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ok guys here goes a long one...

with christmas coming along, i ws thinking of getting a new PC for myself, mainly for games and also a PC that would help me get through graphic designing (which im planning on doing a bit later) after i finish my schooling.

Anyways, i am on an extreme budget and am hoping to get down the parts from australia through a friend of mine who would be coming over somewhere in december.

Here is a config. I built for myself, it goes somewhere around $550.

Processor Intel C2D 2.6GHz 4MB cache FSB1333
VGA - GeForce 8600GT 512MB
RAM - (not sure about the brand) but 4GB DDR2 800
HDD - 250GB SATA
Not decided on the MOBO yet.

any suggestions of bringing down the price factor without affecting performance, recommendation with brands?

I dont think i'll be able to upgrade the PC for quite sometime after i buy it, so hopefully, I can squeeze in an SLi motherboard in there, so I can put in a second VGA later.

Pls. suggest some alternatives guys, also, i would like to stick to intel (personal preference)

thanks in advance,

Stefan
 

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Save some money but getting just 2 g of ram, basically if you are going to use a 32bit operating system it will not recognize the full 4G so there is some money wasted.


With our dollar here is Australia climbing it is becoming less of an advantage but here is one place to have a look at

www.umart.net

if not have a look at this

CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $47 ( after rebate )

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145034

This is a good deal for a PSU

OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI ATX12V 700W Power Supply 100 - 240 V - Retail $95 ( after rebate )

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341002


motherboard

ASUS P5K-E LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $140

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131225
 

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That video card should be great.
Unless you plan on running SLI I would look at doing 1 of two things,
1, either look at getting the 680i chipset over the 650 as the 680i performs better than its little brother
2, If you do not intend using 2 video cards I would look at the P35 chipset as it is a newer chipset than the 680 or the 650 , thats why i suggested the P5K-E board as it has the P35 chipset

As for Australian pricing, last time I heard the Australian dollar was worth US $.88 so US$100 will buy AU$112
 
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