Another Video Card and Build Question

By mopar man
Jan 29, 2008
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  1. I am trying to find a build very cheap that I may or may not be able to get, but I can hope, right? I know that there are better things coming out in no time, but all I really want is to be able to keep a decent system that can run Crysis on Medium, so that it will stay for a while...


    Case- $16.95 (I am extremely cheap, ;))
    http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=HAPPY-16&cat=CAS

    Motherboard- $69.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128077

    Ram- $49.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148090

    Processor- $84.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116052

    Graphics- $249.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150252

    Hard Drive- $50.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136112

    Power Supply- $44.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182044


    Fan (1 80mm) will be bought also, but cost is unimportant. Also, Do you think its a good idea to creat a kind of vacuum from the back of your case to pull air? I have seen someone have some kind of an exhaust type thingy run up their wall, and it worked great.

    *Links fixed, again*
  2. DeepMartin

    DeepMartin Newcomer, in training Posts: 89

    Why a 1.6 GHZ single core celeron??????????????.
  3. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,397   +830

    Hmmmm.....

    Deepmartin is right, why such a wide spread of processors from a $170.00 C2D or a ? $44.00 Celeron? If you want to do a cheap build you might look at one of the new Pentium dual core CPU E2xxx series. Such as: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116052
    The Celeron might make for a decent internet cruiser, but beyond that, certainly not a gamer.

    If, for some unfathomable (to me anyway) reason, it's one or the other, then certainly buy the E6550. That should be no contest.
  4. Crosscourt

    Crosscourt Newcomer, in training Posts: 93

    Maybe he posted the wrong link with the Celeron single core?
  5. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 875

    2180 and o'c
    8800GT 512

    psu and OS?
  6. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 1,492

    Right...

    Yes, I didn't read it good enough. There was a dual core that was 1.6 and oc'd to 3.2, and was cheap, but it wasn't it. Should have looked before jumping in.

    Also, The power supply is coming with the case. I am hoping its ok, and not some complete no-name.

    I am going with XP for now, and Vista later.
  7. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 1,492

    Updated list.
    Can someone double check and make sure nothing will be wrong with the build, please?
  8. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,385   +205

    The link for your case is incorrect. It's the same as your power supply.
  9. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 1,492

    Lol, thanks.. Got that fixed.
  10. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,385   +205

    Is that the right case? It's not $16.95.
  11. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 1,492

    Ok, NOW it is fixed... ;)
    Sorry....lol
     
  12. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,385   +205

    Hurray! :) I've also used inexpensive cases before so no grief from me on that score. However, I noticed that you will need a screw kit for this case. It doesn't seem to come with one so you'll have to buy some. Most cases, even cheap ones, come with a package of standoffs, screws, and maybe a piezoelectric speaker and other necessary hardware. In light of this, make sure the case has a speaker (for beeps). If not, it's not a problem to buy one but just so you are aware of it.

    Your list does not have any optical drives. Are you planning to reuse an old one?

    It's hard to see but it appears there is room to mount up to two 80mm fans at the rear. I would install at least one to exhaust air out the back. If by chance it can fit a larger fan, say a 120mm, I would install it instead.
  13. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,397   +830

    Pennywise, Pound Foolish......

    The nuisance of hunting down and ordering small parts to outfit a case that doesn't have them seems like a bunch of unnecessary aggravation, (IMHO), and bear in mind that I'm extremely cheap as well.

    The preferred fan arrangement is push-pull, (front push air in, rear pull air out), and you'll likely need it with that graphics card.

    This is the Seagate equivalent of the HDD you chose; http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148247
    The warranty is 5 years, Seagate supports NCQ (another discusion), has a 5 year warranty, and they're even a tad quieter. I practiced what I'm preaching by buying one of these the day before yesterday, not that that means that much.
  14. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 1,492

    Yes, I see what you are saying. Instead I will find a cheap case with all screws....

    I may end up placing a very large house fan beside the computer, and open the case up a little, then getting a good sucker to put in the back....

    Now that I read that it sounds strange...

    Anyway, that Seagate looks pretty good,too.
  15. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,397   +830

    Ouch.........

    This sounds uncomfortably close to welding a five gallon can of water on the hood of your "Edsel" because the radiator leaks. No harm though I suppose, as long as you're not planning to drag the whole mess to a LAN party! LOL
  16. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 1,492

    Lol, that would be a classic moment. "Where do I put the fan?"

    Anyway, the reason I say that is because I am super-paranoid, and probably will oc my gpu and cpu a little.
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