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I am building a budget pc for my girlfriend while she saves up for and Alienware or and XPS. She will be using it for email, web surfing, etc and some gaming. She does more gaming on PS2 and XBOX than PC but she would like to get into World Of Warcraft and Black and White 2. She is not into FPS games. This is the basic configuration:

ABIT KN8 Ultra Socket 939 nForce 4 Ultra $105.00
Sapphire 100129L Radeon X800 GTO 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x 16 $169.00
Cooler Master Real Power RS - 450W power supply $59.99
AMD Athalon 64 3200+ Venice Socket 939 $166.00
Corsair Valueset 1GB (2 x 512) DDR400 Dual Channel Kit $72.50
Plextor IDE DVD Burner PX-740A BP $62.99

I am going to use a plain beige ATX mid tower case and 2 x 60GB Maxtor IDE Hard Drives from another computer. The other parts should run me about $640.00 from Newegg. My cost range is between $500-$600, so I think that is pretty close. Please let me know if you see any compatibility errors, if there is a way that I can get it closer to $500 without giving up much performance, or just what you think about it. Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 13
That sytem would be better than a base model alienware!
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post #3 of 13
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I think she is going for an Aurora desktop replpacement. Hopefully it isn't only for the "pretty blue color" LOL

Think that I could downgrade the graphics card to get closer to $500? I would like to keep it at 8 to 12 pipelines and 256 MB though.
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post #4 of 13
Might want to replace 3200 with an Opteron socket 939, you can get a 146 for 150ish (most places are out of stock but get more within days or a week) and it has 1mb l2cache and the same stepping as the san diego/fx series.
You could get an opteron 144 but they're only a few $ cheaper, but either way they're both better than a 3200 w/the extra l2 cache.

link to a 146 opty s939
http://www.dreamhardware.com/product...duct_id=407177

Also might want to look into a Nvidia card, something like a 6600gt, they're not as great with fps but they have support for pixel shader 3, which ATI doesn't have. They're also a good bit cheaper, after rebate you can probably pick one up for 110-120 range.
post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by FoRmEd
That sytem would be better than a base model alienware!
That system will be better than the Alienware or XPS, Just buy a nice case to put it all in.
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post #6 of 13
might want to check out monarchcomputers.com they have good deals on a mobo+cpu combos...
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post #7 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by NipDar
I am building a budget pc for my girlfriend while she saves up for and Alienware or and XPS. She will be using it for email, web surfing, etc and some gaming. She does more gaming on PS2 and XBOX than PC but she would like to get into World Of Warcraft and Black and White 2. She is not into FPS games. This is the basic configuration:

ABIT KN8 Ultra Socket 939 nForce 4 Ultra $105.00
Sapphire 100129L Radeon X800 GTO 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x 16 $169.00
Cooler Master Real Power RS - 450W power supply $59.99
AMD Athalon 64 3200+ Venice Socket 939 $166.00
Corsair Valueset 1GB (2 x 512) DDR400 Dual Channel Kit $72.50
Plextor IDE DVD Burner PX-740A BP $62.99

I am going to use a plain beige ATX mid tower case and 2 x 60GB Maxtor IDE Hard Drives from another computer. The other parts should run me about $640.00 from Newegg. My cost range is between $500-$600, so I think that is pretty close. Please let me know if you see any compatibility errors, if there is a way that I can get it closer to $500 without giving up much performance, or just what you think about it. Thanks in advance.
If you know how to assemble a computer, why in God's name would you let her buy a Dell or Alienware?? Price it out, you can buy the exact same components inside either of those with higher quality and STILL come out way ahead.
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post #8 of 13
OMG, that's a budget PC? Wow, then mine is complete trash...
post #9 of 13
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She wants to buy a laptop.

I agree with what you said and I am already planning on buildiing myself another computer that has all the top specs for about half the retail price. This comp is just to keep her going till we sort it out.
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKX 500 GB Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKS 500 GB SAMSUNG 840 Series MZ-7TD120BW 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
LITE-ON DVDRW LH-20A1S SATA  ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler  Windows 7 Professional x64 ViewSonic VX2753mh-LED Black 27" 1920 x 1080 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
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MouseMouse PadAudioOther
Logitech Anywhere MX Staples Ergonomic One Sennheiser Wireless RS160 D-Link Xtreme N Gaming Router DGL-4500 
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AMD Phenom II X4 965 Deneb RB-C3 ASUS M5A97 R2.0 GeForce GTX 550 Ti G.SKILL Ripjaws Series (2 x 2 GB) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKX 500 GB Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKS 500 GB SAMSUNG 840 Series MZ-7TD120BW 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
LITE-ON DVDRW LH-20A1S SATA  ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler  Windows 7 Professional x64 ViewSonic VX2753mh-LED Black 27" 1920 x 1080 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 2263BW 1680 x 1050 Logitech K800 Seasonic X Series 750w Very Old Gateway 300 Series Full Tower Modded a... 
MouseMouse PadAudioOther
Logitech Anywhere MX Staples Ergonomic One Sennheiser Wireless RS160 D-Link Xtreme N Gaming Router DGL-4500 
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post #10 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by NipDar
She wants to buy a laptop.

I agree with what you said and I am already planning on buildiing myself another computer that has all the top specs for about half the retail price. This comp is just to keep her going till we sort it out.
Ohhh, sorry, I didn't read the laptop part of it
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Intel 2500k Asus P8P67 Galaxy GTX580 8GB G Skill Ripjaws 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Intel 80 gb SSD, Raptor 150 Windows 7 Home Premium 24" Samsung LCD Saitek Eclipse 
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PCP&C 750W Antec P180 Logitech MX-510 blue 
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Intel 2500k Asus P8P67 Galaxy GTX580 8GB G Skill Ripjaws 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Intel 80 gb SSD, Raptor 150 Windows 7 Home Premium 24" Samsung LCD Saitek Eclipse 
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PCP&C 750W Antec P180 Logitech MX-510 blue 
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