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$700 Budget for a PC

Q: $700 Budget for a PC

I have $700 to use for a PC setup. I originally was just going to customize a Dell from the Dell web site until I saw how severally overprice many components were and even way outdated! Therefore I want to build my own with parts through Newegg.

Here's what I have so far:
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=12032652
I already have a Sata hard drive and THIS power supply so those 2 items can be excluded.

Can anyone tell me for sure the processor,motherboard,memory and case that I picked would all be compatible with each other?

I play on adding a video card down the road also. I remember reading but not sure if it was this specific motherboard, but one of them said it didn't have integrated video so I'm curious as to how you'd even install a video card with no video to install the drivers?

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Preferred Solution: $700 Budget for a PC

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: $700 Budget for a PC

$700 is a bit more than a budget computer...

You have an OS to install? At least until Windows7 comes out?

I would go with the following (order of your list)
1 - Case: Pretty much anything that is Rosewill = crap. Want a good basic black case with good airflow, try this:
Antec 300 $55 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042 (IS your PSU 24pin and 4pin wires very long? Many of todays cases such as the 300 has the PSU on the bottom)

2 - Keyboard, $7 keyboards won't last long. A good cheap keyboard is an HP or Logitech for $15+ But none of them are as good as what was made 10-15years ago.

3 - Spend $40~50 more on a 24" Samsung. Acer tends to be washed out. Over at Costco, they sell the 24" Samsung for $200. $250 with HD-Tuner and HDMI input. (Add $50 from newegg) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001280

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Produc...=0&Ntx=mode+matchallpartial&Nty=1&topnav=&s=1

4 - With AMD DDR2 boards, its generally best to go with DDR2-800mhz: RAM 4GB DDR2 800 - $47 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682014518 G.Skills are good, I use them.

5 - Mice : Check out Logitech... $5~10 mice tend to live for a month or so. Spend at least $15+ Good mice are $30~50.

6 - Motherboard The 790 doesn't have onboard graphics. Not sure what you're asking. If you buy a motherboard without on-board graphics and you don't add a video card, you DON'T get video. If you buy a motherboard with onbaord graphics, you do. Here are two ATI 785G boards with onboard video... they are quite good. Cost less, just as fast and newer than the 790.

MB Gigabyte 785 $90 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128395 (ATX 2x 16x slots)
MB Gigabyte 785 $80 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128394 (mATX)

Your 500w OCZ PSU is good enough for ATI 4850 and 5700 series video cards. I'd go for a 5770 or 5750 which comes out next month.

So spend a bit less on the mobo and case, put a bit more money on KEY / mouse and monitor. A 24" screen is sweet.

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My current computer:

Dell Dimension 4550

Penitum 4 Northwood 2.4ghz s478 (does not support prescott cpus )
350w Power supply
Nvidia 6600 OC
2 gigs of RAM (Max on Mobo)

I have $200, what can I buy to get decent FPS on TF2, currently I am sitting at 20fps.

Thanks in advance.
 

A:$200 budget what can I do.

Basically nothing. TF2 relies too much on the CPU for a graphics+power supply upgrade, which you could afford, to make any difference. A new motherboard, CPU, RAM and OS are out of your budget. ~80 $ for a decent motherboard, 110$ for a really good one, 50-80 for RAM, 80-130-150-190 for a CPU, 90-150 for an OS.
 

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Making new computer 6-8 monitors (8 preferred) for 80% business 20% gaming.

Need a completely silent case so I don't hear the fans or whatever.

Right now I'm looking at 2x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133165 for videocards.

Soundcard?
Speakers?

CPU?
mobo?

HD?RAM?

and what kind of monitors should i get? I use 2 ultrasharp 20.5" dell ones atm (1600x1200 res)

any recommendations is appreciated. also wanna hook up a wiimote and a wireless internet card.
 

A:$10,000 Budget

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I just bought the HIS HD 4670 IceQ Edition 1GB graphics card and its bottle necking on my pc..

My current cpu is intel pentium 3ghz..

I got £100 was less.. Which cpu would be best ??

I need intel socket 775

I want to play my GTA IV... I no my NEW graphics card not amazing.. But it can play GTA IV.. Its on youtube.. reviews etc.. But it lags.. and my current cpu was like 98 usage in benchmark test :L

Also play cod4
 

A:What CPU should I buy on a £100 budget?

I was thinking maybe

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/139971
 

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I am eventually going to build a budget pc, but for now im trying to understand the parts as much as I can. For the cpu i wanted to know what the discription of the cpu
is, for Ex. "Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge 3.2GHz (3.6GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i53470"
For the "3470", I wanted know what that means, like if its overclockable by that much. as well as the "Intel HD Graphics 2500", does that mean what type of graphics card it is compatable with are something else. If any one can help explain these things to me I would be very much greatful. those discriptions above are the only ones I need thank you.
 

A:Budget PC

Start by Googling & reading.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2405044,00.asp

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5871/intel-core-i5-3470-review-hd-2500-graphics-tested
 

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So, this computer that I'm thinking about started out cheap, but has gotten a little more expensive over time. This is the first build I will be attempting, so this is pretty cool for me. After having multiple computers from places like Dell, I've decided to just build my own. This computer will be used for a range of things, including some gaming (stuff like Tomb Raider: Legend), Internet, Music/Video, School, and so on. Here is what I have so far (just looking at Newegg right now):

- Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case -- $99.99
- GIGABYTE GA-EP43-UD3L LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard -- $79.99
- Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor -- $ 119.99
- Rosewill RC-204 IDE to SATA Mini Vertical Bridge (for IDE device) -- $14.99 (I have 3 IDE drives and 1 port (2 devices) on the mobo)
- Thermaltake Purepower W0100RU 500W ATX 12V 2.0 Power Supply -- $59.99, $39.99 after rebate
- G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL6D-4GBNQ -- $47.99
- SAPPHIRE 100225L Radeon HD 3870 512MB 256-bit GDDR4 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card -- $74.99, $64.99 after rebate

Totaling: $467.93

I am using from my old computer:
- 120 GB Seagate SATA HDD
- 120 GB WD Caviar IDE HDD
- D-Link WDA-2320 PCI Wireless Card
- Some Hauppage TV tuner (I don't remember the model)
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A:Budget Rig

Try this as an alternative build:

AMD Phenom II X2 550 Callisto 3.1GHz Black Edition 6MB L3 Cache CPU - Retail - $102 + free shipping
ASUS M3A76-CM AM2+/AM2 AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail - $59.99
OCZ Fatal1ty Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit - Retail - $49.99 ($39.99 after $10 rebate) + free shipping
XFX GeForce 9800GTX+ 512MB PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card - Retail - $89.99
BFG LS-550 550W PSU with Active PFC - Retail - $68.49 + free shipping
Antec Nine Hundred Mid-Tower Gaming Case - Retail - $111.22 + free shipping
You can go with the Corsair 400CX instead of the BFG PSU if the latter is out of your budget.
 

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Greetings everyone. As a result of my recent lemon from CyberPower, I have decided to just build a new gaming rig myself.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Tonight I am going to tweak and further research some build ideas, but there is always some one on here who has some useful insights to offer.
 

A:$1,900 budget

Hi PYGMUS. I'm assuming your budget excludes the cost of a monitor and peripherals such as mouse, keyboard and speakers.

Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz - $299.99
ASUS Rampage III Formula LGA 1366 Intel X58 - $299.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 - $139.99
Seasonic SS-850HT 850W Power Supply - $119.99
2x MSI N460GTX CYCLONE 1GD5/OC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB - $439.98
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB - $74.99
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Black Steel ATX Full Tower - $139.99

Total - $1,514.92

With the remaining cash you could get yourself a good aftermarket CPU HSF and other components of your choice and requirement. You could look towards getting a Blu Ray Drive or SSD if you're interested.
 

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Q: Budget

I wanted to know if any of you guys could help me with creating a budget sheet in Excel 2010 to track all the different people I owe money too and how much I have paid and remaining balance, with dates for each entry. Thanks in Advance!!
 

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Hi Everybody!

I need some help with my HP Compaq Presario SR5030NX Desktop PC. Lately I have noticed that it has been running low on memory and the performance has been slow. I have already upgraded my RAM to the max capacity (2GB /2 GB (max) ) and I have been running into problems when trying to do general things like surf the net, run WMP11, and some general multitasking. WMP will start skipping as I am running an application or browsing the internet or I will have slow loading times.

I am just wondering if there is anything I can do to improve its performance by not breaking the bank. I have thought about buying a non integrated graphics card to free up memory but I would also need a new PSU since I am working with stock. Could buying a new Mobo with more RAM expansion and a faster processor help or is there anything that you all could think of?

I use my PC for listening to music, surfing the internet, editing videos, and business applications.

Here are a few of my specs:

Desktop PC HP Compaq Presario SR5030NX
Processor Intel Pentium 4 641 / 3.2 GHz
Type & Installed Size L2 cache 2 MB
Chipset type Intel 945GC Express
RAM 2GB / 2 GB (max) PC2-4200 DDR2 SDRAM
Hard Drive 160 GB Serial ATA-300 7200rpm
Graphics Intel GMA 950
OS Windows Vista Home Basic
Security / Utility Software Norton Internet Security (always on), PC Tools Spyware Doctor (occasionally on), PC Tools Registry Mechanic (occasionally on)
 

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Gentlemen,

I am building a low budget PC for a friend of mine. He would like the system for a couple of music mixing programs and to play a few lower end games. Here is what I put together from NewEgg. Let me know what you think.

Case
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16811129150

Mobo
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16813123219

CPU
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16819104224

RAM
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16820144310

Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16822144362

OS
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16837102151

For the graphics card, I have an old PNY GF4-4400 w/64MB that I can give him. Do you think this would be a good barebones system for him? Any problems that you might see?

Joe
 

A:Low Budget PC

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I want to start budgeting my money monthly.

Is there a good program to help me with this?
 

A:Budget Software!!!

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I've finally come into enough money so that I can buy myself a desktop. No more using moms'! Anyway, the most I can spend is 800$ US money. I don't know a lot about computers ( I'm still learning from reading things) so I was wondering if I could get help from people who knew more about it than I do. Currently I'm looking at this:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=999977300050015&type=product&id=pcmprd77200050015
I figured that anything budget doesn't have a good graphics card so maybe I can invest in one of those later. I do like play games even if I have to have them run at less than the best options. Basically, I want to be able to multi-task without having to fear a dreaded slow down. The last comp I got was e-machine and it short-changed me on RAM so it had some problems running XP. I don't want to run into that problem again. The sites I've been looking at are Bestbuy and Newegg. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated. ^^
 

A:Buying Budget: Need help

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i need to buy a laptop and l am hoping to spend about $600 , should l go for the dell brand or the hp brand, which is more durable?? particularly which type. Morever l am typically looking for more of an entertainment laptop
 

A:Laptop: what to get on a $600 budget?

Really its User preference
There's a laptop made for everyone

I prefer Dell, but your choice
 

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Im currently looking for a 144 hz monitor. Preferably 27 inch but obviously doesnt fit my budget (below $300). Therefore I have to go with the 24 inches (not bad either). I'm currently deciding between 3 monitors all in stock on amazon.
Amazon.com: BenQ XL Series XL2411Z 24-Inch LED Monitor: Computers & Accessories

Amazon.com: Philips 242G5DJEB 144hz, 1ms Extreme Performance 24-Inch Professional Gaming Monitor: Computers & Accessories

Amazon.com: AOC G2460PQU 144hz, 1ms Ultimate Performance 24-Inch Professional Gaming Monitor: Computers & Accessories

It's hard to decide which one since i have no experience in these monitors.

A:Best budget 144 hz monitor

Graphic card specs? I'm not an expert with graphics, but I do know that sometimes a midrange graphics card can limit performance on a great monitor and vice versa for an average monitor hooked up to a great GFX card..... just food for thought.

From personal experience the best thing you can do when buying any monitor (or TV) is to look at it yourself. You can't always hook up your own device to it, but by checking it out in person you can see what really pops and what looks good to your own eyes. Try to get over to a best buy or microcenter or someplace where they have these monitors you're looking into and check them out yourself! Doesn't have to be the same exact size as the one you're looking for, if they come in multiple sizes, as long as it's the same family of monitors.

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Hi I'm new to the forum and I'd like some help please. I just bought a budget PC and would like to know where to look to upgrade it or if that was even possible.

Its an eMachines E4082 desktop running XP.

Intel Pentium D 820 (Each at 2.80ghz)
ATI Radeon Xpress 200 with available PCI Express slot (Pretty sure this is an onboard card)
512 MB DDR2 RAM

Basically what I would like to find out is if I can upgrade this machine and the best places to look. How do I find out if graphics cards will be compatible? Will any DDR2 RAM work with it? Really am a newbie with PC's when it comes to the hardware side but I would like to play a few older PC games on the machine.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

A:Budget PC gaming

Welcome to Tech Spot and please read through this.

http://72.14.205.104/search?q=cache...ating+system+problem&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=3&gl=ca
 

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I want to upgrade to a DX11 card, my current card is in my specs. My budget is up to ?120

I just want to know which is the best card in this range and how much of an improvement to gaming will I get.

I use Overclockers UK for all my pc upgrades.

A:Need advice for someone on a budget

Asus GeForce GTX 460 Direct CU TOP 768MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card with HAWX2 PC-Game [] Graphics and Video NVIDIA GTX 460 Series

130 quid.

This is similar to what I am using. Mine has the 1GB chip. I've been using it for 3 months and no problems.
Your monitor resolution is similar to mine so it would suit your system well.
I can run AVP Benchmark with no glitches.

Mike

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Am trying to decide between Lenovo G500 15.6" Laptop 4GB Memory 1TB Hard Drive 59399508 - Best Buy

and HP Pavilion 17.3" Laptop 4GB Memory 750GB Hard Drive 17-e019dx - Best Buy.

This will be for Windows 7 multi-tasking on internet, Office, streaming video, Skype, no gaming. The RAM will be doubled to 8gb.

The HP 17" screen for about the same weight is fast with Corei3 4000 Haswell processor which compares favorably with the Lenovo's Core i5 3230. But a possible fatal flaw is the flimsy power port with elbow plug which falls out. Best Buy says they will replace the PC with another one since it isn't a known flaw for the model and extend the return period so I can compare them side-by-side.

Which do you think is best, and why?

A:Which of these budget laptops is best?

Hi Greg .. I have two Lenovos one a Desktop which i have had for for over two years the other one a Laptop which is in my System Specs ...Neither of them have given me any bother in all that time ... So i would say for reliability Lenovo wins hands down .. Apart from that side of things i think the Lenovos are better made .. I have had an HP Laptop in the past that was a number of years ago .. And it did preform well but i think their standards have dropped .. I see a lot of Laptops on here with problems HP rate as one of the highest a long with Sony .. Maybe that is because not many people have Lenovos .. Before i joined the Forums i had all the Bloatware that came with the Laptop and even with that it was still fast booting time was around 20/30 Seconds .. Thanks to you i done a Clean Install and now it is even better .. I think your best bet is to try them both for awhile and see how they compare ...

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I just finished setting up my 2006-2007 budget. When I call-up a Profit & Loss Report or a Budget Analysis Report there are expense and income items in these reports that are NOT included in my budget. How do I rid myself of these items. They have already been de-activated in my Chart of Accounts. Thanks in advance for your help.
 

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First, you have to give us some important information, stated as follows:

What are you going to use the PC for?
Gaming, Gameplay Recording [Playclaw], Programming, Video/Picture Editing

How much is your budget?
1,000 USD

Are you willing to buy online?
Yes

Are you going to re-use any parts from an earlier build?
No

Do you need other peripherals like a monitor, keyboard and mouse, among others?
Monitor + Headset + Keyboard

Have you already bought any parts?
No

Do you have an Operating System (OS)?
Yes, Windows 7 Professional

Will you need any aftermarket cooling, such as a CPU\GPU cooler or a watercooling setup?
It depends on if I decide to OC my CPU (assume yes for CPU)
 

A:Gaming rig $1,000 budget

What's wrong with the PC listed in your specs?
 

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New Computer - Low Budget.

I have an acquaintence that is seeking to purchase a new computer. No monitor as he wants to purchase a monitor separately - a large one. He uses computer mostly for email and web searching. A little photo editing. No movies. No sophisticated programs.

He does not want a used or remanufactured computer.

My view is that the more RAM the better. There are less expensive computers but with less RAM.

He thinks that "Pentium" is better than AMD. I tried to explain that both manufacturers now make multiple chips with some being better than others with each brand.

What is your opinion of Intet chip versus AMD chip?

What is anyones opinion of the below new computer?

For US $398.00.



CPU1 : AMD Athlon? II X2 dual-core processor 235e
(2.7GHz, 2MB L2 cache)Operating System2 : Genuine Windows? 7 Home Premium 64-bitChipset : NVIDIA? GeForce? 6150 SEMemory3 : 6144MB DDR2 dual-channel (2 ? 1024MB + 2 ? 2048MB)
Expandable to 8GB
4 DDR2 slots (total), 0 DDR2 slot (available)Hard Drive4 : 750GB 7200rpm SATAOptical Drive : 16x DVD?R/RW Supermulti drive
Write max: 16x DVD?R, 6x DVD-RW, 8x DVD+RW, 8x DVD?R DL, 5x DVD-RAM, 48x CD-R, 32x CD-RW
Read max: 16x DVD-ROM, 40x CD-ROMMedia Reader5 : Multi-in-one digital media card reader
CompactFlash? I & II, CF+ Microdrive, Secure Digital? (SD) Card, miniSD? Card, MultiMediaCard? (MMC), MMCmobile?, MMCmicro?, Reduced-Size MultiMediaCard? (RS-MMC), xD-Picture Card?, Memory Stick?, Memory Stick ... Read more

A:New Computer - Low Budget

That does not seem like a half-bad machine to me. Who is the manufacturer?

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Hey everyone im looking for parts to uprgade on a budget because my old parts arent workin to run many newer games. I am currently running a 2Ghz P4, 2Gb Patriot ddr400, an ATI Radeon 9800 PRo, and a cheapo MSI motherboard. Im looking to get a new motherboard, video card, and processor. what would you suggest for a 500-700 dollar price range? I play Oblivion. Counter Strike: Source, and fear all on medium right now, but i am preparing for the next gen of games. Thnx!
 

A:Looking for budget PC parts

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Hi guys. I am planning to buy a new laptop but I am running quite short and on a budget. I do lot of graphic designing and programming as a student but like other teens out there I also love to play PC games. I research a lot and finally I had found something.

MSI F-Series FX420X
PRODUCT SPECIFICATION

Processor:

Intel Core i5-2410M (2.30GHz, 3M Cache)
with TurboBoost up to 2.90GHz ]
Sandy Bridge Processor

Chipset
Mobile Intel HM65 Express Chipset

Memory:
8GB DDR3

Hard Disk Drive:
500GB

Optical Disk Drive:

DVD Super MultiDrive

Graphics:
ATI Radeon 6470 Graphics
with 1GB DDR3 VRAM

Network:
Integrated 10/100/1000
Integrated 802.11 bgn

Physical:
Dimension: 350 X 234 X 33.5mm
Weight: approx. 2.20 kg

Display:
14" TFT LCD

Webcam:
1.3MP Web Camera available

Audio
THX Sound

Battery:
6- Cell Battery

Ports:
USB 2.0 port x2
with USB 3.0 Port x2
Multi-in-One Card Reader

Features:
The Latest 2nd Generation Intel® Core ™ i5 Processor
14" TFT-LCD Widescreen Display
Sound by -MSI Premium Sound
THX TruStudio Pro to provide excellent surround sound effect
MSI Cinema Pro Technology offers consumers the finest movie viewing experience.
MSI GPU Boost Technology
Latest & fastest data transfer technology USB 3.0
I admired its great features and its stylish design and texture. Moreover it is quiet cheap for its specs (Not sure if its in sale).
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A:Gamer on A Budget

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I was looking to buy the G500 but apparently, judging from the reviews, it doesn't last for more than one year because the left click breaks often and other common problems.


And yes, I've made 2 topics in a short timespan. ?

A:I'm looking for a mouse with a budget of $50 - 60

Computer Mouse: Explorer Touch Mouse | Microsoft Hardware

Something I'd like to try out. Might not bewhat you're looking for though.

Do say more specifically what you'd prefer, such as wireless, dpi, etc.

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I have to get a new PC(excluding GPU and PSU)

I'm thinking of these items. Please help me choose what's better:

MB: http://www.amazon.com/M5A99FX-PRO-R2-0-990FX-Motherboard/dp/B008B6ONXK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370722343&sr=8-1&keywords=M5A99FX+PRO+R2.0

CPU: Amazon.com: AMD FX-8350 FX-Series Eight-Core Processor Edition, Black AM3+ FD8350FRHKBOX: Computers & Accessories

RAM: Amazon.com: Kingston HyperX Beast 16 GB Kit (2x8 GB) 2400MHz DDR3 PC3-19200 Non-ECC CL11 DIMM XMP Desktop Memory KHX24C11T3K2/16X: Computers & Accessories

Cooler: Amazon.com: Cooler Master Seidon 120M Liquid CPU Water Cooling System with Copper Heatsink and 120mm Radiator - 1 Fan: Electronics

HD: Amazon.com: Seagate Barracuda 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 3Gb/s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Desktop Hard Drive ST310005N1A1AS-RK-Retail Kit: Computers & Accessories

Please provide your inputs.

A:Building PC--500-600$ budget

Personally, I wouldn`t buy anything off Amazon.

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Hi guys,

Long time no post But I require a little bit of help with this build of mine. I am planning to get an AMD system with a budget of $550-600 CAD (after tax).

My main concern is to get a "future-proof" mobo (with DVI/HDMI output), PSU and case.

My mobo should have
- AM3
- onboard gpu
- USB 3.0
- SATA 3 (6gb/s)
- DIMMs Expandable to 16GB DDR3
- at least 1 PCIE x16 lane
- mATX form is acceptable

PSU requirements:
- 600W min
- 80 Plus Certified efficiency
- Dual 12V Rails w/ min 34A total
- 2 x 6 pin PCIE power connector (with at least one of them being 6+2 PCIE)
- at least 4 SATA power connectors
- Modular if possible, otherwise not an exact requirement

CASE
Anything that's cheap but has good airflow with at least 1 side vent for cooling GPUs. I've seen Antec 300 at $49.99 CAD, but I'm open to suggestions.

CPU can be any AM3 that will fit the budget
RAM - at least 4GB DDR3
HDD - 400-500GB SATAII (cheapest)
DVDRW - Any LG or Samsung 22x

I appreciate any help you can provide me.


So far, here is what I've found:

Mobo- GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H SKT AM3 AMD890GX+SB850
https://www.infonec.com/site/main.php?module=detail&id=450737

CPU- AMD Athlon II X4 630 Quad Core Processor Socket AM3 2.8GHZ (95W TDP)
https://www.infonec.com/site/main.php?module=detail&id=449645

RAM- OCZ Gold 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) - CL9
https://www.infonec.com/site/main.php?module=detail&id=449574

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A:New budget build

You can save money on the power supply and the memory, but first, what are your planned uses of the new computer.
Look at memory at www.crucial.com or Directron.com
Consider a quality power supply, but you don't need more than 450 o4 500 W if it is truly a good one.
The Western Digital Black is a good choice,as is the LG
Be very certain your motherboard will fit the case you get... when the CPU and fan are included.
 

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I just built a new gaming rig, and plan on redesignating my older machine as a home server.

The rig I just built contains:

Athlon II X3 440 (Rana)
MSI 870A-G54 Military Class mainboard
OCZ Fatality 550w psu
Zalman CNPS9900 NT cpu cooler
4GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 RAM
1x 800GB WD Caviar Green
and is all wrapped up in a CoolerMaster Cosmos S

The MSI Mainboard has an "EZ Overclocking" Console that allows me to underclock it for better cooling, or Overclock it up to 7% (with the preset settings). I can also manually overclock it, though while I would like to believe I am advanced enough to do this without damaging my system, I simply am not.

I am also aware that the 440 Rana may have an unlockable 4th core, though I have been unsuccessful in all my attempts to unlock it. I haven't tried changing voltages to the cores to try stabilizing the processor as of yet.

My question is- Has anyone built a system with this MB/CPU combination, and if so, is there anyone that has been successful in unlocking the 4th core? How did you do it? Would you be willing to post voltages, clock speeds, etc?

This is the first machine I have attempted to overclock, so if anyone can help me with this I would appreciate it.

(I didn't include a graphics card in the specs because I haven't purchased one yet. I'm currently using an old Nvidia 9600gso as a stand-in)
 

A:New budget gaming rig

There's a reason the 4th core is locked, it was tested and concluded defective after production. Don't cause yourself more problems than solutions.
 

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This is what I'm running right now. At this current time, I would like my computer to at least be able to not lag or slow down while in raids in the game World of Warcraft. This is where my computer is definitely lacking.

Motherboard Model: Asus Puffer
Motherboard Chipset: Intel 915P (Grantsdale-P) + ICH6

Processor: Intel Pentium 4 520 @ 2800.0 MHz

Memory: 3x 1024 MB PC3200 DDR-SDRAM

Video Adapter: ATI Radeon X700 Pro (RV410)
Video Memory: 256 MB GDDR3 SDRAM

Monitor: HP F1703 Flatscreen

Drives: Seagate ST3160021A
Drive Size: 160 GB

Audio: Intel 82801FB ICH6- High Definition Audio
Creative SB0310 Audigy LS Sound Card

This is what I have in my computer currently according to HWINFO32. If there's anything else that you need to know, please let me know.

I would like to upgrade my computer if possible, or if I'm able to replace components as I go, in efforts to replace everything in the end, in a budgetly manner if that makes sense.

@red1776, would using any of the components that you listed in your budget build work for replacing here and there with what I have?

Thanks for any and all the help guys.
 

A:Help with budget build

is this it?
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&docname=c00208497

I would recommend replacing just about everything.
Budget?
 

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Hi xD

I'm in desperate need of a new computer... my current Dell-apitated comp is held together by bubblegum. Being a poor student, I drew up this list and am hoping to get it critiqued. I don't have much money, and I think this is the best system I can get for under $1000. I'm gonna salvage my monitor, sound card and DVD drives from this computer, so that's not an issue. Please give me some feedback, thank you!

Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 Conroe 2.33GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16819115030

ASUS P5B LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16813131030

COOLER MASTER Centurion 534 RC-534-KKN2-GP Black Aluminum & Mesh bezel / SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16811119106

Rosewill RP500-2 ATX12V v2.01 500W Power Supply 115/230 V CSA, CB, TUV, FCC, UL - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16817182016

CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16820145034

EVGA 320-P2-N815-AR GeForce 8800GTS 320MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16814130038

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A:Budget PC Quest

Choose another Power supply... a real 450~500watt type.
Coolermaster, Zalman, OCZ (i recommened) make 500watt PSUs for about $90~120.

Rosewell = crap. (in nice words)
 

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Ok,
I thought I had to go AMD for price so I purchased:

AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750 2.7GHz Socket AM2+ 95W Dual-Core black edition


Foxconn A7GM-S AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Now I am getting a lot of feedback that I should have stuck with Intel for my new build. So who can come up with a better Intel CPU & Mobo at around $150? E5200 with mobo? Would it be worth it to send the AMD back? Would I need a cooler for whatever you can come up with or is stock ok?

Which would be better upgradable?

Am adding it to:

Crucial 2GB DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Desktop Memory

Western Digital WD 3200AAKS Caviar SE16 320GB SATA II 7200 Rpm 16MB Cache SATA Hard Drive

Group Blue Storm II 500W ATX 2.2 SLI Ready Active PFC Power Supply

GPU: Radeon X1950PRO 256MB PCIe GDDR3

I already have purchased these other components and got many at better prices than NewEgg so not inclined to change them, except maybe add memory.

This will be a XP system with only occasional WoW gaming ect.
 

A:AMD or Intel CPU Budget

7750 or e5200, the difference your not going to see.

go with whats cheaper.

i tested the 7750, it is no doubt amd's best dual core chip in the athlon x2 line.
i tested it against the x2 6400.

clock for clock, the 7750 came out on top, and the temp difference was amazing.
the 7750 ran 10C cooler in the same system.

3.4Ghz is a good stable overclock on the 7750. (2.7 stock)
thats a 700mhz overclock.

i cant speak on the e5200 overclocking, because i have not owned one myself.
im sure it can overclock past 3.4 tho, given you have a good cpu cooler.

but what im trying to say, either chip you get, the performance is almost identical to the other.

here is my 6400 vs 7750 chart i made @ another site after a couple of bencharmarks were completed.

test system:
asus m2n-e 570 ultra mobo
ocz platinum ddr2 800 ram
evga gtx 280
x2 7750 and x2 6400


the 3dmark score is cpu score only, the actual scores both are in the 12k range, but that is thanks to the gpu.

edit: get a getter video card than that x1900 series.
if your going ati, grab a 4830 if you can afford it, its about $100
if you want nvidia, grab a 9600gso, its less than $100, and its a great budget card.
 

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I do not live in the US so rebate would not apply to me, so I am asking which of these laptops i found at tigerdirect.com would be the best. I am just playing games that do not really need that much, (world of warcraft, need for speed carbon and counter strike). thanks for any information given.
It is of urgency sorry my dad says i have to tell him today. Thing is he only told me today to choose lol
 

A:Trying to work with a budget of under $580.

I have moved your thread to the correct forum and deleted your other thread for this subject.

Regards Howard
 

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Well most the parts are used but who cares lol, they were bought off anandtech and hardforum.

Used- MSI K8NGM-V 24$
Used- Kingston 512MB DDR400 35$ *Shoulda waited for better deal
New- ARCTIC COOLING ALPINE64 15$
Used- My old emachine 300W PSU
Used- My old Xion XON-103 Case with 80CFM Fans
Used- Mobile Athlon64 3200+ Clawhammer (1MB L2) 22$ *Worth 80+ on ebay (seller has 2 more available)
Used- My Lite-On CD Burner from e-Machine
Used- My old Maxtor 200GB IDE Hard Drive (Need to RMA the damned thing)

So this is an example of a LOW budget system bought from used parts that I got a good deal on. It has rather low power comsumption because of mobile processor, it is also cool because the mobile processor has no IHS and would be a quiet system if I didnt put 80CFM fans in my case lol. I just need to RMA my hard drive for a new seagate.

Total Build Cost is 96$ Excluding Old Parts, including shipping.
 

A:New Budget Build!

Wow, can put mobile processor in a desktop? i thought you must use laptop motherboards in order to work properly...

Good job, value for money, value for use (low-power)
 

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Hi, i'll dive straight in and say that i think i need a whole new pc. i think something shorted on my mobo and now nothing works, it won't turn on. ?I think the PSU is ok because after it shutdown (it happened whilst it was on) the fans kept rinng, like they're meant to (Enermax PSU).

So i think i need a new mobo and cpu to go with it, and quite possibly a new graphics card. I'm not worrying about RAM too much because i think i'll probably get that from eBay.

Basically i'm asking for advice on what i could buy, but on a pretty tight budget. I was thinking possibly this cpu AMD Sempron 3000+ and this mobo DFI INFINITY NF4X Socket 754 but nothing's definate yet so i'm fairly flexible.

Thanks in advance

Oh, i found this on eBay too if it's any good
 

A:New pc parts - on a budget

The main qusetion that need answering is what is the pc going to be used for!!
 

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Alrightly. I'm looking to do a massive reconstuct to my computer, While trying not to spend too much on building an entire new system. Namely, I plan I reusing my old Case, unless I can find cheaper, good one that I like. Newegg has some cheap ones but their cases are either very cheap but Crappy (you get what you pay for) or just out of my price range.

Eitherway, This may sound like a silly question but how can you tell if your Case can fit ATX or Micro ATX or maybe both? Also, can anyone suggest a very cheap Motherboard that can support HighEnd Gaming and a Radeon card?

Added to that, I need a Very Cheaper Processor but is at least higher then 1G and can fit the previous stated MotherBoard?
Anyway, if you haven't guessed, I don't really know what I'm talking about. I'm just tring to find the Cheapest Motherbaord/Processor that I could put into my current case but can also easily support my games (this computer can't).
 

A:Looking to Upgrade on a Budget.

Cheap doesn't equal high end gaming. I honestly don't know your definitions of both.

In tech forums, most would tend think $600 graphics card for high end gaming. Such as nForce 6800 GT.

I can't recommend any mobo or CPU that are cheapest and for high end gaming.
 

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Hi

I need a good quality monitor for my parents pc. Something that does at least 85hz at 1024x768. Price of £90-£100. Any suggestions?

BenQ Value V772 seems ok for £86inc vat, but not to sure about the company...

how bout Hansol? the 730E seems ok and is £5 more....

TIA

Raz
 

A:Budget Monitor

if im not mistaken, dells are rebranded benqs. i've heard problems about the p992 with not being magnetically shielded and that, so keep all speakers 1m away. never heard anything bad (or good) about hansol
 

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I only have about $80 bucks US to spend on a vid card for some casual gaming. I was thinking about a FX5200 with 128 mb ram. What are your guys' sugestions on what to buy?
 

A:budget gfx card

Stay away from the 5200. It'll just dissappoint you.

I'd recommend looking for a cheap GeForce4 Ti 4200. You might be able to find one under $80 now.
 

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Hello people.

I want to purchase a new PC within $650(cannot exceed the price range)

What i mainly want to know is about MOBO and PROCESSOR !!

I dont mind AMD or INTEL... i want as much performance i can get

My HDD requirements are : 120 GB (nothing more than that)

and need 17in' or 19 in' LCD monitor

RAM: 1 GB

graphics card : 128MB will be fine .. But if i can afford 256MB within the price, then fine

DVD writer already decided keep $50 for it

Dont care for speakers or keyboard or mouse .. anything that i am comfortable with (So around $20 --> already decided)
I am heavy MULTI-TASKING USER .. Not at all GAMING USER !

I need boost to Browsing experience, Video Encoding and Fast response of my application.

Should really be Vista compatible. Kindly be more descriptive about the hardware you want to suggest me
Kindly Suggest me

MOBO,

PROCESSOR,

Graphics CARD

and other stuff which sums up to $650 .. Need to get performance for every dollar
i live in INDIA... anyways give me the config details

Thanks a lot in Advance
 

A:Help building Budget PC within $650

That lcd monitor realy limits you. A pentium D 820, and a this mobo

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813121035

and a this vid card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814143054
 

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does anyone have knowledge of/experience with the Insignia Tablets? I saw an 11.6" screen model, 32GB, Android 7.0 with a detachable keyboard for $130, which seems fairly reasonable. I only need a tablet for the most basic things: email, surfing the net, etc.

Are there any other tablets in a similar price range? Thank you.
 

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Heya there, I have a budget of around about £150 and I'm looking for the best AGP card to fit that price, preferably NVIDIA as I've had issues with ATI in the past. I want to be able to run games like Half Life 2, or Elder Scrolls Oblivion on high quality.

The rest of my PC is pretty decent, 1GB ram & 3.4Ghz P4. Just need a better GCard.

So, any recommendations? And thanks for any help you can offer
 

A:What's the best AGP card on my budget?

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Okay, so I'm interested in putting together a PC for gaming. So, I've asked around a couple of forums, and I seemed to be getting a lot of mixed messages. Some say I can put together something for around my budget (around $600 or so), others suggest otherwise. I don't know who to listen to, but I obviously hope the former is correct. And I think they are. Maybe it's just wishful thinking on my part, but I mean, I'm fine not being able to play EVERY game, just being able to play SOME is fine with me.

Now, I should mention that I'm not completely comfortable building from scratch. I am however interesting in purchasing a BareBones kit, which if I understand correctly, includes most of the parts pre-installed, and working from there. I saw one containing the case, motherboard, power supply, processor, RAM, and hard drive. So I'd imagine I just need a graphics card, operating system, cooling fan, monitor, keyboard, mouse, and... I don't know, is there anything else I'd need?

Anyway, here's the link to the one I was looking at: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3017995&Sku=A455-2129 L

Now, again, I know very little about these things. I'm not especially tech saavy, but that seems decent, and it's only $250. It's got 512MB of RAM, what I think is a good processor (isn't it?), it supports PCI-e cards, so I figure if I got another 512MB of RAM, a good graphics card, X... Read more

A:Budget gaming PC

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Howdy!

Currently I'm running a Nvidia 6800 on a dell XPS 400 (Making my own next time) with 1 meg RAM and a Pentium D 3Ghz.

I know I need another 1G in RAM, and I was thinking of updating to a Nvidia 8600 card.

I'm on a rather limited budget, and could use some suggestions! Note none of my stuff is OC'd. I'm new to tweaking, don't know how, and cant afford to replace toasted parts just yet.

Do I need a new processor/mobo? (AKA: Scrap and salvage the unit I have into a new box?)
Is the 6800 crap, or am I not running it right?
Whats the consensus on the new 8600's?

Thanks in advance!
 

A:Upgrades on a budget...

Get a new system. You will need a new power supply to add the 8600 card.
You will get little benefit, and substantial risk, if you overclock that board.
The 6800 is not crap. But it is not a gamer video card either.
 

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hello,
I don't know what the difference between budget pc and high-end pc, which one i should buy. I need to know the many aspects of choosing a pc.
Can anyone tell me the difference from hardware, software, ease of use,length of warranty and etc..of a budget pc and high-end pc? Who can tell me how to built my ideal pc?? i'm a college student, as well as my sister is a secondary school student.
 

A:budget pc or high-end pc?

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I am doing a budget build for a client for his small business. His budget was 600.00 for the pc with the OS supplied by him, my labor will be negotiated.

This is what I have for him, nothing major mainly invoices, quicken, etc...

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.asp?ID=6854347

Let me know if you see any issues before I place the order.

Thanks yall
 

A:Doing a budget build

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Hello everyone. I am trying my hand at a first build. I have a low budget and already think I am over it. Check out what I came up with and let me know what you think. It is mainly a Home computer for the internet and some WoW and City of Heroes gaming. thanks for any suggestions.

AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750 2.7GHz Socket AM2+ 95W Dual-Core black edition

Foxconn A7GM-S AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Crucial 2GB DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Desktop Memory

Western Digital WD 3200AAKS Caviar SE16 320GB SATA II 7200 Rpm 16MB Cache SATA Hard Drive

RAIDMAX XFORCE ATX-728WS Silver Aluminum Front Panel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Group Blue Storm II 500W ATX 2.2 SLI Ready Active PFC Power Supply

Rosewill RCX-Z1 Long life ball bearing for over 45,000/hrs CPU Cooler

Need help with a graphics card. 2600XT or 3650 perhaps.
 

A:First Build Low-budget

Nice build there. You could go with this cooler instead though, for $10 more. The added cooling performance is worth it, as is the better reliability. You can spend less on the PSU too and get this one, which will also be more than sufficient.

As for a video card, go with an HD 3650 over a 2600XT. Runs cooler and has better features to boot.
 

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I'm looking for a motherboard for my current ATX case. Currently, if you look at my specs, I am using an ECS L7VMM v1.1 with an AMD Athlon XP 1700+ processor and 512 MB DDR SDRAM. I will upgrade the RAM soon enough but I'd like to know what would be the best solution on a $200 budget, maybe $300 if I can get a halfway decent processor on the cheap. Must have AGP 8x/4x as I currently use GeForce FX 5500 and would like it keep it that way for now. Wouldn't be for anything special other than DOS playability via WIndows 98 and VB programming via Win 2K/XP.

Just some thoughts amongst the community about which one would be the better overall product for me.

Thanks in advance.
 

A:Upgrading on a budget

Well, are you hoping to recycle any parts from your current setup or are you wanting to have 2 total?

Take a look at this bit I stole from Rage_3k_Moiz in this thread.




Try this build:

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Brisbane 2.6GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail - $59.99
GIGABYTE GA-MA78GM-S2H AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail - $79.99
G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail - $34.99
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM - $74.99
Antec earthwatts EA380 380W ATX12V v2.0 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail - $39.99
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail - $54.95
Grand Total = $303.92 without considering shipping on some items (Shipping is free for most of them). A nice sturdy system that will last long and will do everything you want it to effortlessly. It gives you expansion options too, with a PCI Express slot on the motherboard and a PSU capable of supporting any card upto an 8800GT (Just in case you think of delving into the addiction that is PC gaming ).Click to expand...

I think you'll have some difficulties getting 98 to run properly on a modern system, so you may be better off running 98 in a virtual machine from within XP on that.

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I have a Monitor with me , looking for phenom x3, which one is best in my budget, suggest a good mobo with sufficient onboard graphics
Thanking you
 

A:AMD desktop in the budget of $700

Why AMD? You can build an Intel system that is much more powerful for the same price.
 

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Hey guys.I posted on here awhile ago about doing a cheap upgrade to my pc.Well I ended up having car troubles and couldnt get around to it.Finally I have the money/time now to do a couple things and I am once again looking for help/confirmation from people who actually have an idea what they are doing lol..anyways I have a Pentium e5400 I dont dare to clock on a GA-G31M-ES2L motherboard with a crappy radeon hd 4350 gpu.I'm strictly looking for gpu/CPU upgrades for now(im also adding 1gb ram,currently on 3gb).My current thoughts are a R7 250 or 240 gpu and Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E8500 3.16GHz with the added 1gb ram.This is looking to run me about 200$ total.I'm wondering if anyone can tell me if this will be a decent budget set up or is there a better way for me to spend my 200$? I'm looking to get beamng drive to a decent frame rate(15-20 now) and possibly run some newer games (2010+) on low settings with stable frame rates.Any suggestions/criticisms on this future build are greatly appreciated as im new to this and f****** clueless,I basically pulled at straws when choosing these components.Thanks

A:Budget gaming again

The CPU is a vintage model - but probably optimal for your socket.. Can you even find a new one. Here is a refurbished one:

Refurbished: Intel E8500 Wolfdale Dual-Core 3.167GHz LGA 775 65W Desktop Processor AT80570PJ0876M - Newegg.com

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