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Want to build computer for team fortress 2 and spore

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May 26, 2008 6:47:49 PM

I already have the case, dvd, mouse keyboard speakers monitor, hd all of that. I need cpu mobo ram and vc. i have the 8500gt but that is not very good, please help and im on a budget of about 250! :) 

right now i have 1gb pc3200, 3.2 celeron d, and cheap mobo with 8500gt and only get about 20 frames at 10x7 (my highest res) i want at least a solied 40 frames
May 26, 2008 7:53:59 PM

$250 is a little too tight for what you want, considering many choices for each of the four components you listed cost more than $250 individually.

If you can bump it up to $350, you can get very satisfying gaming performance that'll be light years ahead of your current rig. Make it $400 and you can have near high-end max settings type of performance.

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 Wolfdale 2.53GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MB: GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L LGA 775 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: GIGABYTE GV-NX86T256H GeForce 8600 GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OR (for around $50 more after rebate)

GIGABYTE GV-NX88T512HPV1 GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

May 26, 2008 8:03:13 PM

if you only wanna spend $250, consider going amd and getting a 780G motherboard. the integrated graphics chip on it will be able to handle TF2 easily (i speak from experience. i can play it on decent settings with decent framerates at 1680x1050). a 780G board will also allow you to add in a pci-e card when you have some more money to throw into it.
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May 26, 2008 8:12:12 PM

Good point. An Asus 780G board (with integrated graphics that will reportedly let you play many games at middling settings) and an Athlon 64 X2 5400+ cost about $100 each. Add $50 for RAM and you've got your $250 dollar upgrade.

Not nearly as fast as what I preposed for 350-400, but if you're budget is truly fixed at 250, it's a workable option.
May 26, 2008 8:26:41 PM

Nik_I said:
if you only wanna spend $250, consider going amd and getting a 780G motherboard. the integrated graphics chip on it will be able to handle TF2 easily (i speak from experience. i can play it on decent settings with decent framerates at 1680x1050). a 780G board will also allow you to add in a pci-e card when you have some more money to throw into it.


His 8500gt has to be better than an integrated chipset, I think he can play TF2 with the 8500gt as long as he stays away from anti-aliasing.
a b B Homebuilt system
May 26, 2008 8:40:23 PM

How about $200?
* CPU - $88 shipped!! One of the best AMD x2 CPU's out there. It has an unlocked multiplier, so you adjust the multiplier up and your at 3-3.2 ghz without any fuss!! Just add a CPU HSF and your good!
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Brisbane 2.6GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Black Edition Processor - Retail

* CPU HSF - $25 shipped!! A very nice CPU HSF for AMD chips. Cools well and doesn't cost a butt load!
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - Retail

* Mobo - $75 - $10 MIR = $65!!! The cheapest 780g mobo right now. It should work just fine for what you want and you can add a GPU later, when you can afford one.
ECS A780GM-A AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

* Memory - $50 - $20 MIR = $30!!! Not the fastest chips, but still quite good for the $!!
Patriot Extreme Performance 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

Total ~$238 - $30 MIR's = $208!!! Now you can get cheaper w/the CPU, but that would be up to you.
Other CPU option:
* CPU - $66 shipped! 2.4 gHz and decent for the $.
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ 2.4GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail

Now this would drop your build down to: $191 - $30 MIR's = $161!!! You could then get a 8800gs GPU and be close to the $250 mark!
$120 - $30 MIR = $90!!! Comes w/CoD4 (while supplies last)!
XFX PVT88SFDFU GeForce 8800 GS 384MB 192-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail, Free Call of Duty 4 w/ purchase, while supplies last

New total w/4600+ CPU and 8800gs GPU = $311 - $60 MIR's = $251!!!!! Now that is cutting it close!!
May 26, 2008 9:14:16 PM

so, luney what do you think about that second setup without the gs, and just plop in my 8500gt and see how that works out? how do you think that that would run tf2/ other source games?

any news on the req. on spore? that game looks amazing and the video put up on ign just makes me want it more!
May 26, 2008 9:18:21 PM

do not waste money upgrading to a 8600gt. just get 1 gb more ram and a 8800gt. make sure ur powersupply is up to it. nuff said.
a b B Homebuilt system
May 27, 2008 12:18:44 AM

You can try it. The 8500gt isn't that great of a card, but it would be the cheapest way to upgrade to something better. You could even sell the 8500gt and use the $ towards a better GPU if you decide it doesn't do enough for you.
May 28, 2008 8:51:22 AM

lpedraja2002 said:
His 8500gt has to be better than an integrated chipset, I think he can play TF2 with the 8500gt as long as he stays away from anti-aliasing.

barely... Hybriding the IGP with a 3450 would provide similar performance with probably less power consumption. Obviously it requires vista though...
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