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Thread: Building A Computer

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    I want to build a computer that can play modern games, mainly halo, for as little as possible to get a good experience playing and, less importantly, to burn cds and dvds. I may try to overclock as well but I do not know for sure, as I haven't done it before.

    Antec Performance Plus Case, ModelLUS1080AMG, Retail.
    $112.00
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc....-129-115&depa=0

    Shuttle nForce2 Ultra 400 Motherboard for AMD Processors, Model "AN35N-Ultra" Retail (cheap but had pretty good reviews on newegg)
    $64.99
    http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc....45&searchdepa=0

    SAPPHIRE RADEON 9800SE, 128MB DDR, 128-bit, Dual VGA/TV-Out, 8X AGP, OEM $145.00
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc....-102-321&depa=0

    AMD Athlon XP 2500+ "Barton", 333 FSB, 512K Cache Processor - Retail
    $91.00
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc....-103-379&depa=0

    Kingston HyperX 184 Pin 512MB DDR PC3000 - Limited Quantity Offer
    $104.00
    http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc....06&searchdepa=0

    SAMSUNG SFD321B/LEB 1.44MB 3.5inch Floppy Disk Drive, OEM Driver Only
    $5.59
    http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc....02&searchdepa=0

    WESTERN DIGITAL SPECIAL EDITION 80GB 7200RPM IDE HARD DRIVE, Model WD800JB, OEM DRIVE ONLY
    $74.00
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc....-144-122&depa=0

    Proview PS720F (Beige) 17" Pure Flat Tube CRT Monitor Retail
    $91.00 after $50 dollar rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc....17&searchdepa=0

    NEC 4x DVD+RW/-RW Drive, Model ND-1300A/GEN w/SW, OEM
    $105.00 (mostly good reviews on newegg)
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc....-152-008&depa=0

    Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack SP1a - OEM
    (Just to be safe or is it not worth it?)
    $91.00

    S&H
    $37.00

    Total
    $920.00

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    Ok I already wrote a whole thing and posted it...but I guess it didnt work.

    The graphics card...HELL NO..its a 9800 with a slow ass core and memory speed...get the 9600XT its 175Mhz faster core and 100Mhz faster memory. $180 Here , they also have refurbed ASUS ones which are nice for $150.

    Memory, I dont know if a board that doesnt support daul channel will need that great of memory or if it will be able to take advantage of its timing..I dont really know so let VB or someone post on that lol.
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    1) Wait till after xmas before purchasing

    2) Dont bother getting winXP

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    Originally posted by Kunal@11 December 2003 - 15:11
    1) Wait till after xmas before purchasing

    yeah prices drop very steeply then.

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    Forgot to mention that..lol yeah thats what im doing..im waiting untill after chrismas to build my new one.
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    Originally posted by bigdawgfoxx@11 December 2003 - 18:06
    Forgot to mention that..lol yeah thats what im doing..im waiting untill after chrismas to build my new one.


    Why bother, you've got one the best systems on the board!

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    Why NOT get XP? XP is great, don't be fooled. All it needs is some tweaking and it's an excellent OS.

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    1) pick a better motherboard....a A7N8X Deluxe Rev2.0 or a NF7-S are the best with that cpu(especially since a 2500+ can do 3200+ speed by just upping the fsb)

    2) pick some dual channel PC3200 kit not a single stick of PC3000 (if u do decide to overclock the PC3000 will hold u back) and buy a decent brand

    3) the 9800se can be softmodded to 9800pro speed but u need to buy one of the 9800se All In Wonder versions ive been told then the chances are supposed to be bout 60-70% for the softmod

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    Originally posted by Ninjastyle@11 December 2003 - 16:53
    Why NOT get XP? XP is great, don't be fooled. All it needs is some tweaking and it's an excellent OS.
    why buy it when you don't need to
    <span style='font-size:14pt;line-height:100%'>BLAH</span>

    <span style='font-size:14pt;line-height:100%'>Wayne Rooney - A thug and a thief</span>

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    Originally posted by 3rd gen noob+11 December 2003 - 18:57--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (3rd gen noob @ 11 December 2003 - 18:57)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-Ninjastyle@11 December 2003 - 16:53
    Why NOT get XP? XP is great, don&#39;t be fooled. All it needs is some tweaking and it&#39;s an excellent OS.
    why buy it when you don&#39;t need to [/b][/quote]
    yep, looks like 3rd gen understood me and Ninjastyle didnt

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