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I'm trying to build a budget gamer computer for my little bro. And this is what I've come up with. Does anyone know of any plus or down sides to this setup?

Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...185-026&depa=0

CPU
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...112-196&depa=1

Memory
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...223-009&depa=1

Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...140-017&depa=1

HDD
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...148-015&depa=1

Optical Drive
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...106-822&depa=1

Case
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...105-115&depa=1

Extra Fan (For a rear exhaust...this seems a little expensive for n xtra fan)
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...129-016&depa=0

Any suggestions what so ever. This setup is actually a little bit over the "budget" so spending too much more is gonna be kinda hard.

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Mobo is bad, PC Chips is not a well kiled manufacturer, the best sign of that is the warning that says This item is warranted through the product manufacturer only. [/B]:popupWin('policy','http://www.newegg.com/app/PolicyNonRefundable.asp',580,400,100,100,1,1);]

Celeron D is better than normal celeron, so it would work, just not for hardcore apps and demanding games.

The RAM is sufficient, not great, but not horrible.

The vid is OK.

Good HDD for a starter.

Good CD-RW

everything else is good.

That wil make a good starter system, one that he will have fun upgrading in the future. I say go for it.
 

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If you want budget gaming pcs... I'm sorry to say this cause I'm an Intel man (for now
), but change to AMD. you'll get better performance and cheaper prices.
Here's a good setup (I know it's a bit more expensive but I promise you won't be sorry
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CPU: http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduc...103-486&DEPA=0

Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...127-181&depa=1

The rest is ok. If you don't have enough money for that, I think you should save for it, cause it'd be a pc to last quite some time

Just my 2 cents
 

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are you gonna overclock it? if so, your stock heatsink won't work. are you gonna oc it, cuz i might be able to make a suggestion as to what you'd wanna get for a hsf combo...
 

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its not for me... if i were building me a PC for OC'ing i don't think it would be an intel. surely not a prescot as they (by word of mouth) are very expensive to keep cool, even fresh out of the box.

thank you for the motherboard recommendation. as far as price/cpu ratio. i've done some research. ever since i started configuring my rig about a year ago. now i'm on to my third configuration. socket A AMD, or socket 478 motherboards are my only fault. i made a pretty great choice for my rig, as it took me about a month to finally decide (on just the mobo) but for my last config, i didn't do so well. I don't like being limited in money when i'm chosing, especially when i'm as limited as 400-450$ for the entire system.

jack- LoL, i dont think so buddy, if my lavish rig didn't get a 64bit cpu.... over my dead body will my little brother be gettin one that he doesn't have to pay for! :shades2: The CPU and the mobo look like nice choices though. Just way outta his league.

So what exactly do they mean when describing a FSB as "Integrated into the chip", wheres the frequency?
 

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If you want a budget gaming pc, I would go for an AMD XP Cpu and a shuttle AN35 motherboard.

And amd of about 1.6ghz will get you better performance than that celeron.
 

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Originally Posted by Evil XP2400

If you want a budget gaming pc, I would go for an AMD XP Cpu and a shuttle AN35 motherboard.

And amd of about 1.6ghz will get you better performance than that celeron.

I am an Intel guy, but I would have to agree with Evil on that one. AMD has dropped their prices much more than Intel has for comparable products. I would go with:

http://secure.newegg.com/app/shoppin...tem=19-103-506

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...150-045&depa=0

I would also seriously consider getting a video card off of Ebay. You can probably find a very nice used one for the same price as a brand new piece low end card. The FX5200 does not do very well in gaming, at all. It performs about the same as a Geforce 4 MX420. You could get by with it, by IMO it is going to perform horribly.
 
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i figured 533mhz FSB had to be better than 400mhz FSB, and 2.26 (or whatever the intel was) had to be better than my 2.2ghz... i can't say it surprises me that this 80$ intel isn't better than my 200$ AMD (might've been 300, but i wanna say 300 is 100 too much...i can't remember, i know i didn't buy it)

so scratch the cheapo intel idea and stick with my family of choice (AMD). leaving me with no doubt about what kind of motherboard to buy. I love the on i am using, and it'll work on the CPU he will get. It'll also be real easy to teach him how to do everything specific for his mobo being that i have already had experience with one. and i'm going to give him my old cd burner....so the price is fixing to change alot. i'll see what room i have for improvement.

thanks for all the input guys! as always, overclock is a great help
 

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yeah, i have a 5200 and a 5600, and man, let me tell you the difference the 5600 makes! it does so much better in gaming, i can't tell you off the top of my head what the difference is in 3dmarkxx (where x is a year), but i can tell you it's made such a difference. i got my 5600 from adas123


don't get a 5200, they suck, to be blatant.

hope this helps... if i were you, i'd get either a high end 5600 or a middle 6600...

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i figured 533mhz FSB had to be better than 400mhz FSB, and 2.26 (or whatever the intel was) had to be better than my 2.2ghz... i can't say it surprises me that this 80$ intel isn't better than my 200$ AMD (might've been 300, but i wanna say 300 is 100 too much...i can't remember, i know i didn't buy it)

so scratch the cheapo intel idea and stick with my family of choice (AMD). leaving me with no doubt about what kind of motherboard to buy. I love the on i am using, and it'll work on the CPU he will get. It'll also be real easy to teach him how to do everything specific for his mobo being that i have already had experience with one. and i'm going to give him my old cd burner....so the price is fixing to change alot. i'll see what room i have for improvement.

thanks for all the input guys! as always, overclock is a great help

 

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Atleast your buying sometihng for your little brother.

all my older brother is friggin smash me up and be's the biggest ******** known to man. He needs pills but he wont take them, he's a bit screwed in the head!!!
 

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lol...god that sounds bad


but yeah, a better videocard would be way better, like atvkid said, a 5600 would be a considerable upgrade, then from there a 5700 or a 9800pro. the cpu and mobo need some tweaking, thats why u should go the AMD route to save money. either a budget A64 or a nice XP 3000 would be great and not too much $$
 
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