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I want to build a new computer for gaming, budget 450$~

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May 8, 2007 1:26:53 AM

please give me some suggestions!!
i want AMD x2~
btw, i only need motherboard, ram, harddrive,cpu and video card.

any suggestion? under 450~
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May 8, 2007 6:02:51 AM

CPU: Athlon X2 3600+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

RAM: CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 675
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1682...

Video Card: SAPPHIRE Radeon X1950GT (destroys X1650xt or 7600gt)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

MOBO: BIOSTAR TFORCE 550 Overclocks well + has 6 rear USB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

HDD: Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600AAJS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1682...

Total w/shipping: $430.50

If you need a better PSU for the video card go with this good, cheap one:
Rosewill RV430-2-FRB-S ATX 12V Ver.2.01 430W Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

total price shipped w/PSU: $464.28 before $10 MIR on mobo
May 8, 2007 6:33:24 AM

check out this RAM, little cheaper, has good reviews.

WINTEC AMPO 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

The money you save could be spent on a bigger HDD

Western Digital Caviar SE WD2500JB 250GB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Maxtor 300GB SATA
http://shop3.outpost.com/product/4987891?site=sa:Hard%2...

Or an aftermarket cooler like the Arctic-Cooling Freezer 64 Pro for good OC, just make sure you get the OEM CPU for $10 cheaper if you will be using an aftermarket cooler

AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ Brisbane 1.9GHz AM2 Processor - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
May 8, 2007 7:07:07 AM

I agree with what everyone else is saying about RAM, GPU etc but if i were you i would think about investing slightly more in the CPU. The x2 3600+ can lag a bit at stock speeds in modern games.
May 8, 2007 7:11:56 AM

Hence all the great overclocking hardware. :) 
May 8, 2007 2:19:24 PM

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Hence all the great overclocking hardware. :) 


But what if the OP doesn't want to overclock? It's always a possibility - even in this day and age!
May 8, 2007 2:36:25 PM

If he does not want to OC, that is perfectly fine but it would not change the build options due to a limited budget.

He could buy faster hardware, but then it would not be in his budget.
No point in buying two equally performing parts at the same price, but one with no OC potential even if you dont intend to OC today.

As the system ages, it may just save u from buying a new system.
May 8, 2007 2:38:22 PM

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If he does not want to OC, that is perfectly fine but it would not change the build options due to a limited budget.

He could buy faster hardware, but then it would not be in his budget.
No point in buying two equally performing parts at the same price, but one with no OC potential even if you dont intend to OC today.

As the system ages, it may just save u from buying a new system.


You could easily build a system with a 4200+ in that budget which would negate the need (somewhat) to overclock (in the short term).
May 8, 2007 6:11:23 PM

HDD: On a price/quantity basis, this is the smallest cheapest 7200.10 drive, Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 Perpendicular Drive 320GB SATA 3.0GB/s - 80 bucks

You can get a cheaper hard drive but for 20 bucks more you get twice the space.

Memory:Corsair XMS (2x1GB) DDR2 800 - $109

CPU:AMD Athlon X2 3800 - $79

Motherboard:Foxconn nForce 590 SLI - $100

NForce 4 is pretty much an obsolete motherboard, that's why they are cheap. For $100, this is a bargain for nForce 590 SLI even though SLI is pretty much a waste.

Video Card: I was going to recommend the HIS X1950Pro, but it just went out-of-stock at Newegg. The Pro is better than the GT and only 5 bucks more.

Though, you can spend a little more and get it here.

I would wait for the HD2900XT to come out. If the 2600 series comes out, you might be able to get an X1950XT for $150-$160 which would be a spectacular deal.

The cost as it stands is $520. I know it's over $450, but I think it would be well worth it.
May 8, 2007 8:07:09 PM

Possibly, but the xtra $30 or so it likely better spent on the GPU and other parts.

When working on a tight budget, I would prefer to cut my spending where it could result in absolutely no loss in performance or quality. The only place that can be done is really in the CPU since either a 3600 or 4800 could result in the same performance, same heat dissipation, same power usage, etc.. etc.. etc.. The only difference is the price you pay.

Some of the posts have listed at 7600 video card.
Others have gone over budget.

My favorite build is from "DeCripple" who squeezed in a very nice Video Card for a total of $430. This would leave room for a CPU with a higher default clock if you so chose I presume.
May 8, 2007 8:15:07 PM

This is what i got for u. With this configure u will be able to play any game at 1280x1024 at high or medium.

MSI MOTHERBOARD AMD AM2 ATX 4GB MAX NFORCE 500ULTRA 2DDR2 GBE PCI-E $69.80
Corsair 1GB PC2-6400 DDR2 DIMM Memory Kit $72.19
AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Dual Core Processor $85.41
Maxtor DiamondMAX 10 120GB Hard Drive $49.60
XFX GeForce 8500 GT Video Card $96.96

Grand Total $373.93 w/ tax and shipping

Search all this hardwares in www.bottomdollar.com
May 8, 2007 8:45:41 PM

Not a chance.
The 8500 GPU is TERRIBLE.
It is NOT a gaming GPU in the least.

It is on par with a 7300 for gaming performance.
Don't get this card if you want to game.
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