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    Re: $500 computer

    Originally posted by chimbaktu
    here's a challenge for you guys: build me a computer for $500. here are the rules: i already have the OS, monitor, and peripheals. But i need a case, mobo, CPU, GPU, hard drive, and memory. sound card is optional. and i would like this machine to be geared towards gaming. i've built my own computers before, so this is not a problem. i've been looking at parts and such and have an idea of what i want and would get, but i would like to see what you guys come up with. have fun, and hopefully this rig could get 60+fps with medium settings or higher in UT2k4 (tweaks not included).
    Here's the deal: I'll make the computer, but you have to pay for shipping and parts costs (naturally). Then, I can send it to you (I'll pay for that shipping) and charge you $1,000 for the work

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    I built my computer for $330 but I already had monitor, keyboard, CD/DVD, Hard drives, and mouse. I was lucky

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    Your on the right path. Good socket 754 mobo with nvidia Nforce3 250 gb would be an MSI Neo Platinum.

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    Originally posted by Knobby
    Well then theres something wrong with neweggs filter, because I set it to only pick up socket 939 motherboards and CPU's.
    No filter or search engine is perfect. You still have to verify that the items found are the items you are searching for.

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    Well then theres something wrong with neweggs filter, because I set it to only pick up socket 939 motherboards and CPU's.

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    Wrong, heh. Thats a 939 mobo, he would need a 754 for that proc.

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    Originally posted by |Robot|Paragon
    So from the links you posted, you want him to get an AMD64 CPU and a mobo for a P4 socket 775?

    Whoopsy, better go shopping again.
    Woops, heee is the one i ment:
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...180-064&depa=0

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    Originally posted by Knobby
    Getting an ATI card is fine, but I still highley reccomend this rig:

    CPU: http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...103-486&depa=1

    Video card: http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...130-226&depa=1

    Hard drive: http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...135-106&depa=1

    Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...180-056&depa=1

    Memory: (2x if you want 1gb) http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...146-889&depa=1

    Sound card: http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...102-171&depa=0

    Case: http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduc...119-057&DEPA=1

    You will get 64-bit preformance and Shader model 3.0 support with this rig. This *MAY* even last 2 years without an upgrade. You will definatly get more than 60fps in UT2004 with it. Also, if you do decide to get an ATI card, which I do not reccomend, you should go with the XT version. If you really want a socket 939 CPU, I would reccomend this motherboard, and this CPU, however it will be a little more expensive. If you want a motherboard with PCI-e (future proofing), it will be even more expensive. But if you want to save som money, you could nix the sound card and just use the onboard 8-channel audio.


    So from the links you posted, you want him to get an AMD64 CPU and a mobo for a P4 socket 775?

    Whoopsy, better go shopping again.

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  • replied
    Originally posted by Folk
    Reported for typing the name of the Lord in the wrong case.
    You're my new best friend.

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    Originally posted by Knobby
    Reported for taking the name of the lord in vein, and swearing.
    Reported for typing the name of the Lord in the wrong case.

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    Originally posted by MonkeyMan123
    Just a suggestion, no need to be all touchy cheez cant even say anything in these ********* forums without getting flamed and reported for christs sake
    Reported for taking the name of the lord in vein, and swearing.

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    i'm glad you conributed so much to this thread, monkey. please confine your nonsense to your own threads.



    i suppose that it doesn't pay to be superficial when on a budget. i primarily went with the collermaster case because of the decent PSU and good airflow. the looks were aesthetics were just a plus. but i'll look into saving some money with lower end cases.

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    For a massively budget rig, where youve already stated you dont intend to overclock and therefore all heat generated would be standard - why buy such an expensive case? I know you would probably like it to look good, but right there you are sacrificing money that could be used on a better internal product - which is surely the most important thing for a budget rig. Pick up a crappy, cheap case and put better things inside it. Hell, if heat becomes an issue you can buy extra fans with the money you have saved - you stand to lose nothing, and gain money. I'd do it. :up:

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    Originally posted by chimbaktu
    well, i'm pretty confident that the 3D modeling programs and professional editing suites will upgrade to 64 bit support since it would be suicide not to. with Apple's plans for 64bit OS (and IBMs CPUs already support it) and Intel's attempts to join the 64bit race, software will have to step-up or the developers will get left behind in the prosumer area, while the average consumer area will only lag behind by a year or two.
    Of course you're right, I wasn't even thinking about market pressure. The competition in an area where 64 bits will actually do you some good will be understandably steep.

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    Originally posted by MonkeyMan123
    You really hate ati dont you knobby?
    It's quite easy to hate what you don't understand. My X800 XL can hold its own against 6800 GT's and SLI 6600 GT's; heck, it even outperforms those cards in some games and apps. But I don't go around bashing nVidia. I just prefer to use ATI.

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