i am building a gaming system for my little bro and his current system is just not cutting it anymore. i promissed him ill build a system for him if he saves at least 400 bucks and that time has come. Now i need to fulfill my promiss and i need your help. basicly we squeezed what we could out of his current system and its not able to support any new games.
his current system is
Sony VAIO System
Intel Pentium 3 500 mghz
GF4 4800 128 DDR
Maxtor 40 gig 133 ATA HD
dont know what mobo it is but its old
the only thing i can think of salvaging is the Hard Drive and Video Card, the rest is history.
best i know is that AMD is best CPU for gaming, problem i have is choosing the right CPU and MOBO combo which is universal and most stable combined with room to OC along with suitible RAM for a reasonable price.
Total w/512MB RAM x2 = $428
Total w/512MB RAM x1 = $350
I'm assuming you're using the same case, no? If so then that should be everything you need as other miscellaneous things (i.e. cables, fans, etc) will either be re-used or come with the hardware listed above. The above setup should be able to handle today's games at least at low, if not medium, settings. I played HL2 for awhile with an AMD 1800+ Socket A, 512MB Ram, and GeForce 4200ti for awhile at low to medium settings w/rarely ever any issues. What you could do is buy a video card for your bro when he saves up another $200 later on down the road (i.e. 6600GT AGP), but for the time being the above system should be adequate w/either 512 or 1024MB of RAM.
In just two days, tomorrow will be yesterday.
You can make it with 512Mb, especially with the s754. s754 has a 200mhz speed advantage over the s939, but is single channel memory while the s939 supports dual channel. Since you are going s754, you don't need two stick to take advantage of the dual channel feature. The system would perform better with 1Gb, but 512 will do. Recommend going with Kingston value select instead of the Corsair.
What is the mfr/model for the PSU? Does that 420W PSU include the case? Do you need the DVD burner or can you go with your current CD/DVD drive? How fast is the HDD (7200RPM)?
I would recommend the following (all prices are from Newegg.com):
1. Abit NF8 - $88
2. AMD A64 2800+ model ADA2800AXBOX Retail box - $120
3. Kingston VS PC3200 512Mb - $69
4. Enermax case with PSU model 10MCS-56881LBFS-D3 - $59
Total so far: $336
Both of the PSUs that were listed, the 420W TT and the Fortron 400W, are good PSUs. One big difference is the Fortron os ATX12V <b>v2.0</b> compatible and have separate 12V rails for the CPU and mobo. This config was designed for more stability and to run cooler - 2.0 is the current standard for todays computers.
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I'd be wary of Fortron PSUs. I've had nothing but bad luck with them. My company has been shipping systems with them for two years now and we've had to replace every one over a year old by now. They're absolutely great ... for the first six months to a year tops. Then they degrade to below spec and only if your system needs less than spec will you not suffer a creaping instability as it degrades. The systems we shipped were right at spec, so the degrading hit us hard.
HD is 7200 RPM and no dvd burner just a very old 4X cd burner and like OLD DVD-ROM from way way back in day. CD-ROMS are cheap so didnt list it here. since there isnt much difference in price between CD-R Burner and DVD-R Burner so i decided to go with DVD-R Burner instead. I dont really need two CD / DVD drives any long since you can just copy image and mount using DAEMON tools or Alchohol.
i will defenetly go with posted suggestions
and thanks for the posts
yehh i was surprised too to see the GF4 working on a 500 Pentium. GF4 4800 requirments are 800 or above ). he is able to play Counter Strike :Source using the current setup with some uncomfortable lag but still playable, the load times are like 15 mins between maps so he switched back to playing Call Of Duty united offensive and its working perfectly with midium to high Graphics settings, which still surprises me. He currently has WINXP Pro setup which works excellent.