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Old 25th September, 2007, 01:34 PM
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New Super Budget Build

I just did a budget build for myself:

DDR2 512MB PC4200 RAM X2 - $28.84

Power Supply 450W (ATX) CODEGEN - $36.05

Deluxe Skyhawk Silver Case with Aluminum mesh panel(NO PUS) - $36.05

Samsung 80GB 8MB 7200RPM SATA HDD - $47.38

AMD Sempron 3400 Processor Retail(AM2)(64Bit) - $56.65

MSI K9N6SGM-V AM2 NVIDIA 6100 DDR2 SATA MB ATX - $78.28

19" Sony CRT - $00.00 (freebie from computer recyclers)

IBM PS2 Keyboard - $00.00 (freebie from computer recyclers)

Logitech USB optical mouse - $5.00

Total: $288.25

Using the WinXP educational edition from the computer it is replacing, and OOo, so no software costs.

To convert this money into US dollars and GBP:

$288 AU == $248 US == 123 GBP

For that money, it runs counterstrike source on low settings, WoW easily, and handles everything very nicely. Can't express how happy I am with this uber cheap box, build from the ground up. This is the price segment where AMD is still the main contender, and despite the age, a 3400+ is a very reasonable piece of kit for a desktop workhorse.
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Old 25th September, 2007, 01:40 PM
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That is a great price on a nice rig. I used that board on a few desktop builds of late. Nice board. The onboard GPU is pretty nice. I agree, this is where AMD shines and it is still quite powerful.
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Old 25th September, 2007, 02:16 PM
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The Geforce 6100 is a considerable step up from the previous generation of onboards, the Geforce 4 MX, which was really a Geforce 2 MX. The frame rates in DX9 games at low quality are very playable. I havn't tried overclocking the 3400+ yet, but I'm impressed with it so far.

CPU temps are currently 25C offload (CNQ enabled) and 35C under load on stock air.
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Old 25th September, 2007, 02:32 PM
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Got a similar build myself. Built using all open box products. 6100 Tforce 939 with a 3000+ and 2 X 256 BH5. I think I had 150 bucks in it when it was done. Just have to be real careful with the 3 dollar case..
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Don't want to set anything heavy on it like a pencil or something. Might dent it.
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Got a similar build myself. Built using all open box products. 6100 Tforce 939 with a 3000+ and 2 X 256 BH5. I think I had 150 bucks in it when it was done. Just have to be real careful with the 3 dollar case..
Could have shaved ~$70 off the price of this build by doing that. Only reason I didn't recycle an old chasis or box it was that its a computer in a main living area so its on display.

Have to love the fact that the vendors are all canibalizing eachother, and we're the ones benefiting. Remember when a Pentium II 450Mhz system was $4000? and the cheap machine was $2500.

With a bit more scavenging, and a little more cheapness, I think the $100 computer would be possible, even with new parts.
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This one sits in a cabinet, the front panel is held on with electrical tape. It's better than it was. No case and just sitting on the floor of the cabinet.

We have benifited so much in the last 5 years, with improved technology and low prices. Quad core and 4 gigs of memory for 450 bucks. ( $150 4 gig DDR2-800 review coming soon.)

Seems we did lose a little on the Quality Control side of things though. I've had to RMA more parts in the last couple of years than the 6 years prior total.
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Nice cheap build, I doubt that PSU could do much more than 150W continuous load, but with that system it doesn't need to. AMD is great for the entry level systems right now, I prefer the AMD690 boards myself though (lower power consumption slightly better graphical performance).
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Under $300 is great with new hardware! I spend $120 for a build with mostly old hardware.
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