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**Still a work in progress**

I already made a list of build costs for price ranges. I thought I would add a little to it and share it with people that could benefit from it. Most of these are personal preference, but if you have significant evidence that a part is bad, I will happily change it. I hope this helps people decide on parts for builds.

Note: I saw a thread like this a long time ago (a few months) and I can't find it and it was out of date. I will try to keep this up to date if it is a big hit.

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CPU: Lets stick with Intel
CPU Cooler: Thermalright, Tuniq, Zalman
Motherboard: EVGA (probably best for Nvidia), XFX, Gigabyte, ASUS, DFI
RAM: Crucial, Corsair, G.Skill
Power supplies: Corsair, PC Power & Cooling, Silverstone, Seasonic, Antec (only the higher end models),
Cases: Antec, Coolermaster, Lian Li, Silverstone


All prices are without OS or peripherals. They are about $50 less than specified cost to cover shipping.
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Super Budget $260 -Credit to Darkice
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Case Athena Power - $18
CPU Intel E1200 - $49
Motherboard Foxconn 45CMX - $44
GPU XFX GeForce 7300GT - $32
HDD EXCELSTOR Jupiter Series 250GB - $49
DVD-D ASUS Dive - $11
CPU cooler ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro - $31
PSU hec HP585D - $21

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<$450 Build -Credit to Chozart
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Case: Rosewill R222-P-BK - $19.99
Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-P31-S3G - $64.99
GPU: ASUS EN9600GSO - $109.99
PSU: FSP Group SAGA+ 450R 450W - $56.99
CPU: Intel E2160 -$70
HD: HITACHI Deskstar 7K160 160GB - $41.99
CPU Cooler: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler $26.9

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<$600 Build
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CPU: Intel E2160 -$70
CPU Cooler: XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 -$37
Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-P31 -$65
RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 800MHz -$85
Hard Drive: Seagate 7200.10 250GB -$57
PSU: Antec earthwatts EA500 500W -$60
GPU: EVGA 9600GT -$150
Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 -$50

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<$700 Build
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CPU: Intel E2160 -$70
CPU Cooler: Tuniq Tower -$50
Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L -$90
RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 800MHz -$85
Hard Drive: Seagate 7200.10 250GB -$57
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W -$100
GPU: EVGA 512-P3-N800-TR GeForce 8800 GT 512MB -$160
Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 -$50

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<$800 Build
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CPU: Intel E7200 -$130
CPU Cooler:Tuniq Tower -$50
Mobo:GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L -$90
RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 800MHz -$85
Hard Drive: Western Digital 500GB AAKS -$85
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W -$100
GPU: EVGA 512-P3-N800-TR GeForce 8800 GT 512MB -$160
Case: Cooler Master 690 -$85

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<$1000 Build -At this point you need to decide what the PC will be used for: Game or work.
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CPU: Intel E8400 -$190 or Intel Q6600 -$200
CPU Cooler:Tuniq Tower -$50
Mobo: DFI BloodIron P35 -$115
RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 800MHz -$85
HD: Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB -$70
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W -$100
GPU: EVGA 9800GTX -$200
Case:Cooler Master 690 -$85


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$1500 Build +
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CPU: Intel E8400 -$190 or Intel Q6600 -$200 -Also consider the Q9450 -$340
CPU Cooler:Tuniq Tower -$50 or a TRUE
Mobo: EVGA 780i SLI -$240
RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 800MHz -$85
HD: Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB -$70; RAID0 for $140; Possibly look into Raptors depending on space required
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W -$100 -May want to upgrade to Corsair 650W ($110) or 750W ($130)
GPU: EVGA 9800GTX -$200, in SLI -$400
Case:Cooler Master 690 -$85

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Monitors:
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20in WS:
Budget: Acer 20in -$200
Higher Quality: SAMSUNG 2032NW -$230

22in WS:
Budget: Acer P223Wwd - $200
Higher Quality: SAMSUNG 2253BW -$290

24in WS:
Budget: Acer AL2416WBsd -$360
Higher Quality: SAMSUNG 2493HM -$490

In my opinion, it is not worth getting a 26in monitor since its the same resolution as a 24. Then next monitor that I would get would be a Samsung 30in, but those are crazy expensive.

Highest Quality Monitors: NEC S-PVA monitors are amazing. If you have the money its worth it.


**As far as brands: Acer makes great LCDs. They would be the only brand that I would buy a budget monitor from. In general, the Samsung monitors have higher quality in terms of actual contrast and clarity of image.
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Once You Have the Computer:
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1. Overclock Essentials Thread.
2. Since you have your new computer, FOLD! Folding @ Home Essentials Thread.

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I will update more later, probably tomorrow. Also, suggestions are welcome.

Feel free to bump to keep this visible to members looking to build new rigs.

Edited by mortimersnerd - 6/30/08 at 2:59pm
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post #2 of 52
Nice little guide!

FYI, if you cut the $600 kit back from 4gb of RAM, to 2gb, you might be able to get a 9600GT (or just save some money).

Other than that it looks great.

I don't know if you would want to throw this in, but Ebay always has great prices on old items, like 7900GT 's for $60. Then of course there is always the "For Sale" section and their killer deals.
    
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Nice little guide!

FYI, if you cut the $600 kit back from 4gb of RAM, to 2gb, you might be able to get a 9600GT (or just save some money).

Other than that it looks great.

I don't know if you would want to throw this in, but Ebay always has great prices on old items, like 7900GT 's for $60. Then of course there is always the "For Sale" section and their killer deals.
Thanks for the suggestion. Usually in the price range, they arent for gaming, or not hardcore... The 4GB of ram usually makes the computer seem fast for the average user. I will add that though.
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nice... i thought i saw one just like this when i first joined. good to see that it is being kept up with the times.
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nice... i thought i saw one just like this when i first joined. good to see that it is being kept up with the times.
yeah, I saw one about 3 months ago, but even then it was outdated. I can't find it now, but its probably irrelevant with how much technology has changed
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why the 8600GT with DDR2 Vram
    
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why the 8600GT with DDR2 Vram
Got a different suggestion thats the same price?
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Made some changes based on the suggestions.
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I must see 5 posts a day from New members that are names "Advice for $600 build" or "Help me spend $800".

Great info here...I'm going to keep bumping this so it stays on PG.1
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typo in the >1000 build it says >100
IMO people dont need 500gigs of storage. I just use my comp for gaming and music and i havent even filled up my 160gig hard drive...just a thought
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