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(Inspired by the "Tom's Hardware Guide DIY 4 Ghz $720 gaming rig" found here: http://www.tomshardware.com/2006/06/...g_rig_for_720/)

On my last thread (http://www.overclock.net/intel-gener...diy-3-5-a.html) I built a $680 budget 3.5Ghz C2D gaming rig. However, today I decided to put together the ultimate "poor-man's" budget value gaming rig, using extremely low priced, yet high quality components.

For the tiny price tag of less than an Nvidia 8800GTS, we will be constructing a dual core, 2GB ram system with a good performing video card.

Shopping list for maximum configuration: (Prices are via Newegg, Micro Center, and Fry's Electronics)
Athlon X2 3600+ 1.9Ghz Brisbane $67
A good overclocking CPU according to Overclock.net AMD users.



MSI K9N4 Ultra $56.99
An awesome budget board with many features. Recommended by Tom's Hardware.


2GB PNY DDR2 677 $62.99
Good quality ram with heat spreaders.


eVGA Gefoce 7600GT $79.99
Excellent value video card that will play just about every video game out right now, and many older games at max settings.


Rosewill R330-P-BK Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $17.99
An elegantly styled, classy case at the astonishing price of $18.


Broadway Com Corp OKIA-BLACK-550 ATX 550W Power Supply $23.99
A good power supply at a very low cost.


200GB Western Digital 8mb Sata II $49.99
For this build we will only use one of these value hard drives.


Samsung 18x DVD-RW Drive $29.99
A good low priced DVD-RW.


The total price comes to just shy of $400 for a complete system. You go try buying a dual core 2GB ram system with a video card at a Bestbuy or Circuit City for that price.
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Dude, do you just copy stuff straight from Tom's? This is the 2nd article I have seen were you just reposted it
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Wow my f'n bad dude... I'm just trying to help people like you out. I wasnt typing out the post for exercise...

My build costs less than Tom's Marathon Day One, and uses some different components. Like a cheaper case and a few other things. http://www.tomshardware.com/2007/05/...hon/page2.html

Also the toms build uses only 1 gig of ram, a 160gb hard drive.

You can't deny that for $400 u get a dual core 2gb system w a 200gb hd is WAY better value than the toms build.

Please, before calling it a repost make sure u actually READ the toms hardware articles thoroughly, as u obviously haven't

And btw, youre welcome.
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i like it, you did good man
    
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Wow my bad dude... I'm just trying to help people like you out.

My build costs less than Tom's Marathon Day One, and uses some different components. Like a cheaper case and a few other things. Thanks for flaming though
Srry man, but I would replace the CPU with wat I have a 3600 Bsibane and you could save about $20 there and get an XClio 500W PSU for $50
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yeah, the 3600 X2 brisbane gets some insane OC's
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You Could use most of the components in my build as it costs about $620 so you could get a cheaper PSU and cheaper RAM
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post #8 of 10
A Brisbane X2 3600+ would be cheaper and have better OCing potential. Plus, with more and more DX10 games coming out, I think a DX10 card would be more practical. A 8500GT is only 5 bucks more and will have DX10.

Not a bad setup given the price though.
    
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Not bad! Most people settle at 2.8ghz even if they can reach 3ghz just because of heat so a 3800 would be ok but the 3600 is still a better deal!

Looks almost like my system before I got my 7900's
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Hmm unfortunately im an Intel guy and i dont know your processors too well, so I picked the 3800+ for this build, but it can easily be substituted with the 3600+ brisbane, there will also be a savings of about $5 so u can buy lunch while u build ur rig

Del Taco #8 Two Big Fat Tacos Meal $6
Two high performing overclocked tacos with slotted fries and a drink to cool the heat that this rig puts out. An awesome value too.


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