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post #1 of 13
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My friend wants me to build a PC for him with a $500 budget. Since I'm more familiar with the Intels, I will be building a Intel rig on a tight budget. What can I buy with $500 (he already has a monitor). I was thinking like a 2.4ghz Pentium 4, 6600 AGP8x, 512mb PC3200, 120gig HDD.

Edit\\\\something like this setup:
Pentium 4 2.4ghz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819116178 $120
6600 AGP8x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130232 $115
512 PC3200 Value http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820223009 $35
80gig HDD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822144102 $50
Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811147011 $50
Gigabyte Mobo http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128242 $60

^And all under $500.
post #2 of 13
why don't you get him a socket 754 system? they're pretty cheap.
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make sure its the ht 2.4 w/ 800fsb, other than that it looks okay. whats he gonna do with it?
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Originally Posted by OtherMike
make sure its the ht 2.4 w/ 800fsb, other than that it looks okay. whats he gonna do with it?
He wants a basic gaming PC. Whoever he is only a novice at using PCs (lol he had soo many unnecessary programs, spyware, adware, trojans on his PC, and thus was slowing his AMD 1.3ghz by a lot, so he wants a new PC).
post #5 of 13
i was gonna find you a link for the 2.4 ht 800fsb but they dont have it on newegg anymore, i guess i was wrong
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I need more opinions guys
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opinion? get a 9800pro, thats my opinion, but some would say the 6600 is better.
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post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by OtherMike
opinion? get a 9800pro, thats my opinion, but some would say the 6600 is better.
I was thinking about that too, but since I myself have an Nvidia card, it'll just be easier for me to install the drivers and overclock using coolbits.
post #9 of 13
Start off with a barebones kit (like this one) - for ~200 (eBay)
6600gt - 100(eBay)
1gb RAM - 100 anywhere
250gb SATA HD - 100 (eBay)

It's basic and works, I guess. It's about 500...plus a little. But the barebones helps make the process nice and simple, even though the Processor is a celeron with a 533fsb. But that's what I ran and it worked great. There is that great of a difference between that and the pentium equivalent, none that he'll notice.
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by tomasro
Start off with a barebones kit (like this one) - for ~200 (eBay)
6600gt - 100(eBay)
1gb RAM - 100 anywhere
250gb SATA HD - 100 (eBay)

It's basic and works, I guess. It's about 500...plus a little. But the barebones helps make the process nice and simple, even though the Processor is a celeron with a 533fsb. But that's what I ran and it worked great. There is that great of a difference between that and the pentium equivalent, none that he'll notice.
Thanks for the suggestions, but he does not wish to buy off of Ebay or any other auction sites. We still stick with Newegg, Monarch, TigerDirect, etc.
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