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Ok, I have 1200 to spend. I already have a viewsonic 20in WS monitor so I dont need a monitor, just the computer itself. I am not sure whether to go Intel or AMD. Would like to have the 8800 card if we can squeeze it in. One thing is though, I do need to purchase the OS. I dont have a disk for it from my other systems. Help me all you can. I have never built one myself nor spec'd one out. It just confuses me as to which parts are better for their money.

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You are definately going to want to go with Intel as the Core 2 Duo processors are the best around for the money. They are also very good overclockers. I will put a build up for you in a couple minutes.
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You are definately going to want to go with Intel as the Core 2 Duo processors are the best around for the money. They are also very good overclockers. I will put a build up for you in a couple minutes.


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post #4 of 33
With that budget, there is no way you are going 8800 at the current time, maybe a few months down the road but right now they are at $500 which means that you will be putting that 8800 in a pile of crap.

I would suggest something like a Core 2 Duo 6300, 2 Gig of DDR2 800, a Nvidia 7950GT or 7900GT. That will do you well in any current gaming, I would assume you are going to overclock, if you are not, maybe go with a C2D 6400 or 6600.
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Originally Posted by Kamakazi View Post
With that budget, there is no way you are going 8800 at the current time, maybe a few months down the road but right now they are at $500 which means that you will be putting that 8800 in a pile of crap.

I would suggest something like a Core 2 Duo 6300, 2 Gig of DDR2 800, a Nvidia 7950GT or 7900GT. That will do you well in any current gaming, I would assume you are going to overclock, if you are not, maybe go with a C2D 6400 or 6600.
Never have overclocked anything so I dont know if I am going to or not. I do agree with your discussion though of the 8800. WIll consider what you listed and also what Malaziel is going to list. Thx for the info
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You really should look into overclocking (you are on an overclocking forum after all ), it is the best way to get the biggest bang for the buck, and it isn't that risky at all.
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post #7 of 33
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Yea, I know haha. I am interested in it but just never even attempted it. Will look into it some more.
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post #8 of 33
Motherboard: ASUS P5B Deluxe. Very good overclocking motherboard for Core 2 Duo.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131045
$180

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6300. With that motherboard you should be able to overclock this to at least 3 gigahertz.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115005
$184

RAM: Buffalo Firestix. Best ram in that price range. Really good stuff. 1 gigabyte 2x512. Later you could upgrade to two gigabytes.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820150053
$122


Video card: 8800GTS. Should be able to handle any game you throw at it at 1600x1200 for quite awhile.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814133188
$409

Powersupply: Enermax Noisetaker. Well known for reliability.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817194009
$80

Harddrive: Seagate 250gb with perpendicular recording.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148144
$80

Case: Cooler Master Centurion 5. Large and easy to use. For the price it is an awesome case.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119068
$50

DVD-RW/CD-RW Drive: Lite-On
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827106042
$30

Sound Card: Audigy SE. Cheap good sound card.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102003
$30

OS: Windows XP Home with an upgrade coupon for Vista.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832116169
$90

All of that comes to $1225 without shipping.
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post #9 of 33
if you have a cheap computer around you may be able to start with that just so your more confident when you mess with your more expensive stuff. i started with an old p3 that i didn't need to be working 24/7 anymore
post #10 of 33
If you need the price to go lower especially if you aren't going to be overclocking the price can be lowered considerably. Though with Core 2 Duos you can achieve overclocks of well over 50% so I would look into it if I were you.
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