I would search ebay / and dont be afraid to buy used componets ~~~ thats were the deals are on upgraded parts / I personally have built many machines from used parts upgraded by die hard gamers / those guys drop really good parts as soon as the new latest and greatest comes out.
The trick to ebay is buying ONLY from someone who has 300 and above sales transactions and a very high feedback rating ~~~ 98.5% and above / stay clear of the low transaction numbered sellers and the ones who just changed their name.
I would opt for the 478 socket motherboard with 800mhz fsb
a few of these for under a $100.00 would be:
abit IC7 & IC7G
asus p4P800- sereis there are several P4P800 boards (for the money i like the P4P800-E delux)
Intel procesor 2.8 and above with HT ~478 pin~ 800mhz
somebody else could pop in here and give the AMD alternatives
Decent choices...so much for the CPU/MB budget :deveous: :grin:
I would recommend a BenQ 1640 or NEC 3540 over the Samsung, not that the Samsung is bad, but the others are much better... they are the best!
Also with the case, don't expect that power supply to last more than a day or two(if that ) so you might wish to budget for an Antec or Enermax or Seasonic PSU of 450W or more up front...it will be money well spent in the way of many saved headaches.
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