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My friend asked me, casually, if I could put something together for around $500. He mentioned something about playing starcraft (can't believe people still play that), but I don't want to give him a gimped machine only to have him *****ing he can't play *insert newer game here*. So I'm looking to see where $500 can go.
I did some looking myself and was thinking an e2180 system w/ a GA-EP35-DS3L and a BFG 8800GT OC, but I'm still not sure if that's going to be a little much for him; it came out to just over $500 before tax and shipping.

This is a full system build, HDD, PSU, case etc.

Keep in mind, I'm Canadian and I'll be doing my shopping via Ncix.com, so no Newegg price lists please.
    
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500.00 dosent get much.But should be a decent for playing most games on med.The E2180 is a good chip o/c's well and is a MO.Sounds good to me.
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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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the 500 buck budget is really hard to work with... but here's what i come up with

Gigabyte GA-P35-S3G -- $86.09
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...cture=Gigabyte

Palit GeForce 9600 GSO -- $124.99
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...media%20Inc%2E

Intel E2180 -- $97
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...ufacture=Intel

OCZ Gold XTC PC2-6400 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-800 -- $37.99
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...Z%20Technology

Thermaltake Wing RS 100 Piano Black ATX Mid Tower Case -- $37.73
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...re=THERMALTAKE

OCZ StealthXStream OCZ500SXS 500W -- $46.99
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...Z%20Technology

Western Digital SE16 320GB SATA2 7200RPM 16MB Cache -- $62.44
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...20Digital%20WD

this will bring the grand total to 493.21 dollars

but if your friend have a couple of tens to add then he can get a DVD writer as well
LG G-H20NS10 Black DVD+RW - $32.14
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...%20Electronics

that's about it... hope it will help your friend...

ps: i think he's talking about the new starcraft 2, but bleh
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post #5 of 12
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Thanks guys. This was the input I was looking for.
I haven't heard anything about the 9600gso, but if it fits in between the 8800gt and the 8600gt, performance wise, then it's exactly what I need to fill out the build.
If he does end up having me build the system, I'll throw in a dvd burner I've got kicking around and give him a 19" crt that's taking up a lot of space.

So after some price matching, I cam up with this:
CPU - E2160 @ $65
MOBO - GA-P35-S3G @ $73.54
RAM - OCZ Gold XTC PC2-6400 2GB @ $55.65
GPU - Palit GeForce 9600 GSO @ $124.99
PSU - Coolermaster Extreme Power 500W @ $39.96
HDD - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 160GB @ $46.49
Case - Thermaltake Wing RS 100 Piano @ $38.50
Total = $444.13 before taxes, shipping and rebates (I think you can still take advantage of the manufacturer's rebates after price matching)

So how does that look?

BTW, k1t, he was talking about the first starcraft.
    
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post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by Iconoclast View Post
Thanks guys. This was the input I was looking for.
I haven't heard anything about the 9600gso, but if it fits in between the 8800gt and the 8600gt, performance wise, then it's exactly what I need to fill out the build.
The 9600GSO is a rebranded 8800GS. It is a LOT more powerful than a 8600GT. It performs closer to a 9600GT.
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Originally Posted by Iconoclast View Post
Thanks guys. This was the input I was looking for.
I haven't heard anything about the 9600gso, but if it fits in between the 8800gt and the 8600gt, performance wise, then it's exactly what I need to fill out the build.
If he does end up having me build the system, I'll throw in a dvd burner I've got kicking around and give him a 19" crt that's taking up a lot of space.

So after some price matching, I cam up with this:
CPU - E2160 @ $65
MOBO - GA-P35-S3G @ $73.54
RAM - OCZ Gold XTC PC2-6400 2GB @ $55.65
GPU - Palit GeForce 9600 GSO @ $124.99
PSU - Coolermaster Extreme Power 500W @ $39.96
HDD - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 160GB @ $46.49
Case - Thermaltake Wing RS 100 Piano @ $38.50
Total = $444.13 before taxes, shipping and rebates (I think you can still take advantage of the manufacturer's rebates after price matching)

So how does that look?

BTW, k1t, he was talking about the first starcraft.
9600GSO is rebranded 8800GS. A good 400W PSU with 24A on 12v rails should be fine so make sure you pick a good PSU at your price range.
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/E...800_GS/21.html
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9600GSO is rebranded 8800GS. A good 400W PSU with 24A on 12v rails should be fine so make sure you pick a good PSU at your price range.
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/E...800_GS/21.html
So are you saying the psu I chose isn't up to snuff with the rest of the specs there?
    
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So are you saying the psu I chose isn't up to snuff with the rest of the specs there?
The Extreme Power 500W should be fine but just isn't good as the real power series.
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The Extreme Power 500W should be fine but just isn't good as the real power series.
Gotta link?
    
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