Retail
$95.00

OCZ S.O.E 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2SOE8002GK - Retail
$180.99 (-$20.00 MIR)

Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600JS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
$52.04

LITE-ON Combo Drive Black SATA Model SHC-52S7K-05 - OEM
$24.99

Subtotal: $594.99

Notes:
1. Power Supply is a 300W Fortron Source with 8A 12V1 & 14A 12V2.
2. 7600 GT only draws 36W and doesnt need PCI-E from PSU.
3. Antec calculator shows 221W max demand for this system. In the real world this will likely peak at 185W.

Okay Fire at Will!

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March 14, 2007 3:19:13 PM

Looks like a good build to me, although if you could squeeze another $40 into your budget, your gaming will go twice as far: EVGA GeForce 7900GS
March 14, 2007 9:04:13 PM

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Looks like a good build to me, although if you could squeeze another $40 into your budget, your gaming will go twice as far: EVGA GeForce 7900GS


Which leads to a new psu :) 

At the OP. In fact, that psu will run in the limit, and you won´t be able to OC a bit. And you know you want to OC heavily to make something about that budget rig.
I have a strong feeling that you are going to have problems.
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March 14, 2007 9:51:06 PM

Drop the 2GB kit; look at some low-end G.Skill RAM; $65/gig or so, better then $90/gig. That'll shave off $50, perhaps for the GF 7900 GS KO (EVGA). 3 months and $50 later, you can have a GF 8600 GTS via Step-Up.
March 14, 2007 9:53:45 PM

Is everybody forgetting that he has to buy a new PSU also????? And they aren't cheap...
March 14, 2007 11:20:20 PM

Antec Sonata II w/ SmartPower 2.0 450watt
$49.99 after $50.00 MIR

Gigabyte 965P-S3
$107.99

Intel Pentium D 805
$95.00

G.Skill 2x1024MB DDR2-667
$124.99

eVGA 7900GS
$139.99 after $15.00 MIR

Western Digital 1600JS
$52.99

LG DVD Burner
$28.99

Total: $600.00

An E4300 is just to much for a 600$ budget. However I would spend the extra 70$ for this build. This machine is at least 2x better for gaming then the one first posted.
Spend 200$ more and you could get a better system yet. Link
March 14, 2007 11:32:07 PM

OP never even said what games he wants to play, maybe a 7600 will be fine. I am not feeling good things about the PSU either, think it will be pushed, not good. Nothing wrong with the AMD build, and it does have upgrades open
March 15, 2007 12:09:25 AM

http://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/wishlist/PublicWish...

This build just has an open box mobo and possible to drop the x1950pro for 7600 and get retail instead.

If you switch the Asus x1950pro for the Sapphire one you can get Rainbow Six:Vegas free lol. :lol: 
(Same Price, just can't add to combos to wish list)

The Fortron Source PSU here can supply 29A on the 12V rail according to the PSU Reference List by Mpilchfamily.

Subtotal: $608.92
March 15, 2007 12:12:24 AM

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OP never even said what games he wants to play, maybe a 7600 will be fine. I am not feeling good things about the PSU either, think it will be pushed, not good. Nothing wrong with the AMD build, and it does have upgrades open


Even though the power supply I priced out is fairly cheap, it sure beats a 300watt fortron. So whats wrong with a faster videocard and a better PSU for the same 600$?
March 15, 2007 12:22:09 AM

all my comments were to the OP, your choices are better. I do not think the ratings he quotes will work out.
March 15, 2007 12:29:54 AM

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all my comments were to the OP, your choices are better. I do not think the ratings he quotes will work out.


Ah, my bad :oops: 
March 15, 2007 12:44:28 AM

Excellent budget build.
March 15, 2007 1:35:38 AM

I assume you're not going to try and overclock so...

Case: RAIDMAX xB ATX-528B Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...$19.99
CPU Mobo combo: AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ Brisbane 1.9GHz Socket AM2 Processor Model ADO3600IAA5DL - OEM
BIOSTAR TFORCE 550 Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 550 MCP ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductComboList.asp?Item...
$149.99
RAM: Kingston 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Desktop Memory Model KVR667D2N5/1G (x2)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$130
HD: Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600JS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$52.99
GPU: HIS Hightech H195PRF256DDN-R Radeon X1950PRO 256MB GDDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
$149.99 after MIR (Ends 3/31/07)
DVD: SAMSUNG Black 18X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write E-IDE/ATAPI - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...
$30.99
PSU: Hiper Type-R 480w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
$49.99
Total after MIRs: $613.94

connect3D 3071 Radeon X1900GT is an alternative if you want to go under $600 after MIR.

This setup gives you better gaming. If you're not overclocking, the DDR2-800 is overkill. I mean, you're not going to be hitting 400 x 9.5 even with great cooling (unless you're going for a world record overclock).
March 15, 2007 2:02:11 AM

I like everything in the OP, but I'd get the Antec Sonata II with the smartpower 450w
For like a few more over the dvd drive more though get yourself a DVD-RW, I have one of the samsung ones with lightscribe it's like $35 on Newegg I think.
Stick with the 7600gt for now, when you upgrade later you won't have spent as much, then get some extra mileage out of your cpu by overclocking it if you hadn't already.
March 15, 2007 11:03:43 AM

This would be a WoW Box

Im a little afraid of the Antec SP2.0. Way to many problems lately. I actually prefer the Xclio BL-450 to the SP2.0. I mean ideally it would have a Corsair 520 (If I was going to build something future proof).

Im pretty serious about the above system only pulling 185W in the real world. I would be pretty suprised to see it exceed 265W at the wall socket on a Kill-A-Watt (265 x 0.070 = 185.5W).

This was supposed to use a Athlon 64 but the X2 is just to good a deal to pass up.
March 15, 2007 11:13:19 AM

Glad to see you following up on all the advice everyone's been providing. I'm glad you mentioned that you're building this for WoW as the 7600GT will probably be fine for you.
March 15, 2007 12:15:38 PM

Heck, I've played WoW on a 5200Ultra, so yeah, the 7600GT is fine :>
(Not the prettiest, but it work so the 7600 would rock.)
March 15, 2007 1:00:32 PM

Yiou are falling into the trap of looking at only the wattage that the PSU is giving. On top of that, is this wattage good for the temperature that your computer will really be seeing?

Make sure to check out the minimum supplied amps from the PSU.

I bought that Antec Sonata II and have had it for almost a month. I am running an E6400 and an X1950XT with no problems.

My personal opinion is that people bought that PSU and overclocked their system like crazy and that PSU is not meant for that. I'm not foolish enough to overclock the heck out of the CPU until I do buy a new PSU. For now, it's fine.

Even if you are hesitant on the Sonata II, I'd get a better PSU.
March 15, 2007 6:28:04 PM

I own 3 antec psus, two of them SP500s, and I've installed 4 pcs using that very same case building very similar systems (actually, with heaftier 100w pentium Ds and 7900s) and never had a problem
I haven't read about any...
Some of the XION cases w/ built-in power supplies are supposedly decent.
At any rate, if you someday end up with heftier video cards you can always go the "booster" route, which is also from FSP, and Thermaltake makes a similar model.
You were right to go Dual Core, there are a few games that take some advantage of it now, and there will be more sooner rather than later.
This will run WoW splendidly.
March 17, 2007 3:03:31 AM

Ultra mid-tower case for free after $40 rebate (w/ free s&h) at Fry's:

http://shop2.outpost.com/product/5124886?site=sr:SEARCH...

It is a decent case ... no sharp edges, both sides come off for easy installation of drives and it has front usb & firewire.

Antec SmartPower 2.0 500w PSU at Fry's for $29.99 after a $30 rebate:

http://shop2.outpost.com/product/4455906?site=sr:SEARCH...

same psu at newegg is $69.99:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
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