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I have no idea on what are good deals for hardware.

Oh, and dont factor in OS, Casing, or Hardrive. Just post any good deals you have seen recently.

All help greatly appreciated!! icon_smile.gif

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hmmm, ur budget is too low for the one that i am planning to build... so i cant help
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please post ur location and therefore ur currency so that we can get some idea of wat ur $500 is actually worth
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you would be suprised, 500$ is plenty. I got... 3700+, 160gb HDD, 2gig ram, mobo for about that much, maybe a little less. factor out the HDD and it might be 400.

Alright let's see... i'm assuming you don't want an AM2 machine, because you didn't specify, but if you do, just say so. actually, if you want a videocard too... you might have to bump it up a bit.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16813128306 82$ it's sli ready, so if you ever decide to get a second video card, you can.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16819103539 211$ 3700+
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Se...20&Sku=ULT31664 64$ 1gb ram with rebates (tigerdirect>newegg for ram prices)
then... that's 357$ so you have... 143 left for a videocard.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16814130283 and... that's 150 after rebates.
i'm asuming you have a PSU, along with other stuff, make sure you have a big enough PSU. if you get SLI be sure to get a SLI-ready PSU.
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That 939 looks allright, although the ram is of terrible quality. Anyways, I believe it would be wiser to go am2.

Biostar TForce 550 $83
Athlon 64 3800+ Orleans $165
eVGA 7600GT $149
OCZ 2x512 DDR2 $105
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$502 of brand new AM2 pwnage.

If you don't have a reliable PSU, invest in a Tt TR2 430w as well. It's cheap, reliable, quiet, and will power any rig that's not SLI / Crossfire.

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holyshit lol... 3800+ is only 165$?!? wow... I never really looked into am2.
is ULTRA rly a low quality ram? I didn't know that, they got good reviews on newegg.

huge price jump on am2s from single to dual core.

do they make a single core proc with 1mb of cashe?

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Se...7200&CatId=2324
WOOOOWWW just found that... 200% price jump
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QUOTE (SpikeTheWarlord @ Jun 10 2006, 12:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
holyshit lol... 3800+ is only 165$?!? wow... I never really looked into am2.
is ULTRA rly a low quality ram? I didn't know that, they got good reviews on newegg.

Don't always trust the reviews, since they can be faltered by n00bs who dont know what the crap theyre talking about. Im not saying they cant be trusted, just that a second (or even third) opinion is your best ally. IMHO

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QUOTE (SpikeTheWarlord @ Jun 10 2006, 09:08 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
is ULTRA rly a low quality ram? I didn't know that, they got good reviews on newegg.
Man, I wouldn't roll that shit if you gave it to me. Leave it all for the Dell XPS buyers to think they're getting "a good deal" and then get all pissed when their POS can't boot with 4gb of ram.

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QUOTE (Komet @ Jun 10 2006, 12:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Man, I wouldn't roll that shit if you gave it to me. Leave it all for the Dell XPS buyers to think they're getting "a good deal" and then get all pissed when their POS can't boot with 4gb of ram.

Hahaha icon_lol.gif But isnt 4Gb of RAM a little overkill? I mean seriously, I only have 1Gb and it runs fine (somewhat) but I dont think Id get over like 3Gb...(well I dont realy have a choice its either 1Gb (current), or 3Gb, or 5Gb... icon_lol.gif now 5Gb would just be hmm....whack)

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lol@ komet. dell never has good deals icon_razz.gif I was just looking at a magazine and it had a PC that was 500 dollars and then you know how they give like 3 different models as if one is an "upgrade" of another? well all 3 of them had the exact same proc, memory, HDD, and mobo. I think they were 500,750, and 1000 I think the only difference was a better dvdrw drive and a 19 inch lcd instead of a 17 inch lcd. Dell is so stupid. it just makes me think about how many people get ripped off, and how they should grow a brain.

EDIT: so, Komet, what ram companies do you like? I really don't know what to trust when it comes to ram. OCZ, Crucial, Kingston, what else?
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QUOTE (borgleader @ Jun 10 2006, 12:13 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hahaha icon_lol.gif But isnt 4Gb of RAM a little overkill? I mean seriously, I only have 1Gb and it runs fine (somewhat) but I dont think Id get over like 3Gb...(well I dont realy have a choice its either 1Gb (current), or 3Gb, or 5Gb... icon_lol.gif now 5Gb would just be hmm....whack)

well it dosent matter for komet cause if he dosent have the best he overclocks till its the best icon_smile.gif

QUOTE (SpikeTheWarlord @ Jun 10 2006, 12:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
lol@ komet. dell never has good deals icon_razz.gif I was just looking at a magazine and it had a PC that was 500 dollars and then you know how they give like 3 different models as if one is an "upgrade" of another? well all 3 of them had the exact same proc, memory, HDD, and mobo. I think they were 500,750, and 1000 I think the only difference was a better dvdrw drive and a 19 inch lcd instead of a 17 inch lcd. Dell is so stupid. it just makes me think about how many people get ripped off, and how they should grow a brain.

EDIT: so, Komet, what ram companies do you like? I really don't know what to trust when it comes to ram. OCZ, Crucial, Kingston, what else?

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QUOTE (Komet @ Jun 10 2006, 12:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
That 939 looks allright, although the ram is of terrible quality. Anyways, I believe it would be wiser to go am2.

Biostar TForce 550 $83
Athlon 64 3800+ Orleans $165
eVGA 7600GT $149
OCZ 2x512 DDR2 $105
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$502 of brand new AM2 pwnage.

If you don't have a reliable PSU, invest in a Tt TR2 430w as well. It's cheap, reliable, quiet, and will power any rig that's not SLI / Crossfire.

also he might think about the nvidia 6800 xt i hear its good and running pretty cheap
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QUOTE (borgleader @ Jun 10 2006, 09:13 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hahaha icon_lol.gif But isnt 4Gb of RAM a little overkill? I mean seriously, I only have 1Gb and it runs fine (somewhat) but I dont think Id get over like 3Gb...(well I dont realy have a choice its either 1Gb (current), or 3Gb, or 5Gb... icon_lol.gif now 5Gb would just be hmm....whack)
Yes, anything more than 2GB is retarded, thus an XPS user would definitely be interested in 4GB.
QUOTE (SpikeTheWarlord @ Jun 10 2006, 09:18 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Komet, what ram companies do you like? I really don't know what to trust when it comes to ram. OCZ, Crucial, Kingston, what else?
Well, I'm a big G.Skill fanboy. I think their stuff kicks ass, and its always a really good price (hehe I got my 2GBZX for $130). OCZ is also really great ram, especially if you can get it on a rebate. Corsair XMS is good, although they use the same chips as G.Skill and generally charge 15% more (if you find g.skill and corsair within $5 of eachother and they have the same timings, it's likely that they have the same chips underneath.). Kingston is quality ram, but never has overclocked very well at all. GeiL also makes some really nice stuff, although I've personally never clocked on their sticks. Anything else isn't really worth buying IMO.
QUOTE (piggyspizza @ Jun 10 2006, 12:10 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
also he might think about the nvidia 6800 xt i hear its good and running pretty cheap
It's a really shitty card, honestly. A 7600GT owns 2x6800XT in SLI. Essentially a 6800XT is a crippled 6800 Vanilla, so it runs about as well as a 6600GT, which now gets worked by the 7600GS. The nVidia 6 series is pretty much dead, the 6800GS was their last hurrah.

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QUOTE (Komet @ Jun 10 2006, 03:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yes, anything more than 2GB is retarded, thus an XPS user would definitely be interested in 4GB.Well, I'm a big G.Skill fanboy. I think their stuff kicks ass, and its always a really good price (hehe I got my 2GBZX for $130).

OMG =( How did you get 2Gb for 130$ ? (ok It would be around 150-160 CAD) I mean I look on NCIX and anything in th 2x1Gb category Is like 200$ +...

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Let's just agree here not make any mroe 939 builds ok...? icon_razz.gif


QUOTE (Weiman @ Apr 5 2009, 01:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
This is exactly what has been going on through the entire thread, and it's not the first time either.
You come to us for advice..you just spell out what you want to get, and then ask us if it is okay, and we have to explain why it isn't. That's the world upside down.. If you would just say 'hey guys, I have an X amount of money, what should I buy?' Then this would be over in 2-3 posts, not 2-3 pages.
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Every time someone goes against Weiman's sig I feel like they should be bludgeoned for a few minutes in the head to feel the headache I feel when I realize someone really IS that dense.

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QUOTE (Weiman @ Jun 10 2006, 03:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Let's just agree here not make any mroe 939 builds ok...? icon_razz.gif

Huh... icon_redface.gif whats with socket 939 builds?

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if you guys ask me, i say u can build a cheap gaming rig for 500 dollars, but if you want something a little over the edge come see me icon_wink.gif

- AMD Athalon X2 Dual Core 4200+ -- $460.00
- Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe -- $230.00
- 160GB Haitachi Harddrive -- $100.00
- Nvidia Geforce 7800 GT OC (SLI) -- $1,200.00
- Kingston 8GB Professional RAM -- $2,295.00
- Coolermaster Case -- $175.00
- Thermaltake Water Cooling -- $150.00
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GRAND TOTAL ON MY COMPUTER ---> $4,670.00 (without insurance)
GRAND TOTAL ON MY COMPUTER ---> $7,670.00 (with the insurance)

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QUOTE (rivas @ Jun 10 2006, 03:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
if you guys ask me, i say u can build a cheap gaming rig for 500 dollars, but if you want something a little over the edge come see me icon_wink.gif

- AMD Athalon X2 Dual Core 4200+ -- $460.00
- Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe -- $230.00
- 160GB Haitachi Harddrive -- $100.00
- Nvidia Geforce 7800 GT OC (SLI) -- $1,200.00
- Kingston 8GB Professional RAM -- $2,295.00
- Coolermaster Case -- $175.00
- Thermaltake Water Cooling -- $150.00
=================================
GRAND TOTAL ON MY COMPUTER ---> $4,670.00 (without insurance)
GRAND TOTAL ON MY COMPUTER ---> $7,670.00 (with the insurance)


WTF 8GB RAM??!?!

anyways i mean us currency, sorry. and thanks for all the help!

QUOTE (Komet @ Jun 10 2006, 11:06 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
That 939 looks allright, although the ram is of terrible quality. Anyways, I believe it would be wiser to go am2.

Biostar TForce 550 $83
Athlon 64 3800+ Orleans $165
eVGA 7600GT $149
OCZ 2x512 DDR2 $105
---------------------------------------
$502 of brand new AM2 pwnage.

If you don't have a reliable PSU, invest in a Tt TR2 430w as well. It's cheap, reliable, quiet, and will power any rig that's not SLI / Crossfire.


thanks alot, i ruves you....
but you hacked with the mail-in rebates heheh.. jk

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QUOTE (rivas @ Jun 10 2006, 01:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
GRAND TOTAL ON MY COMPUTER ---> $HORRIBLE RAPE (without insurance)
GRAND TOTAL ON MY COMPUTER ---> $HORRIBLE BUKAKKE RAPE(with the insurance)
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Anywho, my 2GBZX was $180 w/ a $50 rebate. I haven't recieved it yet, but G.Skill emailed me saying that it has been processed and is in progress.




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