$500 bucks. Bottom line: Show me A Screaming Gaming System ...
there are people who are crafty enough and certainly talented enough to build computers from this and that that total around a grand or more and thats been pretty much the MO for most of us. I was just looking for a barebones system for around 500 of my hard earned after school earned Bling-bling. It doesn't have to be the latest and greatest, just able to play all the latest games and some new and upcoming games. I want to get the most bang for my buck and with upgradable features for new CPU without shelling out much cash for a whole new MOBo~ ~know what I mean?
CPU, MoBO, Ram, case, Hard Drive and Grapics Card. Bare bones systems ideas.
All for $500.00
anyone up for the challenge?
or Where else should I look?
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cpu: amd athlon xp 1600+ - ~$55
mainboard: "brand name" kt400 - ~$81+
ram: samsung 256mb pc2700 - ~$75
case: find one locally, usually generic cases are cheaper, http://www.directron.com has great cases if you can't get one locally
hd: samsung/maxtor/wd 40gb 7200rpm ~$77
vga: ati radeon 8500 64mb oem (~$71) or "brand name" nvidia geforce4 ti4200 128mb ($138+)
personally i think you should wait a while. new mainboard chipsets are coming out and maybe some price cuts on components. hopefully ram will go down significantly. good luck
i would try posting this in the hardware forums, as opposed to completely custom.
~$450 - i'd shell out the cash for a sound card, network card, and more case fans, but that's just me.
if you're going AMD, i'd just stick with the KT333 - the KT400's don't have any real performance/price advantages over the KT333 motherboards.
Last edited by tu2thepoo; 11-08-2002 at 05:12 AM.
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yeah, stick with kt333, there's no advantage to going to kt400 right now. its ddr400 support is worse/slower than its ddr333 performance, and it's ddr333 performance is basically identical to the kt333 boards.
this should be in general hardware too...
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The barebone system already come with the case, motherboard, also build in soundcard, lan,