Hi guys, i'm trying to build a low priced for myself, but to be honest I know nothing about computers. Would anyone be so helpful as to help me pick the parts for about a 700-900 dollar budget. Thank you very much.
BTW this will be used for gaming purposes.
<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by hedwig on 09/22/04 08:38 AM.</EM></FONT></P>
Is that $700-900 including a monitor and speakers? Or is it just the tower?
Do you have any current hardware that can be re-used? (CD-roms, Hard drives?)
Also what kind of games do you play? Are these newer games, or just some older stuff? Are you expecting to play Doom3 and HL2?
If your budget is just for a tower, heres what I think I would do
$100 - Motherboard, GigaByte 7N400Pro2, or Abit NF-7
$100-$120 - CPU, either 2500+ XP Mobile, or 2800+ XP Barton
$80-90 - 512 MB of RAM, probably 2x256 MB so you can run dual channel
$60-70 - Western Digital 80 gig 7200 RPM.
$30-60 - Case and PSU
$300-$400 - Video Card, 6800, or 6800GT
These prices are roughly what I would pay from a local PC shop, they are slightly cheaper if you order them online (They are all $USD). This should keep you right at about $700-800, and still give you a gaming machine that is capable of playing the latest games. If you wanted to save some more money you could go with something like a 9800 Pro ($200) for the video card. Also you may even want to think about an A64 setup, it would be a little more, but it is slightly better in gaming, not sure the cost/performance ratio would be worth it to you though.
He could save money if he went and bought a 9800 pro by ATI. they are really cheap now and blast through anything he might consider.
I would go, if I was him, an xp 3000 barton, 512 megs of ddr400, ATI 9800 pro (and the 256 meg version if he has the extra cash left over). I would go a 80 gig, 8 meg cache hardrive, and as far as board, that abit MR05 mentioned is the best one.
xp-m is for overclocking people who are very into computers. Not really good for this dude.
Get everything besides the hardrive retail boxed. theres lots of stuff thats in there including real warranties that you will need.
yeah it could be that easy, but some fear doing so.
xp-m is the way to go though, get ddr400 ram of some decent brand like Crucial and then push it up. but i still stand by xp3000+ barton as my universal suggestion for cheap system and nothing to tinker with.