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#1 12 years ago

I have a pretty limited budget but am sick and tired of getting killed at games while playing at 20 fps on my laptop. I have at max 1000 (but $800 would be nicer) that i can spend on a new computer, and since i'm upgrading form a laptop, i need a monitor too this is what i'm looking at so far, if you have any suggestions though i'd gladly take them. NEWEGG: XION XION _ Solaris XON-407 Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 450W Power Supply - Retail $49.00 SAMSUNG SpinPoint P Series HD160JJ 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $54.00 ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail $143.00 AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ Windsor 2.4GHz Socket AM2 Dual Core Processor Model ADA4600CUBOX - Retail $253.00

XFX PVT73GUGD3 Geforce 7600GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail $150.00 G.SKILL 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model F2-6400CL4D-1GBPK - Retail $105.00 SAMSUNG 18X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write, LightScribe Technology Black IDE Model SH-S182M/BEBN - OEM $34.00 (shipping for above $30) subtotal $815 I also need to get a monitor, preferably Flat panel, i'd like 17"minimum, 19" preferred unless 17" means i can upgrade something else




Aliblista(UK)

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#2 12 years ago

looks good so far, but are you sure you want to go with amd rather than intel as conroe is on top atm. Its expensive but may be just worth it, and to save money you could skip on an SLi mobo as it seems dual gpu cards are the future, but thats just my opinion. otherwise all good, for cheap monitors you could try to grab a bargain on ebay, but best to aim for a reputable make if you can.




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#3 12 years ago

Get a 7900 GS instead of the 7600 GT not thats its bad. Idther from that your looking at a very decent PC!




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#4 12 years ago

IMHO...

Go with the 4400X2 instead. It is cheaper but has 1MB L2 cache. The 4600X2 with 512k L2 wont feel much faster due to less L2 cache.

I would also budget for a good power supply for that case in the near future. If it is a $45 case I dont hold much faith in that power supply.

Kudos on the video card, same one I have in my gaming box.




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#5 12 years ago

not bad, i just orderd my new computer parts this morning, 400 clams i am putting a intel Pent D 2.8 dual core X1600pro 256mb with 1 gb DDR2 667




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#6 12 years ago

Never use the PSU that comes with your case because they're insanely cheap, and prone to problems.

Get your self a proper Antec PSU from new egg.




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#7 12 years ago

OK.....more questions since the last time i built myself a computer it was an AMD k3........which should i go with: socket 939 or 940(AM2)? I've heard that a main difference is that the AM2 motherboards are being built to be able to use the soon to be released DDR3.(could have misread the article though) However, i can't seem to find a 4400 or 4800 in socket AM2 :-/ ....any idea if the trade-off of less cpu cache vs better ram in the future is worth going with AM2 vs 939? Also, what would be a good non-SLI board? As for the 7900 GS it comes in both a DDR2 and 'DDR3' version...any idea how much extra performance that's going to lead to?