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Am I destined for failure?- New P.C
markisouvlaki 
8/9/08 8:23:32 PM
Serf
Since my pc died the other day, I've been in need of a new one. I haven't really kept up with hardware, so I don't know too much about what's good anymore.

I need something for gaming and general use, doesn't need to be great, although something that will last me a while would be nice.

I'm on a budget of around $600-$700, so I'm not expecting anything fabulous. I could go more, but I'd rather not unless it's a good deal.

Here's what I was planning to get. Any feedback, particularly on what motherboard I should get, is greatly appreciated. Preferably something versatile. Onboard sound would be a plus. If you can think of a better choice, or cheaper price for any of the hardware items let me know.

Power Supply- Antec Ea-500 $96
Hard Drive- Seagate 250gb 15mb Sata $86
Amd Athlon X2 6000 $110
Corsair DDR2 S300 2GB $50
Inno3D 9500GT 1GB $100
Unknown Motherboard $?

Total- $440

Note: The above price does not include a motherboard. Also, the prices are from online stores and don't include postage

Thanks

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TheFrunj 
8/9/08 9:06:46 PM
God

Of course, it would help to know which stores you're actually buying this tech from.

Either way, welcome to the forums, <name not found, database reference error?>!

For a gaming system, that card is extremely horrible. Stay away from it like it has the plague. You can pick up a 9800GT for only $50-60 more than that card, and you'll be much happier with it. Hell, even a 9600GT for ~30-40 more would be better.

As for the mobo, anything that can fit in your budget really. At that kind of performance level, without overclocking, you can't go too far wrong. If you can find one at the store you're buying from, the MSI K9A2 CF is a decent mobo that shouldn't run your budget into the ground.

*edit*
And instead of that 250GB HDD, grab a 640GB one for only a few bucks more. You'll get more than twice the space, and much faster speed too :)

*edit2*
And yes, you're destined for a horrible failure. But don't worry, we'll ease the crippling pain of being 110% wrong at everything you attempt :P


Edited by TheFrunj: 8/9/2008 09:09:41 PM

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Midnight_light 
8/9/08 10:52:44 PM
Primarch
Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 ~$155
Gigabyte EP43-DS3L ~$110
2GB DDR2-800 ~$40
WD 640GB ~$90
Gigabyte GF9600GT ~$146
Pioneer 215 ~$35
CM690 ~$90
Corsair HX-520 ~$120
Total ~$786

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AMD 5200+
4GB 800MHz
Gainward 9600GT Golden Sample
640GB+ 2x320GB
Pioneer 212D
Corsair HX-520
Antec 900 modded

markisouvlaki 
9/9/08 7:06:46 PM
Serf
Thanks for the help so far, good stuff. My original build was a bit under my max budget so I'd be able to fit in things like a better graphics card or hard drive

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Midnight_light 
9/9/08 8:13:35 PM
Primarch
Too easy if you need more space then just buy another 640GB and if you want a better video card grab a HD4850

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AMD 5200+
4GB 800MHz
Gainward 9600GT Golden Sample
640GB+ 2x320GB
Pioneer 212D
Corsair HX-520
Antec 900 modded

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