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Well, after a few days of work (and asking alot of questions on here as well) I think I got three pretty good payloads... But I have to ask to get ideas on the best, and any ways to approve them.

(And my budget is $500. Build two is special because I would be getting the ATi at a later time, but I included it in the layout anywatys.)
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Build 1
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50.85 POWMAX 10-Bay ATX Window Case

48.15 MICROSOFT BX2-00004 WIRELESS OPTICAL DESKTOP 3.0 MAC/WIN PS2/USB KB & MOUSE

135.99 19" LCD Screen

48.10 Labtec Pulse 485 3-Piece PC Speaker System w/ SubWoofer

115.99 Mach Speed Viper MK8-939A Via Socket 939 ATX Motherboard and an AMD Athlon 64 3700+ 2.20GHz OEM Processor

27.19 Dynatron A41 AMD Socket 754/939/940 Rackmount 2U Ball Bearing CPU Fan / Heatsink

59.98 Ultra 512MB PC3200 DDR 400MHz CL3 Memory (x2)
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485.27 Total
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Build 2
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110.99 ATI Radeon X1600 Pro / 512MB PCI Express Video Card

299.99 Intel DG965RYCK Intel Socket 775 ATX Motherboard with an Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 1.86GHz OEM Processor

59.99 Apevia / 500-Watt / ATX / Dual 80mm LED Fan / Black Aluminum, Clear Top / Power Supply

31.99 Intel Original LGA775 Socket 775/T CPU Cooler

59.98 Ultra 512MB PC3200 DDR 400MHz CL3 Memory (x2)

39.22 Blue and Silver X-17 Designer Steel Gamer Case

13.76 DYNAPOINT 3-Piece 600 Watt Computer Speaker System
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615.92 Total
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Build 3
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110.99 ATI Radeon X1600 Pro / 512MB PCI Express Video Card

121.33 Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Dual Core Processor

79.99 ECS nForce 570 SLIT-A v5.1 NVIDIA Socket 775 ATX Motherboard

59.99 Apevia / 500-Watt / ATX / Dual 80mm LED Fan / Black Aluminum, Clear Top / Power Supply

31.99 Intel Original LGA775 Socket 775/T CPU Cooler

59.98 Ultra 512MB PC3200 DDR 400MHz CL3 Memory (x2)

39.22 Blue and Silver X-17 Designer Steel Gamer Case

13.76 DYNAPOINT 3-Piece 600 Watt Computer Speaker System
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Total 517.25
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For build two and three, I have a older 17" CRT and keyboard/mouse and what not...
Any suggestions for any of the builds, and which one I should go with would help alot.
the computer is going to be a primary box, and I will use it a lot for gaming, and learning more about how networks work/etc.
 

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Hi,

A couple of comments. I actually like build two of the ones you have listed. This seems to be the direction that you need to go.

I also have a couple of concerns. First of all, it is impossible to buy a high quality 500 watt power supply for less than sixty bucks as you have listed. The two you have listed are not considered top quality supplies IMHO. This is the heart of your computer, so I would really take a look at that issue and when you get a few minutes, look at the power supply information article under my signature area. I also doubt if you will be pleased with 512 of memory. You might want to wait until you can put two 512 sticks in that unit and that would do the job for you.

That is my opinion.
 

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"59.98 Ultra 512MB PC3200 DDR 400MHz CL3 Memory (x2)"
I am putting two in. The price is so low because I get a rebate when getting two sticks.

And with the PSU thing, my budget was meant to be $500, so I am already ~100 over...
 

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I agree with Tumbleweed, don't neglect to realize the importance of a quality psu from the beginning, it will save you many headaches, save up the money even if you have to put off the build awhile
 

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I have another build comparison to ask help on...

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BUILD 1 - AMD Dual-Core
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CAS: ATX MEDIUM TOWER CASE
CPU: (939-pin) AMD Athlon™64 X2 4200+ Dual-Core CPU w/ HyperTransport Technology
FLASHMEDIA: INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer
FAN: AMD ATHLON64 CERTIFIED CPU FAN & HEATSINK + 3 EXTRA CASE FANS
HDD: Single Hard Drive (160GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 8MB Cache 7200RPM HDD)
MOTHERBOARD: (Sckt939)MSI K8N NEO4-F nForce4 Chipset SATA Raid PCI-E w/GbLAN,USB2.0,&7.1Audio
MEMORY: 1024 MB (512MBx2) PC3200 400MHz Dual Channel DDR MEMORY Value
OS: Microsoft Windows XP Media Center 2005 Edition w/ Free Upgrade to Windows Vista™ Home Premium
POWERSUPPLY: Apevia 600W DARK SIDE POWER ATX Power Supply
SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS 24/7 LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
SPEAKERS: Logitech X-230 2.1 Configuration Speakers System
VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce 7100 GS Graphics with TurboCache supporting 256MB 16X PCI Express VIDEO CARD
PRICE: $770

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BUILD 2 - Intel Dual-Core
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CAS: ATX MEDIUM TOWER CASE 350 WATT
CPU: (Sckt775)Intel® Pentium® D 945 Dual-Core CPU @ 3.4GHz 800FSB 2x2MB L2 Cache EM64T
FAN: INTEL LGA775 CERTIFIED CPU FAN & HEATSINK + 3 EXTRA CASE FANS
HDD: 80GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 8MB Cache 7200RPM HDD
MOTHERBOARD: ECS C19-A SLI nForce4 SLI Chipset LGA775 1066FSB DDR2/667 SATA Dual 16X PCI-E Slots w/7.1Audio,GbLAN,&USB2.0
MEMORY: 1GB (2x512MB) PC4200 DDR2 Dual Channel MemoryValue
OS: Microsoft® Windows® XP Media Center 2005 Edition w/ Free Upgrade to Windows Vista™ Home Premium
POWERSUPPLY: Apevia 600W DARK SIDE POWER ATX Power Supply
SPEAKERS: Logitech X-230 2.1 Configuration Speakers System
VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce 7100 GS Graphics with TurboCache supporting 256MB 16X PCI Express VIDEO CARD
PRICE: $783

This is going to be a sytem my friend wants me to put together, so my budget was $750. And I didn't neglect the PSU this time either...

I'm not sure with which build to go with, any help?
(Its going to be for mainly gaming online)
 
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