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November 11, 2008 9:26:39 PM

Hi....Im building a desktop from scratch...and my budget is only 800.....but there are a couple of things i need to get first.

3 things i need to get includeing the comp.

20 dollars worth of xbl points.

So.....i dont really need a hi end gameing computer....just....need it to run and play some good games....not necessarily hi end games...just like be able to play warcraft 3 halo 2 all and what not.

So....all i need help is with what i should get and what what pricerange or what exactly i need to get


computer plus the 3 things up there.

thanks :) 

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November 11, 2008 10:06:20 PM

Antec 300 case $50 to 60
PCPOWER PSU $80 to 175
DFI motherboard $80 to 150
Arctic Freezer 7/64 Pro for great cooling good price $28
Xigmatek HDT-S1284EE for exceptional cooling more costly $55
CD/DVD whatever you want. $30
SamSung 19inch widescreen monitor $175
CPU Intel/AMD $150 or less
Video Card PCIe get the best you can for $100.
Seagate 7200.11 series hard drive with 32BM cache and 5 year warranty
$ 80 to 100.
OS XP $80
Vista $100
Linux $0
November 11, 2008 10:06:43 PM

This will probably get moved to the homebuilt systems section. However do you need mouse, keyboard and monitor as well?

Also, is that $800, or £800.
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November 11, 2008 10:09:35 PM

Motherboard: Gigabyte's AM2+ socket DDR2 motherboard, PCIe 2.0 and everything. $78

CPU: Athlon 64 2.6ghz dual core (you can upgrade this if you feel like spending more) $59

PSU: Thermaltake Purepower 500W (great savings for this one). $60, $35 after MIR.

RAM: Corsair 4gb (2x2gb) DDR2 800 4-4-4-12. $78, $43 after MIR (if you don't want to wait for the rebate, there are cheaper models out there).

GPU: Palit's HD4850 with good heatsink, $169.

HD: Western Digital 250GB $45.

Case: Antec three hundred. $55

So far $545 without counting the rebates.
That leaves you with $255 to pick your monitor, headset, webcam and anything else you want. You can get an Acer monitor for $170.

Now I have no idea about webcams and headphones, but I'm fairly sure you can figure that out. You got $85 left and $60 MIR extra.
Notice if you already have a monitor (I assumed you didn't) then you can get a Phenom 9950 instead (or even scratch the whole thing and go for intel instead) and a better/larger Hard Drive.
November 11, 2008 10:11:40 PM
November 11, 2008 11:04:51 PM

Graphics card: 4870, great performance for a great price!

Processor: E5200 overclocks like mad for a great price (atleast hit 3.6 Ghz, 4.0 Ghz is pretty easy:

CPU cooler: Great cooler for cheap

Motherboard: ECS P43 Great overclocker

Memory: Good RAM for a great price

Hard drive: 500GB for a good price

Case: CM 590, better cooling than Antec 300

Disk drive: Great quality for a good price

Power Supply: Antec Earthwatt 650w, a great and very cost effective PSU

Headset: Good headset, and not overpriced

Webcam: I use one, it does its job

$760 before shipping, and great performance!

November 12, 2008 1:29:23 AM

Hmm seems i left out RAM