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I'm building my first PC, and my budget is $400. I already have a harddrive, CD-RW, monitor, keyboard, and mouse.

Here's what I think I'm going to get:

CPU and Mobo (and CPU Fan):
ABIT KN8 SLI NVIDIA Socket 939 ATX Motherboard and an AMD Athlon 64 3000+ 1.80GHz Processor with Fan
$259.99

Case:
Premium Doom 2535 Black ATX Mid-Tower Case with Front USB and Audio Ports and 400-Watt 20/24-Pin Power Supply
$37.99

RAM:
G.SKILL 512MB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) System Memory
$34.99

Video Card:
Sapphire ATI Radeon X1300 Pro 256MB DVI/VGA/TV-Out PCI-Express Video Card
$100.00

Total: about $430 (just a little over my budget, but that's OK)


If anyone could give me any tips, or build me a better rig, please do.
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post #2 of 35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814119151
graphics card..x700 much better deal.
supports openGL 2.0, memory is GDDR3, clocks @ 400/860
    
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post #3 of 35
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To be honest with you, the one thing I didn't want to change about this rig is the VC because of all the features in the new line (HDR, Pixel Shader 3.0, DX9c, Vivo, etc). I'm willing to have performance loss.
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post #4 of 35
that x1300 is about in line with a 6600gt so its not that great, and why get a sli board if your gonna get an ati? also id skip tiger direct and just get a motherboard from newegg for about $80 and a 3200+ venice for 150.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Jazino
that x1300 is about in line with a 6600gt so its not that great, and why get a sli board if your gonna get an ati? also id skip tiger direct and just get a motherboard from newegg for about $80 and a 3200+ venice for 150.
Any specifics (or links for that matter)?
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here is an article, it is a good idea however to get shader 3.0, vivo just make sure you need them, i really dont know what vivo does by all nvidia's 6 and 7 series have sm 3.0 which is very important. http://www.extremetech.com/article2/...1875352,00.asp

Excerpt from article: What can we say, except that we're terribly disappointed in the Radeon X1300 Pro. It's really important that low-cost graphics cards deliver ever-increasing performance with each generation, even more so than the high-end cards. These are the cards that sell in really big numbers, and in order for 3D software to move forward, the cards in this price range need to make big leaps.

The X1300 Pro doesn't make big leaps. In some ways, it's a step backward.

newegg: cpu $152 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103535
newegg: mobo: $64 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813152049
that is 200mhz better cpu and a decent mobo for $216. you could either upgrade vid card or mobo with the remaining money.
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post #7 of 35
Do you already have a PSU?
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post #8 of 35
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I'm set on getting this X1300 Pro. (Just something I need to do.)

One problem with the Mobo and CPU, they only support a 1Ghz FSB. Wouldn't I be missing out on the 2ghz FSB from the CPU and Mobo I listed?


Oh, and I don't already have a PSU.
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post #9 of 35
both motherboards are based on nforce 4 northbridge so the fsb is really the same. unless your overclocking like crazy motherboards wont make a ton of difference. you could get that motherboard and a cpu for about $190. dont forget about shipping either, thats probably another 20-25.
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post #10 of 35
here's a mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128306
and your cpu
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103537
and with a A64 you'll get better performance with dual channel RAM. so if you only want 512mb you should really get 2x256
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145477
Also, take a look at Aspire for a cheap case. they make good cases for cheap.
As far as video goes... you should really take a look at a 6600GT or an ATIx700Pro. the 6600GT is better than the x700 though. as far as vivo. that is just video in/video out. you can get most cards with that option. and all 6 and 7 series nvidia cards have shader model 3
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