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Old August 16, 2007, 04:17 PM
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Hi all:
I know your all just going to tell me to buy the up to date stuff and a core 2 but i was needing a gaming computer for 650. I know the answer from most will be you cant do it. Here is what im going to try to do, i dont need the best graphics quality just some half descent play.

I was wondering if i can reuse my os that i have an older harddrive xp sp2, but its a p3 and crap. Can i take that and use it for my new pc.

Pentium D - reasoning being I wont overclock yet and it can play older non multi-threaded games faster and im buying cheap case and psu.

asus p5k se

250g segate

ocz xtc rev2

cheap case

cheap 500w psu

saphire x1950xt

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Im 15 and dont have much in the way of an income and my parent dont help with a computer.

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Old August 16, 2007, 04:26 PM
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My current computer I built for $800 minus monitor and case and sound card. So you can do it. For the case you can reuse your current case. I would probably use an AMD cpu as they are cheaper and will be better then a PD. I doubt you will get the 1950 xt at that price.
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Old August 16, 2007, 04:29 PM
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Is your XP install disk an ordinary OEM version or is it from a Big Box vender like HP or Packard Bell?

If it's standard OEM, you should have no problems re-installing it to new hardware, if it's from a Big Box Build it will probably not port over.
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Old August 16, 2007, 04:40 PM
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The last thing you want to cheap out on is the PSU. That's just asking for trouble.

Get something like the Antec Sonata III as it comes with a decent 500W PSU. Only costs around $125 as well.

Get yourself AMD though, it'll be cheaper and faster compared to a Pentium D.

If your in the GTA (Toronto), checkout Canada Computers, PC Village, Infonec. It pays to shop around.

BTW, I'm only a year older than you, 16 atm turning 17 in December. I paid for everything in my computer other than the video card. My dad helped out with that. I paid for my 7900GTO though which I used before. All just from doing some computer repairs/sales and saving up all the money I get.

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Old August 16, 2007, 04:51 PM
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ASUS Radeon X1950 Pro 581MHZ 256MB 1.4GHZ GDDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDCP HDTV Out Video Card
  • $174.58
G.SKILL F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ PC2-6400 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-800 CL5-5-5-15 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit
  • $94.99
Intel Core 2 Duo E4400 Dual Core Processor LGA775 Conroe 2.00GHZ 800FSB 2MB Retail
  • $135.20
Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L ATX LGA775 P35 1333FSB 1PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 3PCI SATA2 Sound GBLAN Motherboard
  • $95.27
Western Digital Caviar SE16 250GB SATA2 7200RPM 16MB 8.9MS Hard Drive 3 Year Mfr Warranty
  • $68.99
Sub Total:$569.03


Everything but the case+PSU which should probably be purchased locally due to shipping costs.

1950 pro mostly for price and availability.
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I think you may be able to squeeze that into your budget given SSwilsons spec suggestions...that way your computer will last a bit longer. The extra $60 or so dollars with tax and shipping if you bundle will be worth it!!! The 1950Pro has also got some life in it. Good luck.
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sswilson built a great rig, for the price! One option, to consider if you're too tight to your budget. You could go for the E2160 CPU, or even the E2140, which both are cheaper than the E4400.

Also, oc'ing is an option. The OEM Intel heatsink can be used to oc both E21x0 CPUs, with no problems temp-wise. Worst-case, go for the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro (29$ @ NCIx). 2.8GHz can be easily reached on air. Oc'ing both CPUs brings out the real power of those little chips.

I have the same mobo that sswilson proposed and an E2140 for folding. The crunching power that this little CPU has is simply amazing.

I believe that you can build a gaming rig for 650$. A very good one at that. Choose the case correctly with a good power supply (Antec is a great choice) and you won't bust your budget.

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im not sure how much the pentium D is going to cost you or what model you were looking at but the low end C2D chips E2140/E2160 are very cheap $75-$100.. and once you decide to overclock they have been known to hit 3ghz..

also you can save a few bucks with this gigabyte board GA-P35-DS3L

have you decided where to buy the parts?
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Based on Sswilson's advice, I picked up an e2160 for for my dad. I haven't had much time to experiment since building it, but I would use it for a cheap gamer while leaving some room to overclock it. I think it would do fine right now for gaming, but down the road it will probably need some speed with clocking. My other chip is a northwood running at 3.24 and I survived gaming with that and x800 xl-- that system is in my business now, so I can't game until I build myself another. The E4400 is cheaper that it was 2 weeks ago from Direct Canada -- it's not much more than an E2160 at the moment. I might grab that one if I were to put a machine together for myself.

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