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

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HOANGPHU

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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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krupted

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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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HOANGPHU

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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

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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

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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.
 
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F_A_L_C_O_N

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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
 
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HOANGPHU

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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. :D
 
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F_A_L_C_O_N

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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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HOANGPHU

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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.
 
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F_A_L_C_O_N

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No problemo, just get the 20 pin to 24 pin ATX adapter, shouldnt be more then $5.

Now if you choose to use 20 pin as the above linked to picture suggests, supposedly its fine as well and yes in that case leave the rest of the 4 pins on the ATX24 connector open. I would go for the adapter though, local Radio Shack should have one.

In any case plug in the 4 pin power connector (P4 stuff you mnetioned) into its 4 pin plug on the motherboard.

BTW this 20 pin to 24 pin problem was going to haunt you anyway since quality PSUs with 24 pin ATX plug usually start at $65 and of course thats without the case. And its always better to get quality stuff from Antec with 20 pin plug, then some no-name PSU with 24 pin plug.
 
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krupted

krupted

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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 ...:D
 

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