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    I have about 700 US $$ I would like to build a gaming comp period for battlefield 1942 with a video card if possible.
    Still learning about Computers, I ask because I don't know.

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    Didn't know you had that much! :shock:

    I'm thinking nForce 2 mobo, 512MB DDR PC3200, Barton 2600, maybe more. Good fans and heatsink for some overclocking, 9800 Pro (I got a great link), 350w psu and case. Hell, maybe we can even go SATA. At least 80GB 7200RPM if not SATA. I'm now quite as knowledgeable as some of the other members in this area, but it's time to venture out of the software forums. I'll help you with searching for some hardware and get back when I got something good.

    Edit:
    Barton 3200
    ABIT nForce 2 with SATA
    Kingston PC3200 512MB
    Thermaltake Volcano 10
    Radeon 9800 Pro
    Case with 350W PSU

    Totals around $620 U.S. plus S&H (unless I didn't add something in :( ).
    Just for starters and for other TT members to make changes to. I'll go look for good SATA HDDs. I hope this doesn't go over. I guess dropping SATA or going down in processor could fix that if you can't pay.

    Crap, $685 plus S&H, forgot to add the case. :(

    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...44-151R&depa=0
    Nice, but if you're cheap or just don't want that much space:
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...44-318R&depa=0

    $741 with the cheaper. :( $758 with more expensive.

    Wow, I could try something other than Newegg.

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    $700 is a pretty good budget. What exactly do you need, just a tower? or monitor keyboard, speakers, etc too?

    If you just need a tower, I'd go with this:

    Processor - P4 2.4C $164 Best performance bang-for-you-buck CPU, this thing will easily overclock to 3GHz on air cooling, giving you one heck of a machine.

    Thermal Grease - Arctic Silver 5 You need some high performance paste to keep your CPU well cooled by the heatsink/fan.

    Motherboard - Asus P4P800 Deluxe $122 Great board, tons of features, great for overclocking.

    RAM - 512MB (2x256MB) of CAS2 Corsair PC3200 $138.50 Great, fast RAM. You need two sticks because that motherboard operates in dual channel, it can access two sticks at the same time, giving you faster performance. Also, it has low timings, which is essential to a gaming system.

    HDD - Seagate 120GB HDD $102 Fast, cheap, quiet, great hard drive.

    Case - Antec 1080AMG $113 Great case, 5 fans = great cooling, comes with a 430watt Antec power supply, which is top notch, great deal.

    Floppy Drive - at most $9, any one will do.

    Also add about $50 more for 2 extra fans (the case only comes with 3 fans), optical drive (depends one what you want).

    THat should do it, totaly comes to $699. : peace2: Mista K6
    Modified Dell 8200 Case:
    -400MHz FSB i850 Intel mobo
    -P4 Williamette Socket 478, 1.9GHz
    -768MB 16-bit PC800 RDRAM
    -MSI GF4 Ti4200 128MB @ 284/581
    -7200 RPM Maxtors: 60GB (2MB) on mobo and 160GB (8MB) on ATA/133 PCI Card
    -Creative Inspire T7700 7.1 Speaker System on an Audigy 2
    -Windows XP Home Edition SP2

    Rock on : peace2: , MiStA K6

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    You forgot video. :)

    That P4 might be better than the Barton I picked out. Certainly cheaper. I'm not really sure. I figure he can pull one out of his Compaq rather than buy a new floppy drive. What was wrong with the HDD I found? $30 Cheaper....

    Good, with Mista here this will get somewhere. :D

    Edit: Didn't look at that too well, definetely better than that Barton.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yawgm0th
    You forgot video. :)

    That P4 might be better than the Barton I picked out. Certainly cheaper. I'm not really sure. I figure he can pull one out of his Compaq rather than buy a new floppy drive. What was wrong with the HDD I found? $30 Cheaper....

    Good, with Mista here this will get somewhere. :D
    The 2.4C OC'd to 3Ghz easily outdoes the 3200+

    Personally I'd get something along the lines of an Athlon64 3000+ on an Asus K8V Deluxe, with a stick of 512mb Corsair PC3500, then the normal

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    I'm bored so I'll search for that stuff, but isn't that going to go a bit over the limit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yawgm0th
    I'm bored so I'll search for that stuff, but isn't that going to go a bit over the limit?
    Probably not,

    Athlon64 3000+ ~$215
    Asus K8V ~$115
    512mb Corsair PC3500 ~$110
    80gb WD 7200rpm 8mb ~$80
    ATi 9600 Pro ~$150
    CD-RW- ~$35
    That puts you at $700, sace up about $50 and get a fairly cheap ATX case and a decent 400+Watt PSU and then you;d be well on your way for about $750

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    Refurbished ASUS K8V. Cheap, but it might not be that great.

    Athlon 64 3000+

    That's $312 right there. Throw in the 9800 Pro ($60 or so more for a 9800 Pro instead 9600, makes sense to me) link I had, that makes it $524. I'm not really sure what take advantage of that processor for case, HDD, and RAM, but I bet we could find something for around $250 (arleady got HDD covered, I guess). He doesn't need floppy or CD (if he wants CD-RW, I guess he can get that).

    I'll look around for a good case and some of that RAM amd_man mentioned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yawgm0th
    Throw in the 9800 Pro ($60 or so more for a 9800 Pro instead 9600, makes sense to me) link I had, that makes it $524. I'm not
    The way I see it, for the games mentioned a 9600pro would be fine, and would be money saved for better balancing the machine for speed

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    Well, we'll see how it turns out. I think if we can fit it in, it would be worth it.

    So far I can find tons of 512MB PC3500 RAM, but not much for that price, and not any Corsair for that price.

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