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Well, I'm building a semi-low budget computer for a friend. He is looking to get into gaming. He is sick of all of his family's Macs (so he says). It is going to be Intel.
Let's start it off with a parts list:
Case: NZXT Apollo (red/orange/black) $79.99 (plus $20 MIR)
PSU: XCLIO Stablepower 500w $54.99
Motherboard: don't know (possibly DFI P35 Dark)
CPU: don't know (possibly e8400, q6600, e2180/60, e7200)
RAM: G.Skill 2x1gb pc26400 or 2x2gb kit of something (can't decide) $44.99
GFX: EVGA 8800GT $159.99 (plus $10 MIR) (or 9600gt?)
HDD: 250gb Seagate $59.99
OS: Vista home Prem 64-bit (just in case we decide 4gb) $94.99
Optical Drive: Liteon Sata DVD burner $23.99
Total is ~$518.93 - $20 rebates
That only leaves $181.07 for the mobo/proc and any additional tweaks (like more memory)
Edited by nategr8ns - 6/7/08 at 4:49am
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post #2 of 33
man $700 is a good budget it should be easy to do that. what AMD chip are u looking for? cuz if u wanted to go intel u could do an allendale core and get it to 3.2 easy and cheap. if your gonna go amd u could check out the tripple core processors are pretty cheap but i dont believe they overclock so well. and if ur not gonna do SLI video cards i would look for a gigabyte board ive tried biostar, abit and now im in love with my gigabyte its so easy to overclock and it works beautiful
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post #3 of 33
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139004
Awesome PSU .

255 for mobo and CPU?
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817182016

this is the powersupply i had before i got a good deal on the one i have now and it worked great and cheap
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post #5 of 33
the 8800GT is way better than the 9600GSO, and its only $20 more
$10 more will get you a 400GB WD
go for 4gb RAM
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post #7 of 33
Thread Starter 
255 for mobo, cpu, PSU, and any additional tweaks (like more memory/video card upgrade)
hmm... gigabyte board and that corsair PSU...
I'll wait for some more comments before I make any final decisions though
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post #8 of 33
I think the build in my sig is good for budget gaming $700

http://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/...Number=4859845

E2180
DFI BloodIron
8800 GTS 512
XClio Stable power 500 watts
320 gig WD AAKS
20 x DVDRW SATA
TT120
post #9 of 33
Or give E7200 a thought. A $139, should get the 9600GT, 8800GT or 3870. A good 500W PSU should be fine. Corsair 550vx is a good PSU at a good price.
post #10 of 33
Thread Starter 
k, I'll think about the e7200 too, but I had heard it doesn't overclock nearly as well as the 2180 and 8400

+s given out to everybody who's helped out
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