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Old July 11, 2008, 01:09 PM
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I've literally built dozens of entry-level systems with that power supply. It is solid, has a PCIe 6-pin and runs quiet as heck. Was hoping to get it in the budget psu roundup, cause I truly do think its the best entry-level PSU available.

... Also, I already ran over the budget by putting the 4850, lol. But still for $650 after MIR, it's pretty darn good (And cool! AC PWM Sharing FTW)
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Old July 11, 2008, 03:52 PM
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Well, if you really are limited, I would actually buy a preconfigured system that you can work with.Something that has expansion slots and a mobo maker thats respected say like asus or gigabyte. dont go for the ones that are obsure sounding like ECS or what nots.
Here is one from Atic.ca if you live near Vancouver. Although, its like 90 odd dollars over. Im wsold on it if I really had to get a budget frag machine :xD




Reg Price
$693.60
Cash Price
$680.00
AMD Athlon64 X2 Gaming Promotion
AMD Athlon64 X2 5200+ 2.7GHz AM2
Asus M2N-E AM2 DDR2 ATX A/L
Kingston 1GB DDR2-667 240pin
Kingston 1GB DDR2-667 240pin
Seagate Barracuda 320GB SATA-II
Sony 20X DVD+-RW ATAPI (Black)
Zotac GeForce 9600GT 512MB PCIe
Antec Sonata III 500W Black ATX
Logitech G15 Keyboard
Logitech MX518 Gaming-Grade Opti
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Old July 11, 2008, 07:43 PM
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For NoobLordSpud:
Intel Pentium Dual Core E2160 Dual Core Processor LGA775 1.8GHZ 800FSB 1MB Retail
Xigmatek HDT-S1283 Direct Touch 3 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 LGA775 S754 S939 S940 W 120MM PWM Fan
Gigabyte EP45-DS3L ATX LGA775 P45 DDR2 PCI-E 2PCI SATA2 HD Sound 2GBLAN Motherboard
Mushkin HP PC2-6400 HP2-6400 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-800 CL4-5-4-11 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit
HIS Radeon HD 3450 Heatsink 256MB DDR2 DVI VGA DIRECTX10.1 Video Card W/ HDMI Adapter *IR-$5*
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB SATA2 3GB/S 7200RPM 16MB Cache NCQ Hard Drive
LG G-H20NS15 Black DVD+RW 20X8X16 DVD-RW 20X6X16 INT SATA OEM DVD Writer
Antec Sonata III Black ATX 16IN Mid Tower Quiet Case 3X5.25 2X3.5 4X3.5IN 500W 120MM Fan
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM
Total BEFORE Price Match: $662.95
YOUR TOTAL: $590.93

So yes, Intel is doable with $600, though you have to go cheap on the video card to start out. I'd rather have a motherboard without onboard graphics, but that's your choice. However, it'll be over $600 with taxes and shipping but you'll have a solid platform for future upgrades or overclocking.
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Old July 12, 2008, 01:36 PM
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Hey guys im sorry for posting so late.
Thanks to all of you for helping me out.
Another thing, Im gonna let go of the OS right now so I can save myself 100$ and all the builds posted are like 600$ shipped with taxes and everything included.

Im just gonna look it up again and post a build taking everything into account.


I cant thank you guys enough.
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Old July 12, 2008, 02:36 PM
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Ok so heres a build, I will still need suggestions I guess.
No need for OS, keyboard, monitor,speakers .
I have a 19inch acer monitor for this build. I forgot the mention at the beginning but its for casual gaming only, not a lot of demanding games will be played on it cuz I got my current rig for that :) but I will still love to have it perform. Maybe for LAN.

So based on some suggestion

Intel Pentium Dual Core E2160 Dual Core Processor LGA775 1.8GHZ 800FSB 1MB Retail 70$
Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3L ATX LGA775 P35 1333FSB 1PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 3PCI SATA2 Sound GBLAN Motherboard 86$
Mushkin HP PC2-6400 HP2-6400 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-800 CL4-5-4-11 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit 55$
EVGA E-GEFORCE 8800GT 600MHZ 512MB 1.8GHZ DDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDTV Out Video Card *IR-$50* 160$
Coolermaster CM 690 Mid Tower Black ATX Case 5X5.25 5X3.5INT No PS Front USB Sound Firewire & eSATA 72$
OCZ X-750 Equalizer Laser Gaming Mouse 2500DPI USB Dual Laser Engine 20$
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250GB SATA2 8.5MS 7200RPM 16MB Cache Hard Drive 5YR MFR Warranty 46$


Still missing a PSU. Need help with that. Or shoudl I take the recommended Thermaltake?

Anyway, all this ended up at 552$ after shipping and tax. So 60$ more dollars to play with hehe.

I wanted to go with a 4850 Card but I save 85$ by choosing the 8800GT because I intantly save 40$ first (200$ vs 160$ for the 8800GT) and secondly, I save the shipping charge, wich is 45$ cuz the card gives free shipping.

Thanks all, oh and im located in Montreal, to the person who asked.
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Old July 12, 2008, 05:58 PM
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You could chop more off that price with an overclocked E1200. I know it is a quite a lowend CPU with squat for cache and that it will not win awards but should get you by with a budget like yours for a "casual" gaming machine. The money saved would do well towards that PSU.
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Old July 12, 2008, 06:43 PM
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Well if you don't want the Antec Sonata III for roughly $100 with a 500W EarthWatts PSU, then pickup one of these for your PSU: OCZ StealthXStream 600W

Even the 500W one would probably do you fine: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...Z%20Technology

Both good deals for a decent PSU.

You could go with the 256MB 8800GT instead as well if you need to save some money.
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Old July 12, 2008, 06:54 PM
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DO NOT get a 256MB video card. Not worth the savings at all for the lack of futureproofing. Bare minimum should be a 512MB card when gaming is gonna happen.
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Old July 12, 2008, 09:10 PM
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jdrom17, I kinda overlooked that PSU , I think thats affordable...

Can you just make sure for me that its gonna work with my system. Ive been reading a lot about PSUs being incompatible with Mobos lately.

Thanks for replying guys.
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Old July 12, 2008, 09:23 PM
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DO NOT get a 256MB video card. Not worth the savings at all for the lack of futureproofing. Bare minimum should be a 512MB card when gaming is gonna happen.
My 320MB 8800GTS has done me fine for over a year now...

I think it more depends on your personal standards of what kind of settings you want to run games on.
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jdrom17, I kinda overlooked that PSU , I think thats affordable...

Can you just make sure for me that its gonna work with my system. Ive been reading a lot about PSUs being incompatible with Mobos lately.

Thanks for replying guys.
I had the OCZ GameXStream 600W and it was a fine PSU. Powered the rig in my sig fine though I accidently short it out however it still ran fine but I just didn't fully trust it thus I got a new PSU a couple months after.

The StealthXStream is the same thing just that the fan doesn't have blue LEDs.
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