Building a $800 Gaming Pc
Posted 02 April 2008 - 12:36 AM
Posted 02 April 2008 - 02:07 PM
If it's going to be a gaming computer, I'd recommend going with a processor from the AMD Athlon 64 X2 series.
An AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ dual-core @ 2.8GHz should be great. If that's a tad to expensive for your liking, maybe a AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Black Edition dual-core @ 2.6GHz should be good. I'd recommend the first, though. The second one doesn't come with a heatsink or a fan, so you'd have to buy that seperately. Plus its L2 cache is smaller than the first one's.
For a motherboard, an Asus M3A32 MVP Deluxe is a good choice. 4x DIMM slots, Wifi, 8GB max RAM @ DDR2, PCI-E 2.0 x16 slots, and it supports both of the processors I've listed. If you choose a processor other than the ones I've shown you, post it here first so I can tell you if it's compatible with this motherboard or not. It must be an AMD Athlon processor, though. This motherboard doesn't support Intel. And everything I'm going to list from here on out should be compatible with that motherboard, just for your reference.
For an optical drive, take a look at the Samsung SH-S203B DVD-RW combo drive. Reads and writes CD-R/RW, reads and writes DVD-R/RW. Great combo drive, in fact the S203B is known as one of the best combo drives ever made for desktops. Also, it's SATA.
For RAM, I'm looking to get the Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2, personally. Reviews seem good and the specifications are good. It's DDR2 @ 800, so it's not quite the most elite RAM set, but it's definitely very good. If you can find a set of RAM sticks that run DDR2 @ 1066, that should work, too. You should even be able to get 2x that product if you want and the motherboard should be able to support it.
For power supply, you can't go wrong with the SILVERSTONE ST50EF-Plus ATX 12V 2.2 500W Power Supply. Very good PSU. Solid 500W, should be a good amount for a gamer. It's black, though, so you might want to consider that when choosing a case.
For a hard drive, as long as it's a Seagate or Western Digital @ 7200 RPM, you'll probably be good. Take a look at the Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS. Large 250GB hard drive, plenty of room for games and other applications. 7200 RPM. It's really almost never worth it to go to 10000 RPM. Also, 5 year warranty and it's SATA. Seagate Barracuda is a very good brand.
As for the graphics card, this is really a very flexible choice. I'd need to know what you would want out of the card first and foremost. What kind of games will it be playing? What are some of the basic system requirements some of the games that will be played are? Are they newer, top-of-the-line games that require extremely powerful cards? Choosing a graphic card is probably the hardest thing to choose when building a computer because there are so many brands with so many specialties and models and speed and other things. Explain a bit about what you'd want out of the card, and if you have any of your own suggestions in terms of brands and/or models and I'll be happy to provide you with a few recommendations. Good luck.
Posted 03 April 2008 - 10:44 AM
Will your friend be needing a monitor, keyboard and mouse? If not here's my suggestions:
Motherboard: Gigabyte P35-DS3L for $89.99
Video Card: XFX 9600GT for $169.99 (before a $20 rebate)
Processor: Intel E6750 for $189.99
RAM - Corsair XMS2 for $53.00 (before a $25 rebate)
I agree with the above poster's suggested power supply, dvd-drive and hard drive.
In total, it comes to $685.94 (from Newegg) before tax, shipping and no computer case, monitor, keyboard and mouse.
For the processor, there's quite a few Intel 45nm dual processors that are great for overclocking but they're mostly out of stock or costs quite a bit more than what I selected.
The Intel E8400 is around $209.99 so if there are spares, you should opt for this.
The RAM does not have a very tight timings (5-5-5-12) but I trust Corsair and Mushkin a lot more than others. You can opt for the Mushkin RAM for $50.99 for a tighter timings (4-4-4-12).
What resolution is your friend going to be playing at? If he has a big monitor (22") then I suggest opting for the http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814150253 for $209.99.
I didn't suggest anything for the case as this is subjective, ask or show your friend a few cases and he should choose one that he likes.
There are some good ones like Coolermaster CM690, Antec P182, Antec 900, etc...
Edited by kamille316, 03 April 2008 - 10:45 AM.
Posted 07 April 2008 - 11:34 PM
So please let me know the best PCI videocard that you can come up with.
thank you for all your work
Posted 08 April 2008 - 06:18 AM
It would not be worth upgrading onboard video for a PCI video card. PCI is the oldest of old options available. He may as well just keep the onboard system running and save the $$$ for when he is allowed to purchase new components.
Posted 08 April 2008 - 01:27 PM
Posted 08 April 2008 - 01:54 PM
Anyways, I think the best PCI card is the HD2400Pro. It should perform decently on low resolutions and settings on most games, except for the newest ones.
Posted 08 April 2008 - 03:34 PM
how did this get from a $800.00 gaming rig to a PCI video card...
I believe it was the 4th post.
Posted 08 April 2008 - 07:03 PM
Posted 08 April 2008 - 07:14 PM
Posted 08 April 2008 - 11:19 PM
Posted 09 April 2008 - 02:37 PM
I stand by what I said, the purchase of a PCI card is not something that I'd recommend. You'd be much better saving that money to put it towards something new.
Edited by james_8970, 09 April 2008 - 05:26 PM.
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