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I'm back at it again. Waited a little while for prices to move around, and this is what I have come up with so far:


The Subtotal is at $789.87

I also plan on getting some sort of aftermarket cooler, but still undecided on which.


One more thing I'd like to add, my Mother wants me to build her a computer, and all she does is go on the internet and mess around. Nothing more.

I'm thinking I could sell her the current computer I have, and use that to help pay for my new gear.

Now in the good interest of my mothers well being, how much do you think I should have her pay for this setup? (I know, I know, it's aged, but it still runs quite well):


AMD 3200XP

Gigabyte GA7NNXP Mobo

1 gig of ram (Samsung I believe)

Nvidia 6800 GT

One 80 gig hard drive, and one 60 gig hard drive

600 watt power supply

Of course a Sony dvd drive and a samsung dvd-cd writer.


I look forward to your advice(s)!
post #2 of 16
You can afford an 8800GTS in that budget:
Subtotal: $795.46
    
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You can go with a cheaper yet very stable PSU.
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Given the ripple problems with the GameXStream series I am a bit hesitant to recommend the OCZ.

The Corsair is definately a much better PSU.
    
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post #5 of 16
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True. I would still prefer the stronger Pentium of the two.

How much would you say my old PC is worth?

btw, I still have yet to consider my hard drives. Should I go with RAID, SATA?

I've been using IDE's for years...so I'm clueless when it comes to that.
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Why not bother with the MSI?
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MSI generally doesn't overclock that well.

Regarding CPU power: I'd rather have the best video card that I can afford in my budget and save some money on the CPU. The CPU can easily be overclocked anyways.

And hard drives: yes, do get a SATA drive. They're relatively inexpensive and perform very well. A drive with 16MB cache is highly recommended. Some examples:
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording) ST3250620AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $69.99
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $79.99

You can decide to buy two or more of them in a RAID configuration. You have several RAID choices:
RAID0: improves performance, but offers no data security. Total available space is the sum of the capacity of the drives (if you have two 250GB drives, you'll have total 500GB available). At least two drives required.
RAID1, which *might* improve read performance (depending on the controller), and offers data security. Total available space is the capacity of ONE of the drives (if you have two 250GB drives, you'll have total 250GB available). At least two drives required.

There are more RAID solutions, which require more than 2 drives. Ask me if you want more info on that (or read my FAQs and the links inside them)
    
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post #9 of 16
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Hmm, word. I don't overclock that much, however, it is nice on occasion.

I'll look into the SATA drives.

Any word on the quote from my old computer? I don't wanna rip my sweet mother off!! lol
post #10 of 16
OVERCLOCKING NICE ON OCCASION?


GET OFF MAH FORUM!!!!!11!11ONE!1

<3 caps

btw, i have a corsair psu, VERY GOOD
If your not going to go SLI get the DFI p965-s DARK motherboard 500fsb with 1.4 nb voltage ;D

8800 gts, gskill or corsair

(my g skill crapped out on me and are in rma so i'm posting on my horrible p4 2.6 )
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