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SteVen

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#1 12 years ago

Hey, well my friend has been wanting a gaming rig for a LONG time and his dad finally got some cash to get one, though he's on a pretty tight budget at a mere $500 :uhm:. It can be like $525 or a little above he said. He's not much of a PC wizard but im gonna help him build it. so I told him id just show him what parts to get online and his parnets can just order them. Ive been working for a little while with a little success but not much....Hoping you guys could help?

BTW: He doesnt need a moniter,speakers,keyboard, modem, or mouse, basically just the PC




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#2 12 years ago

prolly an APG mobo AMD XP 3200+ 1 GB of ram 9700-9800 pro mabey that might even be a bit over the budget im afraid.




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#3 12 years ago

with a 9700 or a 9800 he isn't going to play anything close to whats coming out at E3 this year. I wouldn't call something with a 9700 a gaming computer at all.

He's gonna have to save up some of his own cash and at least get 750 bucks or else its a waste putting something like that together in my opinion.




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#4 12 years ago

$500? A challenge!

OS: Windows XP Home (oem) [COLOR="Red"]$85[/COLOR] http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16837102059

Motherboard: Asrock DualSata 939 (agp & pci-e) [COLOR="Red"]$67[/COLOR] http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813157081

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Venice [COLOR="Red"]$109[/COLOR] http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103537

Videocard: Sapphire Radeon x800gto 128mb ddr2 256bit 400/700 [COLOR="Red"]$89[/COLOR] http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814102691

Harddrive: Western Digital Caviar 80gb 7200rpm 8mb cache [COLOR="Red"]$49[/COLOR] http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822144173

Ram: PNY 1gb (2x512) pc3200 dual channel [COLOR="Red"]$68[/COLOR] http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820236110

Case/PSU: Apex pc-115 (350w psu) [COLOR="Red"]$25 [/COLOR] http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811154017

Total: $491.90 Shipped: [COLOR="Red"]$527.05[/COLOR]

Bear in mind though that the psu with the case is more than likely a piece of junk, but building a gaming rig for $500 doesn't allow for too many options. ;)

If he can swing it, add this decent psu:

Fortoron Source (FSP Group) 350w [COLOR="Red"]$35[/COLOR] http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817104931

This would bring the total to: $526.89 (Shipped: $564.99)




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#5 12 years ago

lets start with what he has. os? keyboard? mouse? anything? You can generally find used keyboards pretty cheap at any local used electronics store, and most work just fine. if he is going to reuse an os, that would free up a lot of money for him




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Oblivious

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#8 12 years ago

You do realize that all the prices that tigerdirect highlights are after any rebates, right? And, my experience with rebates is don't hold your breath waiting for them. They typically take at least 6 weeks and more often months to come back.

When you tally up the total that you'd actually have to pay out of pocket, your list comes up to $794, and that's prior to shipping. If he's OK with spending that upfront, then no problem.

Also, you didn't include an operating system with your list, which adds nearly another $100 to the total. I'm assuming since he doesn't have one that would work, most people don't unless they've already built a pc. OS's that come with pre-built machines will usually (nearly always) not work for a fresh install on a new system.

That ram you listed seems a bit overpriced (even after the rebate) for some off-brand. You can get some corsair, geil, kingston or OCZ for less than that without any rebates.

btw - I noticed I forgot to include an optical drive with my post. So, add $20-40 depending on whether he wants/needs a dvd burner or just a drive.