Help Build My New Computer !

OK Hurricane Charley fried my computer and I only have $799.00 to get a new one.

Like to hear from you creative guys on how you would config a computer for this price...And I'm a gamer on top of that.
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  1. I'm guessing software is still ok, but does that $800 include monitor, keyboard, mouse?
    Are the optical floppy and hdd drives all shot? Is anything salvagable?
    Sorry about what you lost, hope it wasn't too many other things as well.
  2. 64 bit systems are a little better on gaming. Although on that budget you are probably best to go with an Athlon XP.

    Heres an ideal:

    130 AMD 2800+ XP
    110 Gigabyte 7n400Pro2
    180 1 gig of RAM PC3200 CL 2.5 (Dual Channel)
    60 80 gig 7200 RPM WD
    300 Geforce 6800
    60 Case

    These are prices from my local computer store, so you could probably do a little better online, that should keep you right about your budget. You could maybe get one 512 stick, or maybe 2x256 (to keep dual channel). Also a 2500+ chip would also save you some money, and could overclock it to 3200+ speeds no problems.

    A card like a 9600xt, or maybe even a 9800Pro could bring the price down a little more also.

    Of course depends on what kind of games you play, would newer games be on that list, like Doom3?


    My Desktop: <A HREF="http://Mr5oh.tripod.com/pc.html" target="_new">http://Mr5oh.tripod.com/pc.html</A>
    Overclocking Results: <A HREF="http://Mr5oh.tripod.com/pc2.html" target="_new">http://Mr5oh.tripod.com/pc2.html</A>
  3. Quote:
    I'm guessing software is still ok, but does that $800 include monitor, keyboard, mouse?
    Are the optical floppy and hdd drives all shot? Is anything salvagable?
    Sorry about what you lost, hope it wasn't too many other things as well.

    Somehow I forgot all that stuff when I started making my list. Thats a great point, Endyen.

    If you have $800 to do a monitor and tower, etc. its going to be really hard to build a gaming machine.


    My Desktop: <A HREF="http://Mr5oh.tripod.com/pc.html" target="_new">http://Mr5oh.tripod.com/pc.html</A>
    Overclocking Results: <A HREF="http://Mr5oh.tripod.com/pc2.html" target="_new">http://Mr5oh.tripod.com/pc2.html</A>
  4. Ok thanks but I don't need a monitor...Just a new box.
  5. The Hawian policeman (Mr5oh) is right about A64. If you can afford what he suggested, swap the gigabyte board for an Asrock (Asus subsidiary) K8S8X that uses the sis 755 chipset-$77 at newegg, and an A64-2800+ from newegg for $149. It's $14 cheaper than his suggestion, but 10 to 15% faster in gaming. It also gives the option to upgrade to A-64 3700= later.
    You could also save some bucks by getting cheaper ram.
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