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looking to rebuild an old gaming rig

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August 8, 2008 6:36:17 PM

I am looking to rebuild my kids computer and was looking for some input as to how these components look from newegg? I am trying to build on the cheap but dont want to give up performance.

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August 8, 2008 7:02:28 PM

I'm a tad confused as to how many computers you're building. Anyway, just a few questions and suggestions.

What type of games are they going to be playing?
Is overclocking out of the question?

You can save some money and get 4 GB of DDR2 800.
If the games aren't incredibly intensive and you're okay with overclocking you could go with an E7200.
Go with an ATI 4850
+1 on the PSU suggestion.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 8, 2008 7:03:06 PM

It looks like you've doubled up (or more!) on some components.
On the RAM, get a single 2x2GB (4GB total) kit of DDR2-800 like this one:
mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
For a single GPU, a 550W PSU is sufficient. Here are a few options:
1. CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 Power Supply 90 - 264 V UL, CUL, CE, CB, FCC Class B, TUV, CCC, C-tick - Retail $85 after MIR
2. Antec earthwatts EA500 500W ATX12V v2.0 Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, FCC, TUV, CE, CB, C-tick, CCC - Retail $60
If you want modular:
3. The Thermaltake you listed is now $80 after MIR.
4. ENERMAX Liberty ELT500AWT 500W ATX12V Power Supply 90V~265V (Auto Adjusted) UL, cUL, TUV, CB - Retail $90 after MIR
This is the one I'm using in my current rig. I've also built with the Antec Earthwatts.

August 8, 2008 7:50:44 PM

The processer and power supply have a 50.00 comob offer currently making the processor about 120, the same price as the E7200 and the PS about 80 and i am not seeing much for PS cheaper.

Over clocking would not be out of the question but I have had some trouble trying to keep my machines cool. The 1.4 T-Bird I am replacing has always run hot enough to cook on.
a b 4 Gaming
August 9, 2008 12:59:15 AM

Well then, did you need an optical drive? You might not need a floppy any more.
Keyboard, speakers, mouse, etc? Although you did say you are rebuilding one.
Anyway it looks better now.