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First time poster, read the stickies and wanted to get your guys' help.

1. Budget: How much money are you willing to spend on the new build? $500

2. Brands: Are there any brands of components you want or don't want? Not really

3. Multitasking: Will you be multitasking with this computer and if so, how much? I will be doing a combination of things on this computer, which mainly involve the internet, gaming and running other software applications for work.

4. Gaming: Will you be gaming and if so, how much and how new are the games? Main game I will be playing will be World of Warcraft, and possibly Warhammer Online in the future.

5. Calculations: Will you be doing any intense calculations or media encoding? I will not be

6. Overclocking: Do you plan on overclocking and if so, how much? I won't be

7. Storage: How much storage will you need and what will you be storing? I don't need a ton of storage as my main form of back up will be on external HD's.

8. Legacy Support: Will you need support for older hardware like parallel, serial, or PS/2 devices? No

9. Operating System: Do you want Windows XP or Vista, or Linux compatibility? Windows XP

10. Case: Do you want help selecting a case and if so, how big do you want it? I just need a case that is relatively cheap and gets the job done, don't need anything flashy.

11. Accessories: Do you want a keyboard, mouse, or other items included? Already have keyboard/mouse/monitors.

12. Recycled Components: Will you be reusing any components you already have? Not hardware, just the accessories listed above.

13. Monitor: If you want a monitor, what size do you want and should it be widescreen? N/A

14. Stores: Do you have any online stores that you prefer to purchase from? I am up for options. I looked at just about everything from and would like to keep it somewhere near 1 or 2 different sites, due to shipping costs.

15. Location: What country do you live in? I live in the US.


After talking with some friends I came up with the following parts, and I wanted to see if these were all compatible and whether or not you guys know of a better deal.

Bare Bones-
DVD Rom-
Video Card-

Thanks for your help.

· Just hanging around
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CPU- basic core 2 duo (starting at $80)
motherboard- any socket 775 will do, preferably with pci-e 16x, sata, ide, audio, starting around $65
ram- 2gb DDR2- anywhere from $20-$100
sound card- integrated, but if you really need a seperate one, they start at around $20
vid card-preferably not integrated, a geforce 7600 starts at around $50, 8600 around $80 PNY, or EVGA (ASUS is not recommended for your budget), or ATI equivelent
HDD-160GB starts at $55, 250GB $65
power supply-300W should be good, starts at around $30
case-basic, mid-tower, $25
accessories, cables, fans, etc.-$25-$50

total- ~$400, plus shipping and handling

hope you found it helpful!

· Registered
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here you go, take a look at this

ASUS P5KPL-VM LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $75

Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 Allendale 2.2GHz 2M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Processor - Retail $125

CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $38 ( after rebte )

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3160815AS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $53

Thermaltake WingRS VG1000BNS Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $20 ( after rebate )

MSI NX8600GT-T2D256E OC GeForce 8600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail $90 ( after rebate )

Antec earthwatts EA500 ATX12V v2.0 500W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, FCC, TUV, CE, CB, C-tick, CCC - Retail $50 (after rebate )

Sony NEC Optiarc Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM
48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM IDE 20X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM $29

Total $480
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