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How to Choose Parts for my New Build

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August 5, 2008 4:31:03 PM

This is my first post and I am trying to make my first new build. I haven’t bought all of my parts yet because I’m worried about compatibility with the motherboard. I can’t find many answers from browsing online so I thought I would ask people with more knowledge and experience than I have. I put the sites where I found the part and it’s spec sheet. It’s gotten pretty expensive and I’m trying to cut the costs a bit. I do a bit of gaming but not much. I’m trying to cut expense without cutting quality, do you recommend anything?



Processor: $114.99



AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Windsor 3.0GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM2 125W Dual-Core Processor

http://www.amdcompare.com/us-en/desktop/details.aspx?op...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Graphics Card:$109.99



MSI NX8600GTS-T2D256E-OC GeForce 8600 GTS 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Hard drive: $54.99

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250310AS 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive – OEM

I also have a 160Gb external hard drive that I use a lot on my computer now



http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...



Motherboard: $129.99

The number of available external USB ports isn’t a problem

ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard



http://usa.asus.com/products.aspx?modelmenu=2&model=116...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



RAM memory:

Already own it

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Case: own one

Full tower



Power Supply: $114.99

Right now I have a 450W power supply and a 500W power supply this is my second choice



OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI 700W ATX12V Power Supply 100 - 240 V

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.ocztechnology.com/products/power_management/...



Disc burner and dvd drive:

Free. Have one of each.



Floppy:

Free. Have one



Total Price: $432.96 without new power supply

Wanting to Spend: 450 or lower

I’m not sure if I really need a graphics card that is that high-end



Any help would be appreciated!

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August 5, 2008 4:44:13 PM

Thanks for the advice!
I looked at that motherboard and it looks better than the one i was thinking of.

Is there any proccessor or video card you might recommend?
August 5, 2008 4:52:48 PM

For a few more bucks you can get a real video card a 3879 ATI or a 9600 Nvidia they will smoke the 8600 into the ground for $20.00 more cold be the same if you get iton sale.
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August 5, 2008 4:53:59 PM

I jsut need a graphics card that will do low end gaming. i play a lot of older games so the graphics on them aren't that great.

if i did clock that processor would i need to buy something else?
August 5, 2008 5:06:04 PM

games like empire earth the first expansion. and i am starting to play stuff from Sid Meyers new and old, quake, etc. i try to keep my FPS and RPG on my 360 or ps
August 5, 2008 5:17:55 PM

blooshoo42 said:
I jsut need a graphics card that will do low end gaming. i play a lot of older games so the graphics on them aren't that great.

if i did clock that processor would i need to buy something else?


Hmmm...I'm thinking of a 7800/7900 series card; they should handle everything pre-2007 without any issues.

EDIT

8600 GT: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($79)
9500 GT: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... ($69)

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