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post #11 of 26
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Nice build. The only thing that has to go for sure is the 1650Pro. Like Linskingdom said a 8600GT is a better idea: LINK. Or if you can afford a little more you could get an 8800GS: LINK.
This rig is meant to have a lower achieving GPU. I still think that the 1650 is going to be a nice upgrade over a MX4000 for only $50.
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post #12 of 26
Working within the constraints of a budget is never easy, and I think you've done pretty good so far... A couple quick Qs though

1) What's the primary function of said hypothetical rig
2) Do you need it built ASAP?

You could go AMD... The 780G brings out the green eyed monsta in Nvidia! This chipset is a beast:

http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquir...-graphics-game

http://www.tomshardware.com/2008/03/..._780g_chipset/

Would make the core for a killer media center setup...
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post #13 of 26
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Originally Posted by mrtn400 View Post
This rig is meant to have a lower achieving GPU. I still think that the 1650 is going to be a nice upgrade over a MX4000 for only $50.

For MX400 to 1650 is a big step but it is another step from 1650 to 8600GT for just extra $10 or so. But again, if you don't need that much GPU power, 1650 is fine.

http://www23.tomshardware.com/graphi...=855&chart=308
post #14 of 26
If this is a gaming build, I would skimp on the case and put those funds into a better video card. HD 3580 or 9600GT. Although, now that I look again, you've got a power supply with the case, so that may not save you enough to upgrade the video card.
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post #15 of 26
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Edit: Also, I'm surprised no one's flamed my decision on MX-2 yet. I just like it because there's no set in time; screw 2-3c.
Yeah... I looked over the list and automatically went "wait... no AS5?"... go with the AS5... even before the burn-in, it'll probably still be cooler than the MX-2...

Secondly, search through the FS and maybe post a wanted on a PCI-e card.... after DX10 cards came out, resale value on DX9 cards plummeted... buying a dx9 card new is a terrible idea when you can snag... say... a 7600GT for $50shipped here on OCN

Also, why that case? It seems a tad of a rip:
80mm fans suck hardcore, and not the good kind of suck
450W psu might make it seem like a good deal... until it fails a few weeks down the line
post #16 of 26
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I'm now starting to think that I should get a 7300GT 512MB. I put an AGP one in my friends computer and the core overclocked from 350Mhz to 580Mhz (a beastly 65% OC!) and played CS:S with everything maxed 1440x900 at about 30FPS. But I probably won't get that super OC with the PCIe version.

Edit: Is a 6800LE > 7300GT?
Edit 2: Where does the 1650Pro fit in?
-skip these
Edit 3: Just what's the best GPU (not counting DX10) for $60?
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post #17 of 26
Definitely get the 7600GT. Hell my mom used to use a 7300.
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post #18 of 26
I don't think you'll even need that Tuniq with a chip that is so slow and does not overclock well no matter what the cooling. You need to start over completely if you ask me. Save yourself the money on a that very high-end HSF and maybe tone it down a bit on the mobo. You need a better chip or this budget build will really seem that way- budget. You can do a lot better, believe me. I do really like that ATI card for the price though.
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You do know that the E160 costs $0.00 more right now?
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