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My brother's computer is pretty old and he has requested that I find the cheapest possible set up for a computer (either AMD or Intel), I am posting here because I'm assuming AMD is better for a budget PC. He isn't going to be playing high end games like COD4, Crysis, etc. Just stuff like half-life 2, team fortress 2, guitar hero 3, etc. I'll post his current specs below just to give you an idea of the upgrade needed:

Current Specs:
CPU: 2.55ghz pentium 4 no hyperthreading
MEMORY: 1gb ddr-SDRAM PC2100
Video Card: AGP Radeon x1600xt 512mb
Hard Drive: 80GB 2mb cache IDE
Operating System: windows xp home
Monitor (will use with new system): 17" LCD 1280x1024

What I am looking for is a motherboard that supports DDR2, and some sort of dual core processor (amd athlon x2 4xxx?). Remember the goal is to build the cheapest system possible that will run half-life 2 games at playable frame rates (40-50 hopefully). I already have a 8600gt video card to give to him (PCI-E) and I can build the system myself, I just need to know what to buy and where the best place to find them is.

If possible please list each piece of suggested hardware along with the price and where to find it.

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated, thanks for reading [=
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post #2 of 22
Whats the budget?
post #3 of 22
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Originally Posted by wire View Post
Whats the budget?
Id say around $300-400 (without video card/operating system/monitor/mouse/keyboard/speakers/etc )
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post #4 of 22
The mobo in my sig and something in the E2XXX should do fine, then spend the rest on video card.
Is he gona be overclocking?


EDIT: In regard to the post Below me, I believe that sounds as a second on the CPU and Motherboard.
    
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post #5 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by mkeygmer View Post
My brother's computer is pretty old and he has requested that I find the cheapest possible set up for a computer (either AMD or Intel), I am posting here because I'm assuming AMD is better for a budget PC. He isn't going to be playing high end games like COD4, Crysis, etc. Just stuff like half-life 2, team fortress 2, guitar hero 3, etc. I'll post his current specs below just to give you an idea of the upgrade needed:

Current Specs:
CPU: 2.55ghz pentium 4 no hyperthreading
MEMORY: 1gb ddr-SDRAM PC2100
Video Card: AGP Radeon x1600xt 512mb
Hard Drive: 80GB 2mb cache IDE
Operating System: windows xp home
Monitor (will use with new system): 17" LCD 1280x1024

What I am looking for is a motherboard that supports DDR2, and some sort of dual core processor (amd athlon x2 4xxx?). Remember the goal is to build the cheapest system possible that will run half-life 2 games at playable frame rates (40-50 hopefully). I already have a 8600gt video card to give to him (PCI-E) and I can build the system myself, I just need to know what to buy and where the best place to find them is.

If possible please list each piece of suggested hardware along with the price and where to find it.

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated, thanks for reading [=
post #6 of 22
MoBo:DFI Blood Iron 99.99
CPU:Intel E1400 62.99
RAM:2GB DDR2 G.Skill 39.99
PSU:550W Coolermaster PSU 69.99
HD: use his old HD
DVD: old CD/DVD
GFX: you said you had an 8600
CPU cooler:AC Freezer 7 Pro 15.99 (this is optional, but would allow a greater Overclock)

I know it may be out of your budget, but you could sell his old parts on forums, ebay, craigslist, etc, to make some money... I hope this helps, sorry its not an AMD dual core build like you requested, but most multicore builds go Intel these days, AMD is loosing, big time...

and guitar hero 3 eats PCs for breakfast BTW... that game is nuts on resources...
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
60GB Vertex 3 2TB Western Digital Black 2TB External HDD (USB 2) 22x Sata Bluray/DVD Multi Drive 
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Hardware Labs GTX 360 Radiator EK Supreme HF Copper Danger Den GTX480 Waterblock All Copper Natemandoo SR-2 Solid Copper Waterblock 
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Razer XactMat Asus Xonar SXT 
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intel Q6600 ASUS P5K-E Wifi AMD HD Radeon 6990 4GBs G.skill HZs 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
OCZ vertex 2 LG 22x combo drive Cooler Master hyper 212+ Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
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post #7 of 22
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Quote:
Originally Posted by David_1337 View Post
The mobo in my sig and something in the E2XXX should do fine, then spend the rest on video card.
Is he gona be overclocking?
Would a e2xxx outperform an AMD in the same price range? How much are they on average? He might be overclocking, really not sure.
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Samsung F3 1tb, SAMSUNG F2 2tb Windows 7 Ultimate x64 ACER GD235HZ 23.5" 120hz Seasonic SS-850HT 
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post #8 of 22
Something similar to this.


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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
60GB Vertex 3 2TB Western Digital Black 2TB External HDD (USB 2) 22x Sata Bluray/DVD Multi Drive 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Hardware Labs GTX 360 Radiator EK Supreme HF Copper Danger Den GTX480 Waterblock All Copper Natemandoo SR-2 Solid Copper Waterblock 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Iwaki RD-30 D5 with DCThermo Top Windows 7 Ultimate 3x 24" LG LCDs (16:9) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Ducky Shine MX-Cherry Black Mechanical Keyboard... 1500W Silver stone Strider Mountain Mods Extended Ascension Horizon Razer Mamba 2012 (wired) 
Mouse PadAudio
Razer XactMat Asus Xonar SXT 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
intel Q6600 ASUS P5K-E Wifi AMD HD Radeon 6990 4GBs G.skill HZs 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
OCZ vertex 2 LG 22x combo drive Cooler Master hyper 212+ Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
LG FLATRON L1933TR LG FLATRON L1933TR Logitech G15 rev. 1 Silverstone Decathlon 750W modular PSU 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
60GB Vertex 3 2TB Western Digital Black 2TB External HDD (USB 2) 22x Sata Bluray/DVD Multi Drive 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Hardware Labs GTX 360 Radiator EK Supreme HF Copper Danger Den GTX480 Waterblock All Copper Natemandoo SR-2 Solid Copper Waterblock 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Iwaki RD-30 D5 with DCThermo Top Windows 7 Ultimate 3x 24" LG LCDs (16:9) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Ducky Shine MX-Cherry Black Mechanical Keyboard... 1500W Silver stone Strider Mountain Mods Extended Ascension Horizon Razer Mamba 2012 (wired) 
Mouse PadAudio
Razer XactMat Asus Xonar SXT 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
intel Q6600 ASUS P5K-E Wifi AMD HD Radeon 6990 4GBs G.skill HZs 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
OCZ vertex 2 LG 22x combo drive Cooler Master hyper 212+ Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
LG FLATRON L1933TR LG FLATRON L1933TR Logitech G15 rev. 1 Silverstone Decathlon 750W modular PSU 
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Thermaltake Armor with 250mm side fan Logitech 2000dpi USB mouse Steel series QcK+ Auzentech X-Fi prelude 
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post #10 of 22
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Quote:
Originally Posted by H3||scr3am View Post
MoBoFI Blood Iron 99.99
CPU:Intel E1400 62.99
RAM:2GB DDR2 G.Skill 39.99
PSU:550W Coolermaster PSU 69.99
HD: use his old HD
DVD: old CD/DVD
GFX: you said you had an 8600
CPU cooler:AC Freezer 7 Pro 15.99 (this is optional, but would allow a greater Overclock)

I know it may be out of your budget, but you could sell his old parts on forums, ebay, craigslist, etc, to make some money... I hope this helps, sorry its not an AMD dual core build like you requested, but most multicore builds go Intel these days, MAD is loosing, big time...

and guitar hero 3 eats PCs for breakfast BTW... that game is nuts on resources...
Any idea how the e1400 performs compared to an athlon x2 4600? Its about the same price.
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Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Samsung F3 1tb, SAMSUNG F2 2tb Windows 7 Ultimate x64 ACER GD235HZ 23.5" 120hz Seasonic SS-850HT 
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Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Samsung F3 1tb, SAMSUNG F2 2tb Windows 7 Ultimate x64 ACER GD235HZ 23.5" 120hz Seasonic SS-850HT 
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