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Building a budget gaming rig for my cousin. He is only going to be playing CS/CS:S, WoW, WC3, and possibly a few more RPG games.



Total: $492.13 shipped
I'm quite pleased with the build.

Comments/Suggestions welcomed.
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That video card will not perform well in games.

My suggestion is, if the combo still works, get the Brisbane 3600 instead. It should easily overclock to 4400+ speeds on stock volts, so cooling wouldn't be an issue. Then, with the money saved, get an x1950 Pro or 7900 GS. 8500s really are not good cards for gamers to buy.

If the combo only works on the 4400, then get a 7600GT. It will perform better than the 8500 for about the same price.
    
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I wouldn't get a low end dx10 card. Even a 7600 would out perform that.
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post #4 of 19
check ebay too, you might get some of that stuff for really cheap, or a better video card possibly for the same price.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by pow3rtr1p View Post
That video card will not perform well in games.

My suggestion is, if the combo still works, get the Brisbane 3600 instead. It should easily overclock to 4400+ speeds on stock volts, so cooling wouldn't be an issue. Then, with the money saved, get an x1950 Pro or 7900 GS. 8500s really are not good cards for gamers to buy.

If the combo only works on the 4400, then get a 7600GT. It will perform better than the 8500 for about the same price.
I originally had the 3600+ Brisbane, but I've never OC'd before, and frankly, my cousin doesn't know much about computers at all. I was just weary of OC'ing it, plus he won't be upgrading for a long time (under the impression that OC'ing shortens the longevity of your CPU).

And I assumed the 8500 would be better than the 7600GT b/c the higher number. Ha, sneaky sneaky nVidia!
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Here's one for $485.40 Shipped after MIR:



And don't worry about OCing. At stock, this CPU will be plenty. And if he ever does want to OC, this mobo can do it no problem, and he can get a little more life out of it. Also, he can easily upgrade to 2 GB of RAM without filling all of his slots, and this video card is much more powerful than an 8500 would have been.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by pow3rtr1p View Post
Here's one for $485.40 Shipped after MIR:



And don't worry about OCing. At stock, this CPU will be plenty. And if he ever does want to OC, this mobo can do it no problem, and he can get a little more life out of it. Also, he can easily upgrade to 2 GB of RAM without filling all of his slots, and this video card is much more powerful than an 8500 would have been.
u forget a psu!

but not bad setup

cheap out on the dvd drive. and the case. a bit smaller of a HD and maybe squeeze in a second stick of ram? (2gb is really the sweet sweet spot atm )
    
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+rep thanks for help!
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post #9 of 19
the case has one lol
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post #10 of 19
PSU is included with the case. And a 2GB kit of RAM is the sweet spot, but it's much easier to pop in a second stick of that RAM than it is to add in another hard drive or do a case swap should those upgrades be needed in the future

I learned with my most recent build I did for someone else that you don't skimp on the case. You'll just end up hating your life and breaking something...
    
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Cooler Master Nepton 240m Windows 10 Pro Samsung 34" Curved Ultrawide (3440x1440) Samsung 22" Portrait (1080x1920) 
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Intel 600p m.2 512GB Crucial M500 SSD 960GB Toshiba X300 HDD 3TB LG Blu Ray Burner 
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Cooler Master Nepton 240m Windows 10 Pro Samsung 34" Curved Ultrawide (3440x1440) Samsung 22" Portrait (1080x1920) 
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Poker II Cherry MX Brown, KBParadise V80 Cherry... EVGA G2 650W Cooler Master Silencio 652s Steelseries Sensei Wireless 
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