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    $500 spend to spend on a gaming PC, what are your recommendations?

    I have a budget of $500 to spend to make a new gaming PC. I need your recommendations as to what motherboard, ram, harddrive, video card, case, and cpu? I really like the Athlon 64 with the Nforce4 combo. Your recommendations are appreciated.
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    What games are you thinking about playing?

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    well, your cpu, video card and ram will be the deciding factors on how well your games play. problem is, those three alone will cost $500 at least, so you might be pushing it there. I think youll be able to put something much better together is you save another $200-$300, but maybe someone here will figure out something for you, it seems to be a fun game here. try riggin something up on newegg, you can put everything in your cart then just cancel when you have an esitmate

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    The PC is for my nephew who loves to play Halo. Here is what I have pieced together from Newegg.com:

    MGE CAG-M1-BK Black/Silver SGCC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 400W Power Supply - Retail
    Model #: CAG-M1-BK

    In Stock
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    $50.99 $50.99

    Update MSI K8N Neo4-F Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    Model #: K8N Neo4-F

    **This item is warranted through the product manufacturer only.
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    $86.00 $86.00

    Update GIGABYTE GV-RX70P128D Radeon X700PRO 128MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
    Model #: GV-RX70P128D

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    $109.00 $109.00

    Update AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Venice 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Processor Model ADA3000BPBOX - Retail
    Model #: ADA3000BPBOX

    **This item is warranted through the product manufacturer only.
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    $146.00 $146.00

    Update crucial 512MB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered System Memory Model CT6464Z40B.8T - OEM
    Model #: CT6464Z40B.8T

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    $40.68 $40.68

    Update HITACHI Deskstar 7K80 HDS728080PLA380 -0A30356 80GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA II Hard Drive - OEM
    Model #: HDS728080PLA380

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    $53.75 $53.75

    Update Rosewill White IDE Combo Drive Model RB-321 - Retail
    Model #: RB-321


    This puts me at ~ 550 shipped.
    SRock 939Dual-SATA2 Rev 1.05 OCW Beta 2
    Opteron 165 Denmark at 300*9 @ 1.55 volt
    Memory clock 133
    NB - 800
    SB - 800
    1 GB Samsung DDR400 2.5-3-3-7 1T
    Nvidia FX5900 core 445 memory 891
    Dual fan Aerocool GT-1000 idle 34 C / full 52 C
    Antec 350 Watt X 2
    RAID 0 - 2 * 80 GIG WD 7200 RPM
    MAXTOR 7200 RPM 80 GIG
    SEAGATE 7200 RPM 80 GIG
    Plextor 708A
    Plextor 716A
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    HALO benchmark X700PRO is doing OK, its faster then 6600, but quite a bit slower then 6600GT, which is in turn more expensive

    this is what I would change:

    Case Antec SLK 2650 with Antec 350W PSU (12V .. 21A) $69
    Antec 350W PSU will be much better then your typical 400W "no name" stuff

    Definitely get LG drive and not something like Rosewill:
    GSA-4163BB $47.99

    Id stay awaay from Hitach and would choose Seagate for reliability, but WD is nice too:
    WD 80GB 8MB cache SATA $54.00
    Last edited by F_A_L_C_O_N; July 24th, 2005 at 02:02 PM.

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    I would recommend 1 GB of ram for a gaming machine.

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    Thanks Falcon, I will go with your recommendations. My nephew gave me 500 bucks but I am having to spend another 100 bucks to put it together for him and install all the software. What a deal he is getting. My nephew can add more RAM when he has the dough.
    Last edited by HOANGPHU; July 24th, 2005 at 10:39 PM.
    SRock 939Dual-SATA2 Rev 1.05 OCW Beta 2
    Opteron 165 Denmark at 300*9 @ 1.55 volt
    Memory clock 133
    NB - 800
    SB - 800
    1 GB Samsung DDR400 2.5-3-3-7 1T
    Nvidia FX5900 core 445 memory 891
    Dual fan Aerocool GT-1000 idle 34 C / full 52 C
    Antec 350 Watt X 2
    RAID 0 - 2 * 80 GIG WD 7200 RPM
    MAXTOR 7200 RPM 80 GIG
    SEAGATE 7200 RPM 80 GIG
    Plextor 708A
    Plextor 716A
    Win XP Pro SP2

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    Just remembered, Antec site doesnt say if PSU is equiped with 24-pin ATX connector or not, so its possible you will need a 20pin to 24 pin ATX adapter (now there is also a way to connect it directly:click, but its better to use the adapter).

    Its also a good idea to connect the 4 pin power plug into the 4 pin power connector on the mobo, even if manual says its not necessary.

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    Falcon, would you please explain or direct me to the right place to read about the difference between the 20 pin and 24 pin ATX power connector. I am reading the MSI manual I downloaded and they say I can plug the 20 pin into the 24 pin but what about the last 4 unused pin? What are they for? Lastly, if you are refering to the 4 pin connector when 1st released were for the P4 boards but the AMD board eventually adapted this extra power connector -- I always plug it in just for extra juice should the board need it. Man I fall a sleep for a few months on computer stuff and all this new stuff creeps up on me. Thanks for your knowledgeable input.
    SRock 939Dual-SATA2 Rev 1.05 OCW Beta 2
    Opteron 165 Denmark at 300*9 @ 1.55 volt
    Memory clock 133
    NB - 800
    SB - 800
    1 GB Samsung DDR400 2.5-3-3-7 1T
    Nvidia FX5900 core 445 memory 891
    Dual fan Aerocool GT-1000 idle 34 C / full 52 C
    Antec 350 Watt X 2
    RAID 0 - 2 * 80 GIG WD 7200 RPM
    MAXTOR 7200 RPM 80 GIG
    SEAGATE 7200 RPM 80 GIG
    Plextor 708A
    Plextor 716A
    Win XP Pro SP2

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    I just found out, the Antec is a 20 pin connector and my MB is a 24 pin
    SRock 939Dual-SATA2 Rev 1.05 OCW Beta 2
    Opteron 165 Denmark at 300*9 @ 1.55 volt
    Memory clock 133
    NB - 800
    SB - 800
    1 GB Samsung DDR400 2.5-3-3-7 1T
    Nvidia FX5900 core 445 memory 891
    Dual fan Aerocool GT-1000 idle 34 C / full 52 C
    Antec 350 Watt X 2
    RAID 0 - 2 * 80 GIG WD 7200 RPM
    MAXTOR 7200 RPM 80 GIG
    SEAGATE 7200 RPM 80 GIG
    Plextor 708A
    Plextor 716A
    Win XP Pro SP2

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    Just ordered from Newegg ~ 580 shipped. Thanks guys.
    SRock 939Dual-SATA2 Rev 1.05 OCW Beta 2
    Opteron 165 Denmark at 300*9 @ 1.55 volt
    Memory clock 133
    NB - 800
    SB - 800
    1 GB Samsung DDR400 2.5-3-3-7 1T
    Nvidia FX5900 core 445 memory 891
    Dual fan Aerocool GT-1000 idle 34 C / full 52 C
    Antec 350 Watt X 2
    RAID 0 - 2 * 80 GIG WD 7200 RPM
    MAXTOR 7200 RPM 80 GIG
    SEAGATE 7200 RPM 80 GIG
    Plextor 708A
    Plextor 716A
    Win XP Pro SP2

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    good job man, now dont forget about all of the free service calls when the game crashes to desktop, controllers dont work, cant find game icons ...

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    All is well, the PC works fine with the games I play. Thanks.
    SRock 939Dual-SATA2 Rev 1.05 OCW Beta 2
    Opteron 165 Denmark at 300*9 @ 1.55 volt
    Memory clock 133
    NB - 800
    SB - 800
    1 GB Samsung DDR400 2.5-3-3-7 1T
    Nvidia FX5900 core 445 memory 891
    Dual fan Aerocool GT-1000 idle 34 C / full 52 C
    Antec 350 Watt X 2
    RAID 0 - 2 * 80 GIG WD 7200 RPM
    MAXTOR 7200 RPM 80 GIG
    SEAGATE 7200 RPM 80 GIG
    Plextor 708A
    Plextor 716A
    Win XP Pro SP2

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