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post #11 of 60
Good budget...

Edit your first post to say that you are wanting to build a new system, and your budget...and how long you are willing to save for...

There are better system builders out there than me..=)
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Just did thanks a bunch. Jay
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The 3700 SanDiego will be about the same price as the 3500 Venice and has more cache and will oc much better than the 3500, especially on the DFI mobos.
Just get some good ram to go with it and you'll be stylin.
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Im trying to stay with intel if possible. Yes I now this is in the AMD forum
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Here is a complete build:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe 1.86GHz LGA 775 $181.00
MoBo: GIGABYTE GA-965P-S3 Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965 Express $124.99
RAM: G.SKILL 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) $149.99
Video: eVGA 256-P2-N615-TX GeForce 7600GT 256MB GDDR3 $129.99
HDD: Western Digital Caviar RE WD1600YS 160GB 16MB Cache $64.99
DVD: LITE-ON 18X DVD±R Burner Black $29.99
Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black $44.99
PSU: SILVERSTONE SST-ST50EF ATX12V 500W $87.50

Subtotal: $813.44 + $31.12 shipping = $844.56

I don't know if you want to re-use any parts from your old rig....

Then, save your money, and purchase the following items to upgrade:
- CPU cooler: $50-$60
- RAM: additional 1GB stick: $150
- DX10 video card: $250-$300 (by the time you have the money for that, you should be able to get a card in that price range)
    
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CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Conroe 2.13GHz 2M sharing L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor
MoBo: Unknown
RAM: Unknown what to get yet.
Video: DIAMOND X1300AGP256SB Radeon X1300 256MB 128-bit GDDR2 AGP 4X/8X Video Card
HDD: Western Digital Raptor X WD1500AHFD 150GB 10,000 RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive
DVD: LITE-ON Black 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM IDE Burner
Case: APEVIA (ASPIRE) X-PLEASURE-GN Green Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
PSU: RAIDMAX RX-630A ATX12V/ EPS12V 630W Power Supply 115/230 V CB, IEC, TUV, UL, CSA

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115004
MoBo:unknown
RAM: unknown
Video: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814103006
HDD: Western Digital Raptor X WD1500AHFD 150GB 10,000 RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive
DVD: Link above
Case:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811144131
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817152026
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post #17 of 60
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Conroe 2.13GHz 2M sharing L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - get the E6300. when overclocked, you get the same performance (they overclock about the same), and it's cheaper.
  • MoBo: Unknown - check my post above. The mobo I linked is about the cheapest to get. Plan for $125 at least here.
  • RAM: Unknown what to get yet. Get good DDR2 800 RAM. At least $115 or so will be the budget here. I choose really good G.Skill stuff above.
  • Video: DIAMOND X1300AGP256SB Radeon X1300 256MB 128-bit GDDR2 AGP 4X/8X Video Card You will need a PCI-E x16 card! This will NOT work! And forget playing games with a crappy card like this one. 7600GT would be my bottom line recommendation here. Plan around $125 here.
  • HDD: Western Digital Raptor X WD1500AHFD 150GB 10,000 RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive Total and complete overkill. Only recommended if you build a $2,500 rig. Get a good SATAII drive with 16MB cache like the one I recommended. Much cheaper and still decent performance.
  • DVD: LITE-ON Black 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM IDE Burner Sure, why not.
  • Case: APEVIA (ASPIRE) X-PLEASURE-GN Green Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case I don't like them, but up to you. The Coolermaster I linked is a good sturdy case with enough space and decent airflow. This is where you should cut costs.
  • PSU: RAIDMAX RX-630A ATX12V/ EPS12V 630W Power Supply 115/230 V CB, IEC, TUV, UL, CSA the PSU is one of the most important parts, and often overlooked. Look for a good 500W+ PSU for around $80-$100. The Silverstone I linked will do very well. Raidmax is not known for making good PSUs. Don't expect a good qualuity product from them

Don't get the Raptor, however tempting it is. It's just too expensive, and you make too many sacrifices with the really important parts (PSU, video card)

For the parts you linked plus the HDD (thus: CPU, video, case, PSU, and hard drive) you already spent all of the $800 you have, and you don't even have a working computer!

If you get what I recommended, you will have a working computer that will serve you well for gaming.
    
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Isnt the PSU I said a 600W wouldnt that be better. also im going to get a capture card and record my xbox 360 games on the harddrive does anyone know how much storage I should needthe game is halo 2.
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I don't think you need that much disk space... a 160GB disk should be enough.

And 600W is not per definition better. It's not only quantity that counts, but also quality. Plus, you have to take a look at how much current is available on the 12V rails.

The Raidmax has dual 12V rails of 16A and 17A max load (18A each peak), thus total 33A, and I am ignoring the fact that the total max output is most always less than the sum of the rails. The Silverstone delivers 18A per rail max load, with a total of 35A max load, and 19A per rail peak, with a total of 38A peak load.

Thus, the Silverstone actually delivers more on the (important) 12V rails. The Raidmax is an example of an 'inflated' PSU, where the wattage is pushed up by increasing the currents on the other (5V, 3.3V, etc) rails, which is easy to do, but those rails are not that heavily used, so who cares.
    
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Isnt the PSU I said a 600W wouldnt that be better. also im going to get a capture card and record my xbox 360 games on the harddrive does anyone know how much storage I should needthe game is halo 2.
Dude just listen to Chozart. He knows what he's doing.
    
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