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Jerome Pastor Aug 05, 2008, 05:42pm EDT Report Abuse
It's been about 5 years, but I think it is now time to upgrade my gaming rig. I came here before I built my current rig and had my choices for hardware critiqued and it has kept up with a ton of games, even COD4. It now seems that its life has come to an end because Hellgate London runs at low fps and isn't as crisp as I would like it to be. So for my choice for an economical right I have:

Processor: AMD athlon 64 dual core 6000+ windsor core

MB: ASUS M2N-E AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 Ultra MCP ATX AMD Motherboard

Memory: OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 2GB PC2 6400 (planning on bumping it up to 4gb+ in the future)

Graphics card: EVGA 640-P2-N829-AR GeForce 8800GTS SSC 640MB

Case: rosewill atx case (good cheap case I heard, but not too durable. doesn't matter to me since I won't be travelling around with it)

PSU: Rosewill 500wPSU (do u guys think this will power the whole rig?)

CD/DVD drive: cd+dvd r/rw

Hard Disk: Seagate 80gb HDD 7200rpm 8mb cache


NIC: Linksys USB network adapter

Can you guy please also help me to make sure everything is compatible? I am a little rusty on computer parts at the moment since it has been about 5 years since I last visited this site :p. Thank you so much guys! Also, if there are better/cheaper alternatives that are reliable, please let me know! :)

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Adam Kolak Aug 05, 2008, 05:59pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Opinions on this possible rig I have in mind
First of all let me tell you that the 8800GTS 640MB is an outdated card and I really can not recommend it at all. the 8800GT 512MB is faster and can be bought for $149. Otherwise I'd step up to the HD4850 or 9800GTX+ for about $190 to $200.

AMD does offer many good CPUs at very cheap prices, but I'd still go with a Core 2 Duo E7200 instead if I was the one building the system. I'd also get a solid entry level P45 motherboard.

In this day and age I would say 80GB is really way too small of a HDD for most people unless you really do not keep any music, pictures, videos, or games on your system. I'd say get a 250GB or 320GB at minimum. They are putting 500GB hard drives in budget systems these days.

I am not sure why you want a USB network card, virtually all motherboards have built in Ethernet jacks these days. If it's wireless your after get a PCI or PCI-e x1 card that has Wireless G.

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Meats_Of_Evil Aug 05, 2008, 06:13pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Opinions on this possible rig I have in mind
A better question is do you have a specific budget in mind?

Everything I write is Sarcasm.
Jerome Pastor Aug 05, 2008, 07:26pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Opinions on this possible rig I have in mind
i did a bit more research... any good cheap p45 mobos that anyone knows of that would come with a case? i totalled everything together with a 9800gtx+ and e7200 processor, my total went up from $612 to $608 + a case which would equal about 650 or so

Aug 05, 2008, 07:51pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Opinions on this possible rig I have in mind
Might as well go for 4GB now. DDR2 is nutters cheap.

A Rosewill PSU? :X

HDD's are pretty cheap now too. You'd probably fill 80GB in a snap.

Jerome Pastor Aug 06, 2008, 05:16am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Opinions on this possible rig I have in mind
k so i think i will be getting the 9800gtx+ and the e7200 ( i heard it can be oc'd to be as fast as an e8400. too bad p4 mobos are pricier :( though. anything else i should double check on such as ram and such? it seems that this rig is slightly over my budget, but that's okay

Jerome Pastor Aug 07, 2008, 02:47pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Opinions on this possible rig I have in mind
should i got for a quad core phenom processor or maybe an intel quad core? it seems that they are around the same price range as some of the core duo processors!

FingerMeElmo87 Aug 07, 2008, 04:39pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Opinions on this possible rig I have in mind
Optic Drive:
Reliable and proven

awesome case with excellent air flow and expandability with a reputable 550Watt PSU

Great drive with excellent reviews. dont settle for anything less than 250GB

best performance per dollar you can find

4GBs with great reviews. reliable

Potent overclocker with good reviews overall from buyers and sites

Overclockable monster. can best most AMDs and even Quadcore phenoms as is in most games

total + $706.93
can't beat this with a 5ft stick.

Phenom II 720 BE @ 3.41Ghz w/ Zerotherm Nirvana NV120
G.Skill 2 x 2GB DDR2 1066 @ 5-5-5-15
VisionTek HD 4850 512MB GDDR3
500GB Seagate 7200.12 - Windows 7 RC1
Hiper Type-R 580 WATT PSU
Jerome Pastor Aug 08, 2008, 04:33am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Opinions on this possible rig I have in mind
well.. i went to fry's today and did some bad impulse shopping. well, not bad as in the parts, but because i could've saved money buying it online.

today i bought a q6600 quad core cpu, 4gb (2x2gb) corsair 6400 ram, 160gb sata hdd for 50 bucks and a gigabyte mobo. i decided to keep my old case and dvd/rw drive. pretty much all i need now is a video card, so far my total has come up to $470.00. After my video card purcahse, I am estimating everything to be about 650.00 at most.



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