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jack19512
06-22-2005, 11:11
I would appreciate some input from others on building a reasonably priced gaming PC for my nephew. I can put it together but do not have the knowledge to pick the best components.

I have used Asus A7N8X motherboards and have had good luck with them but do not know if they are considered a good board for gaming. I have used AMD Athalon XP processors and the same thing, I do not know if they are right for a gaming PC.

There is not going to be a lot of money for him to work with, I suspect around $700.00. I know, not much money so I want to build him the best I can for that amount. I realize it isn't going to be a show stopper for that amount.

The areas I need help with are video card, motherboard, and processor. I plan to use Antec case and power supply. The rest I can figure out. Any input would be appreciated.

pyblood
06-22-2005, 12:04
I would suggest:

Socket 939 Athlon 64 3000+ (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16819103537)
NVIDIA Nforce 3 chipset motherboard (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16813128286)
1GB of PC3200 Corsair Value RAM (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16820145440)
120GB SATA Hard Drive (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822148039)
Lite-On DVD Burner (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16811129127)
9600XT Video Card (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16814102344)
Antec Sonata Case (includes TruePower PS) (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16811129127)

This should be around $700

fastvfr
06-22-2005, 13:22
That is some pretty good advice, but IMHO a GeForce 6600GT would serve the video side far better than that ATI card...and the prices are similar. Just make sure it is an AGP card, as many are PCIe and are incompatible with slightly-older MOBOs.

But, yeah, this is how I usually set a cheap gaming rig up. All the parts are dependable and fairly powerful; the rig will not need to be upgraded for some time to come.

pyblood
06-22-2005, 15:04
I did a little more bargain hunting, and you can upgrade to PCI Express for a little more:

Socket 939 Athlon 64 3000+ (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16819103537)
MSI NVIDIA Nforce4 chipset motherboard (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813130491)
1GB of PC3200 Corsair Value RAM (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16820145440)
120GB SATA Hard Drive (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822148039)
Lite-On DVD Burner (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827106988)
600XT PCI Express Video Card (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814127142)
Antec Sonata Case (includes TruePower PS) (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16811129127)

This is around $700. I canít think of any games that your nephew wonít be able to play on this PC. The 3000+ should overclock pretty well, so you can get a little more power that way. The Antec Case is real nice (I have one at home), and the TruePower PS should be have enough juice.

jack19512
06-22-2005, 22:19
Thanks for the help. I really appreciate it. pyblood, the link for the lite-on DVD burner kept taking me to the Antec Sonata case but I found it okay. Thanks again :)

mitchshrader
06-23-2005, 02:14
Real world, you can do a Lot Worse than your a7n8x, IF you put either a mobile 2600, or a 333 FSB 2600 (and up it to 400FSB) ..

the Nforce2 motherboard allows you to run dual channel ram, & with decent timings on the ram you'll gain 3-5% (a substantial amount, in comp benchmark terms).

I just bought some OCZ ram with Very Nice timings at a good price,
following the lead of some intelligent person..

If you're concerned about overclocking, this is to know.
Mobile chips are unlocked, and picked from the best, as they have to adjust multiplyers for the 'powersaving' feature. You can do the OC without heart flutters or frying your chip. Admitted, get some directions, but it's a 2 minute, do it once and forget, process.

LiteOn is a fine brand, SATA is a choice, which doesn't matter terribly much in a gaming application.. I use ATA133 and don't cringe to admit it.

What you want more'n anything else, is a fast processor, and fast ram, and a FAST (as opposed to Big) graphics card. 256 megs of graphic memory isn't better than 128megs of slightly faster.. and often considerably more expensive. I'd say read ratings, count pennies, and PROBABLY get an Nvida based card, just on bang/buck.

AGP 8x is gonna work fine for you at your budget level. Cutting Edge stuff Costs A Lot, so worry about a nice balanced, cool, happy machine. A gig of Ram, your motherboard, your processor, and your graphics card are all gonna be in the same general ballpark.

If you pinch those four things very carefully, you'll have just enough left for a hard drive, floppy, burner, and case. IF you find yourself shy somewhere, (and it's a tight squeeze @ 700$) much as I hate to admit it, you probably can get away with a fairly low end case and power supply. Probably. and upgrade the P/S first sale goes by after you grow new money.

Every time I try to build a good 700$ comp, it costs 850, but it's a VERY GOOD 700$ comp.

Rotsa Ruck!



;)

RaiderRodney
06-23-2005, 08:10
I support pyblood's 2nd post ;) These guys are great! Good luck on your build!