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post #1 of 11
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ok, my friend want's his own computer. all he does is...

myspace.com
xanga.com
download music/videos
upload music to his mp3 player
burn cds
and play the occasional game

we are thinking of getting WoW or Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach

I'm trying to get the cheapest build possible that will still be pretty reliable.

Here is what I was thinking.

CPU: AMD Sempron 64 2800+ Palermo

Barebone: ASUS Vintage-AE1 AMD Socket 754 - Barebone & CPU combo - $163.99

RAM: GeIL Value 1GB (2 x 512MB) - $67.79

Video Card: ASUS Geforce 6600 128MB AGP 4X/8X - $88.99

Hard Drive: Western Digital 160GB - $85.00

Grand Total w/shipping - $431.86

is there a better way to go?

EDIT: Monitor will be a 19" Viewsonic CRT and the PSU would be replaced with a 450W that i have laying around.
post #2 of 11
That looks pretty good for what your friend will be using the rig for, however i'd recommend going with an athlon, semprons are horrible for gaming, other than that its a descent rig. also, if he is going to be running more demanding games and is a graphics 'whore' then you might consider a 6800 ultra 256 for a bit more money
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I would get a x1600pro as a vid card, but everything else looks fine. You can also find for around 100 bucks some no-name 6600GTs 128Mb that perform a lot better than that 6600.
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post #4 of 11
I would suggest against that barebones as it has a poor chipset affording limited overclock/performance

If wanting socket 754 check out this:

Motherboard..ALBATRON K8X250Gb Pro..here..$51.00
RAM..G.SKILL F1-3200PHU2-1GBZX pc3200 2 x 512MB..here..$85.00
Graphics/video..XFX 6600GT 128Mb GDDR3 AGP..here..$132.00
CPU..AMD SEMPRON 64 3000+..here..$85.00 or AMD MOBILE ATHLON DTR 3000+..here..$115.00
HDD..MAXTOR DIAMONDMAX10 200Gb SATA..here..$81.00

That is less than USD$470 and will give you the basis of a good sytem to exceed your needs with good overclocking options.
Just install it in a cheap case of your choice or something like..this..for $50.00 and your PSU you have along with a DVD RW and you are set for go.
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post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by xie67
I would suggest against that barebones as it has a poor chipset affording limited overclock/performance

If wanting socket 754 check out this:

Motherboard..ALBATRON K8X250Gb Pro..here..$51.00
RAM..G.SKILL F1-3200PHU2-1GBZX pc3200 2 x 512MB..here..$85.00
Graphics/video..XFX 6600GT 128Mb GDDR3 AGP..here..$132.00
CPU..AMD SEMPRON 64 3000+..here..$85.00 or AMD MOBILE ATHLON DTR 3000+..here..$115.00
HDD..MAXTOR DIAMONDMAX10 200Gb SATA..here..$81.00

That is less than USD$470 and will give you the basis of a good sytem to exceed your needs with good overclocking options.
Just install it in a cheap case of your choice or something like..this..for $50.00 and your PSU you have along with a DVD RW and you are set for go.
This isn't meant to be an overclocking rig, just something basic for him to hop on and play. For the most part that barebone got good reviews.
post #6 of 11
go here and just buy some extra parts

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...=B450-2024%20E
post #7 of 11
or here if you like celrerons better than semprons

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...?EdpNo=2078833
post #8 of 11
Actually it depends what celeron and what sempron you are talking about especially if you are overclocking as some of the semprons have very good overclocking. http://www.behardware.com/art/imprimer/510/ That link shows some performance tests between semprons and celerons and for the most part the celerons lose. That rig looks good for the price but may I suggest this video card instead.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150089

Your friend will thank you when or if he ever goes on a raid in WOW.
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post #9 of 11
Also if you have a little extra money the 3100+ sempron does offer substantial performance over a 2800+ in some things.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819104237
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post #10 of 11
here dude I have it figured out... Instead of asking all of the overclocking fiends on here, go to this site, they will hook you up.


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