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December 18, 2007 11:58:01 PM


Hello everyone. Hope everyone can tolerate another budget gaming pc thread but I would like your feedback on this list I have compiled over the last few hours. I have a budget of about $750 (less would be great). Trouble is I need to buy EVERYTHING. I have no parts to transfer so I need to get an OS, some kind of flatscreen monitor (Needs to travel between houses) and all the rest. The purpose for the PC is to get online and play Starcraft right now. When Starcraft 2 comes out I want to be able to upgrade and play that too.

COOLER MASTER Mystique RC-632S-KKN1-GP Black Aluminum/ SECC ATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Black 20X DVD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording) ST3250620AS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER eXtreme RP-500-PCAR ATX from factor 12V V2.01 500W Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+ Brisbane 2.1GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor and OS suggestions also welcome. Thanks for your help.



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December 19, 2007 12:17:03 PM

CoolerMaster cases are nice, but that PSUs is on tier-5 ("Do not buy") of the list at http://www.tomswiki.com/page/Tiered+PSU+Listings?t=anon. Choose one from Tier-3 or better. FSP makes some lower cost models that would suit your needs.
I'm working up a list; will post it shortly.
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December 19, 2007 12:41:54 PM

Ok, here's a $750 budget build:

COOLER MASTER Elite 330 RC-330-KKN1-GP Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Model #: RC-330-KKN1-GP

$10 Mail-in Rebate
$39.99 -$5.00 Instant $34.99
Nice, simple case with good airflow and tool-free design. I've used three of them within the last year.

BIOSTAR TF560 A2+ AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA nForce 560 MCP ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Model #: TF560 A2+
Item #: N82E16813138081

$79.99 -$10.00 Instant $69.99
Not much to say, but it will support AM2+, so it's reasonably current for AMD.

EVGA 256-P2-N751-TR GeForce 8600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Model #: 256-P2-N751-TR
Item #: N82E16814130085

$20 Mail-in Rebate
$109.99 $109.99
You're on a budget. This card should handle Starcraft just fine. The Radeon HD2600 might be a little better, and at a similar price, but I've seen / read too much about driver issues to think it is worth the hassle.
If you're able to get something nicer within 3 months, you can also use eVGA's Step-Up program.

FSP Group AX500-PN ATX2.2 500W Power Supply - Retail
Model #: AX500-PN
Item #: N82E16817104037

$5 Mail-in Rebate
$69.99 -$10.00 Instant $59.99
This PSU lives on Tier-3, and will be able to handle a better GPU when/if you upgrade.

AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+ Brisbane 2.1GHz Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADO4000DDBOX - Retail
Model #: ADO4000DDBOX
Item #: N82E16819103774

$61.99 $61.99

A-DATA 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model ADQVE1A16K - Retail
Model #: ADQVE1A16K
Item #: N82E16820211066

$10 Mail-in Rebate
$42.99 $42.99

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Model #: WD3200AAKS
Item #: N82E16822136074

$79.99 $79.99

Microsoft Comfort Curve 2000 B2L-00047 Black USB Ergonomics Keyboard Mouse Included - OEM
Model #: B2L-00047S
Item #: N82E16823109156

$19.99 $19.99
The mouse is optical. For a budget build, something like a G11/G5 combo is ruled out for now. You can always upgrade these later.

Hanns·G HW-191APB Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
Model #: HW-191APB
Item #: N82E16824254023

$179.99 -$20.00 Instant $159.99
Bigger might be nicer, but again, there's the budget. This should do reasonably well. Has speakers too.

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model LH-20A1L-06 - Retail
Model #: LH-20A1L-06
Item #: N82E16827106072

$34.99 $34.99
An OEM optical drive might save a few bucks, but wouldn't include all the software you need to use it.

Microsoft Windows XP Home With SP2B 1 Pack - OEM
Model #: N09-01991
Item #: N82E16832116056

$89.99 $89.99
Right now, Vista offers nothing you need, and a higher price tag you don't.

Subtotal: $764.89 - $45 MIRs = $719.89 + shipping

Note that I didn't include speakers. Add a 2.1 set from your local Best Buy or WalMart when your budget allows, but in the meantime use the cheesy ones built into the monitor.

I hope this helps. Tweak as you and your budget see fit.

December 19, 2007 12:41:56 PM

Search Toms for budget builds - there are some excellent C2D builds that fall well within your budget.
December 19, 2007 12:52:11 PM

I would agree, but he needs a monitor and peripherals too. I've got an untweaked budget Intel build as well, but it looks like it would be another $100.
December 20, 2007 7:46:08 PM

Thanks Jtt. Thats a sweet list you set up for me.
Anyone have any other ideas. I'm gonna use this list now.

I have a new list if everyone could look it over and please tell me what you think and why.
Thanks

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model LH-20A1L-06 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106072
$37.99

COOLER MASTER Elite 330 RC-330-KKN1-GP Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119115
$34.99

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136074
$79.99

Hanns·G HW-191DPB Black 19" 5ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824254005
$169.99

ASUS M3A AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131234
$99.99

EVGA 256-P2-N751-TR GeForce 8600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130085
$109.99

FSP Group AX500-PN ATX2.2 500W Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817104037
$59.99

Microsoft Comfort Curve 2000 B2L-00047 Black USB Ergonomics Keyboard Mouse Included
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823109156
$19.99

A-DATA 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211066
$42.99

AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+ Brisbane 2.1GHz Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103774
$57.99

Microsoft Windows XP Home With SP2B 1 Pack - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116056

Though I don't understand why our prices very so much.
Subtotal: $803.89
December 20, 2007 8:44:49 PM

good at least ur gonna stick with xp:)  good move
December 21, 2007 9:33:06 PM

I have "techpriest" stating,

"it looks fine, but in terms of Dual and Quad core, since 07 began Intel basically caught back up and STOMPED on AMD, Amd isn't the catch-all great choice it was a couple of years ago, not to mention all the Intel only software out there, I'd take a serious think about which platform you want to go for, not to mention that dropping an intel CPU into a motherboard is easier than doing so with an AMD CPU. I'd take a look at Dl.tv they have a whole series on building a computer, just search for "lloyd case building a computer", you should find it. You might also want to hold of until after CES."

What would any of you have to say to this?
I remember reading around trying to build a list that I chose amd. I don't exactly remember why but I have faith in myself :D 

How is it easier to use different processors?

What Intel only software?

How have they "Stomped" them?

Thanks
!