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Well, I've been spending the better part of a year now trying to put together a good budget system for myself. I've yet to actually buy any parts due to severe lack of funds. But, I'll be getting a job soon, so I figured it was time to put the finishing touches on my build.

Right now I'm working at a budget gaming system. I'm trying to keep the price around $700 total. Here's my complete build, including links to the items on Newegg:

Case: Cooler Master Ammo - $74.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119098

Power supply: Sunbeam ATX 450Watts - $19.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817709009

Case fan: ThermalTake 80mm Smart Blue - $13.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811999120

CPU: AMD Anthlon 64 3200+ Orleans - $79.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103637

Motherboard: abit KN9 SLI Socket AM2 - $114.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813127236

Video Card: eVGA GeForce 7600 GT - $129.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130062

Harddrive: Western Digital Caviar SE 250GB - $69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822144417

Memory: G.Skill 1GB DDR2 800 - $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231102

OR

Memory: GeIL 1GB DDR2 800 - $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820144020

DVD drive: NEC 18x DVD Burner - $32.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827152077

Speakers: DCT Factory 600W 2.1 - $6.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16836131013

Mouse: Sunbeam Blue Eye Optical - $6.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826178008

Keyboard: Rosewill - $8.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16823201027

UPS: Opti-UPS Value Series VS375C - $33.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16842107108

Shipping - $53.11
Total - ~$750

Yeah, I tried to keep it around $700, but went over a little. It's still a decent enough price for me.

Now, I'm not sure which type of memory is better. They're both the same price and have pretty much the same statistics... I'm relying on personal experience here on which to buy. Anybody have a reccomendation?

If there's anything that anybody knows of that's better for the price, please tell me. I wouldn't mind dropping the price back a few dollars as well.
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Well first, just for simplicity of upgrade sake, I'd just buy one stick of DDR2-800 RAM right now. It'd make upgrading to 2GBs later much eaiser. Otherwise It doesn't look too bad! Definitely a great starter rig and with the right cooling you'll get some great OCs hopfully.
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I didn't want to go with single-stick because I've known people to say it's a lot better to go with two sticks. I forget the exact reasons, but I've known a lot of people to say it.
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Thats true since you'll only be running your memory in single-channel but the performance decrease is acutally somewhat negligable compared to the simplicity to upgrade and selling your RAM when you end up buying 2GBs later(like me)
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Well, I've been spending the better part of a year now trying to put together a good budget system for myself. I've yet to actually buy any parts due to severe lack of funds. But, I'll be getting a job soon, so I figured it was time to put the finishing touches on my build.

Right now I'm working at a budget gaming system. I'm trying to keep the price around $700 total. Here's my complete build, including links to the items on Newegg:

Case: Cooler Master Ammo - $74.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119098

Power supply: Sunbeam ATX 450Watts - $19.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817709009

Case fan: ThermalTake 80mm Smart Blue - $13.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811999120

CPU: AMD Anthlon 64 3200+ Orleans - $79.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103637

Motherboard: abit KN9 SLI Socket AM2 - $114.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813127236

Video Card: eVGA GeForce 7600 GT - $129.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130062

Harddrive: Western Digital Caviar SE 250GB - $69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822144417

Memory: G.Skill 1GB DDR2 800 - $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231102

OR

Memory: GeIL 1GB DDR2 800 - $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820144020

DVD drive: NEC 18x DVD Burner - $32.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827152077

Speakers: DCT Factory 600W 2.1 - $6.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16836131013

Mouse: Sunbeam Blue Eye Optical - $6.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826178008

Keyboard: Rosewill - $8.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16823201027

UPS: Opti-UPS Value Series VS375C - $33.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16842107108

Shipping - $53.11
Total - ~$750

Yeah, I tried to keep it around $700, but went over a little. It's still a decent enough price for me.

Now, I'm not sure which type of memory is better. They're both the same price and have pretty much the same statistics... I'm relying on personal experience here on which to buy. Anybody have a reccomendation?

If there's anything that anybody knows of that's better for the price, please tell me. I wouldn't mind dropping the price back a few dollars as well.
Get a cheaper case such as this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119104

You also don't won't need that case fan
    
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Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel $49.99

Power supply: HIPRO TOP-500P5 ATX V2.01 500W $36.50

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 $184.00

Motherboard: BIOSTAR TForce965PT Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965 Express $104.99

Video Card: eVGA GeForce 7600 GT $129.99

Harddrive: Western Digital Caviar RE WD1600YS 160GB 16MB Cache $62.99

Memory: G.SKILL 1GB (2 x 512MB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) $109.99

DVD drive: NEC 18x DVD Burner $29.99

Speakers: DCT Factory 600W 2.1 $6.99

Keyboard/Mouse: Microsoft CA9-00001 Black Basic Keyboard and Mouse $15.99

Shipping - $35.41
Total - ~$766.83

Core 2 Duo for close to budget....
    
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All hail chozart...
    
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post #8 of 20
If you insist on AMD, then get this:

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Windsor 2.0GHz Socket AM2 $139.00

MoBo: ABIT AN9 32X Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI $159.99

total is then $741.42 + $36.17 shipping = $777.59. If you want to save, choose the MoBo in your original post.
    
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post #9 of 20
*hails chozart*

That looks really tempting for me even!
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post #10 of 20
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That does look like a really great build, but I honestly don't want the price to go over $750. It was originally supposed to be $600 max, but it's slowly been inching up in price. I drew the line at $700 base price for components (not counting shipping), and that's the highest I want to go at all. So, is there any way I can shave a few dollars off of that somewhere?
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