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  1. ShadowFold

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    I built one for my other friend a week ago and I keep getting more of my friends into PC gaming :rockout:

    Hes gonna sell his 360 and all his games for 650$ to some guy on craigslist so he told me to put a computer together with 50$ to spare to for the Orange Box and I put this together, just make suggestions and help me make it better :)

    Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147073

    160gb Seagate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148230

    Biostar 770
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138102

    Palit 9600GT
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814261002

    DVD drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135151

    Corsair 450w
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139003

    A-DATA 2gb
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211066

    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400+ OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103242

    Xigmatek HDT Cooler
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233001

    thats 575$ after shipping so making something a little more expensive is ok.
     
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    dump the 9600GT and spend an extra $25 on the 8800GT
     
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    There 40$ more.
     
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    its worth it though.
     
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    he wouldnt have enough for orange box then...
     
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    9600GT/8800GT almost the same card.
     
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    idk about that =/ it would sure cost more tho. I wouldnt buy him a DS3L after what it did to me...
     
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    Yea, it's definitely a performance increase from the 8800GT, but you need a high-res monitor to take advantage of it so the 9600GT is fine. If you want to spice things up for overclocking (I'm assuming since you're buying a cooler), then spend an extra 10 bucks to either go with a 5000+ BE or an Intel P35 + e2xx0 combo. Both once overclocked will be faster than that 5400+.
     
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    That;s, what I thought too, but on my highest clocks with both cards, I consistently came up 1000 pts. higher on the 8800GT.
     
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    I would get the ati card=better quality and drivers, and comes with 3dmark advanced and a free game!! also that psu seems shoddy just because it's stamped with corsair doesn't make it good.
     
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    Phil, I agree with you to a point on the ATi card. I bet anything HD3850 or above would be nice enough tho.

    I don't agre with you on Corsair tho, the PSU would work just fine.
     
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    true it is an amd build
     

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