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thisoneroller

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Im on a budget for building a gaming pc. And I only have about 800 dollars. I want to be able to play the latest pc games. What parts should I buy? I have a dvd burner and dvd rom drive, and monitor. So do not add those to the list. Appreciate the help.
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Well if you really want to build a nicer system for less you can get open box items for a lot cheaper than you can new.
the only drawback to that is, it may not work, and also you usually don't get all the things that came with it new.

things vary from day to day, if you put the time into finding the best deals or waiting for a few weeks for something to drop
in price or to show up cheaper somewhere you can build a really nice fast computer for less than 800.

i would recommend getting a board with dual sli slots, and then i would recommend getting one of the newer video cards
for directx 10 support for the new games on vista (hopefully the dx10 ports come through for xp) but it will be worth
the extra for the increase in performance imho.
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Well what new games? If you want to play the new game Crysis you are going to need a little more then $800, maybe $1,000.
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Hi thisoneroller! Okay well here's my suggestions, this is pretty much minimum specs you would want to be able to play the latest games. Currently the amount does come to over $800, but with rebates it brings you down pretty close. Also you would need to add an OS for this, Windows Vista is needed for the latest games as XP does not support DX10. If this is just too much, let us know and we'll start cutting away here and there a bit more where we can. :wave:

Cooler Master Case $39.99 ($29.99 after rebate)
Abit Motherboard $99.99
HIS Video Card $279.99
Antec Power Supply $119.99 ($79.99 after rebate)
Intel Processor $192.99
Patriot RAM $91.99 ($51.99 after rebate)
Seagate Hard Drive $69.99

Grand Total of $894.93 ($804.93 after rebates)

That looks pretty good to me, the only problem as I have mentioned is Vista is not included. If you want to play the latest games (and future ones) well and for some time, I wouldn't go too much less than this. Have a good look and let us know what you think.

Cheers :)
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If you get Vista get Vista Home Premium. Home Basic is not that good.
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If you are looking to cut costs to work an OS into the price than the AMD side of things might be best for your. I had researched your situation when you first posted and forgot about it. Troy was pretty much on with I had but I picked out an AMD board/CPU as well as the 550w version of the PSU he selected.

Mobo: Abit 520 http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813127026 - $75

CPU: Athlon 64 X2 6000+ http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819103773 - $160

Edited by Titan8990, 06 October 2007 - 10:55 AM.

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Troy

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That PSU I suggested (650w version) is actually cheaper with the rebates, can't go wrong! I'm also not too sure about the AMD side of things, but Titan would, so his suggestions looks good.

So here is the AMD version:

Abit Motherboard $74.99
AMD Processor $159.99
Cooler Master Case $39.99 ($29.99 after rebate)
HIS Video Card $279.99
Antec Power Supply $119.99 ($79.99 after rebate)
Patriot RAM $91.99 ($51.99 after rebate)
Seagate Hard Drive $69.99

Grand Total of $836.93 ($786.93 after rebates)

To tell you the truth, I think the Intel system would give better performance for not too much $$$ extra. This saving is not a great deal, particularly when cutting on your processing power, and not enough to add Vista Home Premium and keep it at the $800 level...

Cheers :)
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jrm20

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Ya the Intel E6750 processor is faster than the amd am2 6000+.

They are close in general with basic applications but when you get into gaming the core 2 duo intel has a little gap above the amd 6000+. Quite abit noticeable gap.

Keep that in mind.
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