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gamepin126
08-10-2006, 11:34 PM
dualcores are a must, keep that in mind.

gamepin126
08-10-2006, 11:36 PM
cha, more bang for the buck

gamepin126
08-10-2006, 11:41 PM
I'll have to throw one together later. They don't come pre-built for 600...

gamepin126
08-10-2006, 11:51 PM
The real key to picking out good parts is the mobo. Your mobo decides what ram you can potentially use; how large, how fast. Also decides which processor you're going to use and if you can use SATA HDD's (most cases cheaper, and faster). Graphics cards are also dictated by mobo choice, do you want something that can play WC3 or play BF2? 7600+ you're going to have to go for PCI-e and not get stingy on the RAM. I could make you a better computer than mine for an extra $300(900 total).

Just make sure everytime you pick a part, it fits the mobos specs.

Something to look for when buying mobo/ram. Make sure you take note of the DualChannel limitations on each mobo. My dad bought my mobo and didn't pay attention to that, so now I'm stuck with 4x512 instead of 2x1gb. My mobo only accepts 512mb sticks in dualchannel mode, so now I'm running 2t and it's slowing down my loading speeds on games, and limiting my overclockability.

BloodyBlade
08-10-2006, 11:54 PM
Gamepin, I can build a nice list. I am awesome at budget building.

Are you going to send him the computer, gamepin?

gamepin126
08-11-2006, 12:23 AM
You need monitor, mice and keyboards and **** or do you just need a tower?

BloodyBlade
08-11-2006, 12:27 AM
No precautions for dual monitors. You have a mouse, keyboard, and speakers?

gamepin126
08-11-2006, 12:28 AM
Do the shopping at a store and find what you want, then go find shat on ebay. You really have to look at the crap in person. Some's more clear than others. Viewsonic is secks.

Gantznaught
08-11-2006, 01:00 AM
This is like the third time you've made a thread like this in all of bwh's lifespan up till now.

BloodyBlade
08-11-2006, 01:06 AM
This is what I came up with.

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=3783268&WishListTitle=Keenan

gamepin126
08-11-2006, 01:44 AM
$900 budget
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=3443685&WishListTitle=keenan2

10 fans is for me <3

gamepin126
08-11-2006, 03:38 AM
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=3800027&WishListTitle=Keenan3

revised

Chiups
08-11-2006, 04:36 AM
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=3800027&WishListTitle=Keenan3

revisedGood job gamepin. The only thing I would change is getting rid of that Zalman CPU cooler, as the stock HSF with some arctic silver 5 is sufficient for just budget gaming without overclocking. Next I would get rid of that x1600 and pick up either a 7600GT(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814130017) for nice mid-range performance. Or an X1800XT for some nice bottom-high end performance(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814102007)

Ok, I tried to build a nice Mid-range as close to $600 as I could. Only went over by a lil bit :wink:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.asp?ID=3783708

Loser777
08-11-2006, 07:51 AM
Hmm. I might be able to make the $900 budget but it really depends on the next week or so. I need to get my **** in gear. Do you think you could make a list for both?
Lol if you have a $900 budget go with what I did. AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ @ 2.2GHZ (Dual Core), A ASUS M2n-pv-vm mobo, a Antec 400W PSU, A Raidmax 868W Case, 2x512 OCZ RAM (Platinum Edition - DDR2 80, PC2 6400), a 7600GT PNY Graphics card, a Samsung 160GB SATA II 3.0GB/s Model HD160JJ, and BenQ D1655 DVD+/- burner.

Chiups
08-11-2006, 08:24 AM
Lol if you have a $900 budget go with what I did. AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ @ 2.2GHZ (Dual Core), A ASUS M2n-pv-vm mobo, a Antec 400W PSU, A Raidmax 868W Case, 2x512 OCZ RAM (Platinum Edition - DDR2 80, PC2 6400), a 7600GT PNY Graphics card, a Samsung 160GB SATA II 3.0GB/s Model HD160JJ, and BenQ D1655 DVD+/- burner.Pretty good system. Only tweaks I would make is to upgrade to the Athalon X2 4400+ 2.2ghz (1mb L2 Cache really makes a difference) And go for the 2GB DDR PC3200 with a CAS latency of 2, not really a significant increase in performance between DDR1 and DDR2 yet for me to want to upgrade (unless its to Conroe) and get a lil bigger HDD 160Gb goes way too fast, at least it did for me :cry:

Also leave eVGA open as an alternative for the 7600GT as they have a really neat step-up program, in which you can trade in the 7600 for a better card and pay the difference, read more here: http://evga.com/stepup/default.asp

Gantznaught
08-11-2006, 09:25 AM
Gets better every time though, no?
You're right, I should make a thread asking to help me out with my shopping list.

BloodyBlade
08-11-2006, 11:19 AM
Good job gamepin. The only thing I would change is getting rid of that Zalman CPU cooler, as the stock HSF with some arctic silver 5 is sufficient for just budget gaming without overclocking. Next I would get rid of that x1600 and pick up either a 7600GT(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814130017) for nice mid-range performance. Or an X1800XT for some nice bottom-high end performance(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814102007)

Ok, I tried to build a nice Mid-range as close to $600 as I could. Only went over by a lil bit :wink:
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.asp?ID=3783708Note that keenan is not going to do any gaming whatsoever with this. When he told me that, I went in my list and threw out the nice video card and replaced it with a cheap-o and got a dual-core processor on there.

gamepin126
08-11-2006, 12:35 PM
Pretty good system. Only tweaks I would make is to upgrade to the Athalon X2 4400+ 2.2ghz (1mb L2 Cache really makes a difference) And go for the 2GB DDR PC3200 with a CAS latency of 2, not really a significant increase in performance between DDR1 and DDR2 yet for me to want to upgrade (unless its to Conroe) and get a lil bigger HDD 160Gb goes way too fast, at least it did for me :cry:

Also leave eVGA open as an alternative for the 7600GT as they have a really neat step-up program, in which you can trade in the 7600 for a better card and pay the difference, read more here: http://evga.com/stepup/default.asp

I suggest you look at my list before you comment on the $900 budget. Keenan told BB that he didn't need a hardass gaming computer, so threw out the 7900GT and got a x1600, and upgraded the heatsink and RAM. If he buys this, I'm building it at my house for him, I got tons of Artic thermal compound so I didn't feel like adding it to the list.

Chiups
08-11-2006, 01:07 PM
Ahh I see, I wasnt aware that he wasnt going to be gaming on this system. When he stated that he needed a card with SM3.0 I assumed he would be doing some kind of gaming, or video rendering on the system.

I suggested to get rid of the aftermaket CPU cooler because the stock HSF config. runs pretty cool with some thermal paste, and would save him an extra $50. Sorry for the mix up

gamepin126
08-11-2006, 01:12 PM
Ahh I see, I wasnt aware that he wasnt going to be gaming on this system. When he stated that he needed a card with SM3.0 I assumed he would be doing some kind of gaming, or video rendering on the system.

I suggested to get rid of the aftermaket CPU cooler because the stock HSF config. runs pretty cool with some thermal paste, and would save him an extra $50. Sorry for the mix up

I plan on getting the same heatsink, it's better than my stock one. I'm overclocking his system a tad, so he's gonna want better than average cooling.

Chiups
08-11-2006, 01:15 PM
Gotcha, also didnt know OC'ing was invovled, well the PC should perform well. Good Luck!

gamepin126
08-11-2006, 01:33 PM
Keenan, is this gonna be that permaboxed room? Cuz...if it is, you might not want to have any fans in your computer, at all.

Resin will fux a fan.

gamepin126
08-11-2006, 03:04 PM
passive water cooling is better than a heatsink, and has no fans. But I'm not sure how much better of a OC I can get off passive.