Need Budget gaming rig m/b, cpu & vid card suggestions.

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  1. John Pine

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    Building a new rig but would like to use my current p/s, memory, h/d’s and sound card from old system. Don’t need LAN support but O/C abilities are important. I was considering the Epox 9NPA+ SLi Socket 939 for the m/b. I want a cheap AMD chip that will get me in the 939 door. Maybe an Athlon 64 3000+ Venice 512. Also looking for an entry level vid card. It doesn’t have to be an Sli card as eventually I may step up to a 7800. Considering an eVGA 128-P2-N368-TX Geforce 6600GT 128MB. Rig will be used for HL2, Call of Duty 2 & BF2.

    Would these parts allow me to run at least at 1024x768 full AA enabled with 40-50FPS min? Budget is to keep it as close to $500 as possible because I also have to buy new OS (WinXP Home or Pro?). Yes…believe it or not I’m still running Win98SE on my old P4 1.8 Ti4400 rig. So whatta’ think? Any suggestions?


    Also, I can use my p/s and memory right?

    Power supply has 24pin connector
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817101513

    Current Geil memory (x2)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820144305


    Real old gaming rig
    P4 1.8 (won't o/c to 2.4 even at 1.70V)
    Gigabyte GA-8IEXP vers 2.0
    1Gb Geil D400 GE512 PC3200B (512x2)
    Ti4400 325/585
    Audigy 2
    WD 80GB 7200 8mb x2
    LiteOn 50x CD-ROM burner
    ePower 450XP P2B p/s
    Win98SE
     
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    Quincy: Thx for the link, I'm printing it now.
     
  4. Mike Fassler

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    yes you will be able to run at 1024x768 just fine with that rig you selected but not with full AA enabled,the 6600 doesnt have enough horsepower for that. althou the 6600 is a great budget card, I would highly suggest you get a 6800GS or an ati x800gto2 series. in order to run games like BF2 with full AA you need too look into getting 2 gigs of ram, other games only need 1 gig.
     
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    John,

    What is your budget? Give us a price range so we can further help with building a gaming rig you'd be happy with...

    Rommel
     
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    I Would get a better power supply too, I wouldnt take achance of something happening to your new gear with a dodgy psu.
     
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    I just bought Stage One!

    WinXP Pro SP2 OEM
    AMD 64 3000+ ATHLON 64 939P RT - Retail
    (already have a Zalman CNPS7700-CU)

    Mike: Good feedback thx! How bout' this 6800GS 256mb card instead? I can get this card, but I'll have to do the whole upgrade in stages.

    ttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814150118

    Mike my p/s is a 450w unit with 28amps on the 12 rail, that's not stout enough?

    Rommel_L: Budget is $500
     
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    keep the memory
    keep the hard drives
    keep the soundcard
    keep the psu

    if you're looking for 6600gt, might as well get it with a 256mb memory like this video card example.

    might as well get a dvd burner. i recommend the NEC ND-3550A.

    here's an example of motherboards that you may want to look into.
     
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    yeah that 6800GS is the best bang for the buck currently,Ive heard alot of good things about XFX cards on other forums I frequent. that Epox board is supposed to be good too. sorry bout the psu recommend, it should be fine. Another thing about about the GS card ive heard is that they are awesome overclockers if you are into that, but if not they are just as fast or faster than a 6800 gt which is getting harder to find. one more thing to remember, when you install the card make sure to set the agp aperature in the bios too 256, since the card has 256 megs of memory.
     
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    John,

    When I saw your system configuration I would have done only two things:

    1. Upgrade the graphics card to the fastest AGP 4x compatible card you can afford. I believe that you can get cards using the nVidia GeForce FX 6800 series in AGP 4x-compatible form.

    2. If you motherboard supports ATA-100/133 hard disks, get a single 160-250 GB ATA-100/133 hard drive (make sure it has at least 8 MB of quality on-drive memory buffer).

    Since you have 1 GB of RAM installed, you will have very little need to do hard disk virtual memory swapping, something that can really drag down the speed of the computer.
     
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    Ray: Agreed, a 256mb AGP 6800GS would have run HL2 with a gig of ram. But, as usual with me and some other members at this forum, this started out as a "Budget Gaming" upgrade and now has gotten a bit out of hand. It happened after playing BF2, COD2 and HL2 on a friend's rig. I know, I know...some friend huh! It will take me longer to do, but I am now putting together components that would be considered into the "Moderate" level, I guess.
     
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    two 6800 GS's in SLI prolly wouldnt be faster than one 7800 gt but it would be pretty close in comparison, Ill be honest with you I play alot of half life 2 and CS:S,I also play BF2 alot my rig is kinda old too barton 2500 1 gig of ram, ati x850xt, I can play hl2 at 1600x1200 easily with decent fps, Ill be building a new pci-e system this summer more than likely, Im waiting for the new M2 socket processors to come out because I want to score a deal on an X2 processor. with your new rig I would highly recommend 2 gigs of ram, games like bf2 use huge amounts of resources and more new games such as F.E.A.R. will take advantage of it as well, you can get 2 gigs of good value ram for a good price nowadays, I have yet too play COD2 but it looks pretty intense.
     
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    Mike: Guess it would be smarter and cheaper to buy one 7800GT than two 6800GS's. Can get the eVGA 7800GT for $299 at NewEgg.

    Agreed! Gotta' have 2gb's of RAM to run BF2. I've heard the same from others on the AnandTech forum.

    Will the new X2 chips also be for the 939 socket? Will the m/b I'm considering run it? EPoX EP-9NPA+ SLi Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI
     

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