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September 22, 2004 12:29:09 PM

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.
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September 22, 2004 2:35:42 PM

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.

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September 22, 2004 5:23:21 PM

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.
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September 22, 2004 6:04:13 PM

xp-m is for overclocking people who are very into computers. Not really good for this dude.

I'd say its about setting a 2 numbers in the BIOS. You can't go wrong.

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September 22, 2004 6:54:54 PM

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.
September 22, 2004 7:31:15 PM

Wow thanks all. These are all really helpful suggestions, but I was thinking of getting that 79 GB hardrive Raptor that's like 135 dollars on newegg. What do you all think about that.
September 22, 2004 11:25:20 PM

The raptors are great drives, but for gaming on a budget, spend the money on a better graphics card.
September 23, 2004 1:57:48 AM

Here's one I just finished:


XP-2500+ (Used/Unlocked)

ATI 9600XT-256mb

XoXide Spiderman Case w/Taurus CoolMax 400watt PS

256 X 2 Kingston HyperX PC3500

Samsung SATA 120gb/8mb cache

Kmedia DVD/CD Burner- 8X/4X/8X/40X

Black Samsung floppy

Zalman 6000 Al/Cu H/S w/92mm fan

2 X 120mm Vantec blue led fans

1 X 80mm Unicom blue led side fan

Win XP Pro (Upgrade- Academic Retail)

It's clocked at 2.1 @ 400mhz, or XP-3000+
Aquamark3 score is - 30,364
There is $725.00 stuck in it, but DAMN does it look great!

Abit IS7 - 3.0C @ 3.6ghz - Mushkin PC4000 (2 X 512) - Sapphire 9800Pro - TT 420 watt Pure Power
Samsung 120gb ATA-100 - Maxtor 40gb ATA - 100
Sony DRU-510A - Yellowtail Merlot