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#1 13 years ago

Yes, it is about time for me to upgrade my PC.

I was wondering what you all, think what the best deal is.

Budget: 500$ (Give or take a few dollars more)

I was wondering if it would be cheaper for me to buy a computer that is relatively, low cost, and just go to my local store and purchase, RAM, and a video card for cheaper.

My computer right now is pretty bad...

Unfortunately, when I bought it, I didn't know it had a ram called 'XDRAM'..Some of you may not know what XDRAM is, but I've done a little research, and it's some pretty powerful stuff, but, really expensive. I have 256Mb's of this 'XDRAM' currently. I've tried finding stores, websites that sell it, but I've had little luck.

The graphics card I have in it now, is a 128mb, Nvidia GeForce MX 4400...It was obvious that this was the bottom of the barrel of 128mb video cards.

Anyway, I'm looking for a minimum of 512Mb's of ram. DDR, SD, it doesn't really matter to me...Although, I will tell you, this computer is going to be for gaming. My ultimate goal would be to get 1Gig of RAM, although I think it would be cheaper to buy it individualy, rather then have it come with the computer.

I just want a general computer that will run todays games fairly, not so much maxed out, but be able to play them. Also, would it be possible, if any of these computers we're payable by anything other then online transactions? I've had bad experience with online transactions in the past...

I wish there were websites where you could fully customize your computer. For example take out unneeded things...(CD Drives..Monitors..Etc.)..And yes, I won't need a monitor, I have a 19" one. I know some of you will suggest buying parts individualy. I do not know enough about computers, to try to venture into that area.

Thanks to all of the people who will input their information on this. :bows:


  • Processor: 2.4Ghz, or more.
  • RAM: 512Mb's
  • Video Card: One that will run todays games. (128mb or low 256mb)



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#2 13 years ago

Why not get it all from your local store if you are afraid of buying online and putting it together yourself? Tell them your requirements and budget and request a printed offer so that you can ask us if it is any good.

Now that said, this might be what you could get from Newegg if you actually would manage putting it together with the help of someone:

1 BenQ 16X DVD±R DVD Burner With exclusive SolidBurn Technolog Beige (The cheapest :p) $33.99 $33.99

1 Rosewill R624BLK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case Rosewill ATX12V 350W with P4 support, 20-pin Main connector Power Supply - Retail (Just a case, can't be fancy about that with 500$) $29.99 -$5.00 Instant $24.99

1 Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600JS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard (Although there are cheaper ones out there this one shouldn't disappoint you, 80GB is kind of pointless anyway) $65.99 $65.99

1 ASRock 939Dual-SATA2 Socket 939 ULi M1695 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail (Not the greatest but I had to pick something, they have improved lately) $64.99 $64.99

1 SAPPHIRE 100144 Radeon X1600PRO 256MB GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Video (I honestly don't know anything about this one) $109.00 -$10.00 Instant $99.00

1 FSP Group (Fortron Source) AX450-PN, 12cm FAN, version 2.0, 2 SATA, PCI Express, 450W Power Supply - Retail $50.99 $50.99

1 BUFFALO Select 512MB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered (CL2,5, but get more ASAP) $37.50 $37.50

1 AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Venice 2000MHz HT Socket 939 Processor Model (This is only 1,8GHz but I have one and like it. Get more memory before a better processor if you can add to your budget, 2GB is nice. ;)) $114.00 $114.00

Subtotal: $491.45 +Shipping

EDIT: I might have forgotten something vital, I'm too tired to remember everything. You would get 1024MB RAM if you would skip the better PSU, but I don't trust too cheap PSUs.


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#3 13 years ago

Here's a thread with a person buying a pre-built on a similar budget. Look towards the end of page one (post #24) to see if the pc in the tigerdirect link would work for you. You'd just need to add a decent video card to it.

I also posted a setup like what's below for someone a little while back also asking to build for $500. So, if you could build, which honestly isn't very hard, try this out:

OS: Windows XP Home (oem) [COLOR="Red"]$85[/COLOR] http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16837102059 ^this^ is what most folks forget to add to a new build list. I often forget as well.

Motherboard: Asrock DualSata 939 (agp & pci-e) [COLOR="Red"]$65[/COLOR] http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813157081

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Venice (equates to a 3.0ghz pentium cpu)[COLOR="Red"]$114[/COLOR] http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103537

Videocard: connect3D Radeon x800gto 256mb ddr3 256bit 400/980 [COLOR="Red"]$90[/COLOR] http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814142052R

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

Ram: OCZ Value Series 1GB (2 x 512MB) pc3200 dual channel [COLOR="Red"]$76[/COLOR] http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820236110

CD/DVD Drive LiteOn cd/dvd burner [COLOR="Red"]$35 [/COLOR] http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827106017

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

Total: $539.40 Shipped: [COLOR="Red"]$573.17[/COLOR]

That pc would play all the latest games, but probably not many at the highest settings. It would still be much faster than what you're used to.

Bear in mind though that the power supply 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. ;)

So if you can afford 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: $574.39 / With Shipping: $614.26

Here's a great how to build guide that you can look at and get an idea what you'd be in store for if you were to attempt it. It's full of good pics, easy instructions, and you might find it's not as difficult as you think.