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May 27, 2002 12:03:23 AM

Ok yall, i need some help on selecting parts for new PC...
It has to be decent at playing games, but the price cannot excede 600 bucks... It needs everything, monitor, keyboard case and everything... The mother board needs atleast 2 PCI slots, and i plan on using a Duron cpu... It doesnt need special stuff, just a basic computer to play a few games and run internet apps...

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May 27, 2002 12:30:51 AM

For the money you're talking about investing, you probably need to try Gateway, Oh No did I say that!!! I personally would not buy a system from them, I would build my own, but the prices I've seen posted through them, I don't see how they can sell them for what they're asking for some of their systems. Check them out.
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May 27, 2002 12:30:51 AM

For the money you're talking about investing, you probably need to try Gateway, Oh No did I say that!!! I personally would not buy a system from them, I would build my own, but the prices I've seen posted through them, I don't see how they can sell them for what they're asking for some of their systems. Check them out.
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May 27, 2002 12:54:12 AM

600 bucks? If this includes shipping and handling, I don't think you're going to save much money making your own.

My mom's 900 (OC'd to 1.2 ghz) comp (not including monitor) cost 550 bucks, not including shipping in handling.

<font color=blue> There's no such thing as hell, but you can make it if you try.</font color=blue>
May 27, 2002 1:00:07 AM

Well including a monitor you'll be seriously squeezing this one. I'm guessing that's $600USD and I'll use newegg.com as a price reference. The parts aren't going to be top of the line since you say only $600.

Heres a system:

1. AMD Duron 1.0 GHZ Socket A, 200FSBPGA Processor - Retail - $52
2. ECS VIA KT266A Chipset ATX Motherboard Model K7VTA3 Version 2.0 - RETAIL BOX - $64
3. ENLIGHT ATX MID TOWER MODEL EN-72500AZ - OEM 300Watts Power Supply - $50
4. MAXTOR 20GB 5400RPM Model # 6L020J1 -D740X OEM, DRIVE ONLY - $56
5. CRUCIAL MICRON 256MB 32x64 PC 2100 DDR RAM - OEM - $40
6. CREATIVE LABS SOUND BLASTER LIVE! 5.1 - OEM - $32
7. VGA PNY Geforce3 TI200 64MB DDR TV/DVI - $133
8. SONY 52X MAX EIDE INTERNAL CD-ROM DRIVE - $24
9. Microsoft OEM Internet Keyboard and IntelliMouse PS/2 Bundle - $23
10. SAMSUNG SOHO Series SyncMaster 750S 17" (WHITE) CRT MONITOR - RETAIL - $129

Total $603USD. That was as low as I could get it with acceptable parts. Since you're wanting to play games decently, you'll maybe want a GF3 Ti200, but you could spare the money and get a GF2 Ti. That GF3 Ti would be much better but it's your money. What kind of comp do you have now? Could you possibly switch out the CD-ROM? That would help a bit. Or maybe the sound card too... With a bit more money, I could get you a much better comp.

My firewall tastes like burning. :eek: 
May 27, 2002 1:04:41 AM

indeed.
if gaming isnt an absolute, switch out the geforce 3 for a 2 (not the MX), and switch IN a 7200rpm HDD.

:lol:  Whats better, <font color=blue>Intel</font color=blue> or <font color=green>AMD?</font color=green> :lol: 
May 27, 2002 1:05:16 AM

Yeah it'll be tough. My comp does not include shipping and handling. Add around $50 for that... so about $650....

My firewall tastes like burning. :eek: 
May 27, 2002 1:22:23 AM

Also I just remembered the R8500LE 64MB instead of GF3 Ti200. Soo.... here it is.

ATI Radeon 8500 LE 64MB DDR DVI TV OUT AGP 3D - RETAIL BOX - $125
MAXTOR 20GB 7200RPM Model # 6L020J1 -D740X OEM, DRIVE ONLY - $65

That gets you a price of $604. That's the same as before basically, but the 7200RPM is much better and the R8500LE is also better than the GF3 Ti200. I looked at benchmarks where the R8500LE beats the GF3 Ti200 even under 6043 drivers. I chose the retail version since they are clocked at reference clock 250/250 instead of most OEM 250/230 core/mem. If you don't mind the OEMs, then you could save another $20.

My firewall tastes like burning. :eek: 
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May 27, 2002 4:45:57 AM

1. AMD Duron 1.0 GHZ Socket A, 200FSBPGA Processor - Retail - $52
2. MSI SIS 745 ULTRA (6561-010) Motherboard for AMD Retail - $65 (This is far better than that crappy ECS-VIA board)
3. ENLIGHT ATX MID TOWER MODEL EN-72500AZ - OEM 300Watts Power Supply - $50
4. MAXTOR 20GB 5400RPM Model # 6L020J1 -D740X OEM, DRIVE ONLY - $56
5. CRUCIAL MICRON 256MB 32x64 PC 2100 DDR RAM - OEM - $40
6. Pine Technology 6-Channel Sound Card RetailCMEDIA - $15
7. ATI OEM RADEON 8500 64MB DDR AGP BULK 275/275 POWER by ATI - $135
8. SONY 52X MAX EIDE INTERNAL CD-ROM DRIVE - $24
9. Microsoft OEM Internet Keyboard and IntelliMouse PS/2 Bundle - $23
10. SAMSUNG SOHO Series SyncMaster 750S 17" (WHITE) CRT MONITOR - RETAIL - $129

Total $589 USD. That was as low as I could get it with acceptable parts. Since you're wanting to play games decently, you'll maybe want a GF3 Ti200, but you could spare the money and get a GF2 Ti. That GF3 Ti would be much better but it's your money. What kind of comp do you have now? Could you possibly switch out the CD-ROM? That would help a bit. Or maybe the sound card too... With a bit more money, you could get an XP1500+ and a better hard drive.





What's the frequency, Kenneth?
May 27, 2002 5:56:06 AM

I'm not building it for myself, its for my bros girlfriends mother (if ya wonderin, i got a duron 700 w/ A7v kt133, and a big bad Gf2mx... lol kinda old now)... I havent been keeping myself updated on the latest parts cause im still in high school, asses give too much work to do... But i just got out for summer, but i start work as a network tech at my tech school in like 2 weeks...

Thanks everyone for their help!!!
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