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Old 11-06-2008, 11:31 AM   #1
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alright so im building my friend a very budget gaming system and i came up with this bare bone kit to start off with

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...6598&CatId=332

he really only plays world of warcraft but the new expansion is supposed to be pretty graphic intensive. do u think the on board video will suit his needs? he is not a hardcore gamer at all and it has the option to upgrade later
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Old 11-06-2008, 11:48 AM   #2
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you would need to get a graphics card unless you would get really bad lag


what is your price range?

i dont really like that kit too much if you give me the price you would want to spend, i would post a build for you
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Old 11-06-2008, 12:09 PM   #3
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like 390 im trying to get he him started cheep but have the option to upgrade later

anyone else want to chime in?
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Old 11-06-2008, 01:22 PM   #4
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Does he absolutely need it right now? If you can tell him to save to around 500. He can get a decently well built computer. If he waits. It will pay off later on.
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is 400 good?

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...&sku=P450-8561 Graphics card I know from experience that this card is pretty good.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...&sku=B450-2342Motherboard Decent motherbord for your build

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...&sku=ULT-LS500 Powersupply will be proficient be careful when you upgrade though

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...5&sku=P33-5044RAM Add another stick of this for 4GB

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...sku=TSD-250AS7Harddrive Big enough for your friends needs

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...L12-1142%20OEMCD/DVD Drive will last a long time

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...1-AM2-4800%20EProcessor Heard good things about this

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...2&sku=ULT33179Case Big enough to hold a 10.5inch card PERFECT

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...&sku=TC3G-4010Case fan, get 3 of these

Coems up to about $380.90 you do need to buy an OS though i Reccomend this

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...283&CatId=3778'

and you have to have a OS and it is $109.99 for a decent one

dont expect to go around and max out crysis or anything, but it should be able to run it medium/high
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Old 11-06-2008, 01:32 PM   #6
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well see here in lies the problems im on military leave on dec 3rd so im trying to have enough time to build in case i have to rma 400 is probably fine

ive got an extra copy of xp at my house and like 10 fans from older pcs so im good there and that is the same card i was going to get
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Section one: Builds for non-overclockers

There is a big difference in parts designed for overclocking and parts that well... aren't. There is obviously a price difference, therefore, there is no point in spending extra money on overclocking parts when you aren't an overclocker.

$500 home or budget gaming PC:

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ Brisbane 2.7GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor
This processor is a dual core 65nm part that that provides superior performance to a similarly priced Intel part straight out of the box. If you're not an overclocker and you're on a budget, AMD is the way to go.

Motherboard: SAPPHIRE PI-AM2RS780G AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
This is AMD's newly released 780G chipset. It integrates the HD 3200 graphics chip which is the most powerful integrated graphics processor by far which is more than capable of Blu-Ray/HD playback and will help out your CPU a lot during encoding. But that is not the best bit, the HD 3200 is already good enough to do some casual gaming, but it can also be paired using hybrid Crossfire with a HD 3000 series graphics card for almost double the performance. And Sapphire's board is the pick of the 780G's out there.

Memory: WINTEC AMPX 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
This is where we can save some money by going for some memory that is perfectly adequate for this build but is not designed for overclocking. DDR2 is at a very low price at the moment so we can afford PC2 6400 RAM. 2x1GB is the sweet spot right now.

PSU: Antec earthwatts EA430 430W ATX12V v2.0 Power Supply
The PSU is an extremely important part of any computer and should not be ignored or skimped on even when you're on a budget. This power supply will provide sufficient power and there is enough headroom left for upgrading., all at a great price.

Case: COOLER MASTER Elite 330 RC-330-KKN1-GP Black SECC ATX Mid Tower
This is a case I will often recommend as a cheap but cheerful chassis. It comes with a 120mm exhaust fan but can also accommodate a 120mm intake fan for better airflow and cooling.

HDD: Here the choice is dependant on the user's requirements. If you're not sure where to start. Here are some requirements:
-SATA 3.0GB/s interface. This is the new interface standard and is a lot faster than the older PATA/IDE connection.
-Brand, I recommend either Western Digital, Samsung, or Seagate hard drives.
-Cache, even with a low capacity hard drive, I would recommend at least an 8MB cache.
As for the space, that is entirely dependant on the user's requirements.
Here is just one small suggestion: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500AAKS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

Disk Drive: SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R
You can't really go wrong here but the Samsung drives are known to be reliable. SATA means nice, neat cables.

TOTAL: $338


This isn't mine. I quoted this from the build post by another member. Now, you can spend more on a better graphics card since you already have a copy of Windows. You can get this ATI card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814131088

It's $413.00 right now. But, you get a mail in rebate on the card for $15.00.
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