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D'OH! forgot the stupid Windows, god why is that like $100! I HATE YOU MS!
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post #12 of 21
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Ok which graphics card should I pick? I decided as long as I'm under $200 I can splurge a bit more to enjoy gaming on it a bit more

XFX 7600GT - $189
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150141

XFX 7600GS - $143
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150146

Sapphire X1600PRO 512MB - $130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102653

Asus X1600XT Silent - $180
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814121548

So which should I get? I like the Asus because its totally passive and silent, the X1600PRO is 512MB, the 7600GS is cheapest and can be overclocked to the 7600GT or higher....
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I decided to go with the X1600XT, the combination of the silent heatpipe cooler and the fact that it had the highest clock speeds won me over, plus I miss HDR + AA already
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Whoah Whoah Whoah, slow down here guys. Thing about this for a second, look at what you're upgrading from... and what it will be used for.

http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Acer-...oductDetail.do

That'll do the job just fine. You can't get a much better deal than that... with Windows, monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, and printer. Just maybe buy a stick of 256mb RAM and it'd be a steal!
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And toss the future out the windows. Hey I like that. Toss the future out the Windows

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I am never ever buying a prebuilt ever again. Note that there is a period on that sentence!
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And when it breaks? Who is your grandmother going to call? I think a pre-built is the way to go. I don't care how good you are at things, you don't want to be 24/7 on call...
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Whoah Whoah Whoah, slow down here guys. Thing about this for a second, look at what you're upgrading from... and what it will be used for.

http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Acer-...oductDetail.do

That'll do the job just fine. You can't get a much better deal than that... with Windows, monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, and printer. Just maybe buy a stick of 256mb RAM and it'd be a steal!
I guess--but that kinda takes the fun out of it....

Been catching up on the thread--I was doing some fairly intensive research on a budget build myself and overlooked the Celly D--I wanted budget dual core--but that price is ridiculous.

Expect to pay $140 for XP pro SP2 OEM (the Egg, of course)...

You think an 80 gig HDD will do it? If you go for an X1800 AIW for about $300 you could set her up with her own HTPC and she could record Oprah and Dr. Phil and stuff....and then you'd have a much better card than that X1600. Plus the remote is so cool--and the ability to transfer VCR tapes and whatever to the HDD would be kinda nice--all those family vacation movies right there at your finger tips (lol).

That would be my only strong advice--go with an AIW--it'll make that new rig right at home in the living room hooked to that gigantic HDTV your Aunt will want to by after you upgrade witht he HDTV Wonder for picture in pictrue bliss.

Don't forget Surround Sound "You've got mail, mail mail mail mail....." for that Home Theatre on the cheap set up.

All jesting aside looks like a solid and compatible build--I was eyeing that board but went for an ECS MicroATX with an ATI 200 2D/3D sclhepper to hold me over till I can spring for the X1900 AIW.

Good Luck!
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Lol @ the last 2 posts, first of all its for my aunt not grandmother and I am already the 24/7 on call person for the whole family so its no big deal

And Cyber Druid, my budget is $700.....and also Windows XP Home OEM is $80 at the egg.

Anyhow I have made some changes so now this shall be known as the "Cheap Pentium 4 build" since I decided to go with a P4 631 Cedar Mill. Will update original post and thread title....
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I am already the 24/7 on call person for the whole family so its no big deal
As am I My "extended family" as well as friends...

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