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My friend is tired of his 2 year old HP Pavillion and wants a new rig.

Current specs:
Celeron D 2.8ghz
512MB RAM
80GB HDD
FX
All he needs is a tower.

I told him to look into a Celeron Conroe with a decent LGA775 Mobo so he can OC it. He said he is willing to let me overclock and will buy whatever cooler I need him to buy.

Usage:
He plays America's Army at 50FPS on our favorite map while I play at 80. He wants better performance...
He also plays Live for Speed which is less demanding except at some times.
He also watches pr0n, youtube, and myspace, so this rig doesn't need to be real powerful.

He just wants something pretty to look at, but not break the bank because he is saving for a new car too. His reasoning was "Well, I want something pretty, and I can't fit a car in my room so..."

Have at it guys.
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E2140-70$
BIOSTAR TForce965PT-51$
Western Digital 200GB(OEM)-48$
ULTRA CASE & ULTRA 500W PSU-40$
WINTEC AMPO 2GB-78$
8800GTS 320MB- 230$.AR
Total=517$
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Well, I would see that CPU but raise you a P35K on that build. I don't know about the XClio PSU's, I have that same case and I think he wants something flashier, Crucial Ballistix Tracers 2GB for $175, and an 8600GTS. I can max the detail on anything I play at the moment, and that rig would kill it.

Oh, and XRRacer72 is the one wanting to do the build.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by standard235 View Post
Well, I would see that CPU but raise you a P35K on that build. I don't know about the XClio PSU's, I have that same case and I think he wants something flashier, Crucial Ballistix Tracers 2GB for $175, and an 8600GTS. I can max the detail on anything I play at the moment, and that rig would kill it.

Oh, and XRRacer72 is the one wanting to do the build.
The Xclio's are nice budget PSU's that can handle an 8800GTS since the 12v rail is pretty solid, the cpu is pretty much a conroe except without the 4mb cache, it has 1mb cache but it oc's really high. Also, you don't need 175$ ballistix tracer ram, 10$ to the current ram and you'll have some nice DDR2 800 overclocking ram. The 8600GTS is a decent card, but I personally wouldn't recommend it unless your purchasing it for the playback features; if you're going to pay ~160$ for a vga card you might as awell get an X1950XT for 150$ since it will smoke the 8600.
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post #5 of 7
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The only reason I chose the 8600GTS is because:

It blows the doors off his current card.
DX10 capability.

He plays most stuff at medium to high settings right now, so I think he'd be ok with an 8600GTS. If he goes EVGA (He will) then he could step up within 3 months.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by highwhey View Post
I would go with:

Arctic Silver 5 Paste - $7 Tube
Tuniq Towr 120 CPU Cooler - $65
Sapphire X1950XT GFX Card - $150
Intel Core 2 Duo E6320 Processor - $165

That will leave you some extra money, maybe to upgrade to that $80 Gigabyte P35 Motherboard or to pay for shipping and stuff.
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He's getting the Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme thus far. We are going to be lapping the CPU and HSF once we determine it's not a dud chip.

Ninja's build looks nice, it'll blow the doors off my rig for sure. And I'm sure that's all the asshat wants.
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