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post #1 of 11
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Heyo,

So my friend needs a new computer...and he's got a REALLY tight budget. His budget is $400, not a cent over including shipping + tax. I'd prefer to buy everything from NewEgg, so yea.

This is only for gaming in CS:S and Battlefield: Vietnam (*shiver*)

Ideas?

Kthxbye.

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post #2 of 11
I just built a pc like this on the same budget, my internet is going to slow for me to look up the links for the stuff, but MSI makes two AMD barebones kits (mobo, psu, case) for 150-200. We built the rig off of their. 2 gigs of memory, 8500gt, low end AMD dual core, and a cheap cpu cooler. Sorry about the vagueness, but its the best I can do right now. This kind of system will be more than enough for his needs though.
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post #3 of 11
Of course, I assume that you will help him by overclocking his system too. I left a few bucks off the max, just in case you wanted to use an aftermarket heatsink, get a different PSU, add a side fan, or whatever.

CPU - Pentium E1280
Motherboard - Gigabyte 945GCM
RAM - 2GB DDR2-1066
GFX Card - Geforce 8600GT
Hard Drive - 80GB WD Caviar SE
Case & PSU - Rosewill
CD/DVD Burner - Sony/NEC
Accessories - Molex->SATA adapter

The total comes to $347 before shipping, $383 with shipping to NY. I included that adaptor because neither the motherboard nor the case/PSU comes with one, and you may need it.
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post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by Manyak View Post
Of course, I assume that you will help him by overclocking his system too. I left a few bucks off the max, just in case you wanted to use an aftermarket heatsink, get a different PSU, add a side fan, or whatever.

CPU - Pentium E1280
Motherboard - Gigabyte 945GCM
RAM - 2GB DDR2-1066
GFX Card - Geforce 8600GT
Hard Drive - 80GB WD Caviar SE
Case & PSU - Rosewill
CD/DVD Burner - Sony/NEC
Accessories - Molex->SATA adapter

The total comes to $347 before shipping, $383 with shipping to NY. I included that adaptor because neither the motherboard nor the case/PSU comes with one, and you may need it.
why would you use ram that is that expensive? Just get a $20 set of ocz gold or other cheap ram. That money could be used to upgrade something else.
    
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why would you use ram that is that expensive? Just get a $20 set of ocz gold or other cheap ram. That money could be used to upgrade something else.
So that he can overclock the CPU while keeping a 1:1 ratio with the ram, keeping performance at the max. Plus, if he doesn't reach 1066MHz, he will be able to tighten the timings a bit so that its STILL faster than the other ram.

Besides, look at the other options - $30 into the CPU won't give you a much faster overclock because it will still be the same line. $30 into the motherboard won't give you a much faster overclock because you will end up limited by the ram. $30 into the hard drive will buy more space but not much more performance. $30 into the case definitely won't increase performance. $30 into the video card MAY help, but if he does that he'd probably need a more powerful PSU as well, which means he'd need to spend even more.

So putting that $30 into the ram provides the biggest benefit. Plus, with that setup he already has like $20-$30 left over to upgrade what he wants to. IMO an aftermarket heatsink like this $17 Rosewill would be best (I use it on my system and its surprisingly excellent), but if he feels like he needs anything slightly better the option is still there.
Edited by Manyak - 5/14/08 at 2:51pm
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post #6 of 11
How about some Crucial Ballistix for $25 after rebates?

Ive heard its really nice RAM
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Aren't those Ballistix single sided?
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post #8 of 11
plz tell me he doesn't need an os or monitor..... lol

if he needs a monitor tell him to go to a school/university/library and see if he can get one for like 10 bucks, or he may even get one for free as all these organizations are upgrading to lcd
    
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post #9 of 11
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Thanks guys! He doesn't need a monitor, and I think I can scrape out his PSU and RAM and maybe his harddrive. I got a feeling he's using intergrated. And yea, he'll need a new OS...prolly XP.

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DONT get a GDDR2 8600GT, get one with GDDR3
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