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£500 build me a gaming rig for cs:s

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by AWilderbeast, 1 Aug 2006.

  1. AWilderbeast

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    Now then, i have £500 no more just the 500 now i need your kind help to make me a pc that will play counter strike source and get some great fps out of it.

    Thanks for any contributions
     
  2. AWilderbeast

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    What do you all think of the below, will i get good fps out of that?

    Also whats the ati equivilant of the card and can i get one better for the price?
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 3800+ (Socket 939) - Retail (ADA3800BVBOX) (CP-134-AM)


    £91.95
    Asus A8N-SLi SE nForce4 SLi (Socket 939) PCI-Express Motherboard (MB-101-AS)


    £56.95
    Corsair 1GB DDR XMS3200C2 Pro TwinX (2x512MB) CAS2 (MY-026-CS)


    £79.95
    XFX GeForce 7600 GS Extreme Edition 256MB DDR2 TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (PVT73P-UDS3) (GX-081-XF)


    £84.95
    Western Digital Caviar Special Edition 160GB 1600JS SATA-II 8MB Cache - OEM (HD-047-WD)


    £40.50
    Sony DWG120A 16x16 DVD±RW Dual Layer ReWriter (Black) - OEM (CD-049-SO)


    £20.95
    Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro CPU Cooler (Socket 754/939/940) (FG-000-AR)


    £9.95
    Antec Sonata II Piano Black Quiet Case - 450W Smart Power PSU (CA-040-AN)


    £65.95
    Subtotal £451.15
    VAT £78.96

    Total £530.11
     
    Last edited: 1 Aug 2006
  3. AWilderbeast

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    bump
     
  4. lee87

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    Joined: 31 Jul 2005

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    Thats an ok system but it isn't upgradable and the gfx card is quite poor. I would not get a skt 939 system as these are stopping production so you couldn't upgrade the cpu in the future. I would go AM2 instead and get a better grahpics card.

    CP-166-AM AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 3800+ 2.00GHz (Socket AM2) - Retail (CP-166-AM) 1
    £89.95 £89.95
    MB-071-MS MSI K9N Neo-F nForce 550 (Socket AM2) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard (MB-071-MS) 1
    £49.95 £49.95
    CD-035-NE NEC ND3550 16x16 DVD±RW Dual Layer ReWriter (Black) - OEM (CD-035-NE) 1
    £19.95 £19.95
    MY-030-GL GeIL 1GB (2x512MB) PC5300 667MHz Value DDR2 Dual Channel Kit (GX21GB5300DC) (MY-030-GL) 1
    £51.95 £51.95
    GX-044-CO Connect3D ATI Radeon X1800 XT 256MB GDDR3 AVIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (GX-044-CO) 1
    £129.95 £129.95
    CA-040-AN Antec Sonata II Piano Black Quiet Case - 450W Smart Power PSU (CA-040-AN) 1
    £65.95 £65.95
    HD-023-SA Samsung SpinPoint P HD080HJ 80GB SATA-II 8MB Cache - OEM (HD-023-SA) 1
    £25.95 £25.95
    Subtotal £433.65
    VAT £75.89
    Total £509.54
     
  5. easyrider

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    Joined: 24 Dec 2005

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    IN Intel Core 2 DUO E6300 "LGA775 Alendalle" 1.86GHz (1066FSB) - OEM
    £114.95

    MB-003-AK Asrock ConroeXFire-eSATA2 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard (MB-003-AK)
    £51.95

    MY-014-GS G.Skill 2GB DDR2 NR PC2-6400 (2x1GB) CAS5 Dual Channel Kit (F2-6400PHU2-2GBNR) (MY-014-GS)
    £114.95

    GX-025-BG BFG 3DFuzion GeForce 7600 GT 256MB GDDR3 TV-Out/DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (GX-025-BG)
    £99.95

    HD-051-SE Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 80GB ST3808110AS SATA-II 8MB Cache - OEM (HD-051-SE)
    £29.50 £29.50


    CA-000-AR Arctic Cooling T1 Silentium Midi Tower Case - 350W Seasonic Silent PSU (CA-000-AR)
    £47.95


    CD-038-PO Pioneer DVR-111DBK 16x16 DVD±RW Dual Layer ReWriter - (Black) OEM (CD-038-PO)
    £21.95

    Arctic Cooling Alpine 7 CPU Cooler (Socket 775) (HS-021-AR)
    £6.25


    Subtotal £487.45
    VAT £85.31
    Total £572.76

    40 quid more than your spec but you get 2 gig of ram and a faster gfx card in the 7600 GT.

    You should be really looking at getting 2 gig of ram for a gaming system now.
    If you dont have enough wedge then I would wait a few weeks until you do. :)
     
    Last edited: 1 Aug 2006
  6. DanF

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    Location: London

    CP-135-IN Intel Core 2 DUO E6300 "LGA775 Alendalle" 1.86GHz (1066FSB) - OEM (CP-135-IN) 1
    £114.95 £114.95
    MB-003-AK Asrock ConroeXFire-eSATA2 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard (MB-003-AK) 1
    £51.95 £51.95
    MY-030-GL GeIL 1GB (2x512MB) PC5300 667MHz Value DDR2 Dual Channel Kit (GX21GB5300DC) (MY-030-GL) 1
    £51.95 £51.95
    HS-021-AR Arctic Cooling Alpine 7 CPU Cooler (Socket 775) (HS-021-AR) 1
    £6.25 £6.25
    GX-044-CO Connect3D ATI Radeon X1800 XT 256MB GDDR3 AVIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (GX-044-CO) 1
    £129.95 £129.95
    CD-035-NE NEC ND3550 16x16 DVD±RW Dual Layer ReWriter (Black) - OEM (CD-035-NE) 1
    £19.95 £19.95
    CA-052-AN Antec NSK4400 Mini Tower Case - 380W SmartPower PSU (CA-052-AN) 1
    £43.95 £43.95
    HD-051-SE Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 80GB ST3808110AS SATA-II 8MB Cache - OEM (HD-051-SE) 1
    £29.50 £29.50
    Subtotal £448.45
    Shipping (City Link Parcel Next Day (Delivered Mon-Fri)) £10.95
    VAT £80.40
    Total £539.80

    A couple of points I guess:
    1. you can upgrade to 2Gb of ram at a later date when you have the dosh, the intel mobo's are much more stable than AMD boards with 4x512mb ram sticks.
    2. a 80gb main windows drive is a nice size, get another larger storage drive at a later date like a 250gb one again when you have some cash.
    3. for games your gonna want a decent graphics card, the X1800XT will be much faster than a 7600 series card and will last for much longer.
    4. the baby conroe 6300 will be quite a bit faster than the baby amd 3800+x2 cpu in both games and office stuff like photoshop. you can drop a better conroe cpu in there at a later date.
    5. things like case and dvd drive are more to taste
    6. the X1800XT and 1gb ram will be a much better gaming rig now than the 7600gt and 2gb ram.
    7. But with easyriders system ... get a new graphics card in 6 months and it's gonna fly. With this sytem you'll need to get some more memory (which is cheaper) but it'll be a bit slower in the end. Kinda depends on if you want to upgrade the ram or GPU at a later date I guess.
     
    Last edited: 1 Aug 2006