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So my friend comes up to me and wants to ditch his Dell for a decent budget PC that he's probably going to want to do some gaming on, so far I have chosen these parts and it's pretty good selection overall. And like I said before, his budget is $600 no ifs, ands, or buts.<br />
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Case: <b>Antec Nine Hundred</b> (I'm using my employee discount for this one - <font color="SeaGreen">$92.99</font>)<br />
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Motherboard: <b>Asus P5L-MX</b> <font color="SeaGreen">$75.99</font><br />
<a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16813131041" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16813131041</a><br />
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Video Card: <b>Sapphire Radeon X1600 Pro OC Edition Crossfire Ready</b> <font color="SeaGreen">$92.99</font><br />
<a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16814102019" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16814102019</a><br />
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Power Supply: <b>Thermaltake TR2 430W</b> <font color="SeaGreen">$39.99</font><br />
<a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16817153023" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16817153023</a><br />
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Processor: <b>Intel Pentium D 805 Smithfield</b> <font color="SeaGreen">$97.99</font><br />
<a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16819116001" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16819116001</a><br />
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Memory: <b>CORSAIR ValueSelect 2 x 512MB DDR2 667</b> <font color="SeaGreen">$103.99</font><br />
<a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16820145568" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16820145568</a><br />
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Hard Drive: <b>Seagate Barracuda 160GB Sata II</b> <font color="SeaGreen">$57.99</font><br />
<a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16822148149" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16822148149</a><br />
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CD/DVD Drive: <b>LITE-ON 16X DVD+-R DVD Burner</b> <font color="SeaGreen">$29.99</font><br />
<a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16827106013" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16827106013</a><br />
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Is that looking good so far? He really doesn't know much about computers, I might OC just a LITTLE bit for him when he gets a nice HSF or something, and he isn't a hardcore gamer but he likes to play some games occassionally, don't really need a top of the line or an overkill rig. I appreciate any comments or suggestions for replacement items that are the same price.<br />
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Discuss!<br />
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<b>EDIT: Can anyone find a nice motherboard with the same support for Pentium D, possible C2D, but with 4 RAM slots? Maybe some Overclockability? (I'm sure he's going to want to get up to 2 GB of RAM and go Core 2 Duo eventually. Thanks again in advance.</b><br />
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<b>EDIT 2: Thanks Chozart, well the Antec Nine Hundred just plain kicks ass and he loves it after seeing mine.</b>
 

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The Antec Nine Hundred takes up a little too much of that budget. And why an mATX motherboard? Let me take a look at this <img src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
 

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I'd get something cheaper in terms of case... but otherwise I like the build. I might use it for my friend cept I'll OC it to like 3.5Ghz or something like that. <img src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" />
 

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Case: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16811119068" target="_blank">COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel</a> $44.99<br />
MoBo: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16813128025" target="_blank">GIGABYTE GA-945PL-S3 Socket T (LGA 775) Intel 945PL Express</a> $84.99<br />
PSU: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817104954" target="_blank">FSP Group (Fortron Source) AX450-PN, 12cm FAN</a> $51.99<br />
CPU: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.asp?DEPA=0&type=&Description=D+915&Submit=ENE&N=0&Ntk=all" target="_blank">Intel Pentium D 915 Presler 2.8GHz LGA 775</a> $119.99<br />
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Well.. Even though that Antec is nice, it's just too expensive for that kind of budget imo. DO NOT get that Thermaltake PSU... 18A on the 12V rails is not enough. The FSP I linked has 29A on dual 12V rails.
 

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I think a GA-965P-S3 would be good cause you can drop a core2 in it. Otherwise, looking good <img src="/images/smilies/thumb.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Thumb" class="inlineimg" />
 

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The GA-965P-S3 would indeed be nice. However, I picked the GA-945PL-S3, since he mentioned only mild overclocking, and it saves about $30 <img src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" /><br />
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See my previous post... with those changes, you will have much better performance (D<br />
915 beats the D 805 easily... higher FSB, double the amount of Cache..what's not to like for about $25 more). The total cost will still be below $600 (excluding shipping). I think saving on the case is more than worth it. Why offer so much performance for just a case
 

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I was actually thinking between the Asus and the GA-945PL-S3, but I didn't see any real reviews on it except for that one. But the case is going to be bought tomorrow, and the other parts will be ordered later tomorrow.<br />
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Chozart, do you suggest any other cases that look unique? He really really wants the Nine Hundred, but maybe something else can catch his eye.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">The GA-965P-S3 would indeed be nice. However, I picked the GA-945PL-S3, since he mentioned only mild overclocking, and it saves about $30 <img src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" /><br />
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See my previous post... with those changes, you will have much better performance (D<br />
915 beats the D 805 easily... higher FSB, double the amount of Cache..what's not to like for about $25 more). The total cost will still be below $600 (excluding shipping). I think saving on the case is more than worth it. Why offer so much performance for just a case</div>

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</div>I have the Ga 945p-s3 and it overclocks really nicley. I can get 3.8 out of mine!
 

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Well.. I didn't go for 'unique', but tha Coolermaster is well built.<br />
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The Asus board yuo picked is mATX with onboard video, which generally is bad news for overclocking. The Gigabyte boards are pretty darn good, and you likely will see good overclocking with it.<br />
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Upgrades I do insist on:<br />
- PSU! Don't get that Thermaltake..that's asking for trouble.<br />
- MoBo: get that Gigabyte... just a good board for not too much money.<br />
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- CPU: D915 is much better than the D805, esp. if you only overclock it mildly<br />
- Case: that's all personal <img src="/images/smilies/wink.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" class="inlineimg" />
 

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Ok, I really appreciate the help with the PSU, it was a tough decision to make for his budget so we will in fact go with the FSP PSU. Still debating on the motherboard but it supports DDR2 533, is that going to affect the CORSAIR DDR2 667 besides slower operating speeds?
 

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Welp... wrong Gigabyte board <img src="/images/smilies/frown.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Frown" class="inlineimg" /> My bad!<br />
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I meant to link you to this one:<br />
<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813128015" target="_blank">GIGABYTE GA-945P-S3 Socket T (LGA 775) Intel 945P ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail</a> $90.99
 

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Ok, We went with the GIGABYTE GA-945P-S3, and the FSP PSU for the changes, so far everything (minus the case) comes out to $545.05 including shipping.<br />
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Still haven't decided on whether to choose a different case or not, and suggestions would be greatly appreciated. (Must be from newegg, want to get all items on one shot.)
 

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If it's ok to fit the 900 in that budget, by all means, go ahead <img src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" /> But let me check..
 
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shut tell him he can get double the performance for a less good looking case, i my self have the c5 case its pretty nice sturdy case.
 

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Well he just won't budge about the Nine Hundred, but I do appreciate the help on the motherboard and power supply. I'm a nub when it comes to power supplies.<br />
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Thanks a ton Chozart, I guess that's why I see your name all over the place. REP+
 
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