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post #1 of 20
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I have about 500< dollars to spend on a new build.

I do not know where to start, Mobo - i have no clue wich one to get.

I allready have 1gig ddr and ddr2 ram so i would like a mobo with slots for them both.

Also what cpu should I get? (under 150$)

Thanks For reading.
I will take any help.
post #2 of 20
First comes first... what would you like to do with your new build?

Edit: also... you can't have slots for both DDR and DDR2. Sry. You gotta pick one (you'll be better off with DDR2).
Edited by dglkn - 6/1/08 at 1:58am
    
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post #3 of 20
I'm afraid you can only use one of thos chips either dd1 or ddr2, it's harder to chose a mobo for ram chips rather than the other way around.

What are you going to use this machine for by the way? This will dictate what components you want to use.
post #4 of 20
yea what are u gonna use this for gaming? work? movies?
post #5 of 20
Thread Starter 
Darn, so now i need to spend some more money on ram.
Ill be playing counterstrike doing the every day computer things.
Also i will need a mildly fast (OCed) cpu.

Mostly games, some movies here and there and work but i dont know what that has to do with any computer components.
post #6 of 20
If you play alot games you need high spec components, higher the spec = more expensive.

For 500 starting from scratch, have a look around for a cheap case, cases from gigabyte and nzxt are usually quite cheap for a decent case. For example a gigabyte triton, what I have, only cost me 44 euro, I'll leave you to do the currency conversion

I'll have a look around for some components that might add up to that number in the mean time unless anyone has any suggestions?
post #7 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thanks waynex, I could probaly juce out 650 - 700 $ on my computer.
post #8 of 20
Here's my shot at it.

These are all from newegg.com

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 ($131.99)

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-G31M-S2L LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard ($64.99)

Case: Cooler Master Centurion 5 ($49.99)

GPU: XFX Geforce 8600GT 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI-E x16 ($85.99)

PSU: Thermaltake 430W ($40.99)

RAM: G-skill 2GB (2x1GB) 240-pin DDR2 800Mhz Dual Channel ($44.99)

HDD: Western Digital Caviar SE 160GB 7200RPM Sata3.0 OEM ($44.99)

Optical: Samsung 20x DVD+R DVD Burner ($29.99)

Total: $493.92

That will max out CS:S no problem

This, of course... is assuming you already have a monitor, keyboard, and mouse...
    
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post #9 of 20
I'm thinking for that price range, AMD are your best shop for a mobo and cpu.

Have a look at the Athlon 64 x2 range, these go with the AM2 or AM2+ chipsets which amd have on offer. You can get quite a cheap and overclockable combo here.

Ram really wont set you back that far, you can get 2048mb of high quality ddr2 ram for less than 50euro.

The PSU is what you need to be careful with, cheap psu's can come back to haunt you.
Go with nothing less than 550watt I think.

If your looking for specific items:
Case : APLUS Case Qubic [35euro]
PSU: AXP Powersupply ATX 630W [52euro]
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ [105euro]
Mobo: ABIT AX78, AMD 770, Socket-AM2+ [60euro]
Graphics card: Gainward GeForce 8600GT 512MB GDDR3 [76euro]

You can definetly get these components cheaper elsewhere, this is Ireland I'm living in (most expensive country in europe for a lot of things, second most expensive for the rest). I reckon you can save 100 dollars on these prices in total by shopping around.

This all comes to 320ish euro, which is just 500 dollars. You need to check the cruicial memory selector if your going to buy more ram. http://www.komplett.ie/k/kc.aspx?bn=10232

Of course this is all assuming you've got a monitor/keyboard/mouse lying around.

Post edit: Oops I forgot a optical drive didn't I...
Edited by waynex - 6/1/08 at 3:31am
post #10 of 20
Thread Starter 
Haha, yes i do have plenty of monitors keyboards and mouses.
But how bout a 8800 gt and a little better mobo.
Something with more than 2 pci slots.

Also, is it hard to install a cpu, lots of people have told me it is.
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