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Budget Gaming System

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April 28, 2008 5:15:42 PM

I am building a system for gaming. What's your opinion of this?

Looking at: (all from new egg) All items have free shipping except case.

Intel BOXDG33TLM LGA 775 Intel G33 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - maybe not first choice, but because it is only $49.99

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8400 for $200 - Will upgrade in a year if Yorkfield Dual Quad is wanted later. Went with 3.0 cause it's just $15 more than 2.66

Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 - Two sets of these because after rebate they are $20 per pair. To go to DDR2 1066 would require more expenisve MB and more expensive RAM.

PALiT NE/9600T+0152 GeForce 9600GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card for $120 after rebate. Chose this over XFX PVT88SFDF4 GeForce 8800GS 384MB 192-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card for $100 after rebate

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive for $100 - Decide to go $25 more for 500gb vs 320gb.

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B $27 - I chose this for free shipping - 48x instead of 52x, but saving $7.


Case - Not real sure here - chose hec 6K28BB8F Black 0.8mm SECC Steel MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case - I prefer a smaller case. This one has low shipping.

All this comes to $657 minus $90 rebates if I receive them. Does this sound like a good config for the money? What would you change?

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April 28, 2008 5:26:07 PM

If you could go for a 8800 GT 512 card this would make a noticible difference for gaming..

What about a PSU?
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April 28, 2008 5:53:42 PM

Looks Like I Overlooked PSU. What woud be good? I first selected Antec New Solution NSK3480 Black/ Silver 0.8mm cold-rolled steel construction MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case 380W Power Supply for $75, but then cut it out for something lower cost.

I'd be willing to up for 8800 GT 512. The ECS N8800GT-512MX+ GeForce 8800GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card is $210 minus $50 rebate - About $40 more than the 9600GT.
April 28, 2008 6:10:20 PM

Was was going for $500 system. It's becoming $600.
I added PSU and 8800GT. Dropped HD from 500 to 320. Dropped Processor from 3.0 to 2.66. I am figuring the slower CPU will be offset by faster graphics.

All comes to $705 minus $110 rebates.

COOLER MASTER Centurion Micro ATX 541 RC-541-SKR1 Black Aluminum bezel, SECC chassis MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case 380W Power Supply
Intel BOXDG33TLM LGA 775 Intel G33 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core 2 Duo E8200 Wolfdale 2.66GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8200
(2) Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804
ECS N8800GT-512MX+ GeForce 8800GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B - OEM





April 28, 2008 6:54:21 PM

Can Get For $219 + 7 S/H - $50 Rebate
ECS N8800GTS-512MX GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

Or For $210 + 7.5 S/H - $50 Rebate
ECS N8800GT-512MX+ GeForce 8800GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

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