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  1. #1
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    $2,000 budget ... build a system

    ok, i have a 2,000 budget

    but, i've been away from gaming so long, i don't know what's good like i used to
    does one still trust anything that says voodoo? or has it changed?

    i want to get back into gaming

    but, i want a system that will last 2 or 3 years prior to obsolence

    i know that ram is cheap now

    what do you recommend?

    i know some of you gamers have good ideas of

    which moboard to buy, which video card to buy (crucial decision here)
    which sound card to buy (if video and sound aren't on same card ... but, i actually care less about sound than i do video ... don't know why)

    which gamepad to buy

    agp or not agp? how much ram on the video card itself?

    how many slots should my board have?
    what kind of modem?

    i already have speakers and a monitor

    but, if anyone wants to respond to this post, i wouuld greatly appreciate it

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    You got email....

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    yeah, my e-mail is instant@excite.com

    and, i could use a reply, thanks

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    That's a pretty fat budget.

    You have a monitor and speakers.

    Video card: Gforce 3 (gainward)

    HD WD or IBM 40 or 60gig

    Sony cdrom

    Sony,LG or HP CDRW

    As far as everything else you have to decide between AMD and Intel.

    There I am not saying anything, I have my own views on which platform to get.

    One thing I will say though is look at the support forums and see who is haveing the most issues, or problems and who isn't.

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    19" Monitor
    SMC, Linksys NICS
    Win 2000 SP2

    P2 400
    256mb ram
    13g WD
    Win 2000/SP2

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    You have been away from gaming awhile.

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    Did you get my email?

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    no, i did not get an e-mail

    please try again

    instant@excite.com



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    Sent it again from both my email addresses

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    Tarez is awesome at getting the best parts at the cheapest price =D

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    A7M266 Asus motherboard.
    256DDR Ram
    Nice fast hard disk. IBM or Fujitsu probably about 40 gig or 2x20gig.
    Turtle Beach Santa Cruz sound card.
    19" Sony monitor.
    ASUS, Leadtek Or Gainward GF3... or wait a little while and get a Radeon 8500.
    Do a search on this forum for Radeon 8500 and Geforce3 and have a read of the info you find.


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    3x 128Mb PC133
    Logitech i-Touch cordless key&mouse
    17" Monitor of unknown type
    CPU: Intel i7 2600K @ 4.6Ghz
    Mobo: Asus P8P67 Pro B3 Revision
    Mem: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1866MHz
    Video: 2 x MSI HD5850 Twin Frozr II (CrossfireX)
    HDD: Crucial C300 128GB SSD, Seagate Momentus XT 500GB
    Sound: RealtekŪ ALC892 8-Channel High Definition Audio
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    Thanks for the kind words QuestionableK

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    get a 486 with 4 mb of ram

    you can't go worng

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    Enlite case and 300W PSU buy locally for $80 tax included(or get hit with $20 shipping)

    shuttle AK31 mobo $95
    1.4 gig Athlon $150
    fan $20
    256 Meg DDR Kingston $48
    IBM 7200rpm 40 Gig HDD $110
    (consider buying the better IBM for an extra $40)
    16x DVD/48x CD-ROM $55
    12/10/32 CDR/W $88
    key/mouse $25
    Hardware Modem $38
    Turtle Beach Santa Cruz $70 (or SB live value & save $25)
    Kyro2 64Meg video $115
    Win 98/ME $95
    shipping $30
    case fan $6

    That totals around $1025. Find a cheap 19" monitor locally for under $250 (on sale) and your still under $1300. Then go out and buy a half dozen games for $200. I think if you spend much more than this on a system, you are just pissing your money away. You could even spend more and get less. The performance difference between having spent $1300 and $2000 will make little difference to you 2 years from now - but the $700 you saved might. BTW, I priced this out at mwave.com - you could do better on some individual component at other places(like newegg), but mwave is pretty good when you want to do all your internet shopping at one place.

    DOH! forgot the all important 1.44M floppy drive.



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    ok well i know you can get this:

    - Athlon 1.4 Tbird for 121+shipping
    - any OS im sure you can get ...without purchasing....perhaps...


    Just my opinion...LOL




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    ahh, thanks for all of your suggestions, people

    good, inexpensive suggestions

    and, so far, no one has suggested pentium
    heh, why not? i guess performance counts more
    than commercial hype, eh?

    hahaha, thanks for educating me on that voodoo situation, tarez, hehe, made me look like a looney tune mentioning voodoo

    ok, another off-the-wall question

    how much ram do these oses reserve for themselves?

    the os's i'm curious about are : win2k, win98se, and winMe

    how much ram do they want to take for themselves? and how are each at releasing resources after program termination? (or is there some utility that fixes that problem?)

    thanks in advance, i'm sure you people will give good responses

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    I came, I saw, but I did not conquer

    Anyone near Yongsan-Gu, Seoul, Korea?

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