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Budget Gaming System Challenge

Forge

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I'd go for something like this:

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=22892&promoid=1051
Samsung SH-S182F DVD+RW 18X8X18 DVD-RW 18X6X18 DL 8X 2MB IDE OEM Black DVD Writer $34.99

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=22714&promoid=1051
Biostar Tforce 965PT ATX LGA775 Conroe DDR2 965P 1PCI-E16 PCI-E1 3PCI SATA2 Sound GBLAN Motherboard $123.99

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=18585&promoid=1051
Corsair Value Select PC2-5300 1GB 2X512MB DDR2-667 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit $84.99

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=22149&promoid=1051
Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 Dual Core Processor LGA775 1.8GHZ 800FSB 2MB Retail $209.98

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=15422&promoid=1051
Antec Sonata II Black ATX 16IN Mid Tower Quiet Case 3X5.25 2X3.5 4X3.5IN 450W Air Duct 120MM Fan $109.98

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=18409&promoid=1051
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB SATA2 3GB/S 7200RPM 16MB Cache NCQ Hard Drive $103.99

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=18390&promoid=1051
EVGA E-GEFORCE 7600 GT KO 580MHZ PCI-E 256MB 128BIT 1.5GHZ GDDR3 Dual DVI-I HDTV Out Video Card $188.98

TOTAL $856.90
 

papixx

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Feb 26, 2007
Messages
17
Location
ottawa
Here is a go at a local shop: 946.00$

AMD X2 3800+ AM2 Dual-Core Processor, Retail - 143.00
Asus M2N AM2 N430 ATX w/PCI-E/SATAII/Audio/Lan - 109.00
Kingston ValueRam 1GB PC2-4300 DDR2 - 99.00
Seagate 7200.10 250GB 7200RPM 8MB SATAII, 5Yr - 100.00
LG GSA-H22N Super Multi 18x DVD-RW (black) - 42.00
Sapphire Radeon X1950GT 256Mb Dual DVI (Lite) - 211.00
Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic - 114.00
Antec SonataII Mid-Tower Case w/450W PS, Black - 128.00


http://www.shoprbc.com/ca/shop/product_details.php?coid=5008362
 
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sswilson

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Something I've noticed in quite a few of the builds is single sticks of mem....

I'm no expert, but AFAIK you're giving up a hell of a lot of mem bandwidth by not taking advantage of dual channel.

Probably an extra $20 or so for 2X512 sticks, but it would probably be well worth it.
 

papixx

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Feb 26, 2007
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Location
ottawa
At this point, I'd rather get a single 1gb stick and be able to buy a second stick in the futur, then utilise the dual-channel . Using dual channel give you about 5% max better performance.
1 stick now, another later.
 

flclisgreat

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Mar 10, 2007
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e4300 $210
2x Crucial DDR2 512MB $76
Biostar Tforce 956PT $124
Compucase ATX chassis $24
Fortron 400W PSU $43
250GB Seagate HDD $83
Samsung DVD+-RW $35
eVGA 8800GTS 320MB $330

This system is $25 over your budget, but kicks everything else's ass.

for another $25 you can buy an LED fan or two, a bit for your dremel and a thing of spray paint and make that case look pwnage.


i joined just to go "wtf, a 400w psu?" i had a 400w fortron, and it wouldn't power my system with a x1950xt in it.
 

gescores

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Mar 11, 2007
Messages
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Location
Quebec
Hi everyone, first post here with a link to a nice PSU calculator :whistle:

you just need to replace the ,

web,aanet,com,au/SnooP/psucalc,php
 

b1lk1

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Feb 3, 2007
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Location
Lindsay, Ontario
i joined just to go "wtf, a 400w psu?" i had a 400w fortron, and it wouldn't power my system with a x1950xt in it.

I hate to say it, but not only should it have worked, it should be able to power more stuff than that list. I have run SLI and Crossfire with 500W PSU's with no problems.
 

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