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My friend is looking to create a gameing rig for £500. >_o<br />
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Difficult but possiable, I'm unsure if he should get a lower end CPU like a Pentium D or something and a good graphics card or a low end C2D and a reasonable but mid range graphics card.<br />
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Since my friend knows little about computers overclocking isn't very likely unless I do a little one for him.
 

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AMD A64 3200+<br />
ASUS A8N-VM<br />
2x512 Kingston ValueRam<br />
160GB WD HD<br />
Generic Case.<br />
Known brand PSU, but still cheap.<br />
More?
 

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you want a monitor case etc etc ?<br />
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because its gona be near impossible <img src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
 

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Get a Good Core Duo chip and a Medium GFX<br />
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Say a 6300 or a 6400, good OVerclocking board and some decent memory.<br />
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Then mayeba 7600gt or something, then watevers left on everything else.<br />
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Remeber its going to be easier to upgrade the GFX for more performance rather than buying a whole new CPU.<br />
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The Pentium D will date quickly now like my lovely P4, and when he upgrades GFX he wont have to worry about teh Core Duo holding him back
 

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well i came up with :<br />
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<a href="http://www.overclockers.co.uk/cgi-bin/ss000001.pl?PRODREF=CP-134-AM&NOLOGIN=1&NOCLEARFRAMES=1" target="_blank">x2 3800</a><br />
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<a href="http://www.overclockers.co.uk/cgi-bin/ss000001.pl?PRODREF=MY-041-CS&NOLOGIN=1&NOCLEARFRAMES=1" target="_blank">Corsair Value PC3200 2 x 512</a><br />
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<a href="http://www.overclockers.co.uk/cgi-bin/ss000001.pl?PRODREF=MB-002-AK&NOLOGIN=1&NOCLEARFRAMES=1" target="_blank">Asrock Dual Sata Mobo</a><br />
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<a href="http://www.overclockers.co.uk/cgi-bin/ss000001.pl?PRODREF=GX-025-BG&NOLOGIN=1&NOCLEARFRAMES=1" target="_blank">7600gt</a><br />
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<a href="http://www.overclockers.co.uk/cgi-bin/ss000001.pl?PRODREF=HD-051-SE&NOLOGIN=1&NOCLEARFRAMES=1" target="_blank">Seagate Barracuda 80gb hard drive,sata 2</a><br />
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<a href="http://www.overclockers.co.uk/cgi-bin/ss000001.pl?PRODREF=CD-020-SO&NOLOGIN=1&NOCLEARFRAMES=1" target="_blank">Sony DVD drive, bog standard shizzle</a><br />
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<a href="http://www.overclockers.co.uk/cgi-bin/ss000001.pl?PRODREF=CA-017-OC&NOLOGIN=1&NOCLEARFRAMES=1" target="_blank">OCZ modstream 520w psu</a><br />
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total of £457.60<br />
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so you can get a cool case and some lights <img src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
 

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Now makind a Core Duo System for you to look at ...<br />
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<a href="http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?action=c2VsZWN0X3Byb2R1Y3Rfb3ZlcnZpZXc=&product_uid=112704" target="_blank">Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 </a><br />
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<a href="http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?action=c2VsZWN0X3Byb2R1Y3Rfb3ZlcnZpZXc=&product_uid=109643" target="_blank">Abit GD8 Pro SKT775 915p ATX </a><br />
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<a href="http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?action=c2VsZWN0X3Byb2R1Y3Rfb3ZlcnZpZXc=&product_uid=105972" target="_blank">OCZ (OCZ26671024V) 1Gb DDR2-667 PC2-5400 </a><br />
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<a href="http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?action=c2VsZWN0X3Byb2R1Y3Rfb3ZlcnZpZXc=&product_uid=116522" target="_blank"> Coolermaster eXtreme Power 650W PSU - ATX 12V V2.01 120mm Fan 20+4pin</a><br />
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<a href="http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?action=c2VsZWN0X3Byb2R1Y3Rfb3ZlcnZpZXc=&product_uid=111198" target="_blank">Asus Nvidia 7600GT 256MB DDR3</a><br />
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<a href="http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?action=c2VsZWN0X3Byb2R1Y3Rfb3ZlcnZpZXc=&product_uid=112582" target="_blank">LG GSA-H10NBAL 16x16DVD±RW 12x RAM Dual Layer Writer Black</a><br />
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<a href="http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?action=c2VsZWN0X3Byb2R1Y3Rfb3ZlcnZpZXc=&product_uid=105849" target="_blank">Casebuy MIO-5601-2500 Black Mid Tower Case with 250mm side Fan - 350W PSU</a><br />
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Shipping Surcharge: £7.50 <br />
SubTotal: £440.58 <br />
VAT: £77.13 <br />
Total: £517.71 <br />
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oops forgot a HDD + £30 - 40 to final price.<br />
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But this is in my opinion a great system for the price, you could easily downgrade the PSU to something less beefy, get a 7900 for £50 more, change the case, take components like DVD etc from his PC.<br />
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Hope this has helped.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">you want a monitor case etc etc ?<br><br>
because its gona be near impossible <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"></div>
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Monitor no.<br>
Case maybe, I've got one but its horrible.<br>
A PSU would be needed.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Now makind a Core Duo System for you to look at ...<br><br><br><a href="http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?action=c2VsZWN0X3Byb2R1Y3Rfb3ZlcnZpZXc=&product_uid=112704" target="_blank">Intel Core 2 Duo E6300</a><br><br><a href="http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?action=c2VsZWN0X3Byb2R1Y3Rfb3ZlcnZpZXc=&product_uid=109643" target="_blank">Abit GD8 Pro SKT775 915p ATX</a><br><br><a href="http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?action=c2VsZWN0X3Byb2R1Y3Rfb3ZlcnZpZXc=&product_uid=105972" target="_blank">OCZ (OCZ26671024V) 1Gb DDR2-667 PC2-5400</a><br><br><a href="http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?action=c2VsZWN0X3Byb2R1Y3Rfb3ZlcnZpZXc=&product_uid=116522" target="_blank">Coolermaster eXtreme Power 650W PSU - ATX 12V V2.01 120mm Fan 20+4pin</a><br><br><a href="http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?action=c2VsZWN0X3Byb2R1Y3Rfb3ZlcnZpZXc=&product_uid=111198" target="_blank">Asus Nvidia 7600GT 256MB DDR3</a><br><br><a href="http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?action=c2VsZWN0X3Byb2R1Y3Rfb3ZlcnZpZXc=&product_uid=112582" target="_blank">LG GSA-H10NBAL 16x16DVD±RW 12x RAM Dual Layer Writer Black</a><br><br><a href="http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?action=c2VsZWN0X3Byb2R1Y3Rfb3ZlcnZpZXc=&product_uid=105849" target="_blank">Casebuy MIO-5601-2500 Black Mid Tower Case with 250mm side Fan - 350W PSU</a><br><br><br>
Shipping Surcharge: £7.50<br>
SubTotal: £440.58<br>
VAT: £77.13<br>
Total: £517.71<br><br><br>
oops forgot a HDD + £30 - 40 to final price.<br><br>
But this is in my opinion a great system for the price, you could easily downgrade the PSU to something less beefy, get a 7900 for £50 more, change the case, take components like DVD etc from his PC.<br><br>
Hope this has helped.</div>
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I like it, I'll pass it on. =3<br><br>
Though I'll suggest the GeForce 7900GS for just an extra £20.
 

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No worries, i am acctually tempted to build this system as a christmas present to myself lol.<br><br>
Glad to of helped, i like the look of the case and of course another £20 can be saved on RAM, however i would advise at teh very least a decent stick of value ram.
 
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Better RAM?<br><br><a href="http://www.microdirect.co.uk/ProductInfo.aspx?ProductID=11670&GroupID=1146" target="_blank">http://www.microdirect.co.uk/Product...0&GroupID=1146</a><br><br>
Same 5-5-5 Timeings.<br>
Only Lower cost, and looks nice. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
Not to sure on the Mobo, saw a nice ASRock one but mine kinda sucks so I wasn't to keen on recomending it.
 

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I really dont know what is a good mobo for Core 2 Duo, so I just picked out one that looked half decent.<br><br>
But definatly research motherboards more<br><br>
RAM looks good, however i would recommend 2gb for any new PC atm, i was just making a half decent rig with possibility for upgrades etc.<br><br>
If you could just get 1 decent gig stick it may be better as you can get another when the price comes down.
 

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Most motherboard have 4 ram slots so its not really a problem I guess. Though 1Gb is fine for now.<br><br>
How good is ebuyer? Never used them myself.<br><br>
Tend to stick to Microdirect as I can actuly get to the store/warehouse and collect the parts myself. =3
 

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Ebuyer are very good, may be 1 day late but could be next day you always get it in a good time tho.<br><br>
I suppose your right about motherboards, 2x 512 in Dual channel better than 1gig not. Im just thinking when you need more than 2 gig.<br><br>
Anyway using 4 slots shouldnt be a problem, i was thinking AMD hates 4x512, but i do beielve its fine with intel.
 

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i'd get a sempron and overclock it (AM2 so its upgradable) preferably with 256kb cache not 128<br>
1024mb of cheaper ram<br>
a cheaper yet quality motherboard with some overclocking features...<br>
7600 or x1600 graphics card... or higher if affordable. x1900 or 7900 graphics card would be better.<br>
and then a 120-250gig hard drive and a dvd burner.<br>
case is flexible... same with psu, depending on gfx card
 

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check out last months' custom PC....try the newstands where you are at (it's a UK magazine) they had a guide alst month in which the goal was to make a sub 500 gaming PC
 
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