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December 28, 2008 12:27:49 AM

ok i have a 165 dollars and i built a system at my Price range! so most of this will be temp. but i need a new build.. because the one im using is unstable and the ethernet port went so it was a sign for me to get a new comp! so i will use my old hard drive and case and PSU untill i get more money. but my main question is should i buy a 6600 gt with it or should i use the onboard Video untill i can get more money? im going to be using it for gaming..


games: Grid BF2 HL2 COD (all of them)

and if you can help me out anywhere else ill be happy :D 

CPU: Athlon 5000+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Motherboard:GIGABYTE GA-MA74GM-S2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Ram:Kingston 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



DVD drive:Sony NEC Optiarc Black 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1675S
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Video card (im wondering if i should use this untill i get more money):SPARKLE SPPX43DH256MB GeForce 6600 256MB 128-bit GDDR2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


it comes to $169 (with shiping)

and if you guys can help me save more money ill be happy :D 

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December 28, 2008 12:43:11 AM

With a price range that low you should consider buying your parts off of ebay.
December 28, 2008 12:49:41 AM

i know but i dont trust ebay o_o
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December 28, 2008 12:51:25 AM

You aint gonna game on onboard video or a 6600GT.
December 28, 2008 12:52:22 AM

Here are some sales that I found that you might be interested in:

8600GT for $16

http://cgi.ebay.com/XFX-GeForce-8600GT-XXX-256MB-Graphi...|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A1318|301%3A0|293%3A1|294%3A50

3.0GHz x2 6000+ Dual core for $50

http://cgi.ebay.com/Athlon-X2-6000-AM2-AMD-CPU-3-0-Ghz-...|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A1318|301%3A0|293%3A1|294%3A50

2GB of ram for $7

http://cgi.ebay.com/Hp-dv9000-2Gb-DDR2-PC2-5300-RAM-Mem...|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A1318|301%3A0|293%3A1|294%3A50




December 28, 2008 12:53:06 AM

Yeah but there are some pretty awesome deals that you can find.
December 28, 2008 12:54:57 AM

Up the budget FFS......
December 28, 2008 12:55:42 AM

ya i know but i have to combine that with shiping...


and i know i wont be able to game that well its better then my current card. my question was is if the onboard Video would be better then the 6600 gt or Visa versa
December 28, 2008 12:56:42 AM

If the PSU you are reusing is from a prebuilt computer then it probably isnt enough to power any decent gaming graphics cards so you will probably need to upgrade that as well.
December 28, 2008 12:58:06 AM

ya i know i will up grade that when i get more money XD its just i need a new comp because the one im on is old and slow and unstable
December 28, 2008 12:58:41 AM

I doubt the onboard video will beat that 6600gt
December 28, 2008 1:00:18 AM

ok thanks thats what i was wonder :D  do you know if it will be able to play Grid on low at 800x600 because my current card (radeon x1550) can play on low but at like 19 FPS and i crash a lot O_O
December 28, 2008 1:01:32 AM

My recommendation is to either buy from ebay or wait until you have more money, don't blow it all on a low powered system that probably wont be much better than the one you currently have.
December 28, 2008 1:01:49 AM

im sorry but this is just silly, if you try to build a system with 165$ you are just going to build another slow crappy system. Suck it up and save up for a while longer until you can afford 500$~750$, at which point you can make a real gaming budget rig
December 28, 2008 1:03:36 AM

I don't know much about the older GPUs as I haven't been into computer hardware until recently, you can probably find the answer on google.
December 28, 2008 1:05:52 AM

ok but all of this will be temp because i dont have another comp thats why im building this one XD

December 28, 2008 1:09:30 AM

Yeah I know what its like playing on a slow crappy system its sucks hard man, but you just gotta get a job and save up. Before I built my new system I was stuck playing TF2 on an FX 5200 :( 
December 28, 2008 3:49:41 AM

Ok, sounds like best bet, grab that memory off ebay, pick up a cheap AM2 board and dual core AMD Athlon chip of some kind, then get the best power supply you can, pop in the 1550 card you have now, and upgrade as you can.

By the way, that 6000+ should be a good chip, I run a 5200+ and it is fairly quick if you are on a budget.

Though, if you can, grab that 8600gt for now too.

65 with shipping for the used chip.

+say 17 with free shipping on the 8600gt card.

44 dollar foxconn amd board

Grab the 2 gb of ram from ebay. You should have 30 dollars or so left.

How about this for a power supply?

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

27 bucks, free shipping. HEC brand, not the greatest brand, but dual 12v+ rails, 19 amps on one, 20 on the other I think. Probably ok for the system you will run.

I think for your cash, this system will be about the best you can buy. Then go for better graphics card later and start upgrading things as possible.


As far as ebay is concerned, mainly look at the seller's ratings, if they have good reviews from users and good ratings, typically the stuff is ok. But you do take kind of a chance. But if you are careful, many times you come out ahead.
December 28, 2008 10:47:32 AM

Here is a super low budget low rez gaming set up and each item is no shipping
if you really want to game at 800x600 tthis will do it fine and will do semi well at higher for less demanding games (turn off the eye candy)

the only hitch is this is limited in upgrade path ( older technology mb and so on) good luck

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EVGA 256-P2-N749-LR GeForce 8500GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
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Kingston ValueRAM 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model KVR800D2N5K2/2G - Retail
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AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Brisbane 2.6GHz Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADO5000DOBOX - Retail
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I know this is over budget but the 20.00 MIR is woth it to have a dedicated vid.
December 28, 2008 4:00:47 PM

LATTEH said:
ok i have a 165 dollars and i built a system at my Price range! so most of this will be temp. but i need a new build.. because the one im using is unstable and the ethernet port went so it was a sign for me to get a new comp!


Better spend the money repairing/replacing the ethernet port and then safe the money to make a good upgrade.

It makes no sense replacing your current Video card and parts for other crappy parts, as you gain nothing.

It is better to keep the old one running and then upgrade in a couple of months, when you do actually have the money to spend.

Check out the Oktober edition for the Builders Marathon 500 dollar build. Taking out the case, PSU and harddrive, along with the DVD player you allready have, you should be able to make the upgrade for around 330 and overclock it as per the article. THat at least will give you the ability games. Possibly the prices are lower then listed here, as this are the october prices.

CPU Intel Pentium E2180 70
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper TX2 30
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3L 85
RAM Wintec AMPO PC2-6400 2x1GB 35
Graphics PNY VCG88512GXEB-FLB GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 110
Sound Integrated 8-Channel HD Audio 0
Network Integrated Gigabit Networking 0

Link to the article
December 28, 2008 6:38:29 PM

Or you could always go with the mobo, chip, better PSU and ram, then reuse the current video card and toss in a 9600gt or 4830 or better later on.
December 28, 2008 7:41:02 PM

ohiou_grad_06 said:
Or you could always go with the mobo, chip, better PSU and ram, then reuse the current video card and toss in a 9600gt or 4830 or better later on.


True.. although it offcourse is very depending on the current card style he has availible. Same goes for the PSU availible. Ensure that the parts you re-use are compattible with the parts in sense of power connectors and card sloths.

In all cases, you will need to compromise somewhere. You suggestion atleast is not a good option, as it is a pointless system as a "temp replacement".
December 28, 2008 8:13:16 PM

I'm kind of wondering, if he could save money by reusing the video card, why not look at a cheaper intel socket 775 board with some overclocking capability, grab maybe a dual core celeron or e2200, some cheap ddr2 800 ram and better psu. Reuse current video card(if PCI-Express), then overclock the processor as high as possible. Later on, pick up a better video card and the fastest 775 chip available and some more ddr2. May not be a great solution, but the op probably would not be as limited in speed capability down the line.

Or to the op, what do you have right now? As a lot of stability problems can come from a bad psu. Maybe a PSU upgrade would be the best, some kind of dual core chip if the mobo supports it, and test the memory with memtest to make sure it's good. But having good ram and stable PSU may solve the problems with stability, then you can carry the PSU over to another system provided you grab a good one.
December 29, 2008 2:51:54 PM

GrimReeperNL said:
True.. although it offcourse is very depending on the current card style he has availible. Same goes for the PSU availible. Ensure that the parts you re-use are compattible with the parts in sense of power connectors and card sloths.

In all cases, you will need to compromise somewhere. You suggestion atleast is not a good option, as it is a pointless system as a "temp replacement".


To clarify my last remark, with "your suggestion" I am refering to the posters idea for making a temp system out of 165 USD.
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