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need suggestions 500-600$ budget gaming rig HELP PLZ

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June 23, 2007 6:20:09 PM

I need some advice on what to get for a gaming rig. I'm on a 500$-600$ budget more or less. I don't need the graphics to be off the charts since i will only be playing some mmorpgs and some direct 9x games. I dont need anything to be good for overclocking since i dont have any knownledge of that ^^;; Just need a good build that a noob can set up easy and wont have problems if i leave the computer on 24/7 XD
If someone can give me some ideas of what i could get, that would be great ^^ Was loooking to get a good cpu though... at least a e6420 and 2x1gb ddr2 pc6400 ram. Need the following pieces.

CPU-e6420???
MEMORY-2x1gb pc6400 ?? brand? dunno
MOTHERBOARD-??
VIDEO CARD-???

was also thinking about just getting a motherboard with onboard video but don't know if they are any good for gaming -o-
June 23, 2007 7:04:26 PM

here is my wishlist from newegg. I would go ahead and overclock to 2.7ghz though at least. I would probably get a better power supply and video card with the extra money. onboard won't cut it.


COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel, SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Model #: CAC-T05-UW
Item #: N82E16811119068

Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

In Stock
$49.99 $49.99

Update GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Model #: GA-P35-DS3R
Item #: N82E16813128050

Return Policy: Limited 30-Day Return Policy

In Stock
$134.99 -$5.00 Instant $129.99

Update EVGA 256-P2-N615-TX GeForce 7600GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
Model #: 256-P2-N615-TX
Item #: N82E16814130062

Return Policy: Limited 30-Day Return Policy

In Stock
Mail-in Rebate
$94.99 $94.99

Update Thermaltake TR2 W0070RUC ATX 430W Power Supply - Retail
Model #: W0070RUC
Item #: N82E16817153023

Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

In Stock
Mail-in Rebate
$39.99 $39.99

Update Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 Allendale 1.8GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E4300 - Retail
Model #: BX80557E4300
Item #: N82E16819115013

Return Policy: Processors (CPUs) Return Policy

In Stock
$117.00 $117.00

Update G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ - Retail
Model #: F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ
Item #: N82E16820231098

Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

In Stock
$124.99 -$40.00 Instant $84.99
Subtotal: $516.95
June 23, 2007 7:55:19 PM

Much more powerful system and still stays on budget, chose AMD because their CPUs are so cheap now and you don't want to overclock.

ASUS M2V-MX Socket AM2 VIA K8M890 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ Windsor 2.6GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM2 Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100176L Radeon X1950PRO 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec NeoPower NeoHE 550 ATX12V 550W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, TUV, CE, FCC, CCC, CB, C-tick - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total $578 without shipping or taxes.

And this is a much MUCH powerful system than the one above.

If you want a more powerful graphics card there's always the X1950XT or (for an extra $120) the 8800GTS 320mb (which would be my personal choice to be honest) But for MMOs and dx9 games the X1950Pro should do the trick.
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June 23, 2007 9:25:37 PM

Regarding srtboy's config:
1) Very good. This is about the same thing I'd suggest. It would meet your needs.
2) My only suggestion would be upgrade the graphics card to a X1950Pro. A X1950pro is the most powerful card you should be looking at on your budget. Anything else is overkill.
3) And just do some reading about OC'ing, and you could easily OC your E4300 to 2.4GHz, which is super easy. Look for Wusy's OC'ing guide.

Regarding Emp's config:
1) I'm not a fan of VIA chipsets, so I would recommend against that mobo. I'd pick something like this.
2) A 550W PSU is not necessary for this build. 300W is plenty, but I'd recommend getting between 380-430W for this build.
3) And again, anything more than a X1950pro is overkill for this budget. Yes it would be more powerful, but the graphics card shouldn't take up 1/3 of your budget:!::lol: 
June 23, 2007 9:26:56 PM

I'd say either build is good... though if you do got to shave some money somewhere consider 1GB of memory for now, and later getting 2GB... if running XP and gaming 1GB will be alright.

I assume you're gutting the old hard drive and optical drives correct?

That power supply may be steep... if too much I reccomend http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I purchase Rosewill and I haven't had a problem. All three of my systems run on Rosewill power supplies. In fact I have that exact same one on a spare system I use for my brother's gaming habits.
June 23, 2007 9:48:59 PM

Well, I have the Antec NeoHE 500 and works wonders going to put a 8800GTS on it this month, and if I were him I rather try to get a better PSU just to keep it on the safe side and also have an upgrade path with GPUs increasing their power needs by the minute.

Well I don't know about the mobo, I tried to skimp on it/get some very basic since he's not doing any overclocking, and if he can get a more powerful system and stay within budget, why not... it'll last longer for a mere $60 more.
June 23, 2007 10:13:01 PM

Quote:
Much more powerful system and still stays on budget, chose AMD because their CPUs are so cheap now and you don't want to overclock.

ASUS M2V-MX Socket AM2 VIA K8M890 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ Windsor 2.6GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM2 Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100176L Radeon X1950PRO 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec NeoPower NeoHE 550 ATX12V 550W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, TUV, CE, FCC, CCC, CB, C-tick - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total $578 without shipping or taxes.

And this is a much MUCH powerful system than the one above.

If you want a more powerful graphics card there's always the X1950XT or (for an extra $120) the 8800GTS 320mb (which would be my personal choice to be honest) But for MMOs and dx9 games the X1950Pro should do the trick.


+1 for that setup apart from the motherboard. I'm not too keen on Via chipsets, i prefer the nVidia models.
June 23, 2007 10:36:26 PM

Get an intel CPU on July 22 with a p35 mobo.
June 24, 2007 1:01:50 AM

thanks for all the feedback guys im still a bit confused but still thanks :) 
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