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    Posted: Sep/12/2007 at 12:09pm

Almost weekly I hear a fellow computer gamer in my gaming organization say something like: “That new game looks great but I don’t think it will run on my older system”. Most of these people are in their 30-40’s with children, bills, and all of life’s little problems that prevent most of us from spending our money how we might otherwise want to.

 

Many of my gaming friends, as well as a good portion of the general public, are more than capable of building their own systems. With the right advice on how to physically build the comptuer, and the right parts, a custom built “do it yourself” computer can be an effective cost saving alternative to a name brand rig.

 

Several organizations do a great job with keeping their readers up to date with listings of all the best hardware. PC Gamer magazine even uses three price ranges with slightly different hardware recommendations that of course vary with your budget.

Maximum PC, another popular hardware magazine, keeps their “Best of the Best” list online and updated monthly as new hardware is reviewed.

 

As mentioned in the subject of this post Toms Hardware recently did a very detailed article on how to build a gaming rig for $500.

 

So if you find yourself in that situation where you would really love to join your friends online in the latest game but just don’t have the money to drop $2,000 into a pre-built computer then I would encourage you to take a look at some of these links and give it a shot on you own. Hopefully you will be pleasantly surprised with what a little research and labor can do.



Edited by arwendt - Sep/12/2007 at 12:17pm
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The question is ...

 
it is worth it to build a $500 pc? Lets find out, with Woodio, Scott and JVC!


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Ok after putting together a PO for all the parts listed in the Toms Hardware article it looks like before shipping the total is $583.

https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/Wishlist/PublicWishDetail.asp?WishListNumber=6592126&WishListTitle=Toms+Hardware+%24500+Rig

My biggest concern at this point is the video card. The Gigabyte GV-RX26P512H though very inexpensive is using a passive heat sink to keep it cool and the web is full of reviews that state the thing overheats and locks up.

I am going to do some more research on this and hopefully get an order placed by tonight.

Once the parts are in we will vill video tape the sytem build and put it, along with the results of our own tesing, here in this thread.

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I threw this together real quick. 
 
The case includes a power supply and the system has a faster processor and 2 Gigs of ram.  Used your MB and HDD, I could go either way on the video card but I am partial to Nvidia.
 

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Pioneer 18X DVD±R DVD Burner Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model DVR-112D - OEM
Item #: N82E16827129007
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$29.99

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JPAC 411 Black Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16811217015
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$39.99

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G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ - Retail
Item #: N82E16820231098
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-$40.00 Instant

$114.99
$74.99

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ECS G33T-M2 LGA 775 Intel G33 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813135050
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$10.00 Mail-in Rebate

$89.99

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Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Item #: N82E16822148140
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$79.99

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Leadtek PX8600GT TDH GDDR2 GeForce 8600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
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$103.99

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·         Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 Allendale 1.8GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E4300 - Retail
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·         UBISOFT Gift- Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII PC Game - OEM
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-$39.99 Combo

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$121.99

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That looks like a better build to me no questions asked and it's about $40 less. Hummm....
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Lets wait and see the build. How big of a hassle? Will all the cheap parts work together? What about the OS? Don't tell me you're going with anything but Microsoft.

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The first PC would need to run XP, Vista would not be to happy with only 1 gig of RAM on a gaming PC.  (or really any PC for that matter :/)
 
Vista loves RAM...  Why not, it is pretty cheap now adays..
 
 
 
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Sounds to me like the thing to do is build the pc the real experts recommend. Then we can chat about, on video, how easy it is to get bad advice even from good websites.
 
I know I have been burned by reading user comments on products and in this case it looks like you would get burned if you buy the gear Toms Hardware is recommending. I mean come on a video card with no fan? Go hug a tree and give me a real card for crying out loud!


Edited by arwendt - Sep/14/2007 at 5:27pm
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I love these sorts of articles about budget PC builds. These 'budget builds' outstrip my current PC by miles and miles. I'd like to put one together myself, soon.
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well someone needs to build this thing and see if it is good so i can do the same
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