$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.
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
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...
Abit IP35 Pro - Core2Duo E8400 - 4GB Crucial Ballistix 1066 - ATI 4850HD
- 2xRaptor 150GB RAID-0
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System Board: Standard ATX
Expansion Slot: 7 Slots
USB/IO: 2 X USB (front)
Optional Fans: 2 X 80mm (front & rear)
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Shuttle AK35GT2 Motherboard for AMD Processors Retail
CPU Support: Duron, XP, Athlon 200/266 FSB
FSB: 200/266 (bios adjustable)
Chipsets: KT333- VT8367/VT8233A
Mem: 4 x 184-pin DIMM DDR up tp 3 GB
IDE: 2 x UltraDMA/100/133 Bus Master
IO:1 FD 2 Serial, 1 Parallel, 1 Game, 2 PS2 2 USB
Ports: 1 AGP-1,2,4X 1.5/3.3v 6x PCI slots
Intregrated Audio C-media 8738 more info-> N82E16813150021 $72.00 $72.00
Aopen GeForce4 TI4200 128MB 64 Bit Version w/ TV OUT - Retail Box
Model: GF4 TI4200-DVC128
Chipsets: nVIDIA Geforce 4 TI 4200
Bus Type: AGP
Video Memory (MB): DDR 128MB (4ns)
3D Engine: Yes
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CPU: 1.4 GHz
Type: 1600 XP
Socket A (PGA)
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SAMSUNG (Original, made by Samsung) 256MB DDR RAM PC2100 6 layers CL2.5- OEM 32x64MB 184 Pins 2.5V non-Parity. NON-ECC- Lifetime Warranty.
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WD WESTERN DIGITAL EIDE HARD DRIVE 40GB 7200RPM MODEL # WD400BB -CAVIAR OEM, DRIVE ONLY
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Interface: IDE ULTRA ATA100
Seek time: 8.9ms
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