Building my computer, details inside! ***Which video card question.***

By GRunyon
Jul 31, 2005
  1. I am in the progress of building a computer on a budget, specifically something that will run games such as Everquest 2 and World of Warcraft better then my 1GHz Celeron with 512MB RAM, SoundBlaster Live 5.1, and an ATI Radeon 9200 GFX Card... :)

    My new computer, I am planning on an aproximate 670 dollar budget, that has to include EVERYTHING! My plans were:

    For a case, I was planning on a case from XPG Gear, features include
    - Power Lab 450 watt power supply
    - 4 CD/DVD bays, 2 Floppy Drive bays, and 5 HardDrive bays
    - 1 Side, Front, Back, and Bottom fans.
    - Thumb Screws
    - The option to get 2 Fans included instead of 1
    - Alien Head Resemblence :)
    I was planning on getting a combo from SMKSUPERSTORE that comes with
    - P4 3.0GHz Processor
    - Arctic Silver Alumina Thermal Compound
    - Ultra Performance Copper Core Fan & Heatsink, Under 135* Under High Load
    - IS7 Motherboard (INTEL 865PE) that supports HT, has a 800MHz FSB, AGP 8x, and got 9/10 in 4 reviews I read.
    - 256 RAM Stick
    - 3 Year Warranty on both CPU and Motherboard
    I also plan to put more memory in from 4AllMemory
    - PC3200 Dual Channel 1GB Stick
    - Lifetime Warrenty
    I also plan on keeping my SoundBlaster Live 5.1 and trasnferring it over to my new setup.
    On top of that, I expect to have to keep 25 bucks on hand when I find myself out of screws, in need of a cable, missing a fan or any other excuse that causes me to have to run out to COMP-USA.
    TOTAL: $550

    Now is it just me, or am I underbudget? I was thinking that maybe it was time to give my ATI Radeon 9200 a break. This is were I need your help!
    Someone told me to check out the ATI Radeon 9250 256MB, and with further research I also found the NVIDIA GeForce FX 5500 256MB. I could pick up either for around $65. Now, which one would you say I would be happier with? The goal of getting the new graphics card is because I figured that I could use the extra bit of texture memory for running Everquest. Any thoughts on which I should get? Maybe a better one with 256MB of memory? I can go up to around $100 on the graphics card, but please also give your opinions about which of the two cards, too.

    ****ALSO I know that mixing the 256 stick and the 1GB stick isnt going to mean that I will be taking advantage of the 800MHz FSB, when I get my next paycheck I plan on getting another GIG stick.****

    Thanks! Lookout for my posts in other threads, I will keep you updated as I build my new computer!
  2. GRunyon

    GRunyon TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 55

    Ohh yeah, I am also keeping my Maxtor ATA-133 7200RPM harddrive, as its all the space I will ever need. :)
  3. Austin44

    Austin44 TS Rookie Posts: 67

    alright u have 120 dollars left for a graphics card i think. so i would go with a nvidia 6600 gt you should be able to get it for 140 bucks, i know 20 bucks over but it is really worth it! you might get that 20 bucks if u take out that 256 ram and just use ur 1 gig ram. also i order a custom computer a couple days ago from and i should be getting it this thursday or friday, i chose them cus they're prices r awesome and the dont charge a building fee! but ill let u know when i get it if its all there.

  4. GRunyon

    GRunyon TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 55

    Hey! Thanks for the post! WHat I am doing is logging on to and getting my stuff from there. I will check out your site though.... Thanks for the reply!
  5. Austin44

    Austin44 TS Rookie Posts: 67

    :haha: just kickin *** and taking names....
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