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Old 03-17-2008, 01:44 AM   #1
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Hey guys, I'm new around here. In fact this is my first post, and I'd like to get your opinion on two of my computer builds. Please keep in mind both of these builds are "budget builds," and I'm hoping to get a mid-level gaming machine for the price.
One build is AMD, the other Intel.

AMD Build :

ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard

EVGA 256-P2-N751-TR GeForce 8600GT 256MB 128-bit PCIe x16

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Brisbane 2.6GHz Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Black Edition Processor

pqi POWER Series 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

ASUS Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD

Price : $478.94



Intel Build:

GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 256-P2-N751-TR GeForce 8600GT 256MB 128-bit PCIe x16

Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Conroe 2.66GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor

G.SKILL 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

ASUS Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD


Price : $543.94

The case for both of my builds can be located here http://www.mwave.com/mwave/skusearch...=done&nextloc=

I am also not sure if I should use Windows XP or Windows Vista, any advice?
Thanks for your time of reading this, and your opinion.

All items for my build can be found on Newegg.
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Old 03-17-2008, 01:55 AM   #2
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Default Re: building a new computer

Intel one in my opinion. Looks really nice for the price. XP is better for gaming, vista is better for everything else. Or atleast thats what my friend whose used both tells me. Soon enough though vista will be better.
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Old 03-19-2008, 01:45 AM   #3
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Thank you very much.
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Old 03-19-2008, 10:29 AM   #4
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Don't buy that yet! If you're going to be building a budget gaming PC then you'll want to spend the most money on the GPU (the 8600GT is a no no for a gaming PC), I'll pick some parts from Newegg:
Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138106 This is an AM2/AM2+ socket board so it can take the new Phenoms if you wish to upgrade in the future.
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103211 Try and find me an Intel CPU for this price that performs to the same level, so you have more to spend on the GPU.
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341010 This is made by the FSP Group which means a solid, good quality power supply.
Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119115 This is the perfect case for a budget build.
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227089 Normally I recommend Corsair XMS2 but this is the cheapest kit I could find at 800MHz with CAS 4 timings(important IMO)
GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150275 This is almost twice as fast as the 8600GT you were going to go with.
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152107
TOTAL: About $550 and you've got yourself a much better performing rig with the 8800GS.
As for the OS, I would recommend Vista as this system can handle it and there will be a cut-off point where games stop supporting XP. Plus SP1 is about to be released which fixes a lot of the tiny issues with Vista. Games are going to start taking advantage of DX10 more and more now and as I'm sure you know, XP cannot do DX10.
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