I have $1000 and want to build a new computer v. 2005

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  1. Johnny Sack

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    I've never built a computer before. From most people are saying it is pretty easy and I'm up for it. I want something that can play games such as Half Life 2, but I'm not looking to increase my ping time with loads of money - I just want to play a stable game. I don't play a lot of games either, so I'm not expecting to upgrade for a while. That's really all I'm looking for, since right now I have some 8mb intel video card and other specs. A nice sound card would be good too, and possibly some speakers :) I'm not looking for a monitor. Thanks for any help I may recieve.
     
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    All you need is a 6600GT for a graphics card. They run usually around 200$

    Getting a Socket 939 mobo w/ PCI-E would be a great idea as well
     
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    You can get a new 9800pro for less than 200$ these days. That should run HL2 fine.
     
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    Those sound good....6800 seems a bit pricey though, so I'm going with the 6600 unless its really suggested or if I suddenly change my mind. I guess in regards to hard drive I'll get a 74 mb western digital...any suggestions in regards to a case, processor, ram, and anything else?
     
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    KGB ate my bread Made you look.

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    Case? You can see the one I just bought. Heavy and big, but very cool features.

    Are you looking to spend little money(100$ or less) or a lot (100$+ range)?

    As for the 9800pros, check out around the internet.
    http://www.mwave.com/mwave/viewspec.hmx?scriteria=AA34370 - 256mb OEM (no box, just CDs and manuals)

    Circuit City has the 128mb 9800pro on sale for 179$ till midnight tonight (sale is from 6pm to midnight).

    I'm sure you can find better prices as well.
     
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    Oh, I thought the 9800 and the 256mbs went together. Is the difference betweem the 9800 and 9600 larger regardless of mb?

    I don't care too much about the case...so I'm trying to keep that one low.
     
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    And should I just go to Fry's to get the stuff as opposed to waiting and having the shipping fee?
     
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    9600 Pro wouldn't be ideal for a good gaming rig. IT's got less pixel pipelines, and lower clocked memory.

    I'd get a 9800Pro or at least a 9700pro, or their Nvidia coutnerparts (whatever's close to their specs)
     
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    get a 6600GT, almost the same price as a 9800PRO, and a much better card.
     
  11. Johnny Sack

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    A friend put this together for me...

    CPU
    AMD Athlon64 3000+ Winchester -- $146 + $0.99 shipping
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=19-103-501&depa=1

    Motherboard
    EpoX EP-9NPAJ -- $92 + $2.99 shipping
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=13-123-243&depa=1

    Memory
    Corsair XMS 1GB (2x512MB) PC3200 -- $159.50 + $4.33 shipping
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=20-145-450&depa=1

    Video Card
    Rosewill ATI Radeon X800XL $279.99 + $4.99 shipping
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=14-164-041&depa=1

    Hard Drive
    Hitachi 160GB SATA $90.50 + $3.99 shipping
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=22-145-051&depa=1

    Optical Drive
    Lite-On 16X DVD+/- Burner $54.99 + $4.00 shipping
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=27-106-967&depa=1

    Floppy
    Sony 1.44MB 3.5” Floppy Drive $8.00 + $3.00 shipping
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=21-103-109&depa=1

    Case
    CODEGEN 6209 $32.50 + $15.99 shipping
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=11-182-048&depa=1

    Power Supply
    Thermaltake 430W $42 + $6.99 shipping
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=17-153-023&depa=1


    Subtotal: $905.48
    Total: $1022.92


    What do you guys think? Should I just get these from newegg and wait it out or go shop around?
     
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    Parabellum Molon Labe!

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    That looks good. I just put together a box with similar specs and it's been running fine for about a week.
     

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