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500 dollar Limit (TigerDirect)

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I won a 500 TigerDirect gift card, and It should be here by the end of August.
So, I need a suggestion on a build.



I might be able to get a bit more if I sell my current computer, so scrap cash.
TigerDirect Charges tax in my state (GA) 500+ is like 30 tax+ shipping)

561.65 or there about.

Operating System: MS Windows 7 32-bit
CPU: AMD Athlon 7750 Black Edition Kuma 65nm Technology
RAM: 2.0GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 401MHz (5-5-5-12)
Motherboard: ECS-USA GeForce6100PM-M2 (Socket AM2 )61 °C
Monitor: COMPAQ FS7600 (1152x864@75Hz)
Graphics:512MB GeForce 8400 GS (EVGA)56 °C
Hard Drives
156GB Western Digital WDC WD1600JB-00GVA0 ATA Device (PATA)45 °C
488GB Seagate ST350082 0AS SCSI Disk Device (ATA)
488GB Seagate ST950032 5AS SCSI Disk Device (ATA)
Optical Drives
HP DVD Writer 640c ATA Device
Audio: Realtek High Definition Audio
Might be able to get something from that.
Edited by Sodisna - 7/28/11 at 2:07pm
post #2 of 14
The build is missing an hard drive.
That "phenom" is actually an athlon with barely 2mb cache.
post #3 of 14
There's no point of picking the items right now if you won't have the giftcard until end of August, the prices will fluctuate by then and you may be able to get better stuff.
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I'm going to keep one of my HDDs. I have a copy of WinXP that I'm going to stick with my old build. I know prices will change, I just want to make sure nothing is going to bottleneck.
post #5 of 14
If you do i would keep your two hard drives and run them in RAID 0. I would suggest saving a little more and getting a nicer rig for around $700.
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I don't have job. So this about all I can get. I'm looking, but it's very hard with without any prior job experiences. My aunt is suppose to contact me about make a DVD photo album deal, and she said she'd pay me. Plus, I can get something from this, crappy computer, than yea, I can stretch it.
post #7 of 14
Looks good for that price, but as said above, the prices will change.

Plus check the VRM of that MB, I heard a lot of MSI's boards were getting blown because of them not being up to par. (Power phase design)
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post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 
I'm actually looking at a Asus board, I heard they perform well.
I was thinking about this Gigabtye board.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...267&CatId=4296

And ASUS boards.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...821&CatId=5539
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...958&CatId=5539

I can downgrade to a 500Ti, but I hard they're bad.

I DO have a case, but it doesn't have enough cooling in it. Just a standard case. Tow back fans, 80mm. No side panel fan. Can you buy side panel doors?
post #9 of 14
What resolution is your monitor? Alternative card may be the 5770/6770.

There are side panels available for certain cases. What is your case? It may not be worth it to invest money into it when you can get a new one for X amount of dollars. Also, don't you need the old case to sell your old PC?
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post #10 of 14
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Everyone who I've know who have had YEARS of experience in PC says ATIs aren't that great. My dad had a ATI card and it burnt out 3 days after he bought. It was allow end one too. I've considered ATI, but I've heard more horror stories than good ones.
I have two cases.

My monitor is a CRT one. I'm running at 1152 x 768. According to nVidia control panel, I got up to 1280 x 1024. I don't play games higher than 1152 x 768. I could careless about HD gaming. As long as I see the screen and text, I'm fine.

My dad has a LCD monitor, but the plug is shorted out in the back. He's it comes on and off.
You can see my case here.
http://www.overclock.net/14383153-post1450.html

It looks like these.
http://www.overclockersonline.net/reviews/500051/

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/32409323/Images/Case001.png
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/32409323/Images/Case002.png
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/32409323/Images/Case003.png
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/32409323/Images/Case004.png
The card in their is a 9600, but I'm sure it works, or if it just that my PSU wasn't enough. It started artifacting and locking up my screen, so I place a 8400GS in it's place in my current PC.
9600 GS0 needs at least 500w.
The other case I got is rather old. It use to house a motherboard with a 734 socket.
I have a picture of it, but I need to get it off my brothers phone.
Edited by Sodisna - 7/28/11 at 4:27pm
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