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Need tips for building a PC.

by GabePSX / May 6, 2004 1:55 PM PDT

I'm looking to build a new system for under say... $600-800, I want the best and best looking I can get for that money. The only things from my current system I'll probably keep are my Moniter, Speakers, Keyboard, Mouse, Hard Drive(maybe), and possibly a 256MB DDR SDRAM Stick.

What I'm askin from you guys is maybe ideas on how to find good parts for the rest of the system, how to choose parts, or if you have a really good idea of what I should get, maybe some links. Any ideas would be great:)

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Re:Need tips for building a PC.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 6, 2004 11:04 PM PDT

Somewhere in these pages was a 64-bit Athlon in that price range. The 64-bit capability is now a prime consideration.

I've watched these changes before and am sharing this nugget so you won't be unhappy in a few months.


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Re:Need tips for building a PC.
by dschauer / May 12, 2004 3:31 AM PDT

You might want to check out the following three articles at In these articles, ExtremeTech takes a set budget, and builds a system from scratch.

Note that they include things such as monitor, keyboard, mouse, and speakers, so if you're going to keep any of these things from your old system, you can subtract that from the prices listed. (The prices will likely have changed since these articles were written, so shop around online)

If you end up still having money left over after these considerations, then maybe invest in some extra memory (RAM), or else a better video card.

Article 1: Build It: A speedy PC for $800,1558,1404084,00.asp

Article 2: Build It: A DIY Gaming PC for Under $1000,1558,1549122,00.asp

Article 3: Build It: The DIY $1000 Athlon XP Gaming Rig,1558,1558045,00.asp

Hope these articles help you determine what you can get for that kind of budget.


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Re:Need tips for building a PC.
by mscoe83 / May 21, 2004 9:27 AM PDT

If you are looking to build it yourself by buying individual parts and assembling them, try or Pricewatch is a good place. With ebay, check on the sellers feedback to make sure they have at least 50 and the are good feedback ratings. You could easily get one for under 800 by using those two sites. Email me ( if you have any questions. I have built several PCs so I may be able to give you some tips.

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